On May 20, 2003, my wife Marilyn and I attended a dinner at the Park Hyatt Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. We were there to hear the guest speaker, President of the Philippines Gloria Arroyo.
President Arroyo thanked America for all contributions made to Filipino life by Americans over more than the past century. She said, “Eight million Filipinos … live and work abroad and generate billions of dollars a year in revenue for our country. [Filipinos are] highly skilled, well educated, English-speaking [and because of this] comparative advantage, millions of Filipinos [are] working in over 140 countries in the world.”
Mrs. Arroyo continued, “[The] value[s] embedded in our people [are] in part … the legacy of America’s involvement in the Philippines. America gave the Philippines a great public education system. … Send us more Thomasites … the American teachers who went to the Philippines at the turn of the century and educated our people in English and many other things western, and that’s why we seem so similar today.”
Records show there where only 1,074 Thomasites, but this teacher corps built an education system in the Philippines that mirrored that of the United States. Filipinos were educated and trained to take over the education system, which they did well. The American language, culture, work ethic, free enterprise, values and way of life was infused into the Philippines. We are bonded together to this day with the third-largest English-speaking country in the world. The Philippines developed into a sustainable country built upon the foundation of the American civilization.
Thomasites were the precursor, the de facto pilot project, the inspiration for the Peace Corps. Only 1,074 teachers a century ago transformed the islands’ population of 8 million and placed them on a self-sustaining path, and today 8 million Filipinos are working in 140 countries on multiple continents, lifting up many millions more around the world. And today, there are just over 7,000 active Peace Corps workers scattered in as many as 140 countries. They make a significant difference in helping lift the Third World out of poverty and in building relationships between the United States and receiving nations. Americans support the Peace Corps because we have a humanitarian heart that lifted the Philippines and many other countries from despair.
What, then, could 750,000 Thomasites do for Mexico and Central America? What could be a better economic, social and cultural improvement plan, especially for our neighbors to the south? What could better bond us together, expand trade, establish an effective education system, and the rule of law? What better program could possibly be devised to help bring our neighbors to the south into the first world?
But where would we find 750,000 young American educated “volunteers” who speak English, carry with them the American work ethic, a paid-for American education, the American culture, and experience with the rule of law? Wouldn’t it be better if they were bilingual, fluent in the host country’s language, too? Even better if many already had familial relationships in some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the Third World?
Fortunately, President Obama has built a database (though unconstitutionally) that identifies exactly the universe of people who are perfectly poised to come to the aid of the impoverished and corrupt nation-states of the hemisphere and the world. It is the Dreamer database, otherwise known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, 750,000 individuals who exactly fit the criteria described above. How could the United States and primarily the Western Hemisphere be so fortunate as to have a perfect, ready-made solution poised to solve such an otherwise unsolvable problem? And just at the time when we have a president who has given his oath to do so.
President Trump pledged to end DACA and DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, on the first day of his presidency. More than 60 days in, the Trump administration continues to issue new permits and extend existing permits. It’s late, but not too late, to end the unconstitutional and lawless DACA program and return lawbreakers to their home countries where they were born. They will go back to their homes and their home communities.
Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Democrat, has stated on the Senate floor, “They are amazing.” If the Dreamers are of such value to their adopted country, how much greater value will they be to their countries of legal residence? And when they finish their tours of duty, they will be in the back of the line to come back to America, if they qualify. My bet? Dreamers would outperform Peace Corp workers and Thomasites by a country mile. One day, a future president of Mexico will give a speech in Washington, D.C., thanking the United States for our part in restoring the rule of law — in both countries.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing his repeal of the EB-5 investor visa program:
“Developers have monopolized the EB-5 program since its creation, exploiting its flaws and fighting against any compulsory reforms,” said King. “These developers messaged and ‘sold’ the program to investors as an easy way to acquire green cards all the while claiming the current market will not support domestic investment amounts. Under the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional and open immigration policy, applications for EB-5 visas suddenly skyrocketed and now, there is an eight year waiting list. The result is they are selling access to citizenship and selling it cheap. While the fraud and abuse of the EB-5 program has been disguised as popularity, the American worker and economy continues to be undermined.
“Furthermore, the program has been derailed to the point where terrorists can easily target it as the perfect tool for access into American society. I have introduced the repeal of the EB-5 program as Congress cannot continue to turn a blind eye to our flawed immigration laws, hoping terrorists don’t exploit our weaknesses.”
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Washington, D.C. – Chairman Steve King released the following opening remarks in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing on the oversight of the Judgement Fund:
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, released the following video statement from his opening remarks at the House Judiciary Committee Markup on his bill, H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act”. King’s bill passed the full House Judiciary Committee today.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing legislation that punishes the People's Republic of China for its failure to protect the holders of United States intellectual property rights.
“The creative genius of Americans, protected by our copyrights, trademarks and patents, is systematically being pirated by the Chinese whose government appears to be complicit,” said King. “My bill directs the President to impose duties on merchandise from China in an amount equivalent to the estimated annual loss of revenue to holders of U.S. intellectual property rights as a result of violations of such intellectual property rights in China. The revenue raised by the imposition of duties on Chinese merchandise will be proportionally distributed to provide compensation to holders of United States intellectual property rights.
China is responsible for an estimated 50-80% of international IP theft with an estimated annual loss of over $300 billion to the U.S. economy alone. My message to China, the leading pirates of U.S. intellectual property, is pay us now, or pay us later. My bill would allow for better protection of IP which would encourage significantly more research, development investment and economic growth, creating more jobs and protecting the work products of hard working Americans.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA) of 2017, which would allow the U.S. government under certain circumstances to revoke the citizenship of Americans who knowingly join or provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has also re-introduced the companion bill in the Senate. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are Senate cosponsors of the ETA.
“Over past years, many vulnerabilities to American security have emerged,” said King. “ Some American citizens have sworn allegiance to foreign terrorist organizations (FTO’s), and that is why Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and I have re-introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA). Upon taking an oath to a FTO, American terrorists have voluntarily renounced their citizenship. Such individuals who commit acts of terror against the United States are demonstrating they no longer uphold their pledge to our country. Regardless of prior citizenship, by birth or naturalization, ETA will make it clear that if a national of the U.S. chooses to take an oath or pledge allegiance to a FTO, that individual has affirmatively renounced American citizenship and relinquished all protection under the law. ”
“We know that Islamic radicalization is happening right here in the United States. Indeed, we’ve seen Americans like Anwar al-Awlaki, Faisal Shazad, and most recently, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, engage in hostilities against our country, and materially support terrorists who are waging war against us and our way of life. This is a threat that must be taken seriously.” Sen. Cruz said. “The Expatriate Terrorist Act will ensure that any American who forfeits their country to intentionally join ISIS will have their citizenship stripped and won’t be able to use a U.S. passport to come back and murder American citizens. I’m glad to join with my House colleague, Rep. Steve King on this important effort and I hope that Congress will come together to pass this bill as we work to once and for all acknowledge the real threat of radical Islamic terror and take the steps necessary to keep our country safe.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing a resolution condemning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for rejecting and ruling against President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
“It is clear that Judge James L. Robart of the Western District of Washington brazenly ignored the Constitution, Federal law and court precedent in issuing a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s executive order, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,’” said King. “Ultimately the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit failed to reverse Judge Robart’s erroneous order and in the meantime, thousands of refugees who have not been properly vetted from seven terror-prone countries can continue entering our country.
The Immigration and Nationality Act at 8 U.S. Code 1182 gives the president the ultimate power to block foreigners from entering the country if they are considered ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.’ Today, we face the ongoing and increasing threat of radical Islamic jihad. As terrorism propagates around the world, President Trump understands attacks in other countries are not isolated incidents, and he acted fully within his constitutional means to protect the American people. I stand with President Trump and have introduced this resolution of disapproval to rebuke the court’s actions.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, in the 115th Congress:
“The most unifying force in the world has always been a common language,” said King. “Almost without exception, every nation state, including the Vatican, has at least one official language – except the United States. My English Language Unity Act requires all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English.
Federal law has long required immigrants to learn English before they can become naturalized American Citizens. America has risen to superpower status because we have successfully assimilated multitudes through English. Today, only Leftists oppose Official English. It’s time to make English the Official Language of the Unites States.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement concerning the Des Moines Public School Board introducing two unconstitutional immigration resolutions this evening:
“Today, the Des Moines Public School Board will be considering two immigration resolutions, including a “sanctuary” resolution that violates both the Constitution’s supremacy clause and two federal laws,” said King. “Creating a policy that allows the school to refuse to cooperate and to prohibit all school employees from cooperating with ICE officials and their inquiries regarding students or their families, this resolution would be in direct violation of 8 U.S. Code 1373 which states no one shall ‘prohibit, or in any way restrict…information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.’
This resolution could also lead to future criminal investigations by empowering the Superintendent to evade inquiries from ICE officials which would violate 8 U.S. Code 1324 that deals with harboring illegal aliens. This code clearly states if any person knowingly ‘harbors or shields from detection…in any place,’ they could ‘be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.’ Not only does this resolution undermine the Rule of Law by obstructing ICE officials from enforcing the law, but it is also blatantly unconstitutional and could lead to a Class C or Class D felony conviction. I am incredulous that the school board would come to this kind of motivation or conclusion given that the Trump administration has previously stated they will withhold any federal funds that would go to any sanctuary jurisdiction in America.
Motivated by pure political agenda, the second resolution asks the Iowa congressional delegation to support the BRIDGE Act and the 5,500 students in Iowa who have registered under the DACA program. I will never support the lawless actions of former President Barack Obama when he illegally instituted this program with a stroke of a pen, circumventing the Constitution and attempting to normalize criminal behavior."
Congressman King sent a letter with the above information to both Superintendent Thomas Ahart, Ed.D and Chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson.
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the National Right To Work Act in the 115th Congress along with Congressman Joe Wilson. This bill would repeal the provisions in federal law that make "forced dues" the default labor law of the country:
“Today, around 80% of Americans overwhelmingly believe that every worker and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment,” said King. “Unfortunately when Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, this right was taken away from the people and Americans were forced to pay union dues and abide by the union’s rules just to get or keep a job.
"As early as 1947, Congress tacitly admitted that this concept of ‘monopoly bargaining’ does indeed violate the rights of workers. As a result, they allowed states to ‘opt-out’ if they passed Right to Work laws while making ‘forced unionization’ the default. Twenty-seven states have now done so, effectively mitigating the negative impact of this misguided federal labor law. However, the fact remains that Congress created the problem in the first place, and it is Congress’s responsibility to correct it. The National Right to Work Act will succeed in doing so by simply listening to the majority of American workers by erasing the forced-dues clauses in federal statute -- without adding a single letter to federal law.”
“As a long-time advocate of South Carolina’s right to work law and the Employee Rights Act, I am grateful to introduce national right to work legislation with my colleague, Congressman Steve King,” said Congressman Joe Wilson. “At least 80 percent of Americans are opposed to forcing employees to pay dues as a condition of their employment, and our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute.
“Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the National Right to Work Act to protect American workers and create jobs.”
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Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin’s Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and five grandchildren.
King studied math and science at Northwest Missouri State University. He started King Construction in 1975 and built the business up from one bulldozer. He brings valuable knowledge to Congress as an agribusinessman and a small business owner for 28 years. King’s oldest son now runs the construction business.
He served in the Iowa State Senate for six years where he assumed roles as Chairman of the State Government Committee and Vice Chairman of the Oversight Budget Subcommittee. He was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Judiciary Committee, Business and Labor Committee and the Commerce Committees. He worked in the State Senate to successfully eliminate the inheritance tax, enforce workplace drug testing, enforce parenting rights, including parental notification of abortions, pass tax cuts for working Iowans, and pass the law that made English the official language in Iowa.
King was elected to Congress in 2002 to represent Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District. During the 2012 election cycle, Iowa was redistricted to four districts. King now represents the Fourth Congressional District in the 113th Congress which includes: Ames, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Spencer. He brings personal experience, Constitutional principles, traditional marriage and family values and the perspective of representing one of the top producing agriculture districts in the nation to the people of Iowa’s new Fourth Congressional District.
King serves on the Agriculture Committee and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He has long been dedicated to adding value as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as possible, as many times as possible. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America. It will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production. The Fourth District will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. King’s very first bill in Congress was an expansion of a tax credit to small ethanol and biodiesel producers. His language was included in the Energy Users Act of 2005, which President George W. Bush signed into law.
As 97% of Iowa’s businesses are small business, King received a special waiver to serve on the House Small Business Committee so he could work to restrict government regulations that impede the growth of business and jobs. He continues to sit on the Small Business Committee as he serves Iowa’s new Fourth District and he brings with him to the Committee firsthand knowledge of challenges faced by small business owners. He also sits on the following Subcommittees within Small Business: Agriculture, Energy and Trade; Healthcare and Technology; Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access; Contracting and Workforce.
King is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he sits on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee and the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee. He believes the Constitution means what it says and that it should be read with the intent of our Founding Fathers in mind. King is never caught without a copy of the Constitution in his coat pocket.
King also chairs the Conservative Opportunity Society, a powerful and legendary House caucus that is best known for energizing Republicans to regain the majority of the House of Representatives in 1994.