Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King is not happy with the way Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration super-PAC ad campaign is being used against him. King on Friday issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for by Zuckerberg’s FWD.us group, show the Facebook (FB) chairman and CEO wants to “reward people for breaking our laws” in order to bring in talent for his company.
“I am under attack by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg because I am one of the few who will stand up and tell the truth about amnesty,” King said. “He wants amnesty because it would benefit his multi-billion dollar corporation, but I’m fighting to preserve the Rule of Law. Why would we reward people for breaking our laws? Rewarding law breakers produces more law breakers. Our Nation’s military is full of dedicated men and women and to disrespect them by rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship is an insult.”
The FWD.us commercials focused on King’s recent comments on an immigration proposal to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would allow immigrants who serve in the military to qualify for legal status.
“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 said earlier this month.
One FWD.us ad, which are running on broadcast TV in Iowa and are also part of an online campaign, countered King’s comments with the ad’s narrator saying:
[via The Hill]”Instead of supporting our military, Steve King, a Republican member of Congress, insults the brave soldiers who are immigrants and those who would proudly serve. Instead of supporting immigrants who want to serve, he’d deport them. Steve King’s attacks on American soldiers and military is [sic] wrong.”
King is no stranger to making controversial comments about immigrants. Last July he said undocumented immigrants are primarily “130 pounds” with “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
Watch the FWD.us ads below
h/t Business Insider