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.
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