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Democrat Rep. Nadler: Migrants Are ‘The Lifeblood of this Country’

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Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler stated that migrants, not Americans, are the “lifeblood” of the United States, emphasizing the importance of immigrants and the need for them in the country.

“We will hear an argument largely devoid of facts and wrong in the law that immigrants are a drain on public benefits, rather than the lifeblood of this country,” Nadler said.

“We need immigrants to this country. Forget the fact that our vegetables would rot in the ground if they weren’t being picked by many immigrants, many illegal immigrants,” he said. (Trending: Trump Responds To Biden’s Bombing In Yemen)

Nadler also highlighted the declining birth rate in the U.S. and the need for immigrants to address this issue.

“The fact is that the birth rate in this country is way below replacement level, which means our population is going to start shrinking … This is a problem faced by every major country in the world. Few countries, however, have the means to solve this problem through immigration.”

“People want to immigrate to the United States …We are very lucky in that respect, and we should promote it and regulate it properly.”

His comments were criticized by Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who found them insulting and indicative of a belief that Americans are not good enough.

“How can one of six of the population represent the lifeblood of the whole country?” Krikorian pressed.

“It’s not just mathematical nonsense, it’s insulting …It’s a clear indication that they just don’t think Americans are any good, and that we need better people to come from abroad to inhabit our country.”

“They’re saying that Americans are decadent and aren’t good enough, and someone else needs to come in to either replace them or wake them up. They’re saying Americans need competition because they’ve gotten soft. It’s like the big businessman, factory owner who’s against unions because he wants to make sure he can keep his workers on their toes and not demand too much.”

“It’s a figure of speech [and] it’s clearly an insulting usage, but they certainly don’t see it in any kind of race sense,” he said.

The discussion reflects the ongoing debate about the impact of migration on the U.S. population and the labor force.

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