More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers and one moderate GOP rep have invited Dreamers - young people brought to the USA illegally who had been protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - to attend President Trump's first State of the Union address.
"This combination of distortion shows that the administration is not yet serious about attracting bipartisan support and still does not value immigrants of color", Clarke said.
But with dozens of "Dreamers" - illegal immigrants in the USA under special protections from the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty - slated to attend Tuesday's speech, Rep. Paul Gosar said police should be on the lookout. The Dreamers were brought into the country illegally by their parents but were granted protection from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, of which there are now around 800,000 young recipients.
House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong told CNN in a statement, "The speaker clearly does not agree" with Gosar.
Representatives for the US Capitol police could not immediately be reached for comment.
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Gosar's tweet provoked an outcry from congressional Democrats.
Trump, who has called on Congress to pass legislation to deal with DREAMers, has proposed a path to citizenship for these people in return for border wall funding and other immigration measures. "What kind of fear is he inflicting in the people that live in his town, in his state?" she said. Therefore, the 24 DREAMers who are in attendance at Trump's State of the Union speech likely do not have to worry about getting arrested.
In addition to being a member of Congress, Gosar is a dentist.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said during the press conference that lawmakers were doing their "duty" and guests should not be denied the ability to participate.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake responded saying "This is why we can't have nice things". Gosar shot back: "This is why you got forced out of office".