Dem Candidate: Without Immigration Reform, Where’ll We Get Landscapers And Hotel Maids?

Source: Noah Rothman / Mediaite

With voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District heading to the polls on March 11 to elect a successor to the late Rep. Bill Young (R-FL), the race has tightened significantly. A recent poll shows Democratic candidate Alex Sink leading Republican David Jolly by just two points. That could change, however, as Sink has risen to national prominence recently after making some ill-conceived statements.

She made national news when she called a Congressional Budget Office report which indicated that the Affordable Care Act’s effect of reducing the labor participation rate an “exciting prospect.” On Tuesday, Sink committed what could arguably considered another gaffe when she said immigration reform was critical for Florida in order to keep employers from hiring illegal immigrants to perform landscaping and hotel maintenance duties.

“Immigration reform is important in our country,” Sink said. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

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