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Rep. Pramila Jayapal to Trump Supporter: Don’t Blame Immigrants For Economic Woes, Blame Corporations

On CSPAN Friday morning, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, an immigrant from India, speaks with a Trump supporter who says that illegal immigrants are a drain on the economy.

REP. PRAMILA JAYAPAL: It sounds like you are in a lot of economic pain, and that is true across the country. There is no question that we as a country need to deal with economic inequality across the country, and we need to make siure we have good paying jobs for everyone. I am committed to that…

I’ll tell you: To blame immigrants in completely wrong. Here is why it is wrong. Immigrants contribute more than they take. It is a lie that they take public benefits, because they don’t qualify for just about every benefit…

Immigrants are not eligible for benefits. So this is a myth that people are spreading, because it is valuable to be able to wedge a working white folk person, in whatever state you are, and an immigrant. To be able to blame somebody. But John, let me tell you. That is not who you need to blame. Who you need to blame is the big corporations who aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, and who are creating jobs that don’t pay as well, and do not allow somebody to work 40 hours a week, and actually take care of their families. I am on the side of the working person across the country…

Let’s not blame immigrants, it is going down the wrong path. It is always easier to have somebody to blame, but immigrants are not the cause of the country’s economic woes. …read more

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