When Barack Obama said he needed a “dance partner” in Congress to reform immigration law he might not have been thinking of Steve King but King has proven to be Obama’s best accomplice in what constitutes the perfect political crime.
With Republicans’ unmasked bigotry, the President can denounce them for their intolerance while implementing enforcement to cater to it.
Where Rep. King’s comments are a mouthpiece for prejudice, the President’s are a pretext for actual policy that has eviscerated our rights and devastated the lives of thousands of families. King’s Republican affiliation, however, makes him an appealing target while the Democratic President’s record and rhetoric make for an inconvenient truth.
Yet truth be told, the President has done more to criminalize migrants than what Rep. King could accomplish in his wildest dreams.