In an extraordinary turn of events at the Texas State Capitol, a fight broke out among lawmakers on Monday after a Republican representative responded to people protesting recently passed immigration legislation by calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to come round them up, according to several local reporters who were present during the incident.
The altercation broke out after Texas Republican Rep. Matt Rinaldi told a group of Latino lawmakers that he called ICE on the protesters, who were on hand to protest the passage of SB4, an anti-sanctuary cities bill that will go into effect in September.
KVUE’s Ashley Goudeau was the first one to break the story:
“Things getting a little heated on Texas House floor with reps pushing each other,” she wrote on Twitter. “Rep. Cesar Blanco tells us the scuffle was because Rep. Matt Rinaldi told a group of Hispanic Reps he had just called ICE on all the protesters.”
Dallas Morning News reporter Bob Garrett also took to Twitter to report the incident:
“Near fistfight erupts after Irving GOP Rep. Matt Rinaldi reportedly tells several Hispanic Ds he called ICE on SB4 protesters,”
— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) May 29, 2017