Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) abruptly bolted from a dinner table in Iowa as immigration activists confronted U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) about his vote to end the Obama administration’sDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
After Paul left, Andiola handed King a piece of paper showing her status as a beneficiary of the DACA program.
“I know you really want to get rid of DACA, so I just wanted to give you the opportunity and rip mine,” she said.
“This is not what I do,” King said, standing up.
The two entered into a somewhat lengthy back and forth, during which King defended his view that the DACA program has contributed to the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied children have flowed across this year.
Andiola confronted King about a comment he made last year, when he said the vast majority of undocumented immigrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes” because they were smuggling drugs across the border.
“I spoke of drug smugglers,” he told Andiola on Monday. “Now, you’re not here to tell me you’re one of them, are you?”
“Do I look like a drug smuggler to you?” she said.
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