Republican House Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona has requested that U.S. Capitol Police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions arrest and deport any illegal immigrants who may be attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union appearance on Tuesday. “Of all the places where the Rule of Law needs to be enforced, it should be in the hallowed halls of Congress,” Gosar wrote on Twitter. He added, “Any illegal aliens attempting to go through security, under any pretext of invitation or otherwise, should be arrested and deported.”

Tweeting multiple times, Gosar wrote that he has asked law enforcement to require all attendees at the State of the Union to produce identification and determine whether any guests are present illegally in the United States. Any persons who are found with fraudulent Social Security numbers or identification should be arrested, Gosar wrote. Among the guests reportedly invited to the speech are so-called DREAMers -- illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors of which some of who are recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which offers work permits and temporary protection from deportation.

Among the members of the House who are reportedly going to bring illegal immigrants to witness the speech is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who is an original author of the "DREAM Act" plans to bring DREAMers and DACA recipient Cesar Montelongo, who is a student enrolled in the MD-PhD program at Loyola University in Chicago. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) is bringing a guest who came from El Salvador to the U.S. at age 15 and who now works for Apple.  

Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) fired back at Rep. Gosar on Tuesday. Connolly and dozens of other legislators is bringing a DREAMer to the State of Union event. “No one threatens my guest,” Connolly tweeted. “You'll have to go through me and break my bones first.”

Trump is expected to address immigration during his speech. This month, the White House announced framework that would include a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million immigrants as well as funding for Trump’s border wall and new legal immigration limits.

Minority Leader Pelosi tweeted on Tuesday, "We will not rest -- we will not stop -- until we are able to protect DREAMers. They make America more American."

At least a dozen members of the House are refusing to attend Trump’s address, in deference to their base among leftists and advocacy groups. Some Democrats are expected to wear black to represent their solidarity with the so-called “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” feminist movements.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus plan to wear red pins in honor of Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman who was raped in 1944 by six white men who were never brought to justice. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will wear butterfly stickers to show support for migrants and refugees. be wearing migrating butterfly stickers to show support for immigrants and refugees a year into the Trump administration.

Last year, Trump announced that DACA would be rescinded as of March 5, forcing Democrats and Republicans to negotiate a solution for the approximately 800,000 DACA recipients. Trump has recently offered an immigration plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship to 1.5 million DREAMers and others but also bolster border security and curtail some forms of legal immigration. The plans offered by the White House and Congress do not address tourist and business visas, which are the means that most people visit the U.S. but then overstay.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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