New Jersey Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski told a crowd that illegal immigrants are needed to mow “our beautiful lawns” and work other undesirable jobs that U.S. citizens don’t want to do.
“There are a lot of jobs in our community that, like it or not, for better or worse, Americans are not willing to take,” Malinowski said in video obtained by the Washington Examiner. “I mean who do you think is taking care of our seniors?”
“Who do you think is mowing our beautiful lawns in Somerset County. We don’t usually ask, but a lot of those workers are undocumented. There are just not a lot of, you know, kids — sorry — from Montgomery High who are going to be doing that full time,” the first-term Democrat said, which prompted laughter from the young audience.
Malinowski then told the people in attendance that they would be going into robotics after graduating, suggesting that menial jobs would need to be occupied by immigrants. “You’re a bunch of elitists! You’re not going to mow lawns!”
The New Jersey Democrat was speaking at a Tuesday event held at Cafe Brio in Hillsborough, a wealthy suburban area in the state.
This isn’t the first time Malinowski — who worked in the Obama administration before entering Congress — has been caught on camera making controversial comments.
In the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, he accused the Republican Party of carrying a “white nationalist” identity.
“My party is having a debate right now about the best way to provide health care to Americans,” he said during a September debate with then-GOP Rep. Leonard Lance. “The Republican Party right now — not in New Jersey so much, but in Washington, D.C. — is having a very different kind of debate. It’s having a debate about whether to be a white nationalist party or not.”
Malinowski occupies New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. For decades, the district had been occupied by Republican lawmakers, but was among the many GOP seats lots during the 2018 midterm sweep by Democrats. It is currently considered a top target by the Republican National Congressional Committee.
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