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Protesters of Texas' sanctuary cities ban take over Harris County GOP office

HOUSTON – A loud protest against Texas Senate Bill 4 was delivered directly inside the Harris County Republican offices in northwest Houston Monday morning. 

One protester said, "We are going to make sure that all of these names right here .... that have created a racist agenda and you are part of that attack on our communities.” A worker inside the office responded,” I am sorry. You are not correct that we are creating a racist agenda.”

Houston immigrant youth with “United We Dream” called Senate Bill 4 “racist and hateful.”  Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill banning sanctuary cities into law Sunday and posted the signing on Facebook.

"Legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes," He said.

Carolina Ramirez said the law would terrorize undocumented families like her own. She said she has lived in Texas for more than 20 years and does not want police officers to routinely ask immigration status.

Ramirez told KPRC 2, "I never wanted for my state to be connected with hate or racism. But unfortunately yesterday when SB 4 was signed into law, essentially that is what Texas is becoming." 

"Apparently they want to keep criminals and put them back out on the streets," Harris County Republican Chairman Paul Simpson said.

He said protesters barging into county offices was not the way to change laws.

"The next thing they do is show up at our party headquarters, trespass on our space, try to intimidate our volunteers and our female staffers,” Simpson said. “That's not right. It's wrong and if they can't win at the ballot box, they need to find something else to do."

“Gov. Greg Abbott yesterday sent a clear message that defiance of our laws in Texas will no longer be tolerated," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas said. “I commend the governor for signing into law this ban on sanctuary cities and the members of the Texas Legislature – especially Reps. Charlie Geren and Paul Workman and Sen. Charles Perry – for their leadership in sponsoring this measure.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday that the city’s lawyers are reviewing the law. He said regardless of the law, Houston will remain an open and welcoming city.