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    Texas Lawmakers Scuffle Over Immigration

    Hateful words become hateful actions. More than 1,000 protesters gathered at the Texas State House to protest SB4, a new law banning “sanctuary cities,” until GOP Rep. Matt Rinaldi told his fellow lawmakers that he’d called immigration officials on the demonstrators. That led to a confrontation in which Rinaldi threatened to shoot Democratic Rep. Poncho Nevárez — but only, Rinaldi claimed later on Facebook, in self defense. It is legal for Texas legislators to carry concealed firearms. Democrats now say they’re worried that threats and racism are becoming normalized by “Trump rhetoric.”

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