Lexico defined “campesino” as “a peasant farmer.” Often, the word had an informal, derogatory ring to it.
Georgia Democrat Describes Migrants as ‘Peasants’ While Promising Amnesty for Illegal Worker
Dec 15, 2020
Georgia Senate Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff promised amnesty of illegal migrants, including “campesinos,” in a December 13 campaign video, reported Breitbart.
“We need to protect our Dreamers,” Ossoff said, promising path to legal status for migrants.
He pointed to the agricultural sector in the state, particularly the “campesinos who work in the fields, enduring some of the most brutal conditions of labor anywhere in this country to keep America fed.”
Ossoff promised that once federal agents arrive at these farms, it would be to make sure migrants were working in human conditions and paid the minimum wage.
While the promises seem good for the crowd Ossoff was talking to, it did not sit well with Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
He said when he heard the use of “campesinos,” translated to peasant,” during the speech he felt “revulsion,” especially since Ossoff was specifically talking about people working in the country during that part of the speech.
Lexico defined “campesino” as “a peasant farmer” Often, the word had an informal, derogatory ring to it.
“This is the acknowledgement and even the celebration of the importation of a subordinate class [of people],” he said.
He added that while many things were debatable about the U.S., it was clear to him that the country did not have peasants.
For Krikorian, Ossoff’s words mean the importation of a foreign country’s peasant class, and found the prospect “appaling.”
“What Ossoff is saying is that a post-industrial, knowledge-based, continental nation like ours cannot survive without the importation of a foreign peasant class,” he said.
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