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Anthony Bourdain’s Death Means Loss of a Voice for Immigrant Workers

The very popular Chef, TV personality, global traveler, and voice to immigrant workers, tragic death is a great loss not only to his family and friends but also to immigrant workers.

Bourdain worked with immigrant workers in the kitchen for decades and became the voice for the immigrant workers.

“Some, of course, like to claim that Mexicans are stealing American jobs,” Bourdain said in 2014. “But in two decades as a chef and employer, I never had one American kid walk in my door and apply for a dishwashing job, a porter’s position or even a job as prep cook.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Bourdain slammed Trump’s promises to deport immigrants in the U.S. illegally and build a wall along the Mexican border.

“If Mr. Trump deports 11 million people or whatever he’s talking about right now, every restaurant in America would shut down,” Bourdain said in an interview with SiriusXM radio.

Latinos weren’t the only minority group that embraced Bourdain. Jason Wang, CEO of Xi’an Famous Foods in New York, planned to donate profits at all its locations on Friday to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

In a Facebook post, Wang said Bourdain’s impact on his family’s Chinese street food business was immeasurable.

Bourdain, who died Friday in France in an apparent suicide at age 61, was a fierce defender for Hispanic workers and will greatly be missed.

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