GOP lawmaker: Undocumented immigrants at State of the Union should be arrested
A Republican lawmaker said Tuesday that undocumented immigrants in attendance at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address should be “arrested and deported.”
“Of all the places where the Rule of Law needs to be enforced, it should be in the hallowed halls of Congress," Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) wrote on Twitter. "Any illegal aliens attempting to go through security, under any pretext of invitation or otherwise, should be arrested and deported."
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The status of undocumented immigrants, and especially of those brought to the U.S. as children, has become a central issue in recent weeks, with an impasse over their fate prompting a brief government shutdown earlier this month. Democrats have demanded that protections for so-called Dreamers be codified into law, and multiple Democratic lawmakers have invited Dreamers as guests to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the Capitol.
Gosar, an immigration hawk whose Twitter account bears a post reading “No amnesty—period” pinned at the top, said he has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the U.S. Capitol Police to “consider checking identification of all attending the State of the Union address and arresting any illegal aliens in attendance.”
He also requested the arrest of any attendee who uses fraudulent identification or a fake social security number as they pass through security.
"What’s wrong with you?" Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) responded to Gosar on Twitter.
"The State of our Union is heartless and cruel," wrote Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).
Trump, who spent much of his campaign touting his tough stance on immigration, is expected to address the issue in his Tuesday night address. A White House framework would include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, as well as funding for the border wall Trump promised during the 2016 campaign, an end to the diversity visa lottery program and a dramatic curtailing of family-based immigration practices.
But that deal has been met with a chilly reception from both parties on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said money for a border wall was off the table after the president turned down a last-ditch offer that included such funding. Offering a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is likely to be unpopular with the House’s powerful arch-conservative Freedom Caucus, of which Gosar is a member.
January 30, 2018 at 06:32PM