While most of the world reacted with horror at the news that President Donald Trump plans to announce a repeal of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) because it means 800,000 Americans could be forced out of the only homeland they’ve ever known, one person was sick with disappointment that the roundups won’t start for six months.
That person is Rep. Steve King (R-IA), according to The Hill, which said King took to Twitter to vent his spleen and proclaim that the six-month delay will be the death of not just the deportation effort, but of the entire Republican Party.
“Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide,” King fumed on Twitter.
Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide. https://t.co/iYOLxFWp7V
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 4, 2017
Given the significant outcry among even Republicans regarding the DACA repeal, there is a chance that Congress could act within the next six months to stop the expulsion of this group of non-native-born Americans.
King — a member of the House of Representatives’ far-right Freedom Caucus — is one of the most viciously nativist Republicans in Congress. In the past he has accused Dreamers of being drug smugglers “with calves the size of cantaloupes” who hike across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the country with giant loads of drugs on their backs.
In one CNN interview, he grudgingly admitted that his worldview and policies demonstrate a “thinly-veiled anti-Latino bias,” but he then said it’s liberals’ fault for interpreting his “demographic facts” — they are not facts — as racist.
So while there may be precious little to celebrate, let’s at least take a moment to enjoy Steve King’s pain.
Have a pleasant tomorrow.