Republican Congressman Calls Latin American Immigrants Violent People
Republican Congressman Steve King is facing some much-deserved backlash for his recent comments made during a Tea Party-sponsored rally against immigration in which he advocated against allowing Latin Americans into the U.S. because they “come from violence.”
via Think Progress
During a sparsely attended, Tea Party-sponsored, “Stop Amnesty” rally against immigration reform on Monday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) launched into a vicious tirade against individuals from Latin America, claiming that the population gets more violent as one moves further south in Latin America.
He made the anti-immigration case that individuals from a “violent civilization” would create a more violent environment for individuals living in a “less-violent civilization.” His argument comes at a time when some House Republicans are softening their stance to providing a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants. About 73 percent of undocumented individuals in the United States are from Latin America.
At the rally, King said:
“If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”
You can always count the GOP to make a racially offensive, inaccurate blanket statement when they’re all out of ways to get what they want. SMH.