At least one Republican lawmaker has decided that making speeches in Washington isn’t going to be enough to stop Congress from shoving amnesty for illegal aliens down the throats of the American people.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is now crisscrossing the country to rally opposition to any immigration legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
The tea-party favorite showed no sign of moderating his firebrand rhetoric during his first stop in Richmond, Va., warning more immigration from Latin America countries would lead to more violence in the United States.
“Let’s restore the rule of law, let’s restore the dignity of the America citizen, and let’s restore the destiny of the American nation,” said King.
Other stops on his “Stop Amnesty Tour” include cities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio and South Carolina. The Tea Party Patriots and the Eagle Forum are among the groups rallying behind the effort.
King raised eyebrows a few weeks ago when he said undocumented young immigrants are more likely to have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” than to be valedictorians.
He also said a significant number of drug smugglers would be legalized under legislation proposed by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Boehner slammed King for his drug mules comment, saying, “There’s no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials.”
King’s statements are not without factual basis, according to a report published by Breitbart News that found the number of young “drug mules” arrested along the border is on the rise. There are also no clear data on the number of illegal immigrants who have graduated as valedictorians from schools in the U.S.
King believes a growing number of Republican members of the House are coming to his side of the issue and awakening to the devastating effects of amnesty for Americans.
“I do think there are members of our conference that are coming to a conclusion that if we are going to be led down the path of amnesty in any form, it’s the wrong way to go,” King told the Hill Monday.