Liberal California Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed the true reason why she believes Americans need a steady flow of immigrants in the United States: To pick our crops.
Feinstein made her comment during an interview last week on CNN.
“We’re the largest agricultural producer in America It’s a $50 billion industry. We employ tens of thousands of agricultural workers,” the California senator said during a CNN interview. “They are among a class that this would be prohibited. It would cripple agriculture if they didn’t have the people coming in to do this work.”
“So you would have a severe crippling of the largest ag industry in America,” she added.
Senator Feinstein was speaking critically of the so-called RAISE Act, a senate bill co-sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue and supported by President Trump. The bill would drastically reduce the levels of legal immigration to the United States, cutting the number of green cards issued by the government by half. The bill would also end family-based preferences for immigration and would instead prioritize skilled labor.
Opponents of the bill, including Feinstein and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, argue that immigrants are needed for their unskilled labor.