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Opinion Sanders blasts Biden’s immigration policy as akin to slavery — he’s right

20:45  16 march  2020
20:45  16 march  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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a person lying on a bed: Toribio Jimenez lays on his bed in his bedroom of the home where he and 10 other people live. His bedroom is in the basement of the house. Jimenez was given a job in the U.S. through the H2B visa program but when he arrived in the U.S., the job he was given paid much less that he was originally offered. He now has little money to find a better place to live and does not have enough money to go back to South America. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson) © Josh Anderson/ASSOCIATED PRESS Toribio Jimenez lays on his bed in his bedroom of the home where he and 10 other people live. His bedroom is in the basement of the house. Jimenez was given a job in the U.S. through the H2B visa program but when he arrived in the U.S., the job he was given paid much less that he was originally offered. He now has little money to find a better place to live and does not have enough money to go back to South America. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson)

Bernie Sanders overstates it when he calls the low-skilled guest-worker programs "slavery." “Indentured servitude” would be more accurate.

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Sanders and Joe Biden agreed on most things in the first two-man debate of the 2020 primary. They agreed that gay marriage is good, fracking is bad, abortion is fine, Trump is bad, and so on. But they clashed over comprehensive immigration legislation.

Biden started the scrap by knocking Sanders' vote against the 2007 "comprehensive immigration reform" bill. That bill would have legalized millions of immigrants who entered illegally, and there would be 6 million more U.S. citizens today, according to Biden.

Sanders, though, explained that he opposed the bill because it expanded the "H2B" low-skilled guest-worker provisions, which Sanders called "slavery."

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Biden did his typical act of being all offended at the harsh criticism of something he supported. But Sanders is basically right. Low-skilled guest-worker laws are exploitative and akin to indentured servitude.

A guest worker lacks liberty and leverage, because if he displeases his boss, he can get deported. This is the point for some supporters of guest-workers. They want workers without recourse. I provided evidence, from the sugar industry, in a magazine article I wrote last decade:

"In 1940, one grower wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that if Washington were to help them find labor, the Bahamas would be a far better source than either the U.S. or its territory Puerto Rico. 'The vast difference between the Bahama Island labor and domestic, including Puerto Rican,' wrote the farmer, “is that labor transported from the Bahama Islands can be deported and sent home, if it does not work, which cannot be done in the instance of labor from domestic United States or Puerto Rico."

Low-skilled guest-worker programs are laser-guided missiles aimed at lowering working-class wages by importing workers who lack bargaining power. That's not exactly slavery, but it's certainly not freedom.

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