Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss a proposed bill that takes aim at a program that protects illegal immigrants.

More than 300,000 illegal immigrants living in the U.S. are shielded under the Temporary Protected Status program.

Gohmert, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the program was started under former President George H.W. Bush with good intentions, but it was abused under the Obama administration.

He explained that it was intended to protect refugees fleeing war-torn countries, but it now essentially offers illegal immigrants de facto amnesty, as it allows them to repeatedly renew their temporary protected status.

He said we must force the countries designated for the program, including Syria, Yemen and Sudan, to take these individuals back, since those are hotbeds of radical Islamic terror that pose a threat to American citizens.

"They took a good program started under George H.W. Bush for humanitarian purposes, and they turned it into a program that can be a way to hurt our country," Gohmert said. "And so it has to stop."

"This bill will force that to be reviewed and send people back that shouldn't be there," Gohmert said. "The bottom line is: If you're coming as a radical Islamist from a country that you've torn up with war, don't plan on staying to celebrate 9/11 in the United States."

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