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  • Double-Take! Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Border Guardian?

    Surge Summary: Suddenly, Bernie Sanders says he supports strong border protecting measures. Details are sketchy. 

    During round two of Democratic primary debates last week, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders assured “strong border protections” will prevent impoverished migrants from flooding illegally into the U.S., drawn by the promise of government-funded higher education and healthcare – which his plans would make available to all comers courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

    National Review’s Jack Crowe writes,

    Sanders endorsed stronger border-security measures after he was challenged by the CNN debate moderators to explain why his promise of publicly-funded higher education and healthcare for illegal immigrants would not incentivize increased illegal immigration, and further overwhelm the federal agencies that have failed to adequately house the record number of asylum-seekers that arrived at the border this year.

    His “strong border protections” guarantee was offered succinctly, vaguely and with zero passion. Is anyone really convinced it will be high on his priority list? Particularly after his spending the past two years obstructing nearly every border-strengthening initiative proposed by Republicans and President Trump?

    After offering his gauzy word of support for border security, the seventy-seven-year-old Democratic Socialist reverted to form, savaging the current administration’s attempts to secure the border as manifestations of “racism and xenophobia.”

    Sander’s rather unexpected affirmation of  “strong border protections” stands in sharp and incongruous contrast to his previous endorsement of the proposal of another Dem presidential candidate, Representative Julian Castro,  (D., Texas) who argues for decriminalizing illegal border crossings. Sanders, you’ll recall, raised his hand in support of Castro’s position

     — which would prevent authorities from detaining border-crossers unless they had committed another, ostensibly more serious crime — during the first round of Democratic primary debates in June, along with all but three of the more than 20 candidates who participated in the first round of debates.

    To be fair, while Sanders has pushed the Democratic party’s predictable emphasis on permissive immigration policy through 2020’s early primary season, as recently as 2015, he also ventilated concerns about illegal immigration’s impact on low-skill labor. He has called open borders “a Koch brother’s policy.”

    In response to legislation passed earlier this year, California governor Gavin Newsom released a 2020 budget proposal that includes some $98 million in new annual spending to make some 90,000 previously uninsured illegal immigrants eligible for the state’s Medicaid program.

    Sanders is one of more than ten Democratic presidential candidates who supports providing government-funded healthcare to the estimated 11 million migrants currently residing in the country illegally.

    Sounds like, for a brief instant, at least, during his most recent debate outing Sen. Sanders had a flash of real-life revelation: bottomless goodies for anyone who manages to step over America’s southern margin will spell economic catastrophe for the nation as a whole. So, the problem remains for him: how to have an effectively wide-open border while preserving general economic integrity and wages, jobs, etc. for America’s low and middle-class? For now, it appears, the Vermont pol’s answer is to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

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