Steve King agreed with Jason Richwine when the latter famously claimed that Hispanics have lower IQs than whites — and apparently, King doesn’t approve of them going to school, either. According to Right Wing Watch, King was on a call-in show with Phyllis Schafly when he started railing about “free ride[s]” for Hispanic students despite questions of their “legality”:
After a caller on Saturday’s edition of Eagle Forum Live complained that “the Hispanics — I don’t know how they’re doing it — but they’re going to school for free,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) lamented that schools offer scholarships to Latino students.
Host Phyllis Schlafly, the founder of Eagle Forum, also tied discredited birther conspiracies to the conversation: “I wonder if that’s the way Obama got through Columbia and Harvard? He’s never released his records so we don’t know. Maybe as a foreigner he got through free, we don’t know. Why doesn’t he tell us the truth?”
“I do know that there are programs within some of these universities there are diversity programs where they provide scholarships for, among others and in a high degree, Hispanic scholarships that is giving a free ride for—and I don’t know about the legality of these students, you can’t get that found out,” King said.
Just remember: this is the same Steve King that John Boehner gave a vote to, when King pushed his amendment to deport DREAMers last June. The same idea was given ratified twice more by House Republicans, when they passed both the ENFORCE Act and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act. Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Paul Ryan (R-WI) and others who supposedly support immigration reform voted for them. Meanwhile, the House still refuses to act on real immigration reform.