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Iowa Congressman Steve King defends immigration comment

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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) -

He may still be feeling repercussions from his comments, but on Monday New York Senator Chuck Schumer said Iowa Congressman Steve King's recent controversial comment is actually helping to pass the immigration reform bill.

During an interview with a website last month, King characterized most young undocumented immigrants as having "calves the size of cantaloupes," because they carry "marijuana across the desert."

The Republican said the remark was mischaracterized by many media outlets and said he stands by his comment.

"If I insulted anybody, it could have only been drug smugglers, just the drug smugglers, and I probably didn't do an adequate job of insulting drug smugglers, but the people who want to disparage what I said and what they're really doing is defending drug smugglers," King said.

King added that he spent a lot of time on the border, riding with border patrol, and dealing with drug smugglers.

By comparison, the Republican said while there are some Dream Act valedictorians, he feels it is far fewer than the number of drug smugglers crossing the border.

"That valedictorian is very rarely the son or the daughter of, very rarely a child who was brought into the United States by their parents, but if they are, there are a few handfuls of them, but there are scores of drug smugglers up to the age of 35," King said.

 King defended his comments following a meeting with constituents in Estherville, Iowa today.

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