A Florida Democrat running in a special election for a state congressional seat said in a debate Tuesday that immigration reform is necessary for the country to have enough workers to “clean our hotel rooms” and “do our landscaping.”
“Immigration reform is important in our country,” said Alex Sink, Florida’s former chief financial officer. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”
“We need to bring these people out of the shadows so that they’re paying into social security, paying into Medicare, they’re paying federal income taxes,” she continued. “So they’re not security issues, but they have to earn their way, but we need immigration reform.”
Sink is running against two other candidates, a Republican and a Libertarian, for Florida’s 13th congressional seat in Pinellas County. The election will take place in two weeks to fill the seat left vacant by state representative Bill Young’s death last year. Newsmax reports that Sink is ahead of Republican candidate David Jolly by a few percentage points.
Sink lost out to Republican Rick Scott in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial race.