"For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that they weigh 130 pounds — and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," he said. "Those people would be legalized with the same act."
King’s comments on illegal immigrant children being drug mules were quickly condemned by House GOP leaders, with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday calling them “wrong” and Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying the remarks were “inexcusable.”
You might expect King to pull back some of comments, but he backs them 100%.
"This isn't something made up in thin air," he said. "I've seen it with my eyes and watched the data and video that support what I say, and the longer this dialogue goes, the more the American people will understand what I'm saying is factually correct."The Democrats in Iowa have condemned this type of thinking:
Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, and a candidate in next year's U.S. Senate race in the state, emphasized the bipartisan nature of the criticism before adding his own.
"I agree that these (comments) are offensive and damaging to Iowa's reputation as a welcoming, inclusive land of opportunity where the American Dream is still alive," he said. "Sadly, Steve got exactly what he wanted, and that is attention."...
Also adding her voice to the controversy was Anesa Kajtazovic, a state representative from Waterloo and 2014 candidate for Iowa's 1st Congressional District.
Kajtazovic, a Democrat, immigrated to Iowa as a child after living in a refugee camp in Bosnia. Coming to America gave her family "a second shot at life," she wrote in a Facebook message on Wednesday morning.
"As an immigrant myself I find Rep. King's comments offensive and ignorant, and as a proud Iowan I find them nothing short of shameful," she wrote. "He's a prime example of what's wrong with Washington."Who hasn't said anything about this....Dan Lederman. Dan Lederman, the Senate Majority-whip in South Dakota is a huge ally and supporter of King:
That, by the way, pits Ben in a roundabout way against state Sen. Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes, who’s a big supporter of King in the Sioux City area.What did Mr. Lederman have to say?
Nothing from Thune and nothing from Noem, his fellow house member.
SD War College says nothing about King, but tries to copy and paste some PR from the NRSC about Schumer not condemning Weiner and his sexting problems. It runs out that Schumer is more then willing to let Anthony hang out to dry....
But nearly 15 years after Weiner was elected to Congress with Schumer’s blessing, their relationship is frayed, strained by years of conflicts — most especially over the sexting scandal that forced Weiner to resign in disgrace.
On the campaign trail, Weiner barely mentions Schumer. And Schumer refuses to talk publicly about Weiner.
Running without any support from Democratic powerbrokers or elected officials, Weiner’s campaign is, in some way, a lonely affair. Schumer’s distance from his protégé underscores just how politically isolated Weiner is.Maybe the SD GOP doesn't really care about the South Dakota immigrant, but maybe they should.
1.3% (or 5,742) of registered voters in South Dakota were “New Americans”—naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were raised during the current era of immigration from Latin America and Asia which began in 1965—according to an analysis of 2008 Census Bureau data by Rob Paral & Associates.7
The Latino share of South Dakota’s population grew from 0.8% in 19908 to 1.4% in 2000,9 to 2.8% (or 22,899 people) in 2011.10 The Asian share of the population grew 0.4% in 1990,11 to 0.6% in 2000,12 to 1% (or 7,855 people) in 2011,13 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from South Dakota, the state would lose $190.5 million in economic activity, $84.6 million in gross state product, and approximately 1,440 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.21