A group of immigration activists wearing graduate garb stopped by Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) office on Capitol Hill on Thursday to ask why he wants them to be deported, in a non-confrontation that ended up with King freaking out on Twitter, claiming “illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office.”
The activists are part of a group called United We Dream, the nation’s largest youth-oriented immigration reform organization. They headed to King’s office holding signs that stated their desired professions, forwarded by the word “American.”
Each one of the students falls under the lowest-priority category of undocumented immigrant, under a policy directive issued by President Barack Obama that aims to spare the children of undocumented immigrants from being deported. The directive effectively implements portions of the DREAM Act, which King vehemently opposes.
As about 20 of the activists calmly filtered in to King’s office and requested to speak individually with staffers, the Iowa Republican tweeted: “20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded by DC office. Obama’s lawless order gives them de facto immunity from U.S. law.”
Photos of the “brazen” group, published on Twitter, show them sitting patiently and waiting their turns to share their views with King’s staff.
In a follow-up, King jeered at the Senate’s so-called “Gang of Eight” members who are pushing for a bipartisan compromise on immigration reform. “You promise border security,” he wrote. “How, when we can’t secure Congress from Obama amnesty? Schumer, McCain, come guard my door.”
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