House Speaker John Boehner says it was wrong for fellow Republican Congressman Steve King to suggest many younger unauthorized immigrants are drug runners.
Boehner had issued a written statement earlier in the week condemning King's comments, but at his weekly news conference Thursday he elevated his criticism and took the unusual step of calling King out by name:
Boehner says the House will continue to work to try to pass an immigration bill of some kind:
King told a conservative news website that with respect to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids, "for every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
King took to the House floor to defend himself Thursday afternoon:
King says border security is still a priority to stem the tide of illegal immigrants:
King's Washington office also received a visit from a group of young people, including undocumented student Maricala Aguilar, who delivered cantaloupes to him: