GOP Congressman Calls for Arrest of DACA Recipients at State of the Union

Following disturbing statements about immigration made by President Donald Trump, and his decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children, a number of lawmakers are planning to bring DACA recipients as guests to Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday.

This isn’t sitting well with one Republican lawmaker, who called for their deportation.

Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona called for U.S. Capitol Police to check the ID’s of and arrest all guests who are undocumented and have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Temporary Protected Status at the door.

“Today, Congressman Paul Gosar contacted the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking they consider checking identification of all attending the State of the Union address and arresting any illegal aliens in attendance,” a statement from Gosar’s Twitter read.

But Gosar — who is known for his hardline stance on immigration — wasn’t done there. He also called for the arrest of anyone using “fraudulent social security numbers and identification to pass through security.”

“Of all the places where the Rule of Law needs to be enforced, it should be in the hallowed halls of Congress. Any illegal aliens attempting to go through security, under any pretext of invitation or otherwise, should be arrested and deported,” Gosar said.

According to CNN, at least 27 members of Congress — including at least one Republican — plan to bring undocumented immigrants and activists to Trump’s State of the Union.

Earlier this month, Trump referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa as being from “shithole countries,” prompting further allegations of racism. Trump also decided in 2017 to let Obama-era DACA protects expire, directing Congress to draft new legislation to keep those brought to the country illegally as children from being deported. The Trump administration also refused to support any bipartisan immigration legislation unless funding for a border wall with Mexico was included.