In this Feb. 10, 2015, photo is State Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall—AP
December 2, 2015 12:05 AM EST

An Iowa state senator running for U.S. Congress is getting blasted by both his Republican Party and Democrats after saying that immigrant felons who try to re-enter America illegally should be executed.

State Sen. Mark Chelgren’s controversial comments were published Monday by the Journal Express of Knoxville and Marion County, which presented his views on border security and immigration. The newspaper said the two-term state legislator believes in a fence to help protect the nation’s borders, and that if an undocumented person who committed a felony is deported and then tries to return to the U.S., he or she should…

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