Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.
President Donald Trump’s companies in 2018 hired more foreign workers than they have in years -- perhaps decades -- marking a stark contrast between Trump’s dual roles: the nativist politician demanding a 30-foot border wall and calling for U.S. companies to “hire American” and the businessman seeking cheap, seasonal labor. Even as the Trump administration sought to crack down on work visas, his companies hired 192 foreign workers in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., compared the security situation on the southern border to 9/11 in an interview Wednesday, calling it an unprecedented threat despite a significant drop in illegal border crossings in the past decade.
The White House, in making its case that the southern border is a magnet for terrorists and must be protected with a 1,000-mile wall, has argued in recent days that thousands of people who appear on the government’s terror watch list have been apprehended crossing into the country illegally. The argument is wildly inaccurate and represents a significant departure for Republicans who have killed efforts to prevent people on that same list from getting guns.