The colorful scene melded two time-honored Texas traditions: political protest and the quinceañera.
With skirts flouncing, 15 young women ascended the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Wednesday morning to a traditional Mexican birthday song played in a mariachi style.
But there was no birthday to celebrate. Instead, the girls had gathered to protest a controversial immigration enforcement law that goes into effect September 1.
“We are here to take a stand against Senate Bill 4, the most discriminatory and hateful law in recent history,” declared Magdalena Juarez, 17, wearing a bright red gown. “When Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law on May 7, he disrespected my community. He put a lot of Texas in danger. SB4 is not only an attack on immigrant communities; it threatens the lives of all people of color.”
Photos: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT News