Sunday, January 27, 2019

Open Borders: Where Bernie Agreed with Trump

There is such a thing as left-wing populism on the issue of immigration, both legal and illegal. When Bernie Sanders called open borders a "Koch Brothers proposal" which would make the poor in America far worse off, was he wrong?

It was the same thing Cesar Chavez thought about the impact of illegal aliens on his unionized farm workers. “As long as we have a poor country bordering California, it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes." See his 1972 interview with KQED News in which he explained the need for boycotts when growers can use illegal aliens as strike-breakers. Was he wrong? (Trigger warning: he doesn't just call them "illegal aliens.")

Hey, if Trump's brand of right-wing populism doesn't succeed, its left-wing counterpart might get a shot.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

TSB: I the 35 day govt shutdown was a planned event by Trump and a brilliant one at that. Pelosi and Schumer are now in a box. Note how fast Pelosi backed down on the State of the Union address. Mulvaney made managers of all government departments assess every employee's performance during the shutdown according to the criteria specified in the law. When the government shuts down again on Feb 15th every employee will know that if they are AWOL they will be subject to immediate dismissal.

At that point the TSA will be having the same problems as before but their union won't be able to help them. Trump will get whatever he needs for border protection and it will be the Congressional leadership that caves fast. gwb