Conservative pundit Matt Lewis appeared on CNN Wednesday to argue that while Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was inarticulate in the way he expressed himself about immigration recently, he wasn’t completely wrong either. King argued that we don’t want immigrants having babies, but the truth is if the immigrants assimilate and embrace American culture… we DO want them to have babies! It’s not the color or ethnicity that matters but the CULTURE. Watch as Lewis explains:

I do think there are elements within what [King] was trying to say that I’m sorry to see get caught up in this. I think most mainstream conservatives would say more Americans –white, black, whatever– should be having more babies…

I also think it is just fine to defend Western civilization. Starting in 1215 with the signing of the Magna Carta, Western civilization has delivered all sorts of great things — including the rule of law, and a tolerance. So there are elements that I think he is right about, but the larger point is, I think, pernicious.