Immigrant rights groups from across the country say they will begin running radio ads and will stage street protests to hold Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn 'accountable for, in their words, 'creating obstacles to immigration reform,' 1200 WOAI news reports.
The groups say they will target Cruz and Cornyn, as well as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who, ironically, is the author of the immigration reform bill they claim to support, although he has been backing away from it in recent days.
Fernando Garcia, who heads the Texas Border Network for Human Rights told 1200 WOAI news the border security measures being pushed by Cornyn and Cruz would turn the Texas-Mexico border into a 'war zone,' and he says people who live in the Rio Grande Valley don't want to live like that.
"This plan would create one of the most militarized borders in the world," Garcia said. "But the difference is in this case it would be a militarized border in a place where there is no conflict between allied nations."
Garcia said living along the Rio Grande would become like living in some of the most dangerous places on earth.
"After Korea and the border between Israel and Syria, the U.S. Mexico border would become the world's most militarized border," Garcia said.
The groups say they want to 'increase pressure' on Senators in Texas and Florida, on behalf of 'powerful and growing blocs of Latino voters that care intimately about the immigration issue and want to see this bill passed."
The group saw no irony in claiming that 'Latino voters' want to see the bill passed, and then singling out two Latino Senators as the ones who are blocking passage of the bill.