Steve King Gets Commitment From Leadership For Immigration Enforcement Legislation

Steve King
Gage Skidmore

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) says he has a commitment from House Leadership that it will bring immigration enforcement legislation to the House floor after the August recess.

In an email to Republican colleagues Tuesday, obtained by Breitbart News, King recalls a conversation he had with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Monday in which the GOP leader inquired about his level of support for the sanctuary city bill the House is slated to vote on this week.

“Leader McCarthy called me Monday and asked me a point blank question – If the Duncan Hunter bill is brought to the Floor would you oppose it? I said No. This bill moves the ball in the right direction,” he wrote.

King noted in his email he told McCarthy that “a lot of conservatives would be disappointed because we should be doing more” and pointed to his sanctuary city bill that eliminates all federal assistance to sanctuary jurisdictions, makes detainers mandatory, requires DHS to hold criminal immigrants until deportation, and closes a loophole allowing sanctuaries to prevent officials from getting immigration information. He also highlighted his June amendment Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act.

“Kevin McCarthy expressed commitment to me to bring enforcement immigration legislation to the Floor after August,” King wrote.

“I’ll continue to advocate for what we can do that is constructive. And I will keep my commitment to vote yes if they bring the Hunter Bill to the Floor,” he added.

The House is slated to vote on Hunter’s bill later this week. It blocks federal law enforcement grants to cites and jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

A McCarthy spokesman did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.


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