Conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is headed to Cantor’s (R-Va.) hometown of Richmond for a special town-hall meeting on immigration reform.
While the event is actually taking place in the district of Democratic Rep. Bobby ScottBobby ScottThe Hill's 12:30 Report House Dems may challenge Electoral College certification Dems press Trump to keep Obama overtime rule MORE, NumbersUSA Virginia noted in an alert to activists that Richmond “neighbors the district of House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE, who will play a major role in the fate of any amnesty bill in the House."
“I strongly disagree with his characterization of the children of immigrants and find the comments inexcusable,” Cantor said at the time.
Cantor is working on a bill known as the "Kids Act” that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
King has repeatedly defended his remarks, arguing his description of drug runners came from spending time on the U.S. border and talking to agents there. He said he was trying to dispel the notion that all young illegal immigrants are high achievers.
“It seems as though I have a few critics out there, but those who have been advocating for the Dream Act have been trying to make it about valedictorians,” King told Radio Iowa.