Iowa Rep. Steve King Says if House Takes Vote on Immigration Reform ‘This Place Will Blow Up’

steve-kingRepublicans often claim that their blatant obstruction in Congress is just the result of them “listening to the voice of the American people.”  A claim I’ve frequently bashed considering the American people overwhelmingly support universal background checks on gun purchases and raising the minimum wage, among a host of other issues Congress continues to disregard.

One of those other issues the vast majority of Americans support is sensible immigration reform.  In fact, last year the Senate sent a bipartisan immigration bill to the House that President Obama would have signed into law.  Just one problem – the House refused to bring the bill up for a vote (because it would have most likely passed), essentially killing it.

Iowa Rep. Steve King, a man who’s known for his anti-immigrant beliefs, recently threatened that if the House were to take up immigration reform, it would basically cause mass chaos.

King said, “If it happens, this place will blow up.  If they try to bring some kind of amnesty or a provision that convinces close to a majority of Republicans that it is a sleight of hand amnesty, this place will blow up and there will be a crisis like we have not seen in years in the House of Representatives.”

Again, immigration reform is an issue the vast majority of the American people support

This is the problem with Republicans controlling the House, they’re not representing the vast majority of Americans.  And that’s not a talking point, that’s just a fact.  In 2012, Democrats won the popular vote in the House of Representatives by 1.5 million votes, yet thanks to gerrymandering Republicans remained in control.  So right now, as it relates to what the House of Representatives is supposed to represent, the minority of Americans are being represented over the majority.

So when someone like Steve King says that chaos will ensue if immigration reform is taken up in the House, he’s ignoring the desires of the vast majority of Americans for the bigoted and minority opinions of the most radically right-wing among us.

Then again, this is the guy who once said that most Mexican immigrants were drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes,” so it’s not as if he’s the utmost authority on discussing common sense immigration reform.

He’d actually need to have the ability to use common sense to do that.  Something Steve King clearly lacks.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • VIN

    Republicans are a bunch of GOLDBRICKERS

  • MrLightRail

    I really do NOT believe the majority of Americans want this bill to pass. The polls stating that were most likely done in East LA.

    • openlyblack

      Good to see that you’re in touch with your inner racist.

      • MrLightRail

        Kiss my AZZ! You play the racist card every time someone disagrees with the “open borders” agenda. I’m NOT a racist, but I damn sure believe that US Citizens are getting a shitty deal with the Senate bill. Nothing is being done to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the US, and the E-Verify provisions are so weakened that 99 percent of employers who currently hire illegals can still do so. When we have 20 million citizens who can’t find work, we do NOT need to add 11 million more people looking for jobs.

      • strayaway

        Don’t forget that Reagan already addressed the illegal alien problem by giving them all paths to citizenship in return for the Democrats promise to secure the border. 11.4 million illegal later occupying 9 million US jobs and driving down wages in many industries because Democrats still haven’t fulfilled their promise. Formerly union meat packing jobs are now occupied by foreigners working for much lower wages, service industry jobs and now construction jobs are going the same route. Non governmental unions have pretty much been destroyed between trade agreements sending jobs abroad and allowing in illegal aliens to compete at lower wages. We already have a surplus of non-skilled US workers. Bringing in millions of unskilled foreign laborers to compete for those jobs didn’t help. Robotization is around the corner and will further decimate the employment opportunities of unskilled poorly educated US workers and no, not everyone is smart enough to be trained for a new IT job being sent to India anyway. So called “immigration reform” has two purposes: 1) Democratic votes and 2) providing the oligarchs with a of cheap labor caste.

      • Charles Vincent

        So called “immigration reform” has two purposes: 1) Democratic/Republican votes and 2) providing the oligarchs with a of cheap labor caste.

        *fixed it for you*

      • strayaway

        Thanks for the correcton but a footnote is required-

        Republicans can never get to the left of Democrats regarding illegal alien amnesty. However, campaign contributions from wealthy Republican employers who profit from cheap labor might help fill some Republican campaign coffers which will translate into votes.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Not a good pay out for the investment. VOter suppression is more of what the REDS have in mind with the obstructionism of what 78% of REPUBLICANS want.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Expanding the tax base, legitimizing 20 year virtual functional citizens MAINTAINING FAMILY VALUES!!!!
        ow quickly the Fraudublicans SELL OUT!!!

      • Charles Vincent

        The democrats sold out around the same time Stevie.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOu forget that 36 years AFTER Reagan PAID FOR DEATH SQUADS to terrorize Central America, SOLD terrorists WEAPONS and bought drugs from Central american dealers….

        Children are STILL fleeing what REAGAN CREATED!

        WHERE did you get that 9 million jobs #? Are those migrant worker jobs no WHITE PERSON will do?

        is your ass missing a #9 big bird?

      • openlyblack

        I was actually commenting on your “East LA” reference … since the facts of a poll seemed not to align with what you “believe”. That aside, what not be honest and admit that the US doesn’t have an immigration problem … it has a Mexican problem.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NAme one polling company that has the insurance to cover the liability of polling in ” Cheech and Chong’s hood?”

        WHAT a racist post THAT was!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        Thought your kind of moro LOVED tax payers?

    • Stephen Barlow


  • Gary Sneed

    Vote Democrat in November !!!!!!!

    • Charles Vincent

      Vote Independent in November !!!!!!!

      *fixed it for you*

  • Pipercat

    Holy smokes! That picture makes him look like Frank Burns…

    • Charles Vincent

      With a less ferrity nose haha…

  • wolfkin

    Um, interesting he would use the term “blow up”, most would take that as a threat.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Yet, didn’t the repubs make a flurry of commercials late last year to win over the minority voters about that they were going to address immigration reform ? (NOTE: ***NOT HOW*** just that they were going to address it). Then promised to address it this year ?

    If someone keeps telling me they are going to do something and then makes every effort not to do it, what do I think of them ? How is that repub strategy to win over the minorities and women coming ?

    • Stephen Barlow

      Lies are part and parcel of republicanism. Didn’t the WMD disease teach you ANYTHING?

  • John Clark

    I have a friend going for an ICE hearing in a few hours. She has a pretty good asylum claim, but in this environment, she could be detained. The last law, under Regan, had its prejudices, but it fixed some problems. In those days, we were funding dictators and causing political migration. Most people here without documents came here legally on a plane. Students who stayed. People who came as tourists but really to work. People who fell in love and marriage wasn’t an option. People being sent because of oppression at home. Or because violence at home forced them to leave. Most Americans get this. Many of our families have stories about the first who came and why. But a small group, and yes they use race, want to deny rights to these new Americans. That is un-American as it gets.

  • Stephen Barlow

    GEt out the vote!!! Tank all RED events.