Iowa firebrand is face of Republican fight on U.S. immigration order, plus more

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California July 1, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Sam Hodgson

(Reuters) – Prominently featured on Representative Steve King’s congressional website are what he calls “illegal immigration stories” that tell of undocumented people, mainly Hispanics, wreaking havoc in America: killing, robbing, kidnapping, trafficking in sex and drugs.

As the face of the opposition to comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress, King has long used fiery rhetoric to argue for deporting all 12 million undocumented residents and fortifying U.S. borders.

Now, the Iowa congressman’s high-profile role in the debate over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration threatens Republican leaders’ efforts to rebrand the party as more friendly to Hispanics, while his effort to block funding for the action raises the risk of a government shutdown.

King and Representative Michele Bachmann, a fellow Tea Party activist, plan a news conference on Wednesday to make their case that Obama has violated the U.S. Constitution by moving to shield 4.7 million undocumented residents from deportation if they have no serious criminal record.

Not stopping there, the 65-year-old, six-term lawmaker told Reuters he would like to push legislation through the House to “censure” Obama and top it off with a bill to block funding of the president’s immigration initiative.

Doing anything less, he said, is “asking members of Congress to fund a lawless, unconstitutional act. It can’t be tolerated”…

Other reading on the US amnesty: U.S. conservatives stand firm against funding for immigration order: (Reuters) – Conservative Republicans on Wednesday resisted a plan to avert a budget fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration order, raising the likelihood that the spending struggle in Congress could last right up to the Dec. 11 deadline for a government shutdown.

States sue Obama administration on immigration: Texas attorney general: (Reuters) – Texas is leading a 17-state coalition that sued the Obama administration on Wednesday over its executive order to ease the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.

The case filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order was unlawful.