Bernie Sanders: “Open borders? That’s a Koch brothers proposal”

Bernie Sanders: “Open borders? That’s a Koch brothers proposal”

Ezra Klein: Something that’s in what you
said being a democratic socialist, is a more international view. I think if you take global
poverty that seriously it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political
bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level
of open borders. About sharply increasing …
Bernie Sanders: Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.
Ezra Klein: Really? Bernie Sanders:Of course. That’s a right wing
proposal which says essentially there is no United States …
Ezra Klein: But it would make … Bernie Sanders: Excuse me …
Ezra Klein: It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn’t it?
Bernie Sanders: It would make everybody in America poorer, you’re doing away with the
concept of a nation state and I don’t think there’s any country in the world which believes
in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or
UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything
we can to help poor people. What right wing people in this country would love is an open
border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for 2 or $3 an hour, that would be great
for them. I don’t believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I
think we have to do everything we can to create the millions of jobs.
You know what youth unemployment in the United States of America today? If you’re white high
school graduate, it’s 33%, Hispanic 36%, African American 51%. Do you think we should
open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers or do you think maybe we should try
to get jobs for those kids? I think from a moral responsibility we’ve
got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international
poverty but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.
Ezra Klein: Then what are the responsibilities that we have? Someone who is poor by US standards
is quite well off by say, Malaysian standards, so of the calculation goes so easily to the
benefit of the person in the US, how do we think about that responsibility?
I guess I’m asking for – I agree. You have a nation-state structure. You always are going
to, the politics don’t allow anything else. But I guess philosophically, the question
is how do you weight it? How do you think about what the foreign aid budget should be?
How do you think about poverty abroad? Bernie Sanders: I do weigh it. Well first
of all, again, as a United States senator in Vermont, my first obligation is to make
certain kids in my state and kids all over this country have the ability to go to college,
which is why I am supporting tuition-free public colleges and universities. I believe
we should create millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and ask the wealthiest
people in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes. I believe we should raise
the minimum wage to at least 15 bucks an hour so people in this county are not living in
poverty. I think we end the disgrace of some 20% of our kids living in poverty in America.
Now how do you do that? What you do is understand there’s been a huge redistribution of wealth
in the last 30 years from the middle class to the top 1/10 to 1%. The other thing that
you understand globally is a horrendous imbalance in terms of wealth in the world. As I mentioned
earlier, the top 1% will own more than the bottom 99% in a year or so. That’s absurd.
That takes you to programs like the IMF and so forth and so on. I think what we need to
be doing as a global economy is making sure that people in poor countries have decent
paying jobs, have education, have healthcare, have nutrition for their people. That is a
moral responsibility, but you don’t do that as some would suggest, by lowering the standard
of American workers which has already gone down very significantly.

100 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders: “Open borders? That’s a Koch brothers proposal”

  1. Who's moving his hands? Why all leftist politicians like AOC, Beto, Bernie etc. has the weirdest hand movements ever…like chill down lol.

  2. His argument is pretty good, but the thing is he acts like the left is against the open border policy and the conservatives are all for it, but, at least in my experience the opposite is true.

  3. Wait. You mean a Zionist Jew is the head of a major MSM news outlet in America? Wow! What are the chances of that? He must be like the only one, right?

  4. Bernie Sanders: "Doing away with borders would flood the labor markets and depress wages of Americans"

    Jim Crowe: "Doing away with segregation would flood the labor markets and depress wages of whites"

    Yes, that's exactly what you sound like.

  5. As a right leaning American born nationalist I do not want open borders cheap labor ever in this country He's off right there. Us "Right wing" do not want open borders. But I do agree with him on the youth unemployment and how to fix it.

  6. He shouldn't have said he agreed about the nation state. He should have just let Sanders explain it. Small interviewer critique.

  7. "redistribution of wealth from the middle class"
    Middle class work trhe hardest and they do NOT have "wealth" Bernie.
    How about the poor just not expect free handouts? Give them a chance through tax incentives, not by taking money from the middle class.

  8. Right wing people want open borders? What right wing people is he talking about? It is the right that wants the wall. It is the left that is screaming no one is illegal and illegals should vote. How freaking disingenuine.

  9. I want many sectors of the economy to Operate with a more Socialist ethos and it is truly possible. You must have the nation state and borders to do so. Right now we are just this "space" for transnational capitalist exploiters to rape and pillage our resources. Open borders is a capitalist scam and you must break the conditioning.

  10. People regardless of left or right concerning the social policies want economic protectionism and understand that we need mixed economies. Open borders runs directly in opposition to such. Sadly feelings don't care about your facts anymore.

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  12. Say what people will, the man has brains. Sounds like he wants to make sure poor in numerous places get better chances. Addressing the biggest part of immigration into America, which is opportunity for a better life. Will it work? If other leaders work with him, probably will

  13. If Bernie is 2020 would make himself stand out among the other Democrats and say that he is against opening the borders and for getting the Americans who are already in the country jobs before allowing more immigrants he would easily beat Trump.

  14. 0:59 Mmm… I'm pretty sure right wing people are not pro open border. Does he know Republicans are right wing?🤔

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  16. lets let the Syrians , Somalians , Al Qaeda, north korean spies fly into mexico & walk across the border with the mexican mafia & ms-13

  17. 2016 Bernie: "Open-borders is a Koch brother's scheme to depress wages and take away jobs for the American working class."

    2019 Bernie: "I want to give free healthcare services to all immigrants, both legal and illegal."

    2016 Trump: "We need to build a wall and stop mass migration to fight crime and bring back jobs for Americans."

    2019 Trump: "We need more legal immigrants than ever in order to boost our economy."


  18. Bernie will do and say anything just to write another book. He is a used car sales man. He was for open borders 3 weeks ago now he is not. LOL

  19. Bernie owns 4 homes & made about $1.7 million from his books alone. He does not apologize for it. He wants to take your money and spend it how he (not you) wants to.

  20. Holy moly, Bernie believes you can’t divide the nation’s wealth with the world and still have decent country to live in, which is horrifically self centered. Therefore, while we wait for the real socialist revolution, I heartily support any initiatives of the same kind by left leaning do-gooders as long as they use their own money.

  21. The false face of Bernie Sanders.  Wikileaks already revealed what the DNC's policy is on the question of open borders.  They're for them.

  22. So its the Republicans ie Trump who wants open borders not the Democrats? In which Universe this Bernie is living in?

  23. I have a graduate degree and two majors.

    It was a complete waste of time and money.

    Go into a company of your choice after high school through any opening, even mail boy.

    Work hard and smart. By the time your classmate finishes his masters and applies to your company, you will likely be his boss.

    He will have hundreds of thousands in debt. You will have massed a small fortune by then.

    People who agree/ed.
    Bill Gates
    Steve Jobs
    Elon Musk

  24. But Bernie is not mentioning that he still wants to give away our tax contributions to the illegal immigrants that have already broke into our country.
    People that have never contributed a penny can have all the benefits that someone that works and pays all his taxes.
    Bernie …

  25. I’ve always assumed that if people were liberal they believed in open borders because it would be racist not to believe so.. This opened my mind very much

  26. Fast Foward, and NOW Democrats are actually being HONEST! HILLARY may have been extremely corrupted, but at least she was a capitalist.

    Communism and socialism are popular view among democrats in 2019.

    So is having no borders, and allowing unlimited, unvetted migration into America, while accusing Republicans and Trump of being xhenephobic, while America takes in OVER 1 MILLION LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ANNUALLY, Far More than any other nation in the entire world!

  27. I believe that open border would be great if applied on global scale, but I don't think it could be applied by only one country

  28. Rebalance the wealth ! Take it away from the people that worked hard for their money , and give it to people who dont want to work !
    Will you give up any of your Millions Bernie ?

  29. Whatever, bernie's nuts are shriveled peas, he is fn senile as are almost all the ruling class at the DNC or GOP. He needs an illegal to empty his bed pan

  30. Always nice when opposition politics shows how unprincipled some people are. Maybe Bernie was decent at some point in the past, but certainly not at the end of his career.

  31. We seemed to have given up on global mutual aid and use accelerated immigration as a band aid fix for everything. You can't have a healthy social service system with open borders

  32. ……… (((Too much))) ……….

    If you love, respect and appreciate your "people" & your "ancestors" and you're proud of them and yourself, You must sacrifice everything to defend your people and the lands that your ancestors built from scratch, That's not just your "Right"! It's the greatest obligation and most important and sacred responsibility .
    You really don't want to be the ones responsible for the death of your people and the destruction of the greatest civilization in human history, A civilization that took the combined effort and brilliance, patience and sacrifice of hundreds of generations for thousands of years, to become what it is today.
    Wake up and know who's your real enemy, and don't let them divide you into Dem.s & Rep.s, they're both 2 sides of the same coin, and the coin is in the hands of the so-called "Elites", Clear your mind and think for youself, then you'll see the truth.

  33. 1:58 we do not have a responsibility to anybody outside this country. With the exception of Japan and possibly South Korea there are no non-white First World countries anywhere on the face of the Earth. If we are all the same, why is that? In the 21st century after many thousands of years the swarthy people of the world can't seem to get it together and they never will.

  34. I am right wing. I know hundreds of people who are right wing.
    – I don´t know a SINGLE one who wants open borders.

    Sweden, where I am from, opened it´s borders. Now we suddenly have bombings, gang rapes, burning schools and attacks on Jewish synagogues)
    Last year (2018) we had 162 bombings.

    …Do you think these bombings were done by immigrants, or have blond, ethnic Swedes SUDDENLY started to bomb their own country?
    – The question is hypothetical, of course. Our police is quite CLEAR about who are committing the bombings, gang rapes and hate crimes; MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS.

  35. "Our borders are much too porous…We want to keep them open, but we also have to be much more careful. …Right now, if you get on an airplane [to the U.S.] and claim asylum…when you arrive at Kennedy Airport in New York, they will say to you, 'OK, we'll give you a hearing on whether you deserve asylum. Show up in a year.' And two-thirds of the people never show up."
    —Chucky Schumer

  36. Can we trade the ones that hate everything about America for the ones that want to be here for the love of our country?

  37. If Ezra Klein was named Hasan, he'd be a POC and victim of colonialism.

    Welcome to the mindless machinations of the far left.

  38. Every country has the right to close its borders in order to preserve its culture, identity and values. open borders is a BAD idea

  39. Surprising wisdom from Bernie here. I maybe disagree with his socialism, but I do give him credit for his willingness to acknowledge that America does indeed exist as a nation and has the right to preserve itself. That's more than one can say about any other Democrat in the primaries this year.

  40. This is the first and only time I've heard of open borders being described as a right-wing idea. Right-wingers are also accused of nationalism and xenophobia, which don't jibe with the idea of open borders.

  41. Bernie 11-18-2019
    He would also set up a $14 billion federal grant program for legal defense for poor immigrants, end the use of video conferencing, and ensure access to translation and interpretation services "throughout every step of the legal process."

    He would also create a new program to “welcome migrants displaced by climate change” and push to accept a minimum of 50,000 “climate migrants” in his first year in office. Additionally, he wants to increase aid to Central and South American countries, fund programs to end corruption, repression and poverty, as well as lifting caps on refugees.

    As for those agencies that enforce immigration law, Sanders promises to “restructure” the Department of Homeland Security.

  42. Dems are terrified of RUSSIANS However demand Open Borders. At least have policies that don't conflict with each other. Dems bad liers, bad ideas & bad policies Corn Pop Bad Dude👿

  43. what about those millions you made off of your book Bernie after all, in socialism, you just took that capitalist money from that book…. after all it was everyone's……

  44. isnt this coming from one of the people who called Trump a racist for securing the border……. oh yes, yes it is…..

  45. he was pro obamacare…. yea if you think socialism is an answer look at obamacare… it just made everything more expensive, the price you pay at a doctor has over tripled…..

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