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Congressman calls for police to arrest undocumented immigrants at State of the Union – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers and activists frustrated with the pace at which Congress is moving on protections for “dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, often point to fears of deportation.

Stories of undocumented immigrants being arrested at courthouses while seeking protections from crimes, or meeting with officers to apply for legal residency have only stoked those fears.

Now they may also have to fear the chambers of Congress, with one conservative lawmaker confirming their anxieties ahead of the State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., tweeted that he contacted the U.S. Capitol Police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ask law enforcement to consider checking the identification of all attending the State of the Union address. The hardline conservative even called for arresting “any illegal aliens in attendance.”

“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,” he continued in a series of tweets.

The move was in response to the decision by as many as 50 Democratic lawmakers who have reportedly invited dreamers and other undocumented immigrants to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is bringing Cindy Garcia, who is the wife of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old father who was brought to the U.S. as a child and lived here for more than 30 years before being deported to Mexico.

“The Garcia family’s story is heartbreaking and infuriating. It is both a symptom of a long-broken immigration system and a new rash immigration policy that does not recognize the difference between a hardworking family man and a criminal. This must change,” Dingell said in a statement.

This isn’t the first time Gosar’s extreme immigration views have surfaced; the Arizona congressman is known for posting studies on social media claiming that dreamers are responsible for sizable percentages of crime in his homestate.

According to AZCentral:

“In separate posts, Gosar also wrote, citing Lott’s report, that “DACA-aged illegals” accounted for “15 percent of all Arizona manslaughters,” “14 percent of all sexual assaults each year” and “nearly 14 percent of all first-degree murders in Arizona.”

All of Gosar’s posts were made under the headline, “Getting to know DACA-aged illegals,” even though most undocumented immigrants with criminal records are not eligible for the DACA program.

Trump’s own record on protecting dreamers is mixed.

While launching his presidential campaign, Trump accused immigrants from Mexico of being rapists and murderers. And the brief government shutdown earlier this month arguably happened in part because of Trump’s reluctance or lack of clarity on what he wants for the dreamers. That, and his “shithole countries” comment.

Liberal lawmakers have accused the president of leveraging the dreamers as “ransom” to restrict legal immigration, calling it a wish list for “anti-immigration hard-liners” and “white supremacists.”

Gosar’s view of dreamers is inconsistent with that of most Americans, including his own party: The majority of Americans support protections for dreamers.

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