Democratic state Rep. Victoria Neave’s four-day fast to protest the bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities” has drawn the attention of the legislation’s House sponsor — but it likely didn’t produce the reaction she was hoping for.
“I’m not doing that. I didn’t get to be a fat white boy by not eating,” said state Rep. Charlie Geren, the Fort Worth Republican carrying Senate Bill 4 in the House.
The bill, already approved by the Senate, is slated for a lengthy floor debate Wednesday. Neave, who last ate Sunday morning when she received communion at mass in Dallas, has vowed to not eat until it’s over.
“What I need to do is postpone it a couple days and see how hungry she gets,” Geren said, adding that he was kidding.
For Neave, the fast is no laughing matter.
“For me this is very spiritual,” said Neave, a freshman legislator from the Dallas area. “This is very personal to me. I’m the daughter of an immigrant. My father came as an undocumented immigrant. He’s proud to be a citizen now. He’s proud to be an American.”
Senate Bill 4 by state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, would impose harsh penalties on cities and counties that decline in some way to assist federal immigration enforcement.