Dem tears into Kelly over immigrant comments: 'He eats the vegetables that they pick'

Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic primary fight shifts to South Carolina, Nevada Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire Dem leader says party can include abortion opponents MORE (D-Ill.) on Friday tore into White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s comments about immigrants being poorly educated and unskilled while lauding immigrants who take up agricultural work.

“You know the ones I was thinking about when he was saying that?” Gutierrez said on CNN. “The ones that probably came across undocumented to work in the fields. He eats the vegetables that they pick — that no American will go out and pick. He eats the fruit of their labor, literally and figuratively.”

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Gutierrez was responding to Kelly’s claim from an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition” where he appeared to say that the vast majority of immigrants who enter illegally “don’t have skills” and would not “integrate well” into American society. 

“Do immigrants come here to be doctors, to be engineers, to be teachers, to be wonderful highly educated people? Yes,” Gutierrez responded on CNN.

The Illinois Democrat is a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and his administration’s immigration policies.

In January, he slammed Trump as an “outwardly, explicitly racist American president.”