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Senate Democrats to hold immigration forum in King’s district

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By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog

DES MOINES – Senators Tom Harkin and Dick Durbin, both Democrats, will hold an immigration forum Friday to discuss the DREAM Act with Iowans.

Senators Tom Harkin and Dick Durbin will hold an immigration forum in Ames Friday.

Senators Tom Harkin and Dick Durbin will hold an immigration forum in Ames Friday.

Harkin spokesoman Kate Cyrul Frischmann declined to comment as to whether the event was in response to incendiary remarks made by Iowa Rep. Steve King over the past week in relation to the DREAM Act, which offers illegal immigrants under age 35 a path to citizenship.

She also wouldn’t comment as to why they are holding the event in Iowa or Ames, which is in King’s district.

So far, his constituents haven’t shown an outpouring of outrage over the comments. Top House Republicans, however, have been quick to condemn him. King hasn’t shown remorse for the comments and has instead defended them.

During an interview last week on CNN, King said, “You know, you only get one valedictorian per class per year. And they aren’t all dreamers. And a lot of other American kids out here that are competing for that valedictorian status. But every night there are dozens and scores of people that are smuggling drugs across our border…This isn’t something that just was made up out of thin air. This is something I get from the people enforcing the law down on the border.”

On Fox News, he added, “I got a call from them (border control agents), and I said, ‘Did I need to come back down and refresh myself?’ They said, ‘No, you’re spot on with what you’re saying but maybe you got the weight ten pounds up.’ ”

The controversy stemmed from King’s initial remarks made during an interview about two weeks ago in which he said, “For everyone 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’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

The forum Friday will feature DREAMers from Iowa, farmers and small business that support the Senate’s approach to immigration reform. It’s scheduled for 10 a.m., although organizers have yet to find a location.

Durbin, from Illinois, authored the DREAM Act, while Harkin, from Iowa, has been an ardent supporter of reform efforts.

Contact Sheena Dooley at dooley@iowawatchdog.org.

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  • Ron Roske

    Why in the world does the truth bother you people, so much?

  • MrArchieBunker

    NOW THEY WANT ONLY THE DREAM ACT?? STOP RUNNING SCARED YOU DEMOCRATS. THE NATION WANTS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM.

    THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE ALREADY PASSED A BILL MAKING IT A FELONY TO BE UNDOCUMENTED IN THE STATES. SO THE KIDS WILL BECOME THE NEW SLAVES TO PAY TAXES AND SOCIAL SECURITY WHILE THEIR PARENTS WILL BE SENT TO JAILS AND DEPORTED??

    EDUCATE YOURSELF. GET THE TRUE FACTS NOT POLITICAL SPIN & LIES.

    By 2016 another 5 to 10.000.000 republican senior voters will pass away. And by 2020 another 10 to 20.000.000 million will pass away , so will the GOP= GRUMPY OLD PEOPLE .

    There are 50,000 Latinos coming of age to vote every month= over 3.000.000 THREE MILLION NEW VOTERS for 2016 AND ANOTHER 5.000.000 VOTERS IN 2020, THEY ALL ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO VOTE REPUBLICANS :) HA HA HA THANKS FOR THE LAUGH :):):)

    The REPUBLICANS ARE A DO NOTHING PARTY. HERE ARE THE FACTS ON IMMIGRATION REFORM.

    For all the tough talk about immigration reform, the House has done NOTHING on border security and the Senate has.

    Likewise, they’ve done NOTHING to solve the visa overstay issue, workplace verification or the H-1B visa problem. It is well and good to vaguely declare the Gang of Eight bill insufficient, but certainly it does more for border security and these other issues than House Republicans have managed to do (which is NOTHING).

    The argument that the House can do NOTHING runs headlong into anti-immigration forces hype about the out-of-control border and the supposed economic burdens of illegal immigration. If it’s such a horrible problem — immigrants pouring over the border and all — why is the REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE JUST SITTING THERE?????

    Another Year of OPEN BORDERS
    Another Year of BORDER CROSSINGS,
    Another Year of WORK SITE VERIFICATIONS,
    Another Year of VISA OVER STAYS,

    Thanks Republicans the Undocumented are Happy that you’ll ar doing NOTHING :) Just PANDERING TO YOUR BASE.

    In poll after poll, roughly three-quarters of Americans say they support a path to citizenship along the lines laid out in the Senate bill, which calls for a minimum wait of 13 years for most illegal immigrants. In a Gallup poll last month, for example, 87 percent said they would vote in favor of a bill that “would allow illegal immigrants living in the U.S. the opportunity to become citizens after a long waiting period if they paid taxes and a penalty, pass a criminal background check, and learn English.”

    Twelve percent said they would oppose such a measure. That is the 12 percent to whom House Republicans are listening. And 12 percent is a long, long way from 51 percent.

    By rejecting immigration, the Republicans in the House are sending a message that they’re not interested in being part of the solution. “If you only have to worry about your right flank — you don’t have to worry about a general election, don’t have to worry about governing — that’s a pretty easy gig, isn’t it? What the hell is the point?”

    Paul Ryan The Budget Committee chairman, whose next job may be head of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, makes his case based on numbers.

    ‘‘Baby boomers are retiring to the tune of 10,000 people a day for the next 10 years,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘We’re going to have labor shortages in this country in the next decade. We need to have our immigration system prepared for that. It’s going to take time to do that and that’s why I think we need to do it now.’’

  • Glenn Strait

    WE don’t need those 2 STATIST, here telling US how to vote!! This is NOT Immigration reform, it IS AMNESTY…..I LOVE Iowa and do NOT want it run,like Illinois!

  • Bart Green

    The majority of Iowans don’t want amnesty, seems the only ones that want it are the illegals that are here and illegally voting. I’m thinking as soon as we know where on Friday they are holding this forum, We that oppose so called reform should turn out in numbers to protest against it.

  • jon

    ‘illegals that are here and illegally voting’

    where did that one come from?