Hundreds protesting new anti-"sanctuary cities" law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of protesters wearing red "lucha" or "fight" T-shirts and chanting their opposition to Texas' tough new anti-"sanctuary cities" law have forced the Texas House to interrupt its floor session.

About 40 minutes into the proceedings on the final day of the legislative session Monday, protesters began cheering and chanting from the gallery: "Here to stay!" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho SB4 has got to go!"

Some waved banners reading "See you in court!"

The House leadership stopped the session and asked state troopers to clear the gallery. The demonstration continued for several minutes as officers led people out of the chamber peacefully in small groups.

Texas recently approved SB4, which compels local police to enforce federal immigration law. Opponents have filed lawsuits.