At a town hall meeting in Lutz on Tuesday afternoon, Polk County area Congressman Dennis Ross said he does not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. His remarks angered immigration reform advocates who blasted his stance shortly before he spoke at another town hall gathering in Brandon.
"I believe we need to have a guest-worker program in place to make sure that we accomplish the labor needs this country so desperately needs," Ross told those who gathered at the Lutz Elementary School. "I don't think we need to address citizenship at this time. I think once we address the other stuff, we will have an opportunity to reduce the numbers in the line, add people for the purposes that they should be here, and hopefully solve a significant part of our immigration concerns."
Dennis' comments upset Daniel Barajas, with the Young American Dreamers, who spoke later in Brandon.
"To sit here and say we'll continue to grow off the work, the sweat, the blood and the tears of immigrants, but not give them any rights, that's just not right. That's exploitation," he said.