House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting raked over the coals, figuratively speaking, for what critics decry as a blatantly racist and exploitative remark regarding immigrants.
During a press conference on Friday, the multimillionaire Democrat from California said immigrants were vital to America because we need them to “pick the crops.”
Reports noted that Pelosi’s tone-deaf remarks were made in regards to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) having sent some 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard last month, much to the outrage of liberals there and around the country who, once upon a time, claimed to be in favor of “sanctuary” policies for migrants.
“Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi said. “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: "We have a shortage of workers in our country. In Florida, some of the farmers and the growers are saying 'why are you shipping these immigrants up North? We need them to pick the crops down here.'" pic.twitter.com/uCXgz0AXSB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 30, 2022
When pressed further by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin over whether the U.S.-Mexico border is secure, Pelosi said, “Well, I believe that we have to have a secure border and I think that the president has a plan to address that.
“We have a responsibility to secure our border,” Pelosi added. “We also have a responsibility to recognize the importance of newcomers to our nation. Right now, the best thing we can do for our economy is to have comprehensive immigration reform.”
"Do you believe the border is secure?"
NANCY PELOSI: "Well I believe that we have to have a secure border and I think that the president has a plan to address that." pic.twitter.com/mkhoEnxifl
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 30, 2022
Her remarks about crops, though, drew the swiftest, and sharpest, rebuttals, however.
“Pelosi showing once again that democrats are racists. They believe people from latin american countries are only good for picking crops,” businessman David Venters noted.
Here are some others:
— Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ): “It’s clear Pelosi and Democrats are exploiting illegal aliens and only view them as cheap labor. This is what real racism looks like.”
— The Federation for American Immigration Reform: “For Democrats, mass immigration checks two boxes: 1. More future voters 2. Cheap foreign labor.”
— Will Cain, Fox News host: “So this isn’t racist? No? Is it because she’s a Democrat? Also, yes she sounds like a plantation owner, but what she’s advocating for is literally illegal!”
— Caleb Hull, digital strategist: “I want you to imagine for a second what would happen if Trump said ‘we need the immigrants down south to pick our crops’ instead of Pelosi.”
— Miranda Devine, NY Post columnist and author: “Apart from the fact she can’t speak properly, and is nasty, it’s illegal to employ illegal migrants. It’s also disastrous for a country not to make a distinction between legal and illegal migration. At least we have less than six weeks left of this piece of Pelosi.”