Cruz spars with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on amnesty bill, call his answers 'fertilizer'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday had a fiery exchange with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over the crisis at the southern border and efforts to pass a farm reform bill that includes an amnesty for illegal immigrant workers, with the senator calling Vilsack’s answers “fertilizer.”

Vilsack was appearing at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the role of immigrant farmworkers, and was one of a number of speakers and lawmakers who spoke positively on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which has passed the House and includes a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers in the country illegally.

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It is one of a number of legislative efforts by Democrats to pass amnesty for a variety of groups of illegal immigrants, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, where Democrats say America relied on immigrant front-line workers – many of whom are here illegally.

“Farmworkers not only deserve a path to legal status, they are vital to our economic future,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said.

Republicans have largely objected to such efforts, arguing not only against the effort but also in the context of the crisis at the southern border.

Cruz objected to testimony

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