Immigration Reform

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance an immigration reform bill. The legislation would open the door to citizenship for 11 million people living in the United States. By a vote of 82-15, the bill overcame the first procedural hurdle in a debate expected to last throughout June. Sen. Bernie Sanders supports a path to citizenship and he supports the DREAM Act. He strongly objects, however, to big corporations using the bill as a way to lower wages and benefits for American workers.

“I want to see comprehensive immigration reform passed,” he said, “but at a time when nearly 14 percent of Americans do not have a full-time job and when the middle class is working longer hours for lower wages, I oppose a massive increase in temporary guest worker programs that will allow large corporations to import hundreds of thousands of blue-collar and white-collar workers from overseas.”

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Immigration Reform