Outside the Governor’s Mansion at Mother’s Day SB 4 protest. Gus Bova
On Mother's Day, Hundreds Protest Senate Bill 4 at Governor's Mansion
On Mother’s Day in Austin, hundreds of demonstrators marched from City Hall to the Governor’s Mansion in protest of Senate Bill 4, the anti-“sanctuary cities” bill that critics say will tear immigrant families apart. The protest, billed as “Madres de Texas en la Lucha,” came one week after Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial law.
Protesters marched with signs reading “sin papeles, sin miedo,” “brown skin is not probable cause,” and “a mama’s place is in the resistance.”
“Because of politicians like Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, mi mamá and millions of others are living in fear of being rejected, kicked out of the communities that they helped build,” said Berenice Ramirez Campos, a student activist with Jolt Texas, a Latino activist group.
SB 4, which goes into effect September 1, will allow police to ask people who’ve been detained — not just arrested — to prove citizenship, and also threatens to jail law enforcement officials who limit cooperation with federal immigration agents.