Mark Zuckerberg-Backed Group Goes After Steve King for Being Steve King

New FWD.us ads highlight King’s comments about a proposal to grant legal status to dreamers in the military.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks during the DC March for Jobs in Upper Senate Park near Capitol Hill, on July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. Conservative activists and supporters rallied against the Senate's immigration legislation and the impact illegal immigration has on reduced wages and employment opportunities for some Americans. 
National Journal
Elahe Izadi
April 18, 2014, 9:12 a.m.

Rep. Steve King is known as one of the staunchest op­pon­ents of im­mig­ra­tion re­form. So when the Iowa Re­pub­lic­an made typ­ic­al Steve King com­ments earli­er this month about a some­what mod­est im­mig­ra­tion pro­pos­al, it be­came the per­fect fooder for the pro-re­form, Mark Zuck­er­berg-backed or­gan­iz­a­tion FWD.us. 

“We’re not go­ing to take your oath in­to the mil­it­ary, but we’re go­ing to take your de­pos­ition and have a bus for you to Tijuana,” King told Breit­bart about his op­pos­i­tion to a pro­pos­al from Rep. Jeff Den­ham, R-Cal­if., to al­low dream­ers who serve in the mil­it­ary to qual­i­fy for leg­al status.

“Cit­izen­ship must be pre­cious, not handed out like candy in a parade,” King said later on the House floor.

Those com­ments are high­lighted in a pair of new ads from FWD.us, a group backed by Face­book CEO Mark Zuck­er­berg to help push im­mig­ra­tion re­form. The spots will run on­line and on broad­cast tele­vi­sion in Iowa through the end of April’s con­gres­sion­al re­cess.

One ad fea­tures Ale­jandro Mor­ales, who FWD.us says was brought il­leg­ally to the U.S. as a baby. Mor­ales talks about his de­sire to serve in the mil­it­ary after spend­ing his youth in ROTC. “Amer­ica is the only coun­try I’ve ever known,” he says. King’s com­ments are dis­played as Mor­ales speaks.

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The second ad is more dir­ectly fo­cused on King’s op­pos­i­tion to Den­ham’s pro­pos­al, called the En­list Act.

Earli­er this month, the pro­spect of Den­ham’s mil­it­ary-im­mig­ra­tion pro­pos­al mak­ing its way in­to the un­der­ly­ing text of a must-pass de­fense bill set off alarm bells for im­mig­ra­tion hawks, who suc­cess­fully stopped such a move. The En­list Act could still come up as an amend­ment to the de­fense bill or as a stan­dalone meas­ure. Den­ham has 48 co­spon­sors, evenly split among Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats.

Al­though FWD.us is go­ing hard after King, the or­gan­iz­a­tion doesn’t have plans to util­ize sim­il­ar mes­saging against oth­er elec­ted of­fi­cials. And the group’s GOP arm has tried to give cov­er to Re­pub­lic­ans to sup­port re­form in the past, drop­ping $750,000 on tele­vi­sion ads earli­er this year.

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