President Barack Obama has yet to deliver his State of the Union address, but Iowa Congressman Steve King is already out with one of the most vile right-wing reactions.
The Tea Party Republican posted a tweet Tuesday night attacking President Barack Obama for including an unauthorized immigrant among his State of the Union guests, referring to the immigrant as a "deportable":
Ana Zamora, who will be among the guests flanking First Lady Michelle Obama tonight, is a beneficiary of the president's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to apply for permits to remain in the U.S. Zamora, whose parents brought her to the country from Mexico when she was a year old, attends the Texas campus of Northwood University, a business school based in Michigan. Zamora wrote a letter to Obama this fall thanking him for creating the DACA program. Obama expanded the program as part of his recently announced executive actions sparing up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
King's tweet hardly marks his first xenophobic outburst at unauthorized immigrants. In 2013, King assailed the DACA program by declaring that for every undocumented child “who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”