There are a number of good bills that were introduced during the first week of congress which will address our immigration problems. Steve King has introduced H.R. 140 to clarify the Immigration and Nationality Act to grant citizenship only to those who are here legally. Congressman King has been the leader on border security and immigration for many years and we must urge our congressmen to lend their support to his bill. There are currently 26 co-sponsors of HR 140.
Incidentally, it is important to point out that Steve King, who had been the ranking member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, has been passed over for the chairmanship by Speaker Boehner. Many of us in the pro enforcement camp have been anticipating the ascendancy of Mr. King to the chairmanship all year. Instead, Rep. Elton Gallegly of California will serve as Chairman and King will be Vice Chairman. While I have nothing against Congressman Gallegly, it is Steve King who has been the leader on this issue. The fact that Boehner passed over the current ranking member is an unambiguous sign that he is scared of King's uncompromising stance on our nation's sovereignty. Here is the scoop from National Journal:
The public reason for King's demotion was a reorganization of the committee. The post was given to Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., a senior member to King who is considered conservative enough on immigration to satisfy tea party Republicans but not as outspoken as King. But it was also clear from GOP aides that House leaders worried about King and his tendency to press on immigration issues that angered more moderate members of his own party.
"John Boehner isn't very aggressive on immigration," King said, noting that the GOP "Pledge to America" barely mentions immigration or border security. "It's the tiniest section," he said.