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Remember When Democrats Used To Care About American Workers?

- February 13, 2018

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT) USED TO UNDERSTAND THE THREAT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON AMERICAN WORKERS

President Obama Said Hiring Foreign Workers "Put[s] Strains On An Already Overburdened Safety Net" And Sanders Called It "A War Against The Middle Class And The American Worker"

President Barack Obama Said An "Influx Of Mostly Low-Skill Workers" Threatens "The Wages Of Blue-Collar Americans" And "Put Strains On An Already Overburdened Safety Net." "'The number of immigrants added to the labor force every year is of a magnitude not seen in this country for over a century,' Obama noted. 'If this huge influx of mostly low-skill workers provides some benefits to the economy as a whole-especially by keeping our workforce young, in contrast to an increasingly geriatric Europe and Japan-it also threatens to depress further the wages of blue-collar Americans and put strains on an already overburdened safety net.'" (Neil Munro, "SHOCK FLASHBACK: Obama Says Illegal Immigration Hurts 'Blue-Collar Americas,' Strains Welfare," The Daily Caller , 11/16/14)

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Expressed Concern "About The Impact Of Bringing Low-Wage Workers Into This Country And What That Would Mean To Americans At The Lower End Of The Economic Ladder." SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-VT): "Over the last few days a number of us have expressed the concern about the impact of bringing low-wage workers into this country and what that would mean to Americans at the lower end of the economic ladder." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 5/24/07, 09:26 - 09:43)

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Sanders Insisted That Bringing Illegal Immigrants Into The United States "Will End Up Lowering Wages For American Workers." SANDERS: "I want to tell you that there are areas in this bill where I have strong disagreements and that is the issue of legal immigration what we are doing in terms of bringing people into this country who in my view will end up lowering wages for American workers." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/6/07, 00:54 - 01:03)

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Sanders Scoffed At The Idea That Americans "Don't Want To Do The Work" And That Large Corporations "Just Can't Find Americans To Do That Work" By Saying "It's Just Not True." SANDERS: "We are finding many, many large corporations, both those who employ skilled workers professional workers and those who employ low-wage workers, they're coming to this body and they're saying… what we want to do now is bring millions of new workers into this country, both low-wage workers and both professional workers. And the argument to them, Mr. President, is Americans don't want to do the work. We just can't find American workers to do the work! Mr. President that is a crock in many instances! It's just not true." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/6/07, 02:26 - 03:32)

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Sanders Stated That Corporations "Want To See A Continued Influx Into This Country Of Cheap Labor," Which Is A "War Against The Middle Class And Against The American Worker." SANDERS: "What they want to see is a continued influx into this country of cheap labor. They are not content with outsourcing millions of good-paying jobs… That is not good enough. Now what they are trying to do, they're saying well, gee we can't move Walmart in America to China. We can't move hotels to China. We can't move restaurants to China. What's the best way to continue keeping wages low for those workers? Well you know what, when I was a kid I worked in a hotel. I was a busboy. Nothing wrong with that job. Millions of people do that job. I resent very much the fact that many of these large corporations are continuing their war against the middle class and against the American worker." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/6/07, 08:33 - 09:40)

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Sanders Said "It's High Time" To Stand Up For American Workers And To Pass A Bill That "Will Respect The Rights Of American Workers Both Low-Wage Workers And Both Professional Workers." SANDERS: "I think it's high time that the Senate of the United States of America began to stand up for the American worker rather than the large multinational corporations who have so much sway over what we do in this body. And I would hope that before an immigration bill is passed that it will respect the rights of American workers both low-wage workers and both professional workers." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/6/07, 09:41 - 10:10)

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Sanders Stated That "If You Don't Get The Work As You Want," "You Don't Simply Open The Door And Bring In Other Workers At Low Wages." SANDERS: "We have all been educated that economics is about supply and demand. If you don't get the work as you want you raise wages and you raise benefits. You don't simply open the door and bring in other workers at low wages." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/6/07, 11:30 - 11:40)

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Sanders Said That He Thinks Congress Should Be "Making It Easier For Us To Create Decent Jobs For American Workers" Instead Of "Importing More And More People Into This Country." SANDERS: "I happen to think that the Congress should be spending a lot more time discussing this issue and making it easier for us to create decent paying jobs for American workers instead of allowing corporate interest to drive wages down by importing more and more people into this country to do the work that Americans should be doing." (Senator Bernie Sanders, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 6/7/07, 15:23 - 15:47)
 

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