King has been criticized since he made comments over the weekend, where he criticized supporters of immigration reform for depicting immigrants as law-abiding achievers, arguing that many criminals would also benefit from a pathway to citizenship.

“For everyone 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," King said. "Those people would be legalized with the same act.”

Durbin, who lead the Senate effort to reform the immigration system, applauded Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) for calling King's remarks “deeply offensive and wrong.”

Durbin recommended that King meet with the people he was talking about — young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children illegally by their parents — instead of insult them.

King, a longtime critic of immigration reform, has not backed down from his statements. On Thursday, he defended his views in a 20-minute speech on the House floor.