Iowa’s Steve King Snubbed for Immigration Chairmanship [VIDEO]

The big news last week in immigration was the snub of Iowa Congressman Steve King.

King, the hardest of hardliners on immigration, is the ranking Republican member of the House Immigration Subcommittee and was expected to be named chairman of the subcommittee. But he was passed over and Elton Gallegly of California was named in his stead.

King had engaged in some antics at the beginning of the year that may have angered the new House leadership, including an argument for the unconstitutionality of the health care reform plan that invoked the image of babies being tossed into garbage cans by their mothers (see video below). Gallegly is equally hardline, but a bit more in control of his rhetoric.

King told Fox News last week that the failure to appoint him as head of the subcommittee “makes a difference on the effectiveness [of the subcommittee], and it clearly does.”

King assigned responsibility for his snub to John Boehner. “The speaker holds the big gavel, and he decides who gets the other gavels,” King said. “John Boehner isn’t very aggressive on immigration,” he added.

Image courtesy of ryanjreilly via Flickr.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.