RICHMOND, VA – Republican U.S. Representative Steve King staged an anti-imigration rally Monday evening in Richmond, Virginia and it was reported that the event, held near the district of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, was not well-attended.
King is fighting the comprehensive immigration reform legislation that is still making it’s way through Congress, namely the House of Representatives.
King said last month that for every child of illegal aliens from Mexico “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.”
On a national news show on Sunday, King stood by his claim, saying “My numbers have not been debunked. I said valedictorians compared to people who would be legalized under the act that are drug smugglers coming across the border.”
At Monday’s rally, it was reported by Politico reporter Seung Min Kim that only about 60 people attended. She reported that King argued in his keynote address that “undocumented immigrants will ’empower the Democrat power brokers if you give them a chance to vote'”.
A pro-immigration site described the scene this way: “Hardly anyone showed up. King and (President of Numbers USA Roy) Beck ended up speaking to a sparse crowd of 30-40 people, and organizers were heard joking about the low turnout.”