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Video of Beto O’Rourke Surfaces After Racist Statement, Instantly Goes Viral

During a town hall event this week, Texas representative Beto O’Rourke said that illegal immigrants are the only people who will work as America’s cotton pickers.

When a man asked O’Rourke, who is running against Ted Cruz for senate, about the issue of illegal immigrants taking low-skilled jobs from Americans, the candidate responded by saying that they are the only ones who will work in the cotton gins.

O’Rourke said that it doesn’t matter if people come here legally or not, because those people are the only ones willing to take low-skilled jobs. He seems to be advocating for a modern-day form of slavery.

“Many, many people built this country, first of all. And we are a country of many people,” Beto began. “I’m paraphrasing Congressman Lewis at this point, but he said something to the effect that each of us came to this country in a different ship. Some of us came here against our will, some of us immigrated here lawfully… some of us are showing up right now as we speak. They’re fleeing the deadliest countries in the planet today.”

“Yes, there are some people who did not follow our laws when they came here to be with their families or to work jobs and, in some cases, no one was willing to work in their communities.”

“I mentioned going to the high school in Roscoe, I also went to the cotton gin in Roscoe. And at that cotton gin, there are 24 jobs and the manager of that gin says it does not matter the wages that I pay or the number of hours that we set… no one born in Roscoe, or Texas or this country who is willing to work. But there are immigrants who are coming from Central America or Mexico or other parts of the world to Roscoe to work these jobs and to help build our economy.”

O’Rourke is an advocate for granting citizenship to DREAMers, saying that people who cross our border unlawfully as kids should be freed from fears of deportation. As though the law only applies to people once they hit a certain age.

His statements fly in the face of Civil Rights icon, and former Texas Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan’s statements in the 1990’s, who said that illegal immigrants put low-skilled Americans at risk of unemployment due to a never ending supply of cheap immigrant labor.

O’Rourke’s statements are not only unsupported by facts (aside from one anecdote), but they are insulting to blue-collar Americans who work hard every day in difficult jobs. Possibly the most impacted group of people of illegal immigration are black Americans, who, according to Jordan, are unfairly pitted against foreigners willing to take lower wages, thus pushing them out of the workforce.

In a Harvard/Harris poll conducted this year it was found that nearly half of the black Americans polled believe the level of immigration should be reduced. Another poll, conducted by CBS/YouGov, found that black Americans say immigration is making their lives worse, not better.

That flies in the face of Democrat/open border advocates, who see “diversity” as nothing more than the color of one’s skin. Perhaps their party realizes that they are losing the stranglehold they once had on the black community, and see illegal immigrants as their only source of attaining new voters.

Either way, O’Rourke’s comments echo his liberal contemporaries, who see immigrants as simply their housekeepers, or landscapers.