Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Friday announced plans to sue the Obama administration over its newly announced immigration policy aimed at keeping illegal youths in the country temporarily if they meet certain standards.
King, a Tea Party Republican and vice chairman of the House Immigration subcommittee, said he planned to sue because he believes such a policy should be through the legislative, and not the executive, branch of government.
He pointed to a lawsuit he won against then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who serves as President Obama’s Agricultural secretary, that thwarted an attempt to extend non-discrimination rights to Iowa’s gay and lesbian state employees.
“I’m prepared to bring a suit and seek court order to stop implementation of this policy,” said King on the “Mike Huckabee Show,” referring to Obama’s new immigration policy.
“I have done it once in the past successfully when then Gov. Tom Vilsack thought he could legislate by executive order, and the case of King vs. Vilsack is in the books and that individual is by the way is now the secretary of Agriculture. I wonder if he’s not counseling the president on his legal proceedings.”
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a Republican presidential candidate in 2008, pressed King on the matter.
“I want to clarify,” said Huckabee. “You plan to sue this administration for implementing something that you believe should have required legislative process and approval?”
King responded, “That is correct.”
King, who is running in a tight election against Democrat Christine Vilsack — Tom Vilsack’s wife — recently came under fire from Democrats and the Hispanic community for comments he made to constituents at a diner in Iowa.
Last month King compared how a bird hunter picks a good dog out of a full litter of pups to how the United States needs to accept the best possible immigrants out of all the desiring applicants.
“You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog,” said King. “Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet.”
King later defended his remarks on Fox News, saying that Democrats were trying to cast confusion on his remarks, which did not discriminate against any particular immigrant group. Rather, King said he was making a point about the high standards that America has always set for people coming to the country.
“We’ve skimmed the cream of the crop off every civilization on the planet,” he said of the U.S. “And it wasn’t just the rich or well-educated, it was those that have within them the idea that they could succeed here if they just had liberty.”
“We’re distinct from people in any other country in the world. We have better, smarter workers.”
It was not the first time King took heat for his questionable comparisons about immigrants.
In 2006, King took to the House floor to make his case for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. King proposed electrifying a strand of wire atop of the wall, saying that “we do that with livestock all the time.”