Anthony Bourdain Defends Immigrants, Says Restaurants Would Be Effed If 11M Are Deported

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Anthony Bourdain is known for championing Latinos. When many English-speaking media outlets ignored the death of Carlos Llaguno Morales, Bourdain wrote about the chef and his accomplishments on social media. Now that Trump is threatening to send undocumented immigrants back to their homes in the unlikely scenario that he’s elected president, Bourdain is once again using the culinary world to remind everyone that Trump’s plans would have consequences that would affect everyone.

While on SiriusXM’s StandUp With Pete Dominick, Bourdain said that deporting 11 million immigrants would “shut down” every restaurant in the United States. “I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants,” he said. “I walked into restaurants and always, the person who had been there the longest, who took the time to show me how it was done, was always Mexican or Central American.”

Bourdain went on to repeat something he’s said before: Latinos are the “backbone of the industry” because they come to the U.S. ready to work, even if it means starting as a night porter or dishwasher – jobs many people are unwilling to take. This paints a different picture from the hate-mongering “they took our jobs” crowd.

Man, Trump has really gotten his ass handed to him this week.