Valley lawmaker "outraged" by congressman's "racist" comments

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa // YouTube Image

A Rio Grande Valley lawmaker said he TMs outraged by racist remarks made by a Republican congressman about DREAM Act students.

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) recently drew national media attention when he voiced his opposition for an immigration bill moving through Congress.

Part of the bill would provide legal status to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as childre by the parents and are now college-bound.

King told an on-line media outlet Newsmax last week that he opposed it and that the majority of young illegal immigrants in the country were involved in drug smuggling.

For everyone who's a valedictorian, King said. There's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they TMve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act.

The comments quickly drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives firing back.

Generalizations about children| about entire races of people| are intolerant, disrespectful and not very intelligent, Hinojosa said. Our country expects better from us. Recent comments by a colleague across the aisle are far below those expectations.

Hinojosa also held a press conference in Washington DC on Wednesday to speak about the recent deaths of illegal immigrants in the brush country of Brooks County in South Texas.

King responded to the criticism and fired back on the conservative Breitbart News blog on Wednesday afternoon.

You know when people attack you"in this business, when you TMre in this business, you know that when people attack you, and they call you names, they TMre diverting from the topic matter, King told the conservative news blog. You know they TMve lost the debate when they do that. We TMve talked about it for years. Tom Tancredo and I joked about it that that TMs the pattern. When people start calling you names, that TMs what confirms you TMve won the debate.