Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Thursday said President Obama is using his executive actions to swell the ranks of Democratic voters with illegal immigrants.
“To put it simply, the president is importing millions of illegal aliens who when they arrive here he thinks, and he’s right, they are undocumented Democrats, and so the next phase of this is to document these Democrats so they can vote,” he said on Virginia’s “John Fredericks Show” radio program, according to BuzzFeed.
King also compared Obama’s immigration actions to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The law’s creation allowed many blacks in the segregated south to cast ballots for the first time.
The Iowa lawmaker claimed that executive action on immigration makes Democrats “the beneficiaries” of an unfair electoral advantage.
“This is the president of the United States trying to stack the electorate with millions of people, lawlessly bringing them into the United States of America and giving them a presence here, and thinking and realizing that the longer you can keep them here the less likely it is that they will go home,” he charged.
“They don’t understand the law, they come from lawless countries,” King said of undocumented immigrants. “So they’re not at all likely to defend our Constitution or the rule of law.”
A federal appeals court in New Orleans will consider whether or not to lift a block on Obama’s executive order on Friday. The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear arguments from the federal government and 26 states opposed to Obama’s actions that afternoon.
The president issued his executive order on immigration last November. It would provide deportation relief and work permits to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.