(NBC News) House Speaker John Boehner issued a second scathing rebuke of immigration foe Rep. Steve King on Thursday after the Iowa Republican stood by comments characterizing most young undocumented immigrants as “drug mules.”
“I want to be clear, there’s no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials,” said Boehner, who first excoriated King’s language in a statement Tuesday night. “Earlier this week Rep. Steve King made comments that I think are deeply offensive and wrong. What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”
Boehner acknowledged that comments like King’s complicate Republicans’ efforts to pass legislation through the House to address the issue of illegal immigration.