Republican Rep. Steve King says President Obama's executive action on immigration was done to create an entire class of voters for the Democratic Party. King, an immigration-hardliner from Iowa, says Obama's move is reminiscent of African-Americans voting for Democrats in large numbers following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
"To put it simply, the President is importing millions of illegal aliens who when they arrive here he thinks, and he's right, they are undocumented Democrats, and so the next phase of this is to document these Democrats so they can vote," King told the Virginia radio program, the John Fredericks Show on Thursday.
King likened the executive action on immigration to President Franklin Roosevelt's plan to add seats to the Supreme Court in the 1930s when the court was challenging New Deal legislation.
"This is the President of the United States trying to stack the electorate with millions of people, lawlessly bringing them into the United States of America and giving them a presence here, and thinking and realizing that the longer you can keep them here the less likely it is that they will go home," added King.
King called the Democratic Party "the beneficiaries" of the action. King said many undocumented immigrants "don't understand the law" because "they come from lawless counties.
"And they will see Barack Obama and his party are the beneficiaries, that they are the beneficiaries of his lawlessness. They don't understand the law, they come from lawless countries. So they're not at all likely to defend our Constitution or the rule of law. They take an oath to it when they are, when they are naturalized, and I speak at those services as often as I can."
King said Obama's action would create a "massive electorate" that votes for Democrats the same way the 1964 Civil Rights Act made African-Americans vote for Democrats.
"It erodes the politics of this country, the respect for the rule of law, and it creates this massive electorate that will likely vote in large numbers for Barack Obama and his party, just like African Americans have done so after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which by the way took the majority of Republicans in the House and Senate to make sure that that passed."
The 1930s historically marked the first large for African-Americans shift to the Democratic Party but party identification remained even until the 1948 election, according to data from the Joint Center for Political Economic Studies.