Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R) said that he would shoot fellow lawmaker Rep. Alfonso Poncho Nevarez (D) in “self-defense”. Mr. Rinaldi claimed that Mr. Nevarez threatened him.

Texas is mulling a controversial new bill that would outlaw so-called “sanctuary cities”. If enacted, the bill would mandate all Texas cities obey U.S. immigration laws and cooperate with federal agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (‘ICE’) to remove undocumented immigrants.

What Texas is attempting to outlaw:Sanctuary cities” are localities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on matters related to U.S. immigration law.

In reaction to this bill, protesters filled up the Texas Capitol in great numbers.

Mr. Rinaldi, the Republican lawmaker, assumed that some of the protesters filling the Capital were “illegal immigrants”. He took it upon himself to call ICE and then broadcast this act to Democratic lawmakers.

This resulted in an immediate confrontation that is documented below.

“When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero [Jr.] [D-Fort Worth] physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues,” Mr. Rinaldi said. “During that time, Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’”

“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self-defense. I am currently under DPS protection.”

Representative Matt Rinaldi (R) admits to calling ICE and threatening gun violence:

Representative Ramon Romero, Jr. (D) denied Mr. Rinaldi’s allegations: