A Catholic bishop said Monday that Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) insistence undocumented youth are drug mules “undermines their human dignity and the respect owed them as children of God.”
“While Catholics may disagree on the specific approach to reforming the immigration system, they should agree that the immigration debate should be conducted in a civil and humane manner,” Rev. R. Walker Nickless, bishop of the Sioux City diocese, said in a statement. “I urge the U.S. House of Representatives to address the immigration issue on its merits. I support common sense reform that provides a reasonable path to citizenship for the undocumented and promotes family unity.”
King, who has also compared immigrants to dogs, is losing friends fast for refusing to apologize. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) have all criticized their colleague’s comments as “hateful” and “inexcusable.”
But King has decided to turn this criticism into his own profit. In a fundraising e-mail last week, King claimed he was the victim of “baseless attacks” and asked that people “make a generous donation” to his campaign.