Speaking to a crowd in Texas, 2020 Democrat party frontrunner Bernie Sanders went out of his way to clarify when he says “our people” illegals are included.
What our campaign is about, and what our administration will be about, is rethinking America
Understanding that all of our people — when I say all, I also mean the undocumented in this country — that all of our people are entitled to basic human rights.
Bernie Sanders: illegal immigrants are “entitled” to the same government benefits as citizens
Bernie Sanders: illegal immigrants are "entitled" to the same government benefits as citizens pic.twitter.com/uktJpT6bsg
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 22, 2020
Christie replied “There it is. Libs always tell me it’s not true that they want govt benefits for illegal immigrants, but they do.”
There it is. Libs always tell me it’s not true that they want govt benefits for illegal immigrants, but they do.
— Christie007 (@ChristieinSoCal) February 22, 2020
Camille Cooper replied “Why would they be entitled to anything? They literally don’t exist on paper here as they don’t have a social security card, can’t contribute with taxes as they are not allowed to be employed here, etc. Why would any tax paying citizen agree with this ludicrous claim?”
Why would they be entitled to anything? They literally don’t exist on paper here as they don’t have a social security card, can’t contribute with taxes as they are not allowed to be employed here, etc. Why would any tax paying citizen agree with this ludicrous claim?
— Camille Cooper (@ccooper_camp) February 22, 2020
Per Daily Caller, January, in an interview for the New York Times’ editorial board, Sanders spoke about a range of political issues affecting the U.S.
Sanders, when asked, reaffirmed his support for border decriminalization and his pledge to end all deportations — positions that immigration enforcement officials have said would lead to more illegal immigration.
However, the board then reminded the senator that he once said illegal immigrants and guest worker programs lead to lower wages for low-skilled American workers.
“No, that’s what I said on the Lou Dobbs’ show 250 years ago, right?” Sanders answered. “It gets repeated a little bit. But look, I think if you look at the proposal that we have, and I speak as the son of an immigrant. What we are going to do — you asked me what we do in the first hundred days. I’ll tell you what we do on Day 1.”
The senator said, if elected president, he would give legal status to DACA recipients, attempt to pass “comprehensive immigration reform” and undo other Trump administration border policies. Sanders went on to say that he’s seen illegal immigrants get exploited by employers, and that he would work to end such exploitation.
“So, I think you’re raising an issue, though, that we don’t talk about a whole lot when we talk about immigration, and that is the exploitation of undocumented workers. If you don’t have any documentation, I could hire you for five bucks an hour and what recourse do you have?” Sanders said.