Austin, Texas. – This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his intent to call multiple special sessions to force his unpopular, failed agenda through the Texas legislature. In his announcement of “Special Session #1,” Abbott called for legislation to further fund harmful tactics at the border and to defund public schools by cutting property taxes. This follows the end of the regular session of the Texas Legislature that saw legislators attacking public schools, diversity and inclusion in higher education, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.
Juan Jose Martinez-Guevera, Texas Advocacy Manager of United We Dream, said:
“In Texas, we look out for one another and we value our freedoms. From Austin to Brownsville, El Paso to Houston, we fight for the freedom to move by welcoming our immigrant friends and neighbors. We value our freedom to learn by making sure our schools have the funding they need to teach the truth about our history. Unfortunately, these special sessions are an attempt by Gov. Abbott to force through his harmful and unpopular agenda incessantly targeting our immigrant neighbors, friends, and families. Instead of taking action on issues impacting Texas communities, such as climate change, gun violence and healthcare access, Gov. Abbott seeks to pit our communities against one another to distract from his failed leadership. We need Texas legislators to do everything in their power to block Gov. Abbott’s harmful agenda during this and future special sessions.”