Anthony Bourdain, a CNN host and former chef, slammed Donald Trump’s immigration policy and he made it clear that he strongly disagrees with Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, MSNBC reports. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been criticized by many after he released a plan outlining his ideas for how he would deal with the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States. Trump believes the U.S. should deport all of America’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants, although he didn’t specifically say how he would do it.
NPR recently shared details of what Trump outlined in his immigration plan, and they are listed below.
- Build a wall across the southern border paid for by Mexico.
- Seize all remittance payments “derived from illegal wages” until Mexico agrees to pay for the wall.
- Implement a nationwide e-verify system and defund sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal law.
- End birthright citizenship (currently enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution).
- Crack down on H-1B visas, which are designated for high-skilled STEM employees, by requiring companies to hire from the pool of unemployed domestic workers first.
- Create criminal penalties for people who overstay a visa.
As pointed out by Vox in a recent report, Trump’s plan doesn’t focus on deporting illegal immigrants. Instead, he has plans to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the interior of the U.S., which would give authorities a much freer hand to track down and deport unauthorized immigrants than the Obama administration has allowed, the site explained.
Bourdain doesn’t support Trump at all, and he let this be known during an appearance on SiriusXM’s StandUP With Pete Dominick. According to Eater, the following paragraph is what Bourdain had to say about the matter.
“I grew up in the restaurant business — 30 years in the restaurant business. I came out of, like a lot of other white kids, I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants. I walked into restaurants and always, the person who had been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American. The backbone of the industry — meaning most of the people in my experience cooking, preparing your food. Twenty of those years in this business I was an employer, I was a manager employer. Never, in any of those years, not once, did anyone walk into my restaurant — any American-born kid — walk into my restaurant and say I’d like a job as a night porter or a dishwasher. Even a prep cook — few and far between. Just not willing to start at the bottom like that.”
MSN reported that the real-estate developer’s strong stance on illegal immigration has also drawn fierce backlash from other big names in the restaurant industry, such as celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian. After Trump’s comments earlier this year, both men pulled restaurants from Trump’s new Washington, D.C., hotel.
Based on a national survey that was conducted in July, it seems that most Americans don’t share Donald’s views on how we should deal with the country’s growing problem with illegal immigrants. The poll revealed that 65 percent of Americans favor some sort of path to citizenship, compared to 19 percent who prefer deportation.
Not only did Bourdan blast Trump, he also defended immigrants by saying that “if Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down.”
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