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King Standing Firm

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King Standing Firm

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King says he is “standing firm” in his opposition to amnesty for illegal immigrants, including children who were illegally brought into the country by their parents. House Speaker John Boehner — the top Republican in the House — used his weekly news conference to blast King for saying there are more drug smugglers than high school valedictorians among the kids brought into the U.S. illegally. Boehner called King’s comment “ignorant.” King then responded.

King blames “full-time, professional hypervenilators” for stirring up the controversy and King says many of his colleagues are giving him “silent” support.

A group of undocumented youth who say they were brought into the country by their parents when they were children tried to deliver cantaloupes to King’s congressional office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. One woman in the group called King’s comment “spiteful” and “racist.” King last week said for every valedictorian who would be eligible for legal status under the so-called DREAM Act, there are a hundred others who have “calves the size of cantaloupes” because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana on their back across the U.S./Mexican border. King says he’s seen the drug runners with his own eyes as he’s visited the border and met with border patrol agents.

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