Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

OLSON CONDEMNS REP STEVE KING'S OFFENSIVE RACIAL COMMENTS

July 24, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson today issued the following statement condemning Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) recent comments implying that the children of undocumented immigrants are one hundred times more likely to be drug runners than high school valedictorians:

"Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but no one is served by offensive and biased comments. Sadly, this won’t be the last time an elected official makes a stupid comment. These comments have little to do with the debate on immigration and only reflect the Congressman’s ill-informed viewpoint. Broadly impugning the character of a whole class of people only signals ignorance of the issues facing us as we tackle immigration reform. Hispanics and Anglos have worked and fought together since before the founding of the Republic of Texas in 1836 to make our great state what it is. We Texans share a different understanding, regardless of where we individually come down on immigration reform. 

"Offensive comments won’t fix our broken immigration system - and neither will political posturing. The President and the Democrats should stop taking Hispanics for granted, using immigration reform as a tool for political gain. They appear to be less interested in solutions than pitting Americans against one another to improve their election chances.

"Political games and bigotry have no place in congressional debate. The America that I know and love strives to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We must reject ignorance and bias when we see it.

"Congressman Steve King does not speak for the heart of the Republican Party anymore than he speaks for me. I would hope Congressman King understands the ignorance and hurtfulness of his comments, apologizes now and thinks before he speaks in the future."

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