Sen. Bernie Sanders is Wrong About Immigrants

Statement from FWD.us President Todd Schulte:

I hope you’ll take the time view this interview with Vox that Senator Bernie Sanders recorded about immigration. It’s troubling – because at a high level, he accepts the utterly false premise that our economy is zero-sum, and putting forward the totally-debunked notion that immigrants coming to the U.S. are taking jobs and hurting Americans – specifically young people, Latinos, and African-Americans.

Here’s the issue: when Senator Sanders falsely pits immigrants as an obstacle to tackling unemployment, he’s just plain wrong. The economic data is clear that immigrants create American jobs – and it’s exactly the sort of backward-looking thinking that progressives have rightly moved away from in the past years.

I hope Senator Sanders will clarify his comments and answer the following question: does he believe that increasing the ease with which hardworking immigrants come to this country – whether they’re working in agriculture, opening small businesses, or medical research – drives economic growth and creates jobs for all Americans?

 

Posted by Todd Schulte on 07/29/2015