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May 12, 2006

Congressman Steve King Publishes Inflammatory Message on Congressional Website - Tell him to clean up his act!

That Congressman Steve King opposes immigration is no surprise to Iowans. His public attacks on foreign-born workers and their families are regularly aired on local radio and published in local newspapers. His latest essay published in the Des Moines Register, Biting the Hand that Feeds You, is a callous response to the May 1st Day Without an Immigrant demonstrations. The article was met with criticism from activists and community organizers for being hateful and misleading about immigrants and immigration. Despite these negative responses, the Congressman was undeterred from republishing the article on his official Congressional and campaign websites.

In Biting the Hand that Feeds You, Congressman King depicts immigrants as drug smugglers, disease carriers, and sex offenders. Publishing this inflammatory essay on his constituent-funded Congressional website is inappropriate for an elected leader of the community and misrepresentative of the collective views of his District.

This kind of rhetoric is unacceptable for a Member of Congress, and only serves to fan the flames of hatred. Anti-immigrant fervor is on the rise across the country, fanned by talk show hosts calling for shooting undocumented immigrants, as happened in Tennessee last week, or by the formation of a sheriff's posse to round up undocumented immigrants, as happened in Arizona this week. Leaders of both political parties are urging their membership to debate this contentious issue with decency and civility and we invite our activists to do the same. Please send a letter to Congressman King's Chief of Staff and urge her to remove the Congressman's inappropriate letter from his official Congressional website.

The full text of Biting the Hand that Feeds You is available here:
http://www.house.gov/steveking/col_20060505_hand.shtm

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 12, 2006 07:24 AM

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