WASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner condemned what he called “deeply offensive” comments from one of his Republican colleagues, Rep. Steve King, who recently suggested that most young immigrants in the country illegally were drug smugglers.
“There’s no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials,” the Ohioan told reporters Thursday. “What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party. And we all need to do our work in a constructive, open and respectful way.”
King, an outspoken critic of legislation that he believes would grant “amnesty” to individuals in the United States illegally, told the conservative publication Newsmax that he was opposed to a proposal under development by Republicans in the House that would offer a limited path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
“For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another hundred out there that they 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.