Steve King has raised eyebrows after an interview with a conservative magazine.
King recently told Newsmax Magazine that illegal aliens have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” while they weigh just 130 pounds.
King’s comments were in the context of describing how some Iowans favor immigration reform that is currently being considered in Congress. Kings says the bill that is headed to the House of Representatives grants amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants.
King told Newsmax that the immigration debate has created “three groups of supporters in the United States.”
“First, there are the elitists,” King told Newsmax. “Elitists see that they should have access to cheap labor to clean their homes, mow their lawns, and take care of their gardens. The second group is Democratic power brokers. They see a tremendous advantage to the Democratic Party that turns us into a one-party system if they do what they’re trying to do with the Gang of Eight bill in the Senate.
“And the third group is those employers of illegals who benefit from cheap labor at the expense of the taxpayers who are subsidizing them through welfare programs.”
Many Democratic leaders found King’s remarks to be offensive.
House Speaker John Boehner called King’s remarks “wrong” and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he “strongly disagreed” with King.
Watch video of King’s remarks: