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 “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.
She 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.’”
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 deeper 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…. (Read more)