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Anthony Bourdain Blasts Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies

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Anthony Bourdain, chef and host of CNN’s “Parts Unknown” took a strong stand against the anti-immigrant rhetoric spewed by Donald Trump – and explained the real world impact of Trump’s mass deportation scheme. During an interview on SiriusXM’s StandUP With Pete Dominick, Anthony Bourdain highlighted that Trump’s extreme immigration proposals would cause “every restaurant in America [to] shut down,” and continued on to explain his experiences with immigrants within the restaurant industry:

I grew up in the restaurant business — 30 years in the restaurant business. I came out of, like a lot of other white kids, I rolled out of a prestigious culinary institute and went to work in real restaurants. 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. The backbone of the industry – meaning most of the people in my experience cooking, preparing your food. Twenty of those years in this business I was an employer, I was a manager employer. Never, in any of those years, not once, did anyone walk into my restaurant — any American-born kid — walk into my restaurant and say I’d like a job as a night porter or a dishwasher. Even a prep cook — few and far between. Just not willing to start at the bottom like that.

You can listen to Anthony Bourdain’s full comments below:

Additionally, Eater.com points out that this is not the first time that Anthony Bourdain has blasted Donald Trump:

It’s not the first time Bourdain has commented on Trump. He previously said The Donald “offends me” and the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is “the enemy of the human spirit.” Bourdain hasn’t given his coveted endorsement for the 2016 election, but he threw his support behind Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008.

Bourdain is the latest celebrity to speak out against Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, and his comments arrive as pressure continues to mount on Saturday Night Live and NBC to revoke Donald Trump’s invitation as host of the popular comedy sketch show.