Steve King (R-IA)

King Likened Visa Applicants To Dogs, Then Insisted “It Was A Compliment.” According to the Huffington Post, “Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Sunday stood by eyebrow-raising comments he made in May, insisting that he was praising immigrants when he compared selecting visa recipients to choosing a ‘good bird dog.’ ‘It was a compliment … They knew it was a compliment, they turned it into an insult because they’re professional hyperventilators,’ the immigration hardliner said in an interview on Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO-TV, posted by a site run by the campaign of his Democratic opponent, Christie Vilsack.” [Huffington Post, 10/21/12]

King Said For Every Dreamer “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’re Hauling 75 Pounds Of Marijuana Across The Desert.” According to Roll Call, “Rep. Steve King is defending his comments that children who were brought to the U.S. illegally don’t deserve ‘amnesty’ because they’re not ‘all valedictorians’ despite a firestorm of criticism from Republican leaders and Democrats. […] The Iowa Republican told the conservative website NewsMax last week that he is sympathetic to the situation in which many undocumented children find themselves. But he said those so-called DREAMers are not all created equal. ‘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 everyone 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’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.’ King said until there is some way to tell the difference between the ‘innocent ones’ and those who have been ‘undermining our culture and civilization and profiting from criminal acts,’ no one should advocate for ‘amnesty.’” [Roll Call, 7/23/13]

King Called Illegal Immigration “Slow Motion Holocaust” And Said It Has Killed More Americans Than September 11th. According to The Forward, “The ADL has been highly critical of a May 27 speech delivered by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, in which he argued that illegal immigrants have killed many more Americans since September 11, 2001, than were killed in the Al Qaeda attacks that day. King, who was speaking to a gathering of anti-immigration activists in Las Vegas, warned that ‘we have a slow motion holocaust on our hands.’…King, who has referred to Senator Joe McCarthy as a ‘great American hero,’ countered that he used the word ‘holocaust’ in a generic sense, meaning a great destruction, and that he was in no way referring to World War II.” [The Forward, 7/7/06]

King Equated Immigrants With Livestock And Proposed An Electrified Border Fence. According to The Hill, “In 2006, King went to the House Floor and built a model of a concrete border fence that he suggested should be electrified. ‘We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would simply be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time,’ King said at the time.” [The Hill, 1/7/11]

King Called For Delay Of Immigration Reform Because Of Boston Marathon Attack. According to the Washington Post, “Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for comprehensive immigration reform to be put on hold in light of Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, citing speculation (since deemed misplaced) that the attacker was a student from Saudi Arabia. ‘Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,’ King told National Review. ‘If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.’ He added that ‘we need to be ever vigilant,’ and that security should be the focus right now, not a path to legalization. ‘If we can’t background-check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where?’” [Washington Post, 4/16/13]

King: “The Current Practice Of Extending U.S. Citizenship To Hundreds Of Thousands Of ‘Anchor Babies’ Must End.” According to the Huffington Post, “Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken hardliner on immigration, introduced a bill on Thursday that would ‘clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.’ […] ‘We need a common sense solution to fix the flawed interpretation of the Constitution’s citizenship clause, and ‘The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013’ does just that,’ he said in a statement on Friday. ‘The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law breaking.’” [Huffington Post, 1/4/13]