José Andrés: Food served in the Capitol came from undocumented immigrants
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José Andrés says lawmakers have undocumented immigrants to thank for the food they're eating at the Capitol.

The celebrity chef and philanthropist spoke Wednesday at the Senate Democratic Latino Summit in Washington. During the talk with Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills MORE (D-Va.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe MORE (D-Minn.), Andrés described filming a documentary several months ago during the 35-day government shutdown that ended in January.

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"I was at the cafeteria at the Senate here because [during] the government shutdown, a guy like me can lease the usage of the restaurant where senators and congressmen eat. The idea was to invite Dreamers to eat there," Andrés said. 

The restaurateur, through his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, provided more than 11,000 meals in a single day to furloughed federal workers.

"We went into the kitchen, and we began filming every single box of vegetables," Andrés, 50, continued. "We followed those vegetables all the way [back] to the farms, the fish all the way to the fishing boats, the chickens all the way to the chicken factories. And we found that from the Senate, from the Hill all the way to the place they began, everyone involved in the process from the workers in the field, to the distribution truck drivers, was undocumented in every path."

"Our senators and our congressmen today are eating because more than 11 million undocumented are able to bring the food," Andrés said to applause.

The documentary, according to Andrés, will tell the country "what immigration reform has to happen" and why it's the "right, decent thing to do."

"You know one thing I learned, America without a doubt to me is the most wonderful democracy — imperfect and we need to keep getting it better — but the most beautiful democracy in the history of mankind," said Andrés, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE. "But democracy dies without empathy. We need to start bringing empathy to the conversation of immigration reform."