Iowans calling for immigration reform gathered on the Capitol steps this afternoon. More than 200 people rallied for “just immigration reform”.
At today’s gathering, immigrants shared stories that demonstrate why immigration laws need to change.
Supporters say it’s important that the new laws being debated on Capitol Hill keep families together.
Last week, Congressman Steve King made a comment, generalizing all Hispanic immigrants.
“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,” says Congressman King.
King’s words have some at the rally questioning if he’s taking the issue of immigration reform seriously.
While they found it to be offensive, many are using King’s comment to keep fighting for what they believe in.
“I found them to be offense but yet again its Steve King he’s irrelevant to the cause, he`s just one person and he doesn`t represent the people of Iowa,” says Eren Sanchez of Marshalltown.
However, those who oppose reform were also in attendance. Members of the Iowa Minutemen say they stand behind Kings comments.
“We need to secure the border and we need to enforce our laws, if don’t enforce our laws our country will be no better off than the country they came from,” says Bob Ussery of the Iowa Minutemen.
Congressman King isn’t backing down from his comments.