DES MOINES – The Journal Express this morning reported that state Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican running for Congress in Iowa’s Second Congressional District, supports executing undocumented immigrants.
According to the article, “If one is found to have crossed into the country illegally, committed a felony while here, then been deported, he [Chelgren] supports executing that individual if they break America’s immigration laws a second time.”
In response, IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire issued the following statement:
“Mark Chelgren’s reported comments are vile, hateful and downright deplorable. We have heard Steve King and many Republicans running for President demean and insult immigrants and advocate for callous policies that would tear immigrant families apart. Mark Chelgren’s call for executing undocumented immigrants represents a dangerous new low for the Republican Party.
“America is a country of immigrants, unified by the hope and opportunity to give our families and our children a better life. Our diversity makes our country stronger. Iowa Democrats will continue to fight back against heinous and hateful rhetoric from Mark Chelgren, Steve King, and the Republican Party.”