In July 2010, Rep. Gohmert offered up his “terror babies” conspiracy theory on the floor of the House, claiming that “[terrorists] would get [pregnant women] into the United States to have a baby… then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists… and then one day, twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.” The following year CIS attempted to add an academic veil to this theory in a report entitled: “Birthright Citizenship for the Children of Visitors: A National Security Problem in the Making?”
- Since 2005, Rep. Louie Gohmert has served Texas’ 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is also acting vice chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
- Rep. Gohmert is an active supporter of the organized anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant movements, and maintains close relationships with their leaders.
- The Texan has an A+ rating by NumbersUSA, and is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event.
Beliefs and Associations
- From his position on the immigration subcommittee, Rep. Gohmert has become a go-to for far-right fringe media outlets for opinions on immigration and terrorism, and frequently peddles bigotry and conspiracy theories regarding undocumented immigrants and Muslims.
- When referring to an influx of unaccompanied minors arriving in Texas in 2014, Rep. Gohmert attempted to bring in the Texas National Guard to “stop the invasion… [because] we don’t know what diseases they’re bringing in.”
Attacks on DACA
- Rep. Gohmert is a staunch opponent of DACA, and since 2012 has worked with Representatives King, Blackburn, Brooks and others in the House to attack the program in every way possible. He has supported legislation that would defund DACA both as stand alone bills and amendments attached to must-pass appropriations bills like the NDAA or the Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act.
- In 2016 Congress Gohmert supported amendments to the NDAA offered by Representatives King and Gosar which were designed to prohibit Dreamers from serving in the military.
- In the summer of 2014 Gohmert worked with Reps. Blackburn, Barletta, King and Brooks to pass a bill that would have halted DACA.
- In 2013 Congressman Gohmert voted in favor of an amendment to the DHS Appropriations Act. H.Amdt.136 would have prohibited the use of funds to process DACA applications. It passed by a recorded vote 224/221.