WASHINGTON, DC — In an interview with conservative website Newsmax, a Republican congressman from Iowa, Rep. Steve King, called immigrants evil marijuana smugglers who have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
The remarks came in an interview with conservative website Newsmax magazine, when Rep. King was asked about the DREAM Act, which would give undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children a chance at permanent residency.
Some of them are valedictorians — and their parents brought them in. It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.
The Washington Post wasted no time in calling King’s remarks disgusting, prejudiced, and without merit:
King has absolutely no proof for this disgusting, prejudiced statement. (Then again, one wonders what constitutes proof for a congressman who thinks snow disproves global warming.) As the Immigration Policy Center points out, using data from the census, the Pew Hispanic Center and the FBI, crime rates have fallen in the United States as the immigrant population (legal and illegal) has increased.
Watch Rep. King’s comments below:
Iowa Republican Congressman Calls Immigrants ‘Evil’ Marijuana Smugglers in Racist Remarks was written by Ross Baglia and appears in full on The Daily Chronic. ©2013
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