Campaign 2010

Jul 30, 2013

Steve King Still Oversees Republicans’ Immigration Policies

When will Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor and the Republican Leadership finally remove Congressman Steve King from his leading role on committees overseeing House Republicans’ immigration policy? If they fail to act, their silence will tell voters more than any words they could say. On Thursday of last week, Speaker John Boehner “skirted” and “dismissed” the question about whether Congressman Steve King should be removed from the House Judiciary Committee and, in particular, the Immigration Subcommittee. Boehner was quick to condemn King’s outrageous and hateful comments about immigrants but has, so far, refused to take any meaningful action.

Boehner “skirted a question on whether the Iowa lawmaker would be removed from the House Judiciary Committee. […] Boehner dismissed a question on whether King would be taken off the Judiciary Committee, which handles immigration bills.” [Huffington Post, 7/25/13]

This week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a petition calling on Speaker Boehner to act and remove Congressman King from this critical immigration-related post.

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to remove Rep. Steve King from the House Judiciary Committee after the Iowa Republican said some children of illegal immigrants are drug smugglers. The organization is unveiling a petition Sunday asserting that “Congressman Steve King has crossed the line” and that recent “ugly, hateful language has no place in our debate about immigration. Period.” The message will be sent to people on the DCCC’s email list, a source told POLITICO. “If Speaker Boehner and House Republicans truly want to condemn Congressman King’s views, it’s time for them to remove him from his positions of authority on the Immigration Subcommittee and Judiciary Committee,” continues the DCCC email, which is signed by the organization’s chair, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and includes a link to the petition.” [Politico, 7/28/13]

Last week, undocumented immigrant protests delivered cantaloupes at Congressman King’s office in protest of the remarks and made a call for King’s removal from these committees.

“Three undocumented immigrants delivered cantaloupes to Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) office Thursday and called for his removal from the House Judiciary Committee after the lawmaker insisted that many Dreamers are involved in the drug trade. […] “The fact that Speaker Boehner also came out and said that this is just hateful, spiteful rhetoric ... says a lot," she said. "[Boehner] needs to get him out of the House Judiciary Committee. He's one of the key players in the committee that's talking about immigration reform, and he needs to be out of there." [Huffington Post, 7/25/13]

On Monday, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, joined in calling on Boehner to act.

Grijalva: House Leadership Should Kick Congressman Steve King Off Judiciary Committee If They're Serious About Immigration Reform [Tucson Weekly, 7/29/13]

In fact, Congressman Steve King is the author of the only significant immigration legislation to pass this Republican Congress – a plan to restart the deportations of DREAM Act-eligible kids.

“House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants” [AP, 6/6/13]

The question remains: when will Speaker Boehner and Republican leaders put their money where their mouth is?