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Steve King Wants To Use The Boston Bombing To Delay Immigration Reform

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Steve King Wants To Use The Boston Bombing To Delay Immigration Reform


On the morning after the Boston Marathon bombings, America’s right wing went straight back to work.

Michelle Malkin was insinuating that liberals want to take your kids; Glenn Beck was talking gold; Steve Stockman (R-TX) was about to go all 1776 on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for questioning if the attacks had anything to do with Tax Day.

And Steve King (R-IA) was doing what he does worst/best: denigrating immigrants.

“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 The National Review‘s Robert Costa. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”

To King, the big picture is delaying immigration reform.

“We need to be ever vigilant,” he said. “We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . . We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. 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?”

Senators from the so-called “Gang of Eight” were set to introduce their compromise plan Tuesday but delayed the announcement due to the tragic events in Boston.

Of course, King’s apprehensions about immigration reform weren’t really any different after the bombings than before.

Last week, he told reporters “The meetings of the Gang of Eight and the secret meetings in the House of Representatives — the people who have been standing up for the Constitution and the rule of law haven’t been invited to those meetings.”

Who does King believe stands up for the Constitution? The other congresspeople in the room with him protesting the immigration compromise: Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Dana Rohrabacher (R-TX).

They’re all hardcore Tea Partiers who represent the GOP’s AM-radio base; who killed immigration reform in 2007 and helped drive 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney to declare he was for “self-deportation,” which led to him doing worse with Latino voters than John McCain or George W. Bush. They oppose anything but building bigger border fences no matter what. And they will be joined by their like-minded colleagues in the Senate, including Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who warned Monday that reform could lead to improving immigrants’ lives.

King has thrived in his congressional district by politicizing everything and anything. Now that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in a state President Obama won twice, he doesn’t seem to have any desire to moderate himself, even if it means using a tragedy to further his anti-immigrant agenda before the dust in Boston has even settled.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com


  1. Dominick Vila April 16, 2013

    I wonder how these idiots will react if the person responsible for the Boston massacre is one of their own? Based on past experiences, the perpetrator of this crime will quickly become a disturbed individual with a troubled childhood who would have been treated effectively had it not been for Obamacare!
    Their reactions to this tragedy is not surprising, this is what politicians do when they have nothing positive to offer. The time to replace these morons is now.

  2. annienoel April 16, 2013

    Tim McVeigh, Eric Rudolf these were obviously moooslims who came over the Tex-Mex border and disguised themselves at American. I thought Iowans had more sense, but then they also elect Grassley.

    1. Dominick Vila April 17, 2013

      Some of these guys will oppose immigration reform if someone says he saw extra terrestrial landings in New Mexico. What they really want is to keep a status quo that allows corrupt entrepreneurs to make millions off the backs of pseudo slaves.

  3. bcarreiro April 16, 2013

    stop with trying to make a name for yourself …………..united we stand

  4. I Zheet M'Drawz April 16, 2013

    That’s a good idea especially considering the lies about a lack of IT & technical workers in this country. It’s not a shortage of IT workers, it’s a shortage of IT workers that won’t/can’t work for the lousy wages corporate America wants to pay them.
    No H1-B visas for anyone except highly skilled physicians.
    And throw all the students out. Before the war starts.

  5. charleo1 April 16, 2013

    When Republicans, after Bush. With two hot wars, the Country’s finances,
    a wreck. Millions through no fault of their own, were losing jobs, homes, savings.
    Everywhere one looked, it was one disaster, after the next. All the good will and
    support the entire world poured out for Americans, and America, after the 9/11
    attacks, was then, squandered, in Iraq. The rumors of torture. The denials.

    Then, the confirmation with Abu Ghraib. And, Republicans defended it, to a man.
    And after the public tossed them out of a majority, they acted like spoiled children.
    Like they had been cheated out of their legitimate position, by a dastardly plot.
    And this was the most important problem in the Nation. Not the economy. Not the
    wars. The millions unemployed. No, we must demonstrate the man elected President
    is not an American at all. And we must oppose everything, and everyone he supports.
    So, now they’re going to build consensus, and reform the out of date, dysfunctional,
    immigration system? For the first time in more than 5 years, Republicans are going
    to support something besides protecting tax breaks for the wealthy? When pigs fly.

    1. LaRae Bailey April 17, 2013

      they need the votes to try to win all elections.. but fear the democrats will all be voted out of office for voting against the constitution and the second amendment which is as it should be. amnesty should be a vote by all americans not the gang of 8

      1. charleo1 April 17, 2013

        I don’t agree with you at all on your first assertion, that any restriction
        or, regulation on gun ownership, violates the Second Amendment. The
        Supreme Court has not ruled, or interpreted the Amendment in that
        way. Nor, has polls shown a Party voting for universal background
        checks, would create any political trouble for themselves at all. In fact,
        I think Republicans are really blowing a chance to redeem themselves.
        As a growing number of Americans see them as totally out of touch, and
        unwilling to take on any special interest group. Even when 80/90% are
        in favor of them doing so. And, as to the issue of immigration. Just in terms
        of the numbers. Republicans lost the Latino/Hispanic demographic to
        Democrats by 40 points. And, there is every indication not only does
        Hispanics believe our immigration system is broken, and want it fixed.
        But, most other Americans feel the same way. So, it’s very clear, the
        time for Republicans to realize, simply opposing, and obstructing, is not
        governing. That opposing the Dream Act, opposing E-Verify, opposing a
        path to first identification, with an authorization to remain in the Country.
        Opposing a practical, and doable pathway to gain legal status, and
        eventually citizenship. So, the question Republicans must answer is,
        are they capable of first finding a consensus between themselves.
        Secondly, can they compromise, to find a consensus with Democrats.
        It seems incredulous this needs to be explained to a major political party.
        BTW. Law doesn’t become law, ever. By simply being created by a committee.

  6. docb April 17, 2013

    The cretin is using the Tragedy for his dirty nasty politics..He and buddie Peter King are users just like Westboro Church from Kansas..Time to cut all funding and microphones off from these ugly people!

    1. Scott Ladd April 17, 2013

      Oh, but it’s ok for Barry to use the Sandy Hook people? I’m guessing you’re on the far left!

      1. docb April 17, 2013

        The President is not using the parents of the the Newtown slaughter..they are the most organized and forceful group ever assembled around senseless slaughter by war weapons and multi-round clips…Keep repeating the nra propaganda..Shows how easily you are being used by the lying arms dealer lobbyists for their profit!!

        1. LaRae Bailey April 17, 2013

          what is so special about those parents? they are no better than any other parent who has lost a child no matter what the circumstances. Obama is in fact using them and it is shameful. Not one of the laws they want will stop any mass killing. That is part of the shame of it. they want to disarm americans because Obama wants the UN TREATYwhich states all americans must be disarmed. Most of us like the constitution and do not intend to let them piece meal it into shreds of worthless paper

      2. latebloomingrandma April 17, 2013

        The first amendment provides for the citizens to petition the gov’t regarding grievances. That’s what the Sandy Hook parents are doing. A horrendous atrocity occurred in their town and personal lives and they are asking the Congress to address this public health and safety issue. I think the Founding Fathers envisiioned something like this much more than lobbyists propped up by millions of corporate dollars to buy Congressmen and write legislation according their interests. Every one of our Bill of Rights has “caveats” as to it’s authority to provide for our individual rights, in comparison to the rights of society as a whole. All some of us are asking for are some caveats for the largely unfettered second amendment.

        1. sunmusing April 17, 2013

          Yup, well said…thanks

        2. concerned Grandma April 17, 2013

          Grandma to Grandma: “well said”

      3. concerned Grandma April 17, 2013

        The parents of the Newton slaughter have repeatedly stated that they are organized by their own free will and determination to “do something” about the senseless slaughter. They do not at all consider themselves “used” as they themselves state.

  7. Kevin F Wilson April 17, 2013

    Perhaps Mr. King should be brought in and questioned by the FBI since he has made it clear that he knows something that they and we don’t know.

  8. tobyspeeks April 17, 2013

    Hell is going to need a huge addition.

  9. Madelaine Ayers Henne April 17, 2013

    I cannot post what I think of this man!!

  10. sunmusing April 17, 2013

    I am amazed that these tools who have been in congress, still don’t know how it all works…

  11. ORAXX April 17, 2013

    This may well be the smartest thing King ever said. Not that it’s smart, by any rational standard, it’s just the smartest thing HE ever said.

  12. LaRae Bailey April 17, 2013

    I do not care who did the bombing, this amnesty deal should be only by the full vote of the amercan people not by some gang of 8 or any other politician looking for the latino or other illegals vote, which is exactly why they are all for amnesty to illegals and are trying to push it through so fast. It is going to cost the tax payers trillions of dollars to implement this garbage. What part of illegal do people not understand? They are on welfare, free housing, free medical, free college, voting, food stamps, free schools and are breaking the law to do it. No matter how it is sliced, it is wrong as can be to do this amnesty deal. The politicans will gain by it, labor unions will gain by it, big corporate farmers will gain by it and the tax payer will pay for it. Make them put it to an all american vote with no illegal allowed to vote.

  13. JDavidS April 17, 2013

    You just knew these idiots were going to come out with something like this…What surprises me is that they didn’t have the decency to wait at least until after the funerals… Truly a bunch of classless pricks, trying to score “points” off of the backs of others’ suffering.

  14. Kelly April 17, 2013

    There sure are alot of dumba$% liberals on here…OMG is this country in some bad times with idiots like all of you on here who are allow to vote. God Help Us!

  15. kbechle April 19, 2013

    Forget King, we need to oppose this bill because it does nothing for the 20 million unemployed/underemployed citizens desperately seeking a full time job.
    Its backers are the sweat-shop employers who know that labor excesses drive down wages and the ethnic hustlers that want to Balkanize the public into squabbling minorities for political gain.
    Unable to reveal their true motives, the open borders lobby uses the smear terms like ‘natavist’ and ‘raciest’ to demonize and silence opponents.
    It’s not a Left/Right thing, it’s about numbers and protecting the American worker from being overwhelmed by people from low wage Third World Countries.

  16. midway54 April 20, 2013

    I wonder whether the crackpot King’s buddy affected with the same mental deficiencies agrees: Louis Gohmert, a sterling example of what the Loon Star State is foisting on the Country.


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