Rep. Steve King, GOP Fill Immigration Hall Of Shame

April 19, 2011 11:14 am ET — Kate Conway

FL State Sen. Anitere Flores

Immigrants' List, a bipartisan PAC working to promote comprehensive and just immigration reform, has released the latest version of their biannual "Hall of Shame" list highlighting lawmakers who spread fear and misinformation about immigrants and present obstacles to meaningful reform. This year, Republicans occupy nine out of the top 10 positions, with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) securing first place. Via The Hill:

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who once suggested handling illegal immigrants in a way similar to how farmers handle livesock [sic], took first place in a "Hall of Shame" list compiled by the Immigrants' List political action committee (PAC).

The group named eight other Republicans and one Democrat on Tuesday, claiming they are "the biggest obstacles" to overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

In its biannual "Hall of Shame" list, obtained first by The Hill, the PAC took aim at Steve King, eight other Republicans and lone Democrat Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.) for "spreading misinformation, preying on fear and blocking the reform America wants and needs."

The PAC also names GOP Reps. Lamar Smith (Texas), Ed Royce (Calif.), Pete King (N.Y.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Brian Bilbray (Calif.), Candice Miller (Mich.) and Ben Quayle (Ariz.), as well as Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.). 

King is indeed an ardent opponent of immigration, and his opposition is often tinged with racism. He has compared immigrants to "livestock," and last summer, he defended Arizona's anti-immigration law and suggested that illegal immigrants can be identified by "what kind of shoes people wear." He is convinced that the U.S. is subject to an 11,000-strong nightly invasion of illegal immigrants, which he has compared to a "slow-motion terrorist attack." He thinks the DREAM Act might offend the families of fallen soldiers. King has even spoken against a policy that would allow an American child of noncitizens — in King's mind, "maybe an anchor baby" — to apply for disaster relief.