A Hispanic Democratic lawmaker blasted Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Tuesday for comments he made recently regarding immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the Republican's statements "beneath the dignity" of the House of Representatives.


Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) opposes immigration reform legislation. (AP)

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) called out King for the comments during a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee hearing on how Congress might establish the legal status of the children of illegal immigrants. With King sitting across the dais, Garcia read the comments and then said: "It is offensive. And it is beneath the dignity of this body."

King didn't respond or clarify his comments when he spoke just a few moments later.