After suggesting on Thursday that young undocumented immigrants were drug smugglers, Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) faces widespread opposition, most recently in the form of two petitions seeking his dismissal from the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Border Security. A Credo petition garnered over 40,000 signatures; a similar petition from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee gathered over 76,000, bringing the combined total to over 100,000 signatures.
In an interview with Newsmax, King expressed his disapproval of immigration reform and urged the public to withhold support for the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently under review by the House.
“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’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King said.
His comments sparked a national outcry amongst immigration reform supporters, though King chose to defend his words to ABC News as “anything but ignorant.”
The Credo petition argued that Congress’s choice to keep King in his position on the subcommittee evidenced a lack of dedication to the issue.
“The fact that House leadership have allowed King to keep his position send [sic] the message that they’re not actually interested in real immigration reform,” the petition says.