Hispanic Dems seek vote to condemn GOP lawmaker for demanding arrests of 'Dreamers'
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The leader of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Monday sought a House vote to formally condemn Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler Bruce Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee Democrat O'Halleran wins reelection in Arizona House race MORE (R-Ariz.) for urging the Capitol Police to arrest immigrants without legal status who were guests of lawmakers at last week’s State of the Union address.

Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamHispanic caucus unhappy with transition team treatment of Lujan Grisham Progressives urge Haaland for Interior as short list grows The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates MORE (D-N.M.), the caucus chairwoman, offered a resolution on the floor that condemns Gosar for “inappropriate actions that intimidated State of the Union guests and discredited the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The resolution states that Gosar “abused his power in an attempt to interfere with and politicize the U.S. Capitol Police’s efforts to provide for a safe, secure, and open environment during the State of the Union” and violated rules requiring all members to behave in a manner reflecting “creditably” on the House.

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Gosar called on the Capitol Police to check the identification of people attending the State of the Union last Tuesday and arrest anyone residing in the U.S. without documentation.

Scores of Democrats had invited young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, often referred to as “Dreamers.”

“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 wrote in a series of tweets.

Under House rules, any member can bring up a “privileged” resolution raising questions regarding the dignity and integrity of chamber proceedings. Lujan Grisham used that process for her resolution to condemn Gosar, which must, under House procedures, receive legislative action within two days.

It’s likely that GOP leaders would move to table the resolution, but the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would still be able to force a procedural vote.

Many lawmakers, including centrist Republican Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members House adjusts format for dinner with new members after criticism Former GOP congressman calls for Biden to receive presidential briefings MORE (Fla.), had invited recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted qualifying immigrants temporary work permits.

DACA recipients with valid permits would not have been at risk of arrest.

The Trump administration is phasing out DACA, but lawmakers are struggling to negotiate a deal to allow the program’s recipients to stay in the country in exchange for border security measures.

It’s not the first time a member of the House minority has called out the behavior of a lawmaker in the majority party.

In 2014, Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeGrassley suggests moderate Democrats for next Agriculture secretary Dangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts MORE (D-Ohio), then the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, offered a privileged resolution to condemn then-House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaIssa defeats Campa-Najjar in California House race Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Ex-RNC, Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy charged in covert lobbying scheme MORE (R-Calif.) for shutting down a hearing without letting any Democrats speak.

Issa had cut off the microphone of the Oversight Committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsWe must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE (Md.), a Black Caucus member.

The House ultimately voted to table Fudge's resolution.

Democrats blasted Gosar last week for his actions, as did with two Republicans who have centrist views on immigration policy.

"Oh my goodness, RepGosar. Dreamers don’t pose a threat to us. This is so drastic and cruel. Dios mío," Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down Trump-backed Republican unseats Shalala in Miami House race MORE (R-Fla.) tweeted.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report Profiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers McSally concedes Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) wrote: “This is why we can’t have nice things…”

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmerican Greatness editor on how Trump's abandonment of populism affected 2020 election Paul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line MORE (R-Wis.) offered milder pushback, with a spokeswoman saying that “the Speaker clearly does not agree.”