GOP Rep demands ‘dignity’ (amnesty?) for 13 to 15 million illegal immigrants at World Economic Forum

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Speaking to a panel at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Republican Representative Maria Salazar said America must “give dignity” to some “13 (to) 15 million” illegal immigrants.

Salazar, a Republican representing a largely Hispanic population in Florida’s 27th congressional district, insists the only way for the United States to maintain its status as a world power is to “hold hands.”

She urged her colleagues to carry out a “complete overhaul of the immigration system”.

“Because not only do we need those hands, as the senator said, but we also need to give dignity to the people who are in the country,” Salazar said.

In the past, Salazar has introduced legislation to provide such “dignity,” which in many cases means permanent resident status for illegal aliens.

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Maria Salazar wants ‘dignity’ for illegal immigrants

Maria Salazar went on to give a rough estimate of the number of illegal immigrants who should be granted “dignity”, combing through some Democratic talking points such as: they contribute to the economy but are forced to “live in the shadows” “. ”

“Those are the people I represent. We’re talking about 13.15 million people, most of them Hispanics, I would say 85%, who speak my language, look and sound like me, who contribute to the economy of this country,” she said. said.

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(In reality, she represents the citizens of Florida’s 27th.)

And they live in the shadows. So it’s time to close the border… and then turn around and dignify.”

Do you know what gives you dignity? – Legal immigrate and follow the law.

And while she didn’t describe what she meant, she’s argued in the past that it doesn’t mean “amnesty.”

“That doesn’t mean a path to citizenship,” she insists, “that means taking them in and making them worthy members of our community.” Is that right?

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Tucker Carlson takes her to the task

Maria Salazar got into a heated confrontation with TBEN News host Tucker Carlson last March on two fronts: her support for a no-fly zone in Ukraine, effectively sending the US into a war with Russia, and accusations that she is seeking “amnesty.” for illegal aliens.

Salazar enthusiastically supported a no-fly zone, although admittedly she had no idea “what it would mean”.

“I don’t know what it will mean, but you know, freedom isn’t free,” Salazar told a reporter.

The reporter continued: “So you don’t know what a no-fly zone would mean, that you have to shoot down Russian planes, I mean…”

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“Of course,” she replied.

Her comments at the time were reckless. Any reasonable person realizes that such actions would lead to war. And Carlson called her out for it.

“Then what should we do?” asked Salazar.

Carlson responded, “Anytime, anywhere, especially for the U.S. government or one of its elected representatives, acting on behalf of the core interests of the U.S. government, it really is super simple.”

The debate then turned to accusations of Carlson supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants, based on legislation she proposed, known as the “Dignity Act.”

“The Dignity Act, which I presented last month, is an immigration reform bill, probably the first the GOP has presented in a long time,” she said. “It has one of the strictest border security measures in the history of the United States Congress.”

“Okay, got it,” Carlson interrupted. “But it also provides amnesty for tens of millions of people.”

What Salazar is doing is playing a shell game. She is not demanding “amnesty”, instead her bill includes a series of programs to give illegal aliens “permanent residency status” or “postpone” deportation for others.

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But because it only confers permanent legal status instead of citizenship, Salazar can play her word games about resisting “amnesty.”

Salazar’s alternative calls for dignity or, as Tucker claims, amnesty, led the TBEN News host to accuse her of being Ukraine First.

“You are applying a very different standard to Ukraine,” he said. “Because you believe in Ukrainian nationalism, but not in Americans.”

Salazar later declined to say whether she was in favor of the military securing the southern border, even as she called on the US to shoot down Russian planes to protect Ukraine from invasion.

What about US citizens and legal immigrants, Ms. Salazar? What about their right to dignity? Their right to reward for actually complying with the law? Their right to work and income? Their right to protection against lawbreakers?

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