GOP Congressman Wants to Round Up “Illegal Aliens” at State of the Union

Rep. Paul Gosar said he contacted Capitol Police and the Justice Department.

Bill Clark/ZUMA

With dozens of Democratic lawmakers planning to bring DACA recipients as guests to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, one Republican congressman appears hellbent on giving the Dreamers a rough welcome.

Just hours before Trump’s remarks Monday evening, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), cast an ominous backdrop to the event by calling on authorities to perform identification checks and round up any undocumented immigrants attempting to attend the speech. Gosar’s office said that the congressman had been in contact with Capitol Police and the Justice Department about his proposal:

It’s unlikely any such checks will occur, but Gosar’s suggestion echoes a recent editorial from Fox News columnist Todd Starnes that urged Trump to have Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at the ready during the State of Union address.

“Imagine the message he could send to the world if he directed ICE agents to arrest every illegal alien in the House chamber—live on national television,” Starnes wrote.

$500,000 MATCHING GIFT

In 2014, before Donald Trump announced his run for president, we knew we had to do something different to address the fundamental challenge facing journalism: how hard-hitting reporting that can hold the powerful accountable can survive as the bottom falls out of the news business.

Being a nonprofit, we started planning The Moment for Mother Jones: A special campaign to raise $25 million for key investments to make Mother Jones the strongest watchdog it can be. Five years later, readers have stepped up and contributed an astonishing $23 million in gifts and future pledges. This is an incredible statement from the Mother Jones community in the face of the huge threats—both economic and political—against the free press.

Read more about The Moment and see what we've been able to accomplish thanks to readers' incredible generosity so far, and please join them today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 total, during this critical moment for journalism.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.