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Immigration forum set for Iowa congressman's turf

Saturday - 7/27/2013, 1:42pm  ET

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The White House on Wednesday condemned the Republican congressman's assertion that many immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids are actually running drugs. King had said to a conservative news website that "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." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Democratic senators say they'll hold a forum on immigration in the home district of Iowa Republican congressman Steve King to pressure him in the wake of incendiary comments he made on immigrant youths.

Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Dick Durbin of Illinois say the event set for Aug. 2 in Ames will feature Iowan immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids.

King has come under attack for asserting that many such youths are actually drug mules.

The event will come as Congress breaks for a five-week summer recess expected to feature events around the country aimed at pressuring House Republicans to act on immigration.


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