After Iowa Congressman Steve King’s comments likening DREAMers to drug mules with “calves the size of cantaloupes” these activists decided, “We’ll show him some cantaloupes.”
Each person took a cantaloupe with its own inscription reading, “This cantaloupe was picked by immigrants in California. You gave Steve King a vote. Give us a vote for citizenship.” They were advised to ask for each and every one of the 224 members of the U.S. House who sided with Rep. King on a recent immigration vote to end the Deferred Action Program for DREAMers. Then they would offer that Congressman — or their aide — a freshly picked cantaloupe, straight from the hands of immigrant farm workers.
The first stop on their tour was — of course — Rep. King’s office, where he was nowhere to be found and his schedule was apparently unavailable. Undeterred, Giev Kashkooli, UFW national vice president, sent a message to King about the importance of his words.
“Unfortunately, Rep. King’s words are not just words. His sentiments and prejudice against a significant segment of our society are reflected in his policy proposals which have been supported by almost every Republican in the House,” Kashkooli said.
DREAMers trekked the halls of Congress, knocking downs doors, graciously offering aides cantaloupes picked by immigrants in California – and asking them to tell their bosses to vote for a pathway to citizenship in the House.