The fight against the slew of anti-immigrant bills already prefiled in the Texas legislature is growing across the state. A broad coalition is forming in the RGV to face these bad bills head on.
…The immigration committee of the Equal Voice for America’s Families group met at the offices of La Unión del Pueblo Entero in Mercedes on the very day another batch of immigrant-bashing bills was filed in Austin.
One the new bills would deny food stamps and other state benefits to American-born children whose parents are undocumented immigrants. Another would prevent undocumented immigrants from filing lawsuits in state courts. Another would deny birthright citizenship to those born in Texas to undocumented parents. The bills were filed by state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler.
“I feel saddened that there is so much hate in some people’s hearts,” said LUPE’s Martha Sanchez, referring to Berman’s bills. “This anti-immigrant legislation makes us as a nation so small. We used to be the leader in human rights and how we treated people. We are a nation of immigrants. Our nation has been built on energy and entrepreneurship of immigrants.”
The Equal Voice group agreed to set up an urgent meeting with representation from the business and health care community, the religious community, schools, non-profit groups, cities and counties would be represented. Every state representative and state senator in the Valley will be invited. The purpose of the meeting will be to see if common ground can be found in the fight against anti-immigrant legislation.