PM: Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) said on Wednesday during a Judicial Committee hearing that illegal immigrants are a necessary force for the United States economy as they fill low-wage labor jobs.
Rep. Johnson made the comments while reportedly debating proposed legislation introduced by House Republicans that would crack-down on illegal immigration.
“Those folks coming across the border are the ones who are helping to put food on our table. Without them, we are not able to eat,” Johnson said.
Do they even hear themselves? Without illegals we'd have no food, no construction workers, no janitors in the hospitals. Someone has to pick the crops–states the southern gentleman that just wants to sit on his veranda sipping his sarsaparilla. https://t.co/5AjybRNub2
— charmane harbert ✝️ 🇺🇸 (@callme_Chari) May 10, 2023
The Democrat congressman warned that if the United States were to expel illegal immigrants, or turn them away at the border, then the construction, farming, and cleaning industries would “collapse” and American’s would be without food and homes to live in.
“If all of them are turned away, and if this legislation passes making it easier to get at people already here legally, and you have no immigration, then we would have no food on our plates,” the congressman said. “We would have nobody taking care of the buildings, the construction on our homes. We would have nobody cleaning up in the hospitals.”
Johnson concluded that this is “the kind of system that we need to have in this country.”
Individuals across Twitter slammed the Georgia representative’s comments and said that Democratic lawmakers are finally saying “the quiet part out loud.”
“The dirty little secret is that America never abolished slavery, we just imported a separate slave class,” journalist Logan Hall said.
“‘We need immigrants for our sh*t jobs.’ — the party of tolerance and anti-racism,” another user posted.
“’But who will pick the crops,’ says the Southern confederate,” one user added.
Throwback to when Pelosi said we need illegals in America so they can “pick the crops.”pic.twitter.com/uCXgz0AXSB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 10, 2023
Former Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made similar remarks, saying that American’s need illegal immigrants to “pick the crops.”
Congress convened for the Judicial Committee hearing to discuss immigration policies ahead of Title 42, the Trump-era policy instituted during Covid that granted Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security officials the ability to expel illegal immigrants over health concerns, which expires on Thursday.
Title 42 was invoked during the Trump era and has been used over 2.5 million times on the basis of preventing the spread of Covid by illegal immigrants crossing into the US.
Biden’s border crisis has seen a record-breaking number of illegal immigrants pour over the border, with 2,378,944 encounters with illegal immigrants reported in the 2022 fiscal year and 1.734 reported in FY 2021.
Mexican cartels have exploited Biden’s border crisis by trafficking humans and drugs, especially fentanyl across the border in record numbers.
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