Kick Steve King off immigration subcommittee

The email below is from Jodi O'Donnell, a CREDO activist in Ames, Iowa. Jodi started a petition on org.credoaction.com, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change.

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Tell House leadership: Remove Steve King from immigration subcommittee

Dear 5849376,

I started my own campaign on CREDO's new site that allows activists to start their own petitions.

My petition, which is to House Speaker John Boehner and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, says the following:

Remove Rep. Steve King from his seat on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Border Security now. His hateful characterization of immigrants as criminal drug smugglers and his continued extremism don't reflect the views of a majority of Americans -- nor his constituents in Iowa. It's time to show your commitment to real immigration reform by removing him from his position.

Wildly irresponsible and hateful comments are nothing new for Rep. Steve King of Iowa's 4th District, who has repeatedly pushed legislation against the children he calls "anchor babies." But recently he may have hit a new low.

In an interview with Newsmax, King slandered young immigrants who would be eligible for citizenship under the DREAM Act, stating that "for every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

Even House Speaker John Boehner responded by suggesting King's comments were out of bounds, stating, "There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language. Everyone needs to remember that." Yet King has shown no remorse and refused to back down. In an interview with Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson on July 24, King said, "It's not something that I'm making up. This is real," and responded to critics by saying, "It's enough for anybody to be offended these days. They apparently don't have to use their brain."

Rep. King's comments were blatantly false and offensive, and he needs to be held accountable.

It's time for House leadership to take stronger action against King and distance themselves from his hateful rhetoric. The fact that House leadership has allowed King to keep his position sends the message that they're not actually interested in real immigration reform.

As an Iowan, I'm disgusted by Rep. King's comments. But if people like you join me to stand up and demand that House leadership throw King out of his seat on a major immigration subcommittee, we can hold him, and House leadership, accountable. GOP leaders know that showing leadership on immigration reform is extremely important to the future of their party. We need to demand they do more than just give lip service to DREAMers and voters by kicking King out of his immigration subcommittee seat now.

Click here to learn more and add your name to my petition to House Speaker John Boehner and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, to demand they show extremist Tea Party Congressman Steve King that his hate speech has no place on an immigration subcommittee.

Thank you for your support.

Jodi O'Donnell

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