Leftist Democrat Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Wednesday that the U.S. needs amnesty for millions of illegal aliens because they do things such as clean our homes and pick our food. Without them, America would be doomed, she argued.
Her comments were made during a Congressional House hearing on border security, and she seemed rather concerned that if the U.S. ever did seal its southern border and stop the never-ending flow of illegal aliens, then every manual labor job in the country would suffer big-time.
“So let’s all take a minute to recognize the hypocrisy of every anti-immigrant debate,” Jayapal said while arguing for amnesty, according to Fox News. “This country needs immigrants to survive. Immigrants pick the food we eat, rebuild our communities after climate disasters, help construct our infrastructure, power our small business economy, clean our homes, and look after the most precious in our families — our children and our elders.”
As the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks put it, “Jayapal using the tired old, ‘Who will clean our homes?’ defense on illegal immigration. Limousine liberalism at its finest!”
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) April 19, 2023
Indeed, Americans have heard that argument before. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made a similar statement last year after Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis sent a few dozen illegal immigrants to lily-white liberal vacation spot Martha’s Vineyard.
“We have a shortage of workers in our country, and you see even in Florida, some of the farmers and the growers saying: ‘Why are you shipping these immigrants up north? We need them to pick the crops down here,’” Pelosi said.
So in other words, both Pelosi and Jayapal — supposed defenders of America’s working class — want millions of foreign nationals imported so that their donors can have cheap labor. It’s the exact same reason that Republican Establishment-aligned organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce want massive amnesty as well.
Unfortunately, certain believers of Washington Republicanism want a bipartisan version of “pathway to citizenship” — which is the used-car salesman’s term for amnesty — just as Pelosi and Jayapal want as well.
All that will do is drive down wages for Americans, particularly minorities, who would fill those jobs instead.
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