Target: Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)
Goal: Condemn Representative Steve King’s bigoted and racist remarks against undocumented immigrants
Many Republican politicians have made their opposition to immigration reform clear, but few have made comments as overtly racist as Iowa Representative Steve King. In comments to Newsmax, King made the claim that many undocumented immigrants brought to America as children “have calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” and that for every young immigrant who becomes valedictorian, “there’s another 100 out there” involved in the drug trade.
It is one thing to have a disagreement on how Congress should address immigration, but blatantly racist remarks such as these have no place in a civil political discourse. Even after King’s colleagues and constituents voiced strong disagreement, he stood by his comments saying the ridiculous claims are “not something that I’m making up”. “This is real,” he continued. “We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they’ve been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back.”
Rep. Steve King uses these claims as an excuse to oppose measures that would provide a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants brought to America as children. It is scary to think that he holds a seat on the House subcommittee on immigration, giving him influence over national immigration policy. Please sign the petition below to send him the message that racism should not be tolerated in Congress and that immigrants, documented or not, are deserving of respect.
Dear Representative Steve King,
Your recent comments on immigration reform show a shocking amount of ignorance and bigotry towards undocumented immigrants. There is a clear difference between expressing disagreement on policy and furthering stereotypes that are hateful and racist. Your remarks, unfortunately, have crossed that line. Implying that the vast majority of young immigrants are drug mules as opposed to contributing members of society is both untrue and toxic to political discourse.
You have done your constituents, who largely disagree with your positions on immigration, a disservice by voicing such unsavory viewpoints. You have done your state a disservice by being actively hostile and prejudiced towards a diverse subsection of American society in your role as a representative. Furthermore, you have done your country a disservice by poisoning the national debate on immigration reform with your racist claims. It is absolutely necessary that you undo this harm by apologizing for your comments and better educating yourself on the issues.
Remarks like these are often born not out of malice, but instead out of ignorance. If this is the case, perhaps you would be well-served to visit a Hispanic neighborhood within your district and speak with members of the community. You have a great opportunity in your role as a United States representative to voice the views of your constituents. Considering that a strong majority of voters in your district view the “dreamers” as just the latest members of a long, proud line of American immigrants, you may wish to reevaluate your position.
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