U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has made immigration crackdowns one of his signature issues, has introduced a bill to scrap the embattled EB-5 investor program amid attempts to reform it and accusations he posted a racist tweet.
King introduced H.R.1502, “A bill to terminate the EB-5 program,” on Friday. It calls for repealing several provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act to negate the program, which gives green cards to foreign residents who invest hefty sums in U.S. projects that create a certain number of jobs.
On the heels of the bill’s launch, King posted a Twitter comment that some people condemned as racist. On Sunday, he took to social media to voice his support for an anti-Muslim Dutch politician with nationalist leanings, saying, “We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”
The comment referred to Geert Wilders, the founder of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom, who has championed banning the Koran, among other measures. The comment drew swift criticism from political leaders including former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Chelsea Clinton. But it was praised by others, including a former KKK leader. King defended the comment on a CNN program Monday morning, media reports said.
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