Continuing to hard-sell his new book, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) praised migrant workers on Thursday, saying that the United States is “better off” because of their hard work.
During an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Flake explained that because he grew up on a ranch in Arizona, he understands the value of migrant labor. “I’ve always felt that they were making America better, and we were better off because of their hard work.”
Claiming that he’s “been a supporter of immigration reform that first secures the border,” Flake said he also thinks the United States should “have a humane and generous mechanism for those who have crossed the border illegally, simply to support their family, and haven’t committed criminal acts other than crossing the border.”
President Trump on Wednesday teamed up with two conservative GOP senators to roll out new legislation aimed at dramatically curbing legal immigration to the United States.
Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) have been working with White House officials to revise and expand a bill released earlier this year that would cut in half the number of people who receive legal permanent residence over a decade.
The president told reporters that the measure “would represent the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.”
The legislation would move the United States to a “merit-based” immigration system and away from the current model, which is largely based on family ties.
According to Flake, “While I agree that we ought to move in the direction that some other countries have moved in,” pointing to countries such as Australia and Canada, he added, “In terms of merit-based visas, the overall number cut — I think this would cut it to about half of our current legal immigration — just isn’t the right direction for the economy.”
I support a merit-based system but I'm concerned that drastic cuts to legal immigration would run counter to the needs of our economy
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 2, 2017
Flake also said he supports robust temporary-worker programs so the United States can have the labor it needs to benefit its economy.
“I very much agree that we are far better off because of migrant labor,” he said.
It’s important to note that Jeff Flake was a member of the “Gang of 8.”
The Gang of 8 worked on a huge immigration reform bill designed to provide amnesty to the illegal aliens living in the United States of America during the Obama administration.
Flake was joined by fellow Republicans, Senators Rubio (FL), McCain (AZ), and Graham (SC) in working with 4 Democrats to write the more than 2,000 page bill which ultimately failed to get the required votes to pass.
The bill would have permitted illegal aliens to work in the country without fear of deportation while going through the process of gaining citizenship.
The legislation was the ultimate downfall of Senator Marco Rubio who was thought to be the odds on favorite to win the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
Rubio, who at the time had become the face of the bill, was lambasted by the Tea Party for flip-flopping on the issue of immigration. When running for the Senate, he vowed never to vote for amnesty, but once he got into the Senate he changed his opinion.
Sen. Rubio and Sen. Flake aren’t the only conservatives to go soft on illegal aliens during the Obama administration. Conservative pundit and staunch Trump supporter, Sean Hannity was in favor of legalizing the illegal aliens living in the Unites States after Gov. Mitt Romney’s crushing defeat to Obama in 2012. Hannity stated on his radio show that he had “evolved on the topic of immigration.”
After getting slammed by his supporters and fellow conservatives like Dennis Michael Lynch, Hannity’s flip flop on immigration served as one of the reasons for his TV ratings to drop. Hannity was eventually moved out of the coveted 9pm primetime slot at Fox News, and was moved to 10pm. Megyn Kelly’s show, “The Kelly File” was placed at 9pm.
Hannity eventually reversed course and went back to being against the idea of legalizing the estimated 20 million illegal aliens in the Unites States. But it wasn’t after he had given Senator Marco Rubio an entire hour on his TV show to convince the American people that the immigration reform bill by the Gang of 8 was good for the American people.
A month after he flaunted Senator Rubio for an hour, Hannity gave Dennis Michael Lynch same amount of time to speak against the bill. In an episode called, “The Cost of Amnesty,” Lynch sat with Hannity for a full hour and showed numerous clips from his film ‘They Come to America II: The Cost of Amnesty.”
You can watch the episode below:
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