This article is written from a Democratic point of view.
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press
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Although Donald Trump and other Republicans regularly claim Democrats and progressives only support “open borders,” Sen. Bernie Sanders debunked that notion.
Trump and his supporters regularly articulate a false choice between agreement with Trump’s hardline, often brutal, immigration policies or “open borders.”
Not true, says Sanders, the Vermont independent and self-described democratic socialist, making his second run at the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sanders is one of a large and growing field of more than 15 hopefuls seeking the nomination to take on Trump next year in the general election.
Asked recently by a reporter about open borders, Sanders replied, “I think what we need is comprehensive immigration reform. That is not simply — you’re quite right. If your point is open the borders, you know, there’s a lot of poverty in this world, and you’re going to have people from all over the world [want to immigrate to the United States.] And I don’t think that’s something that we can do at this point. Can’t do it. So that is not my position.”