Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) stood by his comments on illegal immigration, asking his critics for an “open debate” and once again calling attention to the use of children and teenagers to deliver illegal drugs across the border.
King has drawn fire for a July 18 interview with Newsmax TV, during which he warned that not every minor brought to the United States illegally is a model of good behavior:
There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing that they were breaking the law. And they will say to me and others who defend the rule of law, “We have to do something about the 11 million. And some of them are valedictorians. . . . 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 hundred 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.
Earlier today, during his weekly press conference, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) chastised King for his remarks, calling them “deeply offensive and wrong.” Boehner added, “What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican party.”
Meanwhile, Luke Russert of NBC News tweets that a group of immigrant students plan to deliver cantaloupes to King’s Iowa office this afternoon.