Amnesty proposal worse than ObamaCare, Iowa's King says

'That genie cannot be put back in the bottle'

James Q. Lynch
Published: May 14 2013 | 11:06 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 3:20 pm in
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As bad as ObamaCare is, as much as he loathes it, U.S. Rep. Steve King has found something worse: Immigration reform.

According to the 4th District Republican, the so-called "Gang of Eight" proposal being considered by the U.S. Senate – which he previously called “an outrageous reach” -- would grant amnesty to all illegal immigrants, send an invitation to everyone who has been deported to re-apply for citizenship and tells anyone who can get into the country they will get amnesty.

“Here’s how bad this is,” King said at a news conference outside the Capitol that was carried by C-SPAN. “You know how badly I despise ObamaCare. I’ve spent years of my life fighting against ObamaCare. I despise that bill because it’s an unconstitutional taking of our bodies, our health, our skin and everything inside it. It’s terrible. It diminishes the destiny of America.”

But there’s something worse than President Obama's health reform plan approved by Congress in 2009, he said.

“If somehow there was an offer that said you are going to get one or the other and you have to choose one, I would take ObamaCare and try to live with that before I would ever take this amnesty plan,” King said. “The amnesty plan is far, far worse than ObamaCare. That genie cannot be put back in the bottle.”

Over time, he said, ObamaCare can be repealed, “but if this amnesty goes through … there’s no going back.”

King indicated he’s speaking out because he’s doubtful there will be an “open debate” on immigration reform in the House.

“We will get a debate all right here in the House of Representatives, but now an open one that lets us get down and take it apart piece by piece,” he said.

King was joined by Texas Rep. Louie Gomert, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks and others.

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