Eva Longoria says it's time to shift the debate on immigration and the border from a moral argument to one more about the economic impact.

"I do think we as Hispanics have been focused on the moral imperative — this is inhumane what is happening on the border. How we are treating other human beings, it's just appalling," Longoria said Wednesday while speaking at the Latino Summit, hosted by Senate Democrats, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.


"And that argument is not working," the former "Desperate Housewives" star said in a chat with Democratic Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLobbying world Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman House committee requests hearing with postmaster general amid mail-in voting concerns MORE (Minn.) and Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official Major Hispanic group launches support of 'milestone' Latina candidates MORE (Nev.).

"And so we need the economic imperative argument, right?" Longoria said, responding to a question from Klobuchar about how to change President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE's narrative on immigration. "We cannot deny that we have major industries dependent on immigrant labor. More than agriculture — it's not just agriculture."

Longoria, who co-founded the Latino Victory Project in 2014, said that despite living “in a fact-less world,” knowledge and truth still have power.

“And I think the truth of the matter is this country does not work without the engine of the immigrant community and the engine of immigrant labor,” she said.

Longoria, 44, urged Americans to hold lawmakers accountable "in a loud way."

"My biggest message is don't let the media dictate the divides that we have in this country," she said.