Pelosi dice que Florida necesita inmigrantes para "recoger cultivos" después de que DeSantis los envía
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caused outrage Friday when she attempted to justifywaves of illegal migrationto the US by claiming Florida farmers needed the new arrivals to “pick the crops down there.”
The California Democrat made the stunning remarks during a news conference at which she agreed that US has a responsibility to secure the border, but should also “recognize the importance of newcomers to our nation.”
"Ahora, the best thing that we can do for our economy is comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi told reporters after being asked if she thought the southern border was secure followingmore than two million arrestsof illegal crossers over the past 12 meses.
“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 mused.
Without mentioning any names, Pelosi’s comments were an obvious dig at Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis after heorchestrated the transfer of dozens of migrantsfrom Texas to the wealthy liberal enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts earlier this month.
DeSantis’ fellow Republican governors — Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona — have already bussed hundreds of migrants to so-called “sanctuary cities”, incluyendo Nueva Yorkand Washington DC, este año.
Pelosi received furious backlash on Twitter — with many accusing her of suggesting the US should take open its borders to take advantage of “cheap foreign labor.”
Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggstuiteó: “It’s clear Pelosi and Democrats are exploiting illegal aliens and only view them as cheap labor.”
Other critics accused Pelosi of racism for stereotyping migrants as farm workers.
“Nancy Pelosi thinks immigrants should be picking crops,” the Republican National Committee’s RNC LatinosTwitter account posted. “When Democrats show you their true colors, believe them.”
“Hard to believe immigrants who have become American citizens are starting to vote Republican when the leader of the congressional Democrat party views them only as fruit pickers," tweeted Republican consultantNathan Wurtzel.
The Federation for American Immigration Reformadicional: “For Democrats, mass immigration checks two boxes: 1. More future voters 2. Cheap foreign labor.”