Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff recently suggested that federal immigration authorities should enforce workplace protections for illegal aliens, like the minimum wage standards.
Ossoff’s remarks came at a campaign event on Sunday after an audience member, who identified herself as a “Dreamer,” told him she feared being separated from her daughter and asked what his plan was for people like her.
“Dreamers, DACA recipients are every bit as American as any of us, and I will have your back in the U.S. Senate,” Ossoff said.
He went on to assert that federal law enforcement agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should enforce certain standards like minimum wage and workplace conditions rather than enforcing immigration law. Ossoff also voiced his support for granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Dreamers, DACA recipients, are every bit as American as any of us.
I will have your back in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/CuQ6UB0TWb
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 14, 2020
“In Georgia’s agricultural sector, the campesinos (farm workers) who work in the fields, enduring some of the most brutal conditions of labor anywhere in this country to keep America fed, paid less than the minimum wage, [are] often subject to abuse by employers,” Ossoff stated.
“When federal agents arrive at one of these farms it should be to make sure people are being paid the minimum wage, working in humane conditions,” he continued.
“We should have gratitude for those who keep us fed, who toil in the fields, and show humanity and compassion for those who are a part of our society, but living in the shadows,” Ossoff concluded. “So I will be there for you and for all Dreamers.”
Members of the Republican Party have stated that Ossoff will “say anything to garner a vote.”
“At this point, it has become clear that Jon Ossoff is willing to say anything to garner a vote, even if that means rewarding those who are breaking the law,” said RNC spokesperson Savannah Viar in a statement.
Ossoff seeks to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in a twin runoff election set for January 5. The other race features U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democrat Raphael Warnock.