September 25, 2023
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2017) — On March 12, 2017, U.S. Rep. Steve King (Iowa-4) made comments claiming that we can’t restore Western civilization “with somebody else’s babies.”

King later doubled down on his comments and refused to apologize for them, commenting that he wants “to see an America that is just so homogeneous that we look a lot of the same.” He also said, “I predict that the Hispanics and blacks will be fighting each other” before Caucasians become a majority-minority population in America.

Following these xenophobic comments, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued a statement calling for the removal of Rep. Steve King from his position as Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Judiciary Subcommittee.

U.S. Rep. Steve King

“Congressman King’s xenophobic and racist remarks are repugnant and warrant his removal as Chairman of the Constitution and Civil Justice Judicial Subcommittee,” Chu said. “These hateful remarks are deeply offensive to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across our nation and do not represent the values of America’s diverse communities. I urge Speaker Ryan and Republican leaders to immediately remove Congressman King’s chairmanship and to assure the American people that hate and bigotry will not be tolerated in the United States Congress.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.