Of all the 2020 presidential candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders has probably been the most honest and consistent. Unlike Elizabeth Warren, he was truthful with America about his healthcare plan raising our taxes. And even though most of his policies would bring our nation to ruin under socialism or worse, he has stood by them for the most part, unlike just about every other White House hopeful who has changed their course a time or two to suit what they think voters want.
However, even he isn’t perfect in his steadfastness. Contrary to what he might claim, he has drastically changed his opinion of one very critical platform issue: Immigration and open borders.
And one voter in New Hampshire made sure to point this out.
A woman at a campaign event in Derry, New Hampshire, noted to the crowd that at one time Sanders had quite a different idea on immigration, believing that the influx of non-American workers in the US would be bad for the economy as well as detrimental to the lives of hard-working citizens. She wanted to know why he changed such a stance and why now, at a time when he is seeking constant voter approval.
She said, “One issue that you have not been consistent on is open borders. When you first ran, you said it was a Koch brothers’ scheme, and seemed to recognize that low-wage workers being dumped into the country does not help low-wage workers.”
She noted that like quite a few in the US, her family already stands at 134% of the poverty line and that low-wage immigrant workers were partly to blame for that.
So she asked, “Can you please explain why you changed on that issue? Did you have to change? Because donors seem to want the low-wage workers?”
Naturally, the Vermont Senator was unwilling to admit that he had changed, basically, calling what the woman had asked him the wrong use of terminology.
He responded by saying, “What I believe in absolutely is – I don’t believe in ‘open borders.’ Open borders means anybody can come from any place in the world. There’s no country in the history of the world, I think, that has ever had that view. That is not my view, but my view is that we have 11 million undocumented – many of those workers, by the way, are being exploited right now.”
Mostly, he is trying to turn these woman’s words against her, citing the phrasing she used was wrong. Apparently, for him, the term ‘open borders’ is much too broad and not at all what he is doing.
And yet in the very next few sentences, he implies that same type of broad brush strokes to be painted on President Trump.
“Trump wants to throw everybody out of the country. If he threw people out of the country, the price of food in this country would skyrocket. Who do you think is picking the crops and planting all over this country?”
So if by this woman’s standards, Bernie has an open border policy, then Trump must have a closed border policy. But if that is the case, then just as Bernie doesn’t really want just anybody to come here, Trump is not saying everyone should get out.
There are many more details on both sides. And those details are what matters. Just like Bernie insists there are things, such as the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here, that need to be addressed.
Trump is not saying that we kick them all out. What he is saying is that we need to be more careful about who we let in in the future. And as far as the ones who are already here, we need to make sure they are abiding by our laws and not taking wrongly from tax-paying Americans.
Sanders, on the other hand, is a lot more all-inclusive than Trump, no matter what he wants to call it. He has already noted on several occasions that one of the first things he would do as Commander in Chief would be the undoing of all immigration policies Trump enacted.
He also said he would decriminalize illegal border crossings, ban nearly all deportations, dismantle Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and even spend millions in taxpayer money to tear down parts of Trump’s wall.
I’m sorry, but if that doesn’t sound like open borders to you, I don’t know what will.