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November 22, 2014

Steve King Keeps Calling Immigrant Kids ‘Drug Smugglers’

Steve King insisted again Thursday that undocumented immigrant children are often drug mules who carry illegal substances across the border from Mexico, but this time he did it on the House floor.

Despite a firestorm of criticism — including another rebuke from Speaker John A. Boehner Thursday morning — the Iowa Republican defended his comments last week that such children have “calves the size of cantaloupes” as a result of carrying drugs across the border.

“I can tell you that in Mexico they are recruiting kids to be drug smugglers,” King said Thursday afternoon to an empty House chamber. “Every night some come across the border smuggling drugs across the border. Increasingly the higher value drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine in some form or another, are being strapped to the body — sometimes of young girls, teenage girls. The media is replete with this. Anybody that reads the paper should know, especially those that live on the border, should know that there are many, many young people coming across the border unlawfully who are smuggling drugs into the United States.”

(King’s comments on immigration begin at 22:00, though his world history lesson for the first 22:00 is also fascinating.)

Earlier Thursday, Boehner delivered a forceful, and unprompted, condemnation of King’s remarks at his weekly on-camera press briefing.

Within the first minute of his news conference, the Ohio Republican called King’s comments “deeply offensive and wrong.”

“I want to be clear: There is no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials,” Boehner said, before calling out King by name. “What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”

Meanwhile, Latina journalist Antonieta Cadiz posted a picture on Twitter of young Hispanics bringing cantaloupes to King’s Capitol Hill office.

With today’s newest immigration iteration, King did not seem to get the message from either Boehner or protesters.

Last week, King told conservative website Newsmax that he is sympathetic to the situation in which many undocumented children find themselves. But he said, “They aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents.”

“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. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

King said until there is some way to tell the difference between the “innocent ones” and those who have been “undermining our culture and civilization and profiting from criminal acts,” no one should advocate for “amnesty.”

In response, Boehner issued a press release Wednesday saying King’s comments were “wrong” and his language “hateful.” Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called the King comments “inexcusable.”

But King pressed on Wednesday night, telling Radio Iowa that he got the physical description “essentially” from the Border Patrol:

“It’s not something that I’m making up. This is real. We have people that are mules, that are drug mules, that are hauling drugs across the border and you can tell by their physical characteristics what they’ve been doing for months, going through the desert with 75 pounds of drugs on their back and if those who advocate for the DREAM Act, if they choose to characterize this about valedictorians, I gave them a different image that we need to be thinking about because we just simply can’t be passing legislation looking only at one component of what would be millions of people.”

Members say there isn’t much you can do to rein in voices like that of Steve King. On Thursday, Boehner wouldn’t say he would pull King from committee assignments, opting for a more subtle approach — albeit one that King does not seem to be responding to.

“We can disagree without being disagreeable,” Boehner said.

Niels Lesniewski, Emma Dumain, Steven T. Dennis and Emily Pierce contributed to this report.

  • dectra

    King is an Idiot.

    • shamu9

      See my above Post dectra. Huff and Blow your way over to the Pfags at Huffington!

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Takes one to know one.

      • dectra

        Is that you Mitt?

  • George

    NO bHo
    amnesty
    islam

    • lyris

      We have some righties on here who are as bigoted as king.

      • derekcrane

        So you believe that children are not being used as mules by the drug runners?

        • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

          “mules” is their term, the drug Lords. They treat them as animals and as animals use them while they are useful then “discard them” at will. Foolish to trust the false impression of “liberation” and wealth, but then those taking this choice are just plain stupid.

      • shamu9

        Where do all you Obaminista Pfags Come From??

        • Al Swearengen

          Look a stupid bigot with the maturity of a 12 year-old. Your momma must be soo proud.

          • shamu9

            Never Been to TEXAS, Have You?? You are the Ignorant One! I Dealt with these Wonderful Invaders for over 16 years, as a Sworn Fl. Correction Officer At Fl.’s Largest Max Security Youthful Offender ages 14-24- Prison! Wait till the entire Population of Mexico, Central and South America come Here. Why,?? I asked them, They Say,”The U.S. is a FREE SOFT Country!!” Free Money, Soft Law Enforcement. In our Home Countries, They KILL Criminals like us! Btw, I have a B.A. in Social Science–,a U.S.C.G. Master’s License, Own a Business, What do YOU DO? besides TROLL Here???

      • Kathleen3

        The majority of Americans are not as willing as you to turn our country over to the very people who invaded it. These people are not referred to as “righties,” rather, they are patriots.

  • labman57

    In Steve King’s world of tea party-esque cluelessness and bigotry-based rhetoric,

    - most Muslim-Americans are members of terrorist cells
    - gays should stay in the closet, if they know what’s good for them
    - women cannot get pregnant as the result of being raped
    - and almost all undocumented Hispanic immigrants that would be eligible for rights under the Dream Act are actually drug smugglers unworthy of the air that they breathe.

    Iowa, you must be proud.

    • lyris

      What is wrong with those people who elected him?

      • shamu9

        Nothing, What the Phucque is WRONG with YOU?? You Voted How Many times for the Kenyan Kommie Queen??

      • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

        Smart if smart is wrong.

    • Kathleen3

      If there were more men in Congress the caliber of Steve King we would not be in the dire situation we face today.

      • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

        Yup!

  • No Mass Amnesty

    Headline should read:

    “Steve King keeps calling SOME Immigrant kids drug smugglers.”

    Which they are.

    Quit twisting his words to suit your agenda.

    • Al Swearengen

      If by some, you mean a 100-drug-smuggler-to-1-normal kid ratio. Yeah, some “twist” there…

      • Jordan Molenaar

        You responded to someone’s complaint about twisting King’s his words twisting words by. Interesting tactic. King actually said;

        “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. Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

        In this case he is talking about the marijuana smuggler to valedictorian ratio. You can argue with his numbers but you should at least try to get the facts right.

        • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

          Smart but then smart used incorrectly the same as bad from beginning. In KINGS ratio probably less than one valedictorian considering the population,likely outcomes and facts. Yes. Let’s get the facts right no one else seems to.

      • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

        Probably an accurate assessment 100 to 1, maybe a few more than one likely. Impossible to run statistics on that since the government agents are not trustworthy too often. More often than not.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Wrong. Very few ARE NOT SMUGGLERS and slide through the web of a dirty system of greed, extortion and a life of crime. They are the ‘few, the proud’ Catholics justifying their plight, taking risks but still wrong. Some may be lucky. Most will be dead eventually.

  • lyris

    He is a pig and shouldn’t be in government.

    • derekcrane

      He telling the truth and we need more of people like him in government.

    • Amberteka

      I know how you feel. An Honest Rep. Supporting American Workers. Concerned for the Safety of Americans..
      He is not use to the Colonization of America by radical hispanic activists..is he?

    • Kathleen3

      You can spot Progressives in a nanosecond by their eloquent language.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Wrong. Not a cop.

  • Scott Curtis

    Rep. King has no idea what he’s talking about. Mexican marijuana is awful! The products coming out of the United States’ west coast and Colorado blow the doors of the seed-filled, low-potency strains south of the border.

    • Amberteka

      yo! Joe Kool. You know the Mexican Drug Cartels own the National Forests in Colorado..Oregon..Washington Northern Calfornia…
      you better watch out. They don’t like gringos putting down their weed.And they sling a mean machete.

      • Gear4War

        As for weed…the best comes from Canada. BC bud is totally awesome. The best hash comes from the Middle East…Lebanese Gold is groovy. Of course I wouldn’t really know since I haven’t smoked anything of an illegal nature since 1971.

      • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

        Oh. I’m so scared. Another puke invader.

      • Gavacho Mota

        White Americans are called “Gavachos”, rarely called “Gringos” except in Movies. Legalize Recreational Marijuana in America and just like Corona Beer, Mexico will once again produce a quality product

  • shamu9

    Anybody that Doesn’t Believe that WetBack kids are MULES, is also an Obamabot Phag! As a retired Fl. Corrections Officer, [16+ yrs.] In a max sec. Youthful Offender Prison,I can Assure You that what King says is the Absolute Truth! Half of the Latinos “in the System, are Mex. Central and South American Drug Smugglers and Dealers! Furthermore, They Came Here, by their Dam,n-Selves, with No Parents involved. Some of them have TB And Leprosy!! STILL want them HERE??

    • Al Swearengen

      “WetBack kids”? Jesus, what a f-ing idiot you are. You are completely unaware of what a complete horse’s a** you look like.

      Shut up and go back to your “Matlock” reruns, Grandpa.

      • Amberteka

        NIGHT AFTER NIGHT. FILMED. FLATBED TRUCKS OF THEM. ALLWITH A BACKPACK FULL OF DOPE. ESCORED BY PARAMILTIARYS IN UNIFROM TOTING SOME MEAN LOOKING GUNS…
        TRUCKS ROARING THROUGH THE NATIONAL FORESTS…TO INTERSTATE 10..BACKPACKS ARE HANDED OFF
        THEN..ILLEGALS…..NOW DREAMERS……..HEAD..FOR THE NEARTEST CATHOLIC CHURCH WHICH TAKES THEM TO THE WELFARE OFFICE.
        THE PART THE CATHOLIC CHURCH..HAS PLAYED IN DOING THIS….IS NOT SPOKEN. YOU WOULD THINK THAT MEN WHO LOST THEIR OWN PEW SITTERS DUE TO THEIR BUGGERING THE ALTAR BOYS…..FOR GENERATIONS…
        EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS AMNESTY MESS IS CREEPY..PERVERTED…….OR SCARY.

        • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

          What is going on? Decadence, filth, fraud, sin and worse.

  • jskdn

    If this claim has credence, shouldn’t it be reflected in arrests at the border?

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2013/0716/Along-key-stretch-of-US-Mexico-border-more-kids-running-drugs
    “Along key stretch of US-Mexico border, more kids running drugs”

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/01/09/mexican-cartels-using-children-to-smuggle-drugs-into-us/
    “Mexican Cartels Using Children to Smuggle Drugs into U.S.”

    http://www.officer.com/news/10662339/ice-number-of-young-drug-mule-arrests-rising
    ICE: Number of Young Drug Mule Arrests Rising

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Yes. Arrests at the border, in the cities and in Congress apparently.

  • Amberteka

    They are not kids. they are up to age 35. And they give their own proof. Which is what everythey want. No one can question their proof. If a 72 year old man says he is 35. He is. shut up.
    They are drug smugglers.
    Every night that National Geographic shows the border..The National forests which Bush and obama helpfully leave Unguarded by BOrder Agents..forbid them for going there….I could not and would not make that up and only the sheltered elites in D.C. don’t know that…
    FLATBED TRUCKS FULL OF YOUNG ILLEGALS..LOADED ON..EACH WITH A BACKPACK OF DOPE……DRIVING THROUGH THE NAT. FOREST…80 MILES INTO ARIZONA…MEETING UP WITH DISTRUBUTROS WHEN THEY REACH INTERSTATE 10…GIVE THEM THE BACKPACK
    THEY ARE IN AMERICA. A DREAMER. ABOVE THE LAW. ON THE WAY TO HARVARD. FOR FREE. FOOD. HOUSING. FREE FREE FREE….
    SICK OF THE LIES.
    ,MEMO TO ELITES…STAY OFF OF THE WHITE POWDER ONE NIGHT..AND CATCH SOME TV. WATCH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. OR BORDER WARS….OK.?

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      It is frustrating, true and we had better get OUR act together and keep a loaded piece nearby.

  • Amberteka

    , Latina journalist Antonieta Cadiz if from Chile. She was in the USA long enough to enjoy a free College Education at John Hopkins University…and other advanced degrees..all on USA Taxpayer expense…then returned to Chile..where she specialized in wirting hateful Articles about the USA.
    TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THESE PEOPLE FOR ONE TIME IN YOUR LIFE, PLEASE.
    SHE HAD NO MORE BUSINEES HARRASING AN ELECTED USA REPRESENTATIVE THAN DANGER DAN HAD IN SENDING OUT PICS OF HIS UNDERPANTS.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      OK. Just which side are you on: America or the enemy?

  • Kathleen3

    Boehner and his side-kicks Cantor and McCarthy, combined, do not posses one tenth the morals, ethics, and patriotism of Steve King.
    Over 25,000 Americans have been killed or murdered and over one million the victims of sexual assaults committed by illegal aliens. Yesterday a 93 year old woman died who have been brutally assaulted and raped by a 17 y/o illegal alien.
    It is the Boehner-types in Congress who are traitors to the people and Constitution they are sworn to protect/defend. It is the Steve King types who give us hope their are still honorable men serving in office.

  • old409

    Steve King tells the truth. But,,,,legalization of all this trash is coming because of FTAA. We have already been sold out and nobody in the media is telling the real truth. Read this: http://www.stoptheftaa.org/

  • Matthew Trzcinski

    He makes a strong case for the legalization of all drugs in order to minimize their unregulated border crossing.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Wrong. Prohibition case in point. We legalized alcohol and what is the hugest cause of social decadence? Permeates (that means penetrates) all of society and groups but the abstainers. Like throwing gas on a fire to legalize. Proof is in the outcomes.

      • Matthew Trzcinski

        You sound Mormon or Southern Baptist. Where there is demand there will be supply, no matter how bad the results will be. Doesn’t matter if it’s pot, rhino horn, or alcohol. All prohibition does is hand business over to the hyper violent psychopaths who don’t care about how many people they kill in the process. And it’s funny you had to use the parenthetical after “permeates”. Someone had to explain that to you, right?

  • Gear4War

    If they aren’t smuggling drugs then they are stealing from the country via welfare, medical care and other government/taxpayer funded perks. Deny them access to jobs and welfare and they will go home.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      Right on.

  • Real_American78

    for all the whining about the so-called “hateful rhetoric” no one seems to be saying that kids aren’t used as drug mules. King is right, at least to some degree.

    • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

      “Kids” cannot be prosecuted as adults. Street gangs in Chicago learned this before Obama moved there. Sick but true to life. A very cruel future for those trapped and weak.

  • disqus_8DcPHcJNZ3

    King has experience as a politician. I have experience as Minuteman. The Mexican government has an alliance with Al Queda, moves those Mexicans/OTM they recruit to “staging houses” south of the border to be ‘trained” and given contraband, backpacks to deliver. If they catch anyone going around their system they are toast and you find them in mass graves. We did.

    When they get into a city Phoenix Tucson etc they are consigned a “holding house” which often will extort more money from them, assign them “protection teams” and they are on the take for their “squatting” term until they sneak, cheat and lie their way into food stamps and other forms of welfare, drop points for “odd” jobs and set up their own “businesses”.

    King is being “nice”. He’s not disclosing OUR POLITICIANS too are on the take and those entertaining “citizenship” for these criminals doing so “thinking” they have bought THEM when THEM are owned by their mafia bosses in Mexico and OTM. Visa overstays is successful due to the corrupt politicians on the take and in the pretend border security and homeland security myths.

    Article I Section 15.8 REPEL INVASIONS and Article IV Section 4 PROTECT FROM INVASIONS, IMMIGRATION LAW rule of law require invaders to be deported, assets seized as any “terrorist” and when “dirty” in taking life and stealing to be prosecuted. This is messy. You need to probe and understand this is not a simple situation. It has taken these crooks and our enemies years to get to this point. Their destination is the destruction of liberty for all including their own stupid masses that buy into this or enslaved for a price to do it.

    There are no educational advantages for the high rollers in educational institutions bought as well. Deport, seize assets, prosecute those giving “aid and comfort” and prosecute those harming “domestic traquility” and destroying the U.S. Constitution for the “blessings of liberty” citizens are promised.

  • fattyz

    Mike Savage played a portion of a speech Mr. King gave on the house floor. He was great, I support him 100%. He is the unheard voice of the American MAJORITY.

  • fattyz

    shut up Bonher this guy speaks for us and you don’t you speak for no one but democrat libtards

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