If there is one political reform that always seems to have promise but whose hope fizzles fast, it's immigration reform. While most Americans know who is pulling the strings in Washington, one Republican, to his credit, flat out admitted it in public.
A staunch anti-immigrant conservative, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on a radio show for the Tea Party News Network and went off on how outside money often affects his own parties political agenda. When speaking about immigration, the veteran congressman took an aggressive stance,
"There are some deep pockets outside the Congress and inside the country on immigration that seem to be the only voices that line up the Republican House on immigration...And those would be the only voices that line up with the Republican leadership in the House on immigration. And that would be the U.S. Chamber (of Commerce), Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Google money, and George Soros is involved in that too."
King was quick to defend his pro-business ideology, but wanted to distance himself from many of his colleagues who have appeared to have been bought off by the wealthy elite.
"I’m happy to promote business, but I’m not one of those folks who’s going to be directed by billionaires and I think that’s one of the divisions we have in the Republican conference."
In January, House Republicans released their Immigration plan in what they were hoping was a compromise to what many Democrats had proposed. If passed through the House, the bill would have optimism moving through the Senate where it would have been expected to be signed by Present Obama. Much like his health care law, the president has shown in the past that he is willing to compromise some of his own ideas in order to get something through the Congress. Only a week after the House released their plan, House Speaker Boehner said there was "widespread doubt" about the bill actually passing due to the Republicans fear about how President Obama would enforce it.
Rep. King often finds himself on the wrong side of his comments, but his most recent statement hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately for the American people, he only echoed what they have been saying for years.