Conservative radio host: Trump should deport Dreamers attending State of the Union
A conservative radio host has suggested that President Trump round up recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program attending his first State of the Union address and deport them.
In a piece published on Fox News, Todd Starnes wrote that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a number of other Democratic lawmakers plan to “fill the House gallery with illegal aliens when President Trump delivers his first State of the Union address.”
“The illegal aliens will be sitting in seats that in previous years were meant for brave military heroes, law-abiding taxpayers and America’s best and brightest,” he wrote.
“The sad truth is that Democrats would rather align themselves with foreign invaders who violated our national sovereignty, thumbed their nose at the rule of law, and pillaged and plundered taxpayer-funded resources.”
He said Pelosi has turned the U.S. Capitol into a “safe haven.”
“In response, President Trump should fill the remainder of the House gallery with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents,” he wrote.
“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 continued to go after Democrats for their calls for a legislative fix for the DACA program.
“If President Trump truly wants to demonstrate a no-nonsense, ‘America First’ policy, he should round up every illegal alien attending the State of the Union address and put them on school buses with a one-way ticket back across the border,” he wrote.
He also called for the Justice Department to launch an investigation into whether Pelosi and other Democrats “broke federal law by harboring illegal aliens.”
“It’s time to put a stop to this lawlessness,” he wrote.
Multiple Democrats have invited young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, popularly known as “Dreamers,” to Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Centrist Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) also announced last week he would bring a DACA recipient as his guest to the president’s speech.
Last week, a senior administration official said the White House would endorse allowing as many as 1.8 million young immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship in exchange for billions of dollars for a border wall and sweeping changes to the immigration system.
Officials framed the plan as Congress’s best chance to pass a fix for immigrants who benefit from the DACA program.