It’s not a huge secret that Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) has a real problem with immigrants. Our archives here are full of stories of the prejudiced things he’s said and done concerning immigrants, particularly those coming from south of our border with Mexico.
What you don’t hear from Steve King is any kind of rhetoric about people coming to the United States from places like Europe and parts of Asia, which really solidifies the theory that Congressman Steve King is indeed a racist.
Calling someone a racist isn’t a term I throw around blindly and I’ll err on the side of caution before ever handing it out, but the words and actions of the congressman from Iowa make it quite obvious that if he isn’t a bigot, he’s certainly counting on the votes of people who are. This isn’t just Steve King running his mouth; he’s part of a political party that has a very hard time accepting the changing social and political demographics of the United States. There’s hardly a day that goes by when you don’t have a news story where another Republican lawmaker makes a statement that reflects the fact that the GOP is becoming increasingly detached from reality and extremely bitter about the fact that white Americans will become a minority around the year 2040.
The common retort from a lot of people who vote for politicians like Steve King is that they aren’t prejudiced, they’re just against illegal immigration altogether and the color of people’s skin doesn’t matter to them. If that was the case, then why will you never hear them wonder if someone who looks white is here legally? Why is it then that all too often a person from Central or South America is referred to as a Mexican by the folks who litter the comments section of your local news station’s Facebook page with misspelled, ignorant statements typed out in all caps? What’s more, why would the fact that whites will one day be a minority concern them? Certainly we as a nation have an excellent track record of treating minorities with nothing but the greatest fairness and respect, right? Oh…wait…
Anyhow, one of the things that really gets Republican voters ginned up is birthright citizenship and there’s been an ongoing demand from the fringe to do away with it, as if that would somehow slow the transition to an increasingly diverse country. So that’s where Congressman Steve King comes in once again:
Yesterday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security convened to discuss whether or not the U.S. should revoke birthright citizenship. This is a pet cause of Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Congress’ most prominent immigration hardliner, who has introduced legislation in each of the last three sessions of Congress calling for an end to the practice. King’s reason for ending birthright citizenship is, in his words, to derail the “anchor baby agenda,” which assumes that pregnant women are flocking to the U.S. to give birth as a means to obtain citizenship for themselves at a later date. There’s no real evidence that this is happening in any significant fashion, and there’s even research to suggest that birthright citizenship helps immigrant families to integrate into their new countries, but King wants to get rid of it nonetheless. (Source)
As I stated earlier, this isn’t about stopping illegal immigration and encouraging people to go through the approved immigration process, it’s about scaring the ever-aging Republican base that “their America” is going away. Politicians like Steve King and media sources like Fox News or Glenn Beck who cater to the angry, bigoted, confused and racist parts of the GOP have this scare tactic down to a fine art.
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