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Rep.Steve King's Attacks On Immigrants May Actually Be Helping Reform by Roger Algase

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Rep. Steve King's Attacks On Immigrants May Actually Be Helping Reform. by Roger Algase

No one in Congress has been more vocal, or more vicious, in attacking immigrants than Representative Steve King (R-Iowa). King made headlines with his anti-immigrant antics a year ago by stating that diversity does not strengthen America. See Huffington Post; Steve King: Idea That Diversity Strengthens America Has 'Never Been Backed Uo By Logic', (August 2, 2012) Of course, everyone in America knows what "diversity" means.

Then, last October. King compared immigrants to dogs and then claimed that this was a compliment. See Huffington Post: Steve King: Comparing Immigrants To Dogs Was 'A Compliment', October 21, 2012.

At the same time, King also - at least indirectly, even though his target was a US born American citizen - smeared one prominent immigrant group by falsely suggesting that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin might have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood because of her ancestry. (Huma Abedin is now back in the news in a different context, one which might be called a true example of diversity that knows no ethnic boundaries.)

Now, Steve King has done it again. by calling "illegal" (another code word - translation: Latino, Asian or black) immigrants drug smugglers. See Washington Post: GOP leaders denounce Rep. Steve King for calling most illegal immigrants 'drug mules', July 24.

www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gop-leaders-denounce-rep-steve-king-for-calling-most-illegal-immigrants-drug-mules/2013/07/24/87441590-f479-11e2-a2f1-...

However, as the above headline indicates, this time King may have gone too far. Three House Republicans, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and former House bipartisan immigration group member Raul Labrador (R-ID) lost no time in denouncing what Labrador called King's "irresponsible and reprehensible" remarks.

Perhaps one day soon, not only House Republican leaders, but also rank and file members who are against CIR, may catch on and realize where their anti-immigrant ideology is coming from, what it represents, and what it is doing to the Republican party.

If this happens, possibly there might be some movement toward real reform in the House, not the ersatz proposals and poison pills that are being bandied about now. Then immigrants might one day thank Steve King for making clear how much bigotry and hate there are behind the movement to kill CIR.

Rep. King is not only out of touch with America on immigration, but even with the majority of voters in his own district, according to the conservative Republican Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. See: Look who loves the Senate Immigration Bill (July 24).

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2007/07/24/look-who-loves-the-senate-immigration-bill/?print=1

Rubin suggests that pro-CIR Republicans should "primary" Steve King next year. Not a bad idea.

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  1. MKolken's Avatar
    I agree. The GOP leadership in the House may now be forced to pass some form reform in order to divorce themselves from King's racist and xenophobic comments.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Let us hope so. There is also a less optimistic way of looking at this. The House Republican leadership may be angry at Steve King for showing what the the real purpose of all their stalling, obstruction, poison pills and fake "piecemeal" proposals is - to pretend to be dealing with reform while really planning to put a stake though its heart.

    In effect, the House Republican leadership may be furious at King for letting the Republican cat out of the racist, anti-immigrant, "no reform" bag.

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has also joined the chorus of condemnation for King. But Goodlatte appears to be nowhere near giving up his refusal to consider any kind of real reform unless impossible and unrealistic "enforcement-first" conditions are agreed to by CIR supporters - i.e. never.

    I have posted another blog about this.

    Roger Algase
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