Rep. King: Spot Illegal Immigrants by Their ‘Shoes,’ ‘Grooming,’ ‘Accent’ or ‘a Sixth Sense’

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

In defense of Arizona’s immigration crackdown, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he believes appearance-based profiling can play a valuable role in law enforcement.

“It’s not wrong to use race or other indicators for the sake of identifying that people are violating the law,” King said on the House floor, calling for “common sense indicators” to be used in the process.

“Those common sense indicators,” he explained, “are all kinds of things, from what kind of clothes people wear — my suit, in my case — what kind of shoes people wear, what kind of accent they have, um, the, the type of grooming they might have, there are all kinds of indicators there and sometimes it’s just a sixth sense and they can’t put their finger on it.”

King said he was once a victim of profiling when a cab driver stopped for him without request because he was wearing a suit. Watch the video from Media Matters:

The remarks came the same day King alleged that President Obama has a “default mechanism in him” that “favors the black person.”

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monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

Why can't this coward just come out and say he's a racist?

Gotta hide behind sophistry. P***y.


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

SAHIL KAPUR and MMFA show themselves yet again to be sheltered, inexperienced idiots. Very few native-born Americans wear certain types of clothing, and that includes Mexican-Americans. Criminals can definitely tell the difference between an American, a tourist, and someone who “just got off the boat”, yet the hacks SAHIL KAPUR and MMFA want you to think that's impossible.

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Raybeez007
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

Is he racist because he supports Arizona's law? I don't think so. It's not a secret that 65-75% or illegals in this country come from south of our border. It's not racial profiling, just a fact.


monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

Using that kind of sophistry doesn't help the situation, either. Unless you're Native-American, we've ALL come from immigrants, King included.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck……..


monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

Birftard.

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

That's so stupid you'd think they would have told you to stop using it by now.

This is a political entity known as the U.S., with a set of rules called laws. The great majority of those who live here are citizens under those laws. If you call us immigrants you're denying that the U.S. righfully owns this patch of land. Why don't you just come right out and say that?


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

Thank you for your highly intellectual (for you) comment, “monkey99″.

Take a look at this:

http://24ahead.com/s/obama-citizenship

1. Did the BBC lie? If you disagree, what universe are you in?

2. Did Lingle lie? If you disagree, ditto. Can anyone locate any MSM sources who told you that HI's governor lied about basic, indisputable facts?

3. Can anyone find even one *specific* thing I've gotten wrong or one *specific* misleading or illogical statement in any of my coverage? If, *specify* exactly what you think is wrong. I've repeatedly challenged people to do that, and all I get is ad homs; I don't expect that to change.


monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

Still foisting garbage?
I don't need to see anything like that. I already know all I need to know about how ridiculous the right is, and has been about EVERYTHING in the last year and a half.
King is a fool. And so is everyone who supports his brand of idiocy.


monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

Yeah?

Tell that to the Native-Americans. See how much play that gets.


Irish_Wake
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

Ah, yes. We should ignore our intel and hire Paris Hilton to inspect the footwear of the citizenry.

Twofer, do you support a government that uses a 'sixth sense' to find, identify, detain, and deport people?


strangely_enough
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

Arguing with birthers is like arguing with your pets. Arguably cathartic, but the language barrier is simply too great.


strangely_enough
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

Can white males in suits now be picked up and detained as potential white collar criminals now? They've cost us far more than any immigrants have.


monkey99
Comment posted June 15, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

Of course you're right. I was just trying to fill a boring afternoon. :)


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Cindyjeanne2003
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

In a word, YES.


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Blue Skies
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

Monkey99 – the name fits. Stubborn ignorance makes you the idiot. Won't even see his evidence with an open mind before calling it garbage? You're part of the problem and with whom it is not worth arguing.


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monkey99
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

Then why post your comment?

Don't school anyone about an “open mind” when it comes to racist comments like that of King's. You are the ignorant one if you support his idiotic statement.


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Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

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Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

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ellid
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

Well, considering that we stole most of it from the original inhabitants….


ellid
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

I would like to know how anyone, at any time, can look at someone and know by the way they dress whether they are an American or a Canadian.

Seriously.


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Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

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Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

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24AheadDotCom
Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

The replies to my comments and others shows the MO of Obama supporters; this is like a flashback to pre-election sockpuppeting. They hide behind anonymous accounts and lie and mislead. The only upside is that most people can figure out why they don't present an argument: because they don't have one.


monkey99
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 4:03 am

Imitating Oily Taitz again, I see.


ellid
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 11:29 am

Then why are YOU hiding behind a handle, both here and at your ridiculous excuse for a web site?


ellid
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 11:31 am

No, you're only a humorless idiot who is unable to determine that I was attempting to show you how ridiculous profiling is.

As for legal action, any judge who sees your wretched web site will look at you, laugh, and send you back to stew in your collection of John Birch memorabilia.


ellid
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 11:32 am

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Tell me, did your 12 year old niece do the coding after she finished up her Angelfire My Little Pony site?


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Qassam
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

Please, get over yourself. You're neither funny nor witty.


Qassam
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

I wish my Congressman had the temerity to say it like it is just like King does.


ellid
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

I'm glad my Congressman is nothing like Rep. King. If he were, he'd be toast in the next election.


ellid
Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

I thought it was hilarious, and quite accurate. Illegal immigrants didn't cause the financial collapse of two years ago, nor does the top management at BP have Mexican accents.


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