King decries immigration bill

U.S. Rep. Steve King on Saturday dismissed a pending immigration bill as a blanket amnesty declaration for illegal immigrants.

”This is not just instantaneous amnesty, it is a promise that anyone who can get into the U.S. can stay in the U.S.,” the Republican from Kiron said.

King spoke at the Eggs and Issues forum at Iowa Central Community College.

The congressman said the 844-page bill would immediately give legal status to all illegal immigrants except those who have been convicted of a felony or those who have been convicted of three or more misdemeanors.

He said he opposes the bill.

King defended his vote to support the National Defense Authorization Act, a measure which has been criticized by civil liberties advocates because of some of the powers it gives the government to fight terrorism.

”Our best lawyers convinced me that people’s rights won’t be usurped,” he said.

He said he is co-sponsoring a bill that would limit the amount of ammunition the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can buy. He said the department recently bought 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. He said that amounts to 40,000 rounds for every department employee who has a weapon.

King said if the bill becomes law, it would limit future purchases to the annual average amount of ammunition bought by the department.

The congressman said he recently reintroduced a bill that would make English the official language of the United States.