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Republican Steve King Makes Tone Deaf Threat To DACA Dreamers

By Collin Gossel

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, an immigration hardliner, appeared on CNN this past Wednesday, September 6th, and gave his opinion of DACA recipients. DACA, an immigration program instituted under President Barack Obama, protects children brought into the country illegally at a very young age from being deported to countries most have never known. Participants in the program, often referred to as Dreamers, have committed no crimes, pay American taxes, hold regular American jobs, but have been given no path towards citizenship. Steve King believes they are all law-breakers who deserve to "live in the shadows."

Here's a clip of his interview:

In the interview, King argues forcibly that DACA is a form of amnesty because it pardons its participants for the crime of living in America illegally. According to him, if justice had its full sway, they would all be thrown out but, because of DACA, they continue to achieve their nefarious goal: living the life they've always known, paying all the taxes, but without the benefits of citizenship.