Bernie Sanders on immigration In 2007 video: This is a bad bill for American workers

We need legislation, which will improve wages and income in America, lower the poverty rate, and expand the middle class. That’s legislation we need. Unfortunately, the guest-worker provisions in this bill, which will bring many hundreds of thousands of lower-wage workers into this country will only make a bad situation even worse, will drive down wages even further — not only for low-wage American workers, but for highly skilled professionals, as well. […]

I believe we have very serious immigration problems in this country. I think as you’ve heard today, sanctions against employers who employ illegal immigrants is virtually nonexistent. Our border is very porous. And I think we need a path to citizenship, which I think this bill addresses, in a significant way. My main concern about this bill is what it will do in terms of driving wages down, not only for low-wage workers, but for professional, skilled workers, as well. And I think at a time when the middle class is shrinking, the last thing we need is to bring over, a period of years, millions of people into this country who are prepared to lower wages for American workers. I think it’s a bad idea. […]