A regular session of Texas House of Representatives on Monday was disrupted when federal immigration authorities were called to disperse a crowd of protesters who are against the state’s sanctuary law, the Gateway Pundit reports.
Fights broke out on the floor after a Republican state legislator from the Dallas-area told Democrats that he called ICE agents to help out so that protesters will not cause any further disruption.
A large number of protesters gathered in the state legislature building as lawmakers discuss Texas’ new sanctuary city law, which required cities and counties to cooperate with ICE officers.
Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi said, “We didn’t know what to do,” pointing to the huge number of protesters who held signs “We are illegal and here to stay.”
Rinaldi said the decision to call ICE was intended to “incentivize” the protesters to leave the House.
A video of the scuffle showed lawmakers yelling at each other and pushing. Rinaldi also claimed to have been assaulted by Democratic Rep. Ramon Romero.