Imagine if tens of thousands of college-educated English-speaking East Indians were illegally entering the country taking jobs as journalists and college professors. Would the Democratic Party activists with bylines being fawning over "undocumented workers"? No.
Ezra KleinYou said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing ...
Bernie SandersOpen borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal....
Ezra KleinIt would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn't it?
Bernie SandersIt would make everybody in America poorer —you're doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I think we have to do everything we can to create millions of jobs.You know what youth unemployment is in the United States of America today? If you're a white high school graduate, it's 33 percent, Hispanic 36 percent, African American 51 percent. You think we should open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers, or do you think maybe we should try to get jobs for those kids?I think from a moral responsibility we've got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don't do that by making people in this country even poorer.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I Thought Opposition to Open Borders Meant You Were a Racist Hater
Bernie Sanders, the Socialist tryoing to get the Democratic nomination for President calss open borders a "Koch Brothers" idea: