|Rally of thousands marching in Austin. Photo credit: West Cosgrove|
Thousands Reject Anti-immigrant Agenda in the State Legislature
Madison, Wisconsin is not the only state capitol witnessing The People United. Members of the coalition Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) convened today at the State Capitol for a rally and march to uphold the security of all Texas families as well as the dignity and rights of immigrant families.
To date in this legislative session, extremist Texas legislators have filed more than 60 anti-immigrant, anti-family legislative proposals. These include:
- the criminalizing of immigrant families and workers in Texas,
- mandating local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law,
- requiring school officials to report undocumented students, and
- denying birth certificates to children born in Texas of undocumented parents.
As part of the “Texas Can Do Better” campaign, thousands of participants converged on Austin, bus loads of Texans from El Paso, Dallas, Ft. Worth, College Station, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley. The day's activities included a march to and a rally at the Capitol as well as visits to legislators.