According to Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) math, legalizing undocumented immigrants is untenable because for every valedictorian DREAMer — immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — there are 100 more who are carrying drugs across the border.
“Some of them are valedictorians, and their parents brought them in,” King told Newsmax in an interview last week. “It wasn’t their fault. It’s true in some cases, but they aren’t all valedictorians. They weren’t all brought in by their parents.”
“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,” he continued. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.”
King introduced an amendment last month that would reverse the Obama administration’s delayed deportations of DREAMers, leading DREAMers to stage a protest in his Washington office.
Watch King’s full interview with Newsmax below. His comments on amnesty come at the six-minute mark.
[h/t NBC News Latino]
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