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Steve King: Aliens Invaded My Office

The “brazen,” “illegal alien” variety, he tweeted.

1. Iowa Rep. Steve King, no stranger to controversial comments, announced on Twitter today that his office had been invaded by aliens.

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King, who previously compared immigrants to dogs in comments that made it to YouTube, has been staunchly anti-illegal immigration and opposes the bipartisan “Gang of 8” immigration reform legislation being debated in the Senate.

4. This is who showed up to his office. They were activists from United We Dream, protesting his sponsoring of a bill to cut funding for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, enacted by the Obama administration.

5. Jose Antonio Vargas, who came out as an undocumented immigrant in a high-profile New York Times piece, and has been out front in calling for reform, responded to King’s comments.

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I just wanna give @SteveKingIA a hug and make him some chicken adobo. Shake all that anxiety out of him.

— joseiswriting (@Jose Antonio Vargas)

7. But King wasn’t done.

#Gof8 You promise border security. How, when we can't secure Congress from Obama amnesty? Schumer, McCain, come guard my door.

— SteveKingIA (@Steve King)

8. Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva responded to King’s comments.

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“Poor Steve King. When Dreamers come to his office to address his attacks on them, he calls them invaders and hides under his desk,” Grijalva said in a statement. “Don’t be afraid, Steve. They’re just like you. They love this country. They want the American promise to be available to everyone.

Grijalva urged dialogue. “Talk to them, Steve. You’ll learn something about the United States.”

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Adrian Carrasquillo is the Editor of Latino Coverage for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact this reporter at adrian.c@buzzfeed.com
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