On May, 29, 2017, Texas Matt Rinadli (R) came forward to Representative Philip Cortez (D), to say that he had “called ICE on all of them.”
The “them” Rinaldi was referring to were the thousand or so protesters who came forward against Senate Bill Four (SB4), which bans sanctuary cities in Texas and allows for police to question those detained about their immigration status.
During the aforementioned protest, we saw the environment become, understandably, very tense. Representative César Blanco said to the Texas Tribune that Rinaldi said:
“I’m glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported. I called ICE — fuck them.’ He said Rinaldi also yelled ‘fuck you’ at the Democratic lawmakers to the ‘point where spit was hitting’ their faces.”
Lawmakers were seen pushing each other and slinging insults back and forth.
At one point, Rinaldi started to get into the faces of Democrats, even threatening to “put a bullet” in one of the Democratic state rep’s heads.
“There was a threat made from Representative Rinaldi to put a bullet in one of my colleagues’ heads.”
During this whole confrontation, Rinaldi made two very poignant threats, of deportation and murder.
The terrifying part is that for some people, this could be comparable.
What Rinaldi, and most Republicans, seem to forget is that illegal immigrants often flee a dangerous country in order to try to find some semblance of sanity, mostly in the form of employment satisfaction.
For those immigrants, the United States was seen as the home of such sanity, though now I am starting to think that the view has changed.
— KVUE News (@KVUE) May 29, 2017
From 2009 to 2014 we see that there was a loss of 140,000 Mexican immigrants from the United States, many citing the need to reunify their family.
It isn’t a stretch to make the claim that the poor process of legal immigration is causing these families to be torn apart and therefore putting everyone in danger.
Regardless of the reasoning for immigration, Rinaldi’s actions were disgraceful and a spit in the face of democracy, not only in America, but across the world.
The floor of the legislative body is supposed to be the place where threats of violence are not needed, yet here we are, in 2017, with a lawmaker threatening murder on Texas House of Representative’s floor.
Hopefully the members of Rinaldi’s district will realize that this man is more suited for a jail cell rather than the house floor.
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