According to Fox News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just claimed that Florida farmers need illegal immigrants in order “to pick the crops.”
Pelosi was slammed on social media since making the off-color remarks.
Pelosi made the remarks during a press conference that she gave on Friday. There, she discussed the southern border crisis.
At one point during her press conference, Pelosi said:
Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is to have comprehensive immigration reform. 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, here, was referring to the fact that several Republican-led states, including Florida and Texas, have been transporting willing illegal immigrants to Democrat-run areas of the country, such as New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. It’s not clear, though, which Florida farmers Pelosi was referring to.
The social media backlash
Following the remark, Twitter users tore into Pelosi.
Some, such as Bernie Moreno, the former U.S. Senate candidate, went after Pelosi for making such a demeaning statement, saying, “elitist democrats think Hispanics are only good for picking their crops. Legal Hispanics will answer resoundingly in November and send Nancy and a lot of other radical democrats home.”
Others, such as former immigration judge Art Arthur, dispelled the notion that employing illegal immigrants is a solution to any problem. Arthur wrote:
When you import cheap labor, you take away the incentive for businesses to raise wages. So long as you have a steady supply of cheap labor, you don’t make the sort of investments in training and infrastructure that you would otherwise.
Pelosi has yet to respond to the criticism.
It’s election time
During her press conference, Pelosi tried to ride the fence on the issue of illegal immigration.
She did so by saying such things as, “we have a responsibility to secure our border: we also have a responsibility to recognize the importance of newcomers to our nation,” and “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.”
The only thing that these statements demonstrate is that it is election time and the Democrats are willing to say anything and everything to win.