Presidential Candidate Won’t Back Rep. King’s ‘Deportable’ Comment About Undocumented Immigrant

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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. (WHO-HD)

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa–Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, a likely Republican presidential candidate, declined to agree with the use of the word “deportable” that Iowa Fourth District  Congressman Steve King recently used.

Rep. King used the term to describe the child of an undocumented family who sat with First Lady Michelle Obama during her husband’s State of the Union Address last month.

Perry had referred to King as “brother Steve” during King’s Iowa Freedom Summit last weekend. But when asked whether King’s use of the word “deportable” in a tweet, Perry said, “I might have used a different term.”

Here is King’s tweet that drew criticism for immigrant activists:

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#Obama perverts “prosecutorial discretion” by inviting a deportable to sit in place of honor at #SOTU w/1st Lady. I should sit with Alito.

Perry added, “I share Congressman King’s frustration with this administration, with Congress, with their lack of interest in securing the border.”

Perry addresses King’s comment, shares what he would do secure the border and explains why the American people aren’t ready for a conversation on what to do with millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.

Watch his comments on Channel 13’s “The Insiders.” 

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