Rep. Steve King toasted the deportation of a man said to be the first person qualifying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be removed from the country by President Donald Trump.
Juan Manuel Montes has sued the federal government over his deportation to Mexico. The 23-year-old said he was entitled to stay in the U.S. under DACA, which shields people who came to the country as young children, reported The Associated Press.
King, a Republican from Iowa, posted a picture on Twitter of a filled U.S. Border Patrol mug Tuesday. The post read: "First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this one's for you."
King told Newsmax in 2013 that for every young immigrant that becomes a valedictorian, another 100 are smuggling drugs.
"Some of them are valedictorians — and their parents brought them in. It wasn't their fault. It's true in some cases, but they aren't all valedictorians. They weren't all brought in by their parents."
"For everyone 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."
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