House Republican leaders' reactions to the recent anti-immigrant comments by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, underscore that hard-liners are not representative of the House GOP conference and that such crackpottery should be ignored as the leaders craft their version of immigration reform.
On Tuesday, it came to light that King had recently said of potential beneficiaries of Dream Act legislation: "Some of them are valedictorians, and their parents brought them in. It wasn't their fault. . . . (But) they weren't all brought in by their parents. For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio, said that King's remarks were "wrong" and that "there can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language." Politico reported that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Va., called the remarks "inexcusable."