Two immigrants confronted U.S. Rep. Steve King at an Iowa restaurant Monday about his desire to “get rid of” undocumented minors seeking legal status – and wound up getting an education in immigration law.
King had been sitting with fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, when Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas approached their table, according to the video.
After Paul got up to speak to reporters, Andiola identified herself as a Mexican immigrant and Arizona State University graduate who was raised in the United States and is seeking legal status under President Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I know you want to get rid of DACAs,” she told King, using the program’s acronym and handing him her DACA card, according to the Register. “I want to give you the opportunity to go ahead and just rip up mine.”
King stood up and told the woman Obama “has no constitutional authority to do what he has done” with the program.
Vargas, identified as a law school graduate, told King he wanted to enlist in the military, but was rejected because he was “on DACA.”
“Because the law says you have to be an American or hold a green card to join the military,” King corrected him.
That’s when King began educating the two on U.S. immigration laws, according to a YouTube video of the conversation.
“The president has violated the Constitution, he has eroded the rule of law, and he has brought this about. There are many people suffering because of this,” he said. “This country should not be ruled by one king, Barack Obama, deciding what the law should be. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and the laws are written by the Congress, not the president. I don’t want to build a country with people who have disrespect for the law.”
On Wednesday, Andiola told MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart that she disagreed with King’s comments, saying, “the president has the authority to do this.”
She knows that, she said because she worked for a year for U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and knows how Congress works.
Watch the confrontation via YouTube here.
And watch the MSNBC interview here.
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