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Texans protest anti-immigration policies with car caravan at Texas Capitol

KEYE Austin logo KEYE Austin 9/19/2021 Ricardo Lewis
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AUSTIN, Texas - Immigration activists have traveled to Austin from Texas border towns. A two-day 100-car caravan ended at the Texas Capitol Saturday after leaving El Paso and making stops in San Antonio.

Activists said they feel Governor Greg Abbott and state leaders are targeting immigrants and people of color after signing a new border security funding bill into law.

“This is an important issue because we’re here to fight for the same reason which is liberation for our people,” Damaris Gonzalez said who traveled from Houston.

Immigration activists said they are fighting back against what they call white supremacy, racism, and anti-immigration policies that were signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.

"The reason we're here is to tell Governor Abbott, elected officials, and members of the legislature that it's enough. That we don't want the continuation of scapegoating immigrant communities,” Adriana Cadena said.

Cadena works with Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance and said she along with 200 Texans that protested Saturday are fed up.

"The only thing the governor is doing is using militarization and criminalization of these communities instead of really solving the issues,” Cadena said.

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Instead, activists want to see state leaders implement policies that address what they call “real issues” that prioritize the well-being of all Texans like addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a surge of asylum-seeking migrants is living under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Governor Abbott put all hands on deck to help guard the border Saturday.

“You will see the National Guard, as well as the Department of Public Safety, have a perimeter area around that bridge area to make sure the community of Del Rio is safe,” Abbott said on Friday.

The governor signed a bill into law on Friday that boosts border security with almost $2 billion in funding. It's something Abbott said the federal government should have stepped in to do.

"It is the federal government's job to support our border, but the Biden Administration has failed to do its job," Abbott said.

Protestors said they won't stop until their voices are heard by the governor.

“It’s important for us to come together to really demonstrate that together juntos, we are having a unified voice against these actions, and to really demonstrate to all Texans that we don’t want these kinds of policies,” Cadena said.

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