Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) made his case for keeping the border open during a congressional hearing, arguing that America needs “many illegal immigrants.”
Nadler defended Democrat President Joe Biden’s open border policies which have triggered a historic flood of illegal aliens into the country.
During a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement hearing on Thursday, Nadler argued that “we need” foreign nationals to continue crossing the border illegally.
The hearing was called to discuss the “Impact of Illegal Immigration on Social Services.”
Nadler first made his case by arguing that farms rely on illegal alien workers to pick crops.
“We need immigrants in this country,” Nadler said.
“Forget the fact that our vegetables would rot in the ground if they weren’t being picked by many immigrants — many illegal immigrants.”
The congressman then tried to argue that the population of American citizens is “shrinking” and illegals are required to make up the numbers.
“The fact is the birth rate in this country is way below replacement level, which means our population is going to start shrinking,” Nadler told the hearing.
“And the ratio of people on Social Security and Medicare is going to increase relative to the number of people supporting them.”
Imagine if a Republican said this and not Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler:
"Our vegetables would rot in the ground if they weren't being picked by many immigrants — many illegal immigrants!"
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 12, 2024
Former Trump administration immigration adviser Stephen Miller fired back at Nadler’s remarks in a post on X.
“Yes, all the millions of illegals from 150+ countries spanning the globe are going to Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, etc. to work in the fields,” Miller said.
“What a tired, vapid, exhausted, and stupid cliche,” he continued.
“Just utter nonsense.”
Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) also called out Nadler.
“Immigrants do more than pick vegetables, Jerry — they contribute to our economy, our culture, our community,” Lawler posted on X.
“They are doctors, nurses, home health aides, lawyers, professionals, and yes, ag workers.”
“No one is against immigration — but there must be a process,” he continued.
“What is happening at the border is a catastrophe and cannot continue.
“Secure the border and fix our broken immigration system so that those who want to come here and contribute to our economy can do so, and do so legally.”