Rep. Steve King, the most openly racist person in Congress, appears to be absolutely terrified of young Latino boys, what with their calves like cantaloupes and all. Look at what he posted in response to a picture of seven young Latinos being shipped away from their parents in Texas:
“Young boys” all old enough to be tried as adults or serve in the military and are prime MS-13 gang material & certainly grew up in the culture of one of the top 10 most violent countries in the world. https://t.co/r8Ur40tqhd
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) June 22, 2018
The last figures from the FBI estimated the total number of MS-13 members at around 10,000 nationwide, but that was a few years ago. Let’s triple that. Let’s say there are now 30,000 members of the MS-13 gang in the United States. More young boys from Central America and Mexico (MS-13 is primarily Salvadoran) have arrived at our borders in the last two or three months than that, and that’s at one of the slowest rates of illegal border crossings in decades. A tiny fraction of the Latino boys and men who come here end up in gangs. I mean a really, really tiny fraction.There are about 10-11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, about 75% of whom are from Mexico and Latin America. So 30,000 divided by about 8 million people. That is a percentage so small it barely registers, less than half a percent. But to Steve King, every Latino male is either a drug dealer, a member of MS-13, or both.
And yes, many of them did grow up in those very violent cultures, especially in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Gee, do you think maybe that’s what they’re trying to get away from? That sounds like a good reason to let them come in, so they can escape that kind of violence. But not King. He sees them as virtually, if not literally, as subhuman and therefore deserving of every bad thing that might happen to them. King may not actually be a white supremacist, but his position here is totally indistinguishable from them.