Steve King

Congressman (R-IA 4th District)

King, who toasted on Twitter to reports of the first DACA recipient being deported under the Trump Administration, has often characterized undocumented youth as drug runners: "For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." Later on in the interview, King claimed that undocumented youth were "undermining our culture and civilization."

About

  • Congressman Steve King of Iowa is the most vocal proponent of deporting the undocumented, as well as making cuts to overall immigration levels, in the House of Representatives.
  • For years, King has espoused extreme and false far right beliefs about immigrants and minorities, has associated with Nazi-founded European political parties like the Austrian Freedom Party, and has pushed back on immigration reform bills with groups founded and funded by eugenics proponent John Tanton.
  • Rep. King’s statements about immigrants and association with white supremacists have become increasingly explicit in recent years, and have even drawn criticism from individuals within his own party.

Beliefs and Associations

  • King has openly associated with the anti-immigrant lobby for years, including frequent attendance at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event, and appearing at events hosted by FAIR, NumbersUSA and CIS:
    • In 2013, as Congress was considering another bipartisan immigration compromise, King joined Reps. Barletta, Brooks, Lamar Smith and Senator Sessions on a CIS teleconference to argue against it.
    • King joined NumbersUSA executive director Roy Beck at a 2013 rally against the same bill.
    • King was a recipient of Tanton’s political action committee USIRPAC in ‘02, ‘04, ‘06, ‘08, ‘12, ‘14, ’16 and 2018.
    • The Republican Congressman, who frequently makes overtly racist comments about immigrants and minorities, has previously praised the nationalist Dutch politician Geert Wilders and echoed his belief in white superiority: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King wrote. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”
  • King frequently expresses his belief in white supremacy, such as by posing to MSNBC host Chris Hayes “Where did any other sub-group of people contribute more to civilization… than white people?”
  • And as a proponent of ending birthright citizenship, he has introduced legislation that would do just that.
  • King is a advocate for mass deportation, and reintroduced his End Sanctuary Capitol Act in 2017 or H.R.3486 which would “authorize the Capitol Police to enforce the immigration laws.”

Attacks on DACA

  • From the announcement of the program in 2012, King has led the charge against DACA in the House.
  • Since DACA’s rescission Congressman King has pledged to do the “killing-of all amnesty in every form!” He also exclaimed to Breitbart News’ Whatever It Takes radio host Curt Schilling that there is a “a pejoraty [sic] against white people in America. It’s an anti-white, anti-Western civilization culture that they are fostering.”
  • In addition to his repeated mischaracterization of the majority of Dreamers as criminals, the Iowa Congressman has introduced a number of amendments to must-pass bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the DHS Appropriations bills that would have made life exponentially more difficult for DACA recipients:
    • In June 2013 King introduced an amendment to the DHS Appropriations Act that would have prohibited the use of funds to process DACA applications.
    • In June 2016 King attempted to attach two amendments to the NDAA, both of which were designed to prohibit Dreamers from serving in the military. These were ultimately rejected, and 34 Republicans voted against the measure.
  • In the summer of 2014, he worked with Reps. Blackburn and Barletta to pass a bill that would have halted DACA.
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