Prominent immigration protester Erika Andiola walked up to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) during lunch at a fundraiser on Monday.
The Mexican-American and co-director of DREAM Action Coalition introduced herself and then explained that she is DREAMer (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors).
Paul didn’t even finish chewing before he and an aide vacated the area. He left behind half of his burger. An aide later said that Paul had another media event to attend.
Andiola went on to challenge King to rip up her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals card.
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"I know you want to get rid of DACA, so I want to give you the opportunity 'cause you really want to get rid of it, just rip mine," Andiola tells King as she hands him the card. "Go ahead and do that."
"You're very good at English," King says and grabs Andiola's hand. "You know what I'm saying."
"I was raised in the United States," Andiola replies.
"Right, so you can understand the English language," King replies.
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Fellow DREAMer Cesar Vargas tells King he wanted to fight for America after 9/11 but he was denied.
“We just want you to know we’re going to be here in this country. We’re going to be fighting really hard for our parents. We’re going to be fighting really hard for our own lives … we hope that you find it in your heart to be able to stop attacking us,” Andiola says.
King has been an outspoken critic of the DREAM Act and he’s garnered a great deal of disapproval from those in his own party for his comments about Mexican-Americans.
“They weren't all brought in by their parents,” King said in a 2013 interview with Newsmax. “For every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds -- and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they've been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
“I think he's being helpful to the immigration debate, because it is emboldening other Republicans to speak out strongly against him, people like John Boehner, like Eric Cantor, like Paul Ryan, who are not going to stand anymore for the Republican Party being defined by somebody like Steve King,” said conservative commentator Ana Navarro during a 2013 “Meet the Press” appearance.
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