Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday warned that President Barack Obama's immigration policy is designed explicitly to make it easier for left-leaning illegal immigrants enter the country and stay, in the hopes that they can eventually become lawful voters who vote for Democrats.
"This administration, they want to flood this country with people who either are or will become Democrats," he said in an interview with TheBlaze. "They know that political calculation."
"And nobody believes that if we were importing millions of future Republicans that Democrats would be for that," he added. "This is a cold political calculus."
King said the Obama administration has already done irreparable damage to the nation by failing to enforce the border and sending signals that it wants to create some kind of legal status of millions of illegal immigrants already inside the country. He spoke with TheBlaze on the same day that the Wall Street Journal reported that nearly one in 10 working adults in the country have a limited proficiency with the English language.
That followed a report last week from the Census Bureau that said noncitizen income increased 15 times faster in 2013 than it did for native U.S. households. King said these sorts of statistics show that Obama's relaxed immigration policies are already having an effect.
"The cumulative effect of this is going to be massive, and the numbers of people in the United States illegally are a significant concern," he said.
Another sign of the problem was the crisis at the southwestern U.S. border. King acknowledged has waned over the last few weeks as the number of detained unaccompanied children has dropped.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the numbers could spike again. Even so, King predicted that Congress would not take up any new legislation in the lame duck session this year, given how torn Republicans and Democrats are on the issue of immigration.
"I don't think anything comes up in lame duck," he said. "I just don't have that sense that the political push to bring that back up again happens."
The House has passed a bill to fund expanded border operations and limit the ability of the Obama administration to ease immigration rules further, but the Senate has given no sign it will take up that bill or any related measure.