Bernie Sanders was on our side in 2007 debate on ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’

That was the attempt by the Bush Administration and Senator John McCain (for amnesty) that was roundly defeated by a massive grassroots effort that I see as the real beginning of the Tea Party movement that ultimately coalesced in 2009.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the CNN Democratic Debate at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
Bernie and Hillary go toe-to-toe about guest workers. Hillary wants more, Bernie has concerns for American workers and corporate abuse of the migrant workers.

In 2007, America First Conservatives (although we didn’t know that is really who we were) got a taste of citizen power in defeating that bill (later to be resurrected by the Gang of Eight/Marco Rubio bill that passed the Senate in 2013, but died in the House).

Imagine my surprise to see this story at Vox on Saturday that tells us that Senator Bernie Sanders and then Senator Hillary Clinton were on opposite sides of the debate over one important provision of the Bush-driven legislation. 

Sanders was worried about the guest workers provision that could cause American workers to lose their jobs and followed the lead of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that saw the foreign workers (who would be admitted if the bill had become law) as “slave labor.”

Holy cow! I’m on the same side as Bernie Sanders and the SPLC on something!

On many occasions over the years at RRW, I and my readers (see one guest post here), have said that very same thing—refugees are slave laborers for big corporations that need cheap (captive) workers to boost their bottom lines. And, that is why there is so much resistance from some elected Republicans to rein any of it in—they get campaign contributions from big companies (often foreign-owned) and political power from Chambers of Commerce to keep the immigrant labor flow coming.

So here is Vox, read the whole thing:

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders differ on how to get things done.

Clinton has billed herself as a pragmatist, willing to take the compromises that are available. Sanders, meanwhile, has positioned himself as an idealist more interested in reinventing the system than in slightly improving it.

This dynamic became clear again during Thursday night’s Democratic debate on PBS and CNN, when Clinton went after Sanders for opposing a 2007 bill that would have bolstered border security and given millions of undocumented immigrants some form of legal status.

“I voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2007. Sen. Sanders voted against it at that time,” Clinton said. “I think we have to get to comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.”

Sanders countered: “The Southern Poverty Law Center, among other groups, said that the guest worker programs that were embedded in this agreement were akin to slavery. … Akin to slavery — where people came into this country to do guest work were abused, were exploited.”

For one telling of the history of that 2007 Senate debate between the Clinton/Bush position and the Sanders view of things, continue reading.

See also, NumbersUSA sees some common ground with Sanders. Although on their Presidential scorecard, Sanders has the lowest score of all those still in the 2016 contest.

2 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders was on our side in 2007 debate on ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’”

  1. Holy cow! I’m on the same side as Bernie Sanders and the SPLC on something!

    Just shows us the hypocrisy of the whole bunch. Now if you take the same position SPLC and Sanders did in 2007, you’re a hater and get your name listed on SPLC’s Hate Watch, which ceased to be right at least twice a day long ago.

    They should be embarrassed, but I’m pretty sure they’re immune, as are all these people whose moral and principles are measured in wind speed.

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  2. Actually, id you read Sanders’ plan, it looks like it was drafted the by the immigration lobby. Naturalization of 11M to give Dems more voters, cut back border security to make it easier for more to slip in and perpetuate the problem, don’t let community police arrest illegal aliens, propaganda about “criminalization of communuties of color, etc. No mention of protecting Americans from MS-13 in Virginia or Somalis with machetes in Columbus. His presupposition is that all immigrants are nice, and that Dems interest in a hostile demographic takeover of America trumps Americans’ right to their own country. He’ll continue and expand Obama’s use unconstitutional executive actions to “radically transform” America.

    He’s right that “free trade” isn’t free, and hurts both us and the immigrant source countries. (It’s only good for the globalists.) However, once you let immigrants in you can never get rid of them. It just mushrooms further and further out of control. They can’t even deport 8 time violent criminals because the source won’t take them back. Our prisons are full of violent immigrants who cost a fortune to house and who get released back into society.

    Repubs favor guest workers to keep American companies cost effective. However, once a guest worker shows up, the corrosive network of ACLU, MALDEF, La Raza et al immediately start suing to keep him here, give him taxpayer funded welfare, make sure his whole extended family can come, make sure they can hide in “sanctuary cities,” etc. Eventually they’ll run the debt to the moon, crash the welfare state, and people will be rioting in the streets.

    That is why we have to stop more from coming while we figure this out. We need enforcement, everify, and deportation of criminals now and a wall tomorrow.

    No country can survive being run this way.

    All in all, nothing but Democrat/ immigration lobby talking points.

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