WASHINGTON, DC – A Republican congressman from Iowa has defend his racially biased claims that Mexican immigrants are evil drug smugglers with by alleging that “80 to 90″ percent of all drugs consumed in the US are smuggled from Mexico by children.
In a speech on the House floor, King defended a comment made earlier in the week that “for [every immigrant] 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.”
In a House speech Thursday, King said: “Eighty to 90 percent of the illegal drugs consumed in America come from or through Mexico. I can tell you that in Mexico they are recruiting kids to be drug smugglers, between the ages of 11 and 18.”
King went on to add that Mexico jails about 800 children per year for drug smuggling, saying “Every night, some come across the border, smuggling drugs across the border.”
Rep King further justified his comments as factual, telling CNN that he has seen “dozens and scores of people” smuggling drugs across the border, which the congressman alleges happens every night.
“This isn’t something made up in thin air,” King told CNN. “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.”
“I’ve been down there multiple times,” Kind continued. “I’ve sat along the border at night.”
The Washington Post reports that prominent Republicans, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have denounced Rep. King for his remarks, calling them “irresponsible and reprehensible.”
Meanwhile, several members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus spoke out against King’s remarks on the House floor.
“My parents brought me to this country at the age of 11,” said Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) . “They brought me here for the freedom. They brought me here for the opportunities, and they never told me to strap 75 pounds of marijuana on my thighs so we can sell it in America.”
On Thursday, an immigration advocacy group delivered cantaloupes to King’s office in Washington, DC.
“We wanted to talk to the congressman to tell him that the comments he is making are unacceptable,” said Maricela Aguilar, a Mexican immigrant who now lives in Wisconsin. “Our legs are not the size of cantaloupes. Even if they are, we are not drug runners, we are here as students and he needs to stop making these comments.”
Rep. Steve King Defends Racist Drug Smuggling Remarks… With More Racist Remarks was written by Ross Baglia and appears in full on The Daily Chronic. ©2013
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