Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Sunday that he did not believe that President Obama would enforce border security measures if immigration reform legislation passed the House.
“The president’s not going to enforce the law. [Senate Majority Leader] Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE [D-Nev.] is not going to take up border enforcement,” King said on “Fox News Sunday.”
King, a vocal critic of the Senate immigration bill and allowing illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, also firmly pushed back against Republicans who say that the GOP needs to get on board with immigration reform to have a chance with Hispanic voters in the future.
“Whether Republicans are willing to go along with this or not, if we pass something they’re still going to get the credit in the White House,” King said.
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), appearing with King, said the Iowa Republican’s lines were just the latest GOP excuse, and said that Obama had a proven record on deportations and protecting the border.
“We should not use this as yet another excuse to obstruct the majority of American people who support comprehensive immigration reform,” Israel said.