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 Jean KlobucharGabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies UN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE (Minn.) and Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoDemocrats challenge South Carolina law requiring voters to disclose Social Security numbers Bicameral group of Democrats introduces bill to protect immigrant laborers House and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect 'Dreamers' 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 TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence 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.