Iowa Lawmaker Wants To Execute Undocumented Felons
If you come to America without documentation and you’re a felon, Iowa State Senator Mark Chelgren says you should be put to death.
Reached by phone, Chelgren told The Associated Press that his comments came during a broader conversation about terrorism and border control. Chelgren stressed he was talking specifically about immigrants with felony convictions trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally with further criminal intent.
“I think capital punishment should be considered for people who are felons and re-enter this country illegally, yes,” Chelgren said. “We have to make sure we are not incentivizing people whose only intent is to victimize.”
Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire said the comments were “vile, hateful and downright deplorable.”
Iowa Republican Party spokesman Charlie Szold said the comments “do not represent the values and the beliefs of Iowa Republicans.”