Republicans attacked one in all their very own, GOP Consultant Maria Salazar, on Tuesday after the Florida congresswoman urged the nation to deal with undocumented immigrants already dwelling within the U.S. with “dignity.”
Talking as a part of a bipartisan panel on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Salazar mentioned after closing off America’s borders, the U.S. ought to then supply “dignity” to the tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals dwelling within the nation with out citizenship.
“It is time to seal the border….Put order. Let’s examine who is available in and who does not. After which flip round and provides dignity—that does not imply a path to citizenship—which means to incorporate them and make them dignified members of our group,” Salazar, who’s Cuban American, mentioned.
Her remarks sparked backlash from conservatives who disagreed with these views and referred to as for her to be stripped of her congressional committee assignments.
One twitter consumer, @amuse, referred to as for Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy to take away Salazar from the Committee on Overseas Affairs, tweeting, “We’d like fewer globalists on committees. Yo @mattgaetz repair it.”
“Republican Maria Salazar traveled to Davos, Switzerland, to name for amnesty for 15,000,000 illegals in America,” former Republican congressional candidate Lavern Spicer tweeted. “Somebody must major her. Which may simply be past forgiveness.”
This isn’t the primary time the Florida Republican has been outspoken about giving dignity to undocumented immigrants.
In March 2021, she and different GOP members of Congress referred to as for an overhaul of the immigration system that would come with giving citizenship to DREAMers and create a 10-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“No political get together holds a monopoly on compassion in our nation,” she mentioned again then.
On Tuesday, Salazar mentioned that undocumented immigrants make up a big variety of her constituents in Florida’s twenty seventh Congressional District, which is totally inside Miami-Dade County and contains the closely Cuban American neighborhood of Little Havana in Miami.
In keeping with Knowledge USA, the inhabitants in Salazar’s district is 72 p.c Hispanic and roughly 76 p.c are U.S. residents, which is decrease than the nationwide common of 93.4 p.c.
“These are the those who I signify,” the congresswoman mentioned from Davos. “We’re speaking about 13 to fifteen million individuals, who’re, most of them, Hispanics—I might say 85 p.c—who communicate my language, seem like me and sound like me, which can be contributing with the economic system of this nation and so they stay within the shadows.”
Salazar’s remarks have been broadly mocked on-line by social media customers who criticized her for suggesting that she would give undocumented immigrants the identical illustration as U.S. residents in her district.
“Maria Salazar DOES NOT signify unlawful immigrants, she represents AMERICAN residents,” one Twitter consumer wrote. “You recognize, the very residents that PAY HER SALARY.”
“Florida deserves higher,” former Fox Information producer Breanna Morello tweeted. “It is time to major Congresswoman Maria Salazar.”
Political advisor Ryan Girdusky added, “A comet could possibly be hurdling in the direction of earth and Maria Salazar would scream, ‘defend the unlawful aliens first.'”
Knowledge from the U.S. Border Patrol has proven that there was an unprecedented variety of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border during the last two and a half years—a statistic that Republicans have seized on and used towards the Biden administration.
In keeping with the Immigration Analysis Library, there are roughly 44 million immigrants dwelling within the U.S., 23 p.c of whom are undocumented.
Newsweek reached out to Salazar for remark.