The stances were reflective of elements of the labor movement that saw immigrant workers as a threat, both in terms of lowering wages and reducing job prospects for union workers.
But he also repeatedly leaned on the idea that immigrant workers were taking American jobs, and played into a narrative — disputed by immigrant rights groups and most economists — that immigrant workers reduce wages for everyone across the board.
Sanders’ immigration plan has expanded from what he was proposing in 2016, and he has so far almost entirely avoided any attacks from other candidates on his old votes.
Sanders’ plan also calls for the decriminalization of border crossings — which would make crossing the border without documents a civil rather than criminal offense.
“I think both his talking points and the push inside the campaign for immigration was not as strong.

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