The Choice: Does Coffman Side with King who makes no apology for racist comments degrading DREAMers as drug smugglers — or with Ryan who “disavows” King’s comments and wants votes on immigration reform including a path to citizenship
With public pressure mounting on the U.S. House to act on the bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform passed in the Senate that includes a pathway to citizenship, Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-03)’s constituents deserve to know: is he throwing his lot in with the pro-deportation Steve King or the pro-reform Paul Ryan wing of the Republican Party?
King (R-IA), who has an ugly history of hateful remarks towards undocumented workers and rabidly opposes a path to citizenship for any of them, made national headlines this month after making these outrageous comments smearing DREAMers: “There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing that they were breaking the law…some of them are valedictorians….For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that — they weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” Brushing off outrage from the Latino community at the remarks, King doubled down on them, insisting: “It’s Not Something That I’m Making Up. This Is Real.”
Ryan (R-WI), whose conservative credentials no one can doubt, blasted King’s remarks: “Representative King’s remarks, I disagree with, I disavow, and they’re wrong.” Ryan reportedly has been playing a key behind-the-scenes roll in pushing comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship among his Republican colleagues.
Jeremy Funk, Comm. Dir, Americans United for Change: “Numerous recent polls show Americans back the Senate immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship and that the Republican majority in the House – not to mention Mike Coffman’s job — is in jeopardy if they fail to act on it. Paul Ryan has clearly read the political tea leaves for his party, and Steve King clearly does not give a damn. Given Ryan’s prominent position among his caucus, if he believes comprehensive immigration reform will get votes in the House, odds are good it will happen. And Congressman Mike Coffman’s constituents deserve to know whose back he will have: the racist or the reformer.”