Pelosi says farmers need illegal immigrants 'to pick the crops' in Florida
By: Adam Shaw (Fox News)
The political rhetoric by prominent Democrats is timeless. If only we had not ended the institution of slavery ...
Democrats made these same 'economic' arguments to defend (and expand) the institution of slavery. Slaves did the work that Americans wouldn't do. And abolishing slavery would threaten the economic growth and prosperity of the United States. The United States could not produce cotton without slave labor and the economy of the United States would falter, wither, and fail. Consumers depended upon slave labor for low prices and abundant supply.
Nancy Pelosi is no different than John C. Calhoun. Pelosi is promoting exploitation of human labor as some sort of benevolent kindness. And you, as a consumer, will benefit so you should support the practice.
Pelosi is engaging in the ugliest and dirtiest politics from our country's past. And there are many Democrats who loudly defend Pelosi's political rhetoric. Being 'woke' apparently doesn't have anything to do with being enlightened. The ends justify the means and the rewards only go to who gets the most votes.
Twitter melted down after a recent clip featured Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claiming that Floridian farmers "need" illegal immigrants to stay in their state and "pick the crops."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said that farmers in Florida need illegal immigrants "to pick the crops" as she called for "comprehensive immigration reform" and said there was a shortage of workers in the U.S.
Pelosi was asked about whether the southern border is secure, and responded by saying that while "we have a responsibility to secure our border, we also have a responsibility to recognize the importance of newcomers to our nation."
"Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is comprehensive immigration reform," she said. Democratic proposals for such reform typically include sweeping amnesties for illegal immigrants already in the U.S.
Pelosi then pressed her economic argument and made reference to recent moves by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican governors to move illegal immigrants north to places like Martha's Vineyard, New York City and Washington, D.C.
"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,'" she said.
Pelosi's remarks come as the U.S. remains in the throes of a historic border crisis which has seen more than 2.1 million migrant encounters this fiscal year, and more than 200,000 migrant encounters in August alone. It is the ongoing nature of the crisis that has led Republican governors to bus and fly migrants further north. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bussed more than 10,000 migrants to Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago, while DeSantis sparked outrage from Democrats when his office flew about 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard.
Republicans have blamed Biden administration policies, as well as incentives offered by "sanctuary" cities, for fueling the crisis. Democrats and the Biden administration have blamed the Trump administration for rolling back legal asylum pathways, and have used the crisis to renew their calls for a pathway to citizenship for millions already in the country illegally.
Vice President Kamala Harris recently claimed the border is "secure" while also calling for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
"I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship," Harris said on "Meet the Press" this month. "The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed."
It wasn't a statement that Pelosi appeared to be ready to endorse on Friday.
"I believe that we have to have a secure border. And I think that we are trying to address… the president has a plan to address that," she said.
Adam Shaw is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital, primarily covering immigration and border security.
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