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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