Makki Accuses Opponents of Profiting off Illegal Immigration

Makki Accuses Opponents of Profiting off Illegal Immigration

Makki continues her offensive against Republican opponents

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
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August 8, 2022

With the midterm elections approaching, candidates are going to war with each other and the barbs are flying. Last week, The Floridian spoke with congressional candidate Amanda Makki, who called out rival Anna Paulina Luna's previous support for former President Obama, and accuses one of her other opponents of "profiting off of illegal immigration."

"So you can't profit off of illegals and then say you're going to be tough on crime, you're going to stop the illegals from coming over, and build the wall. it just doesn't make sense," said Makki.

This week, Makki continues her offensive in Part 2 of our interview with her. Here, Makki speaks out against both Luna and her other Republican opponent, Attorney Kevin Hayslett. According to Makki, Luna  previously stated support for DACA, but Makki asserts that Hayslett is "profiting" off of illegal immigration by suing Pinellas County businesses to provide workman's compensation for illegal immigrant employees.

Makki, Luna, and Hayslett are competing for Florida Congressional District 13. Competition has already proved itself fierce.

TRANSCRIPTION:

Makki: "Well, you know, I went to the border in New Mexico. And so, it wasn't Eagle Pass, it wasn't the Lower Rio Grande Valley. So what I saw was an open border. Our country is an open border nation, but, worse than that, you see all the material is sitting right there. All the material that President Trump secured to build the wall with our tax dollars, and yet it's not being built."

Makki: "Yeah, President Biden said last week that he's going to build some four miles. There are hundreds of miles of border wall still left to be built. The material's been paid for. I'm the only candidate who's gone to the southern border, met with local law enforcement, and seen it for myself. And I think that's really important. If you're running for Congress, you should have a perspective on this. I'll tell you, with my opponents, you have Anna Paulina Luna, who has said she supports Barack Obama's immigration policies, she stood for DACA before. And then you have Kevin Hayslett, who, on his law firm's website, based right here in Clearwater, he's been suing Pinellas County businesses for illegals to get workman's compensation.

Makki: "So you can't profit off of illegals and then say you're going to be tough on crime, you're going to stop the illegals from coming over, and build the wall. it just doesn't make sense. It's not... there's no parody there. And so I'm the only candidate who has stood strong on this, it's because I'm a legal immigrant. My family and I came here, we waited our turn. We waited 15 years to become citizens, and to me, it is a complete slap in the face, what's happening right now, having an open border. But my opponents seem to be okay with it. One profiting off of it, and the other one saying she supports Barack Obama's immigration policies."

Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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