Bernie Sanders Shows Disdain for Immigrants

As one would expect, the logic of a self-proclaimed socialist would be a bit fuzzy. But, according to Mr. Sanders, anything that multinational billionaires support is definitely immoral. Right? Well, according to Reason, in this interview Bernie Sanders shows that he has a very… unique approach to coming up with a stance on immigration:

Ezra Klein: You 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 Sanders: Open borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal.

Ezra Klein: Really?

Bernie Sanders: Of course. That's a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States. …

Ezra Klein: But it would make …

Bernie Sanders: Excuse me …

Ezra Klein: It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn't it?

Bernie Sanders: It 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.

Of course there is some well needed discussion on the issue of immigration, but the way Bernie Sanders comes up with his policy is, well, immature. Opposing something just because someone who you dislike holds similar views is anything but mature. I'd expect a much more mature response from a presidential candidate.

What do you think? Is his logic sound or does he need to rethink some of his policies?

Source: Reason

Photo: Brookings Institution on Flickr



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