August was supposed to be the month when anti-immigrant House Republicans would go back to their districts and listen to the real voice of America in favor of reform, right?

Isn't even Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King's district reportedly in favor of reform? But while pro reform events and activities are definitely taking place, we are not hearing much about them, or about any significant numbers of GOP House members who are suddenly going over to the reform side. Possibly, there might be a very few who are - one hopes so.

Most Republican House members are staying very quiet about reform this month - evidently hoping that it will just go away.

But there is one GOP House member who is speaking out all over the place - Steve King himself, the voice of Republican extremism and hate. One of POLITICO's top immigration reporters, Seung Min Kim, describes his latest off the wall racist remarks in her August 12 article: Steve King hits the road on immigration.

Kim writes the following about King's speech at a rally in Richmond VA:

"He began his nearly half-hour speech here arguing against immigration reform, claiming societies tended to become more violent as they moved further south in Latin America."

She also writes that GOP leaders claim they have done all they can to shut up King:

"But Republican leaders haven't stepped up with a louder voice on the issue, leaving a vacuum King has been happy to fill...King is emerging as the GOP's de facto spokesman on immigration reform- and he's using his megaphone to crush it."

The Republican House leadership has condemned King's vicious anti-Latino remarks. But why are they still letting him sit on the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and why haven't they at least censured him for his vile anti-Latino and anti-immigrant poison?

In a longer term assault on minorities, North Carolina Republican extremists have enacted the most restrictive voter suppression law in the nation, taking advantage for the Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. See Huffington Post, North Carolina Voter ID Bill Signed Into Law By Gov. Pat McCrory, Sparking Lawsuits (August 12).

No minority voting rights means no immigration reform. No immigration reform means backward movement on immigration, not just standing still, with more repressive anti-immigrant measures likely from Republican-controlled state and local governments, not to mention the House, which has already passed one or two of its own as part of its phony "piecemeal" immigration approach.

This summer, America was hoping for real immigration reform. Instead, it is getting only more extremist GOP anti-immigrant and anti-minority bigotry.