Comments by Congressman Steve King are once again drawing national attention.
King was responding to the Dream Act which would give undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children a path to permanent residency.
“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’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” Rep. King said on Newsmax TV.
Republican leaders are now blasting King’s comments.
House Speaker John Boehner says what King said is wrong.
Boehner says there can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language.
Democrats are also going after king for his comments.
“You know I represent Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty – two monuments that symbolize the history of America as a nation of immigrants. So when you make remarks like one of the members made it is not only ignorant but, quite frankly, stupid by not recognizing the history of this country,” Rep. Albio Sires said.
King says he is standing by his comments.
The Iowa congressman made the statements amid efforts in the House to pass immigration reform measures.
The Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill last month.
King’s controversial comments come as a new poll shows American’s dissatisfaction with Washington has reached new levels.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows 83-percent of Americans disapprove of Congress’ job.
That is an all-time high in the survey.
57-percent say they would vote to defeat and replace every single member of congress if that option existed on the ballot.
President Obama is also seeing his job approval rating dip to its lowest level since August of 2011.