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

Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic primary fight shifts to South Carolina, Nevada Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire 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 TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE and his administration’s immigration policies.

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