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> I find it difficult to believe that a pro-trade union candidate like Bernie Sanders does not understand the basic laws of supply/demand: How a supply of cheap labour affects the wages of the individual employee.

This interview would indicate that he understands that, and wants to restrict immigration for that very reason: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf-k6qOfXz0

Edit: The interview is from 2015, so it may be that his understanding has 'evolved' since.

( Without watching said interview, I'm in the office and don't have headphones ) Did Sanders not indicate his support for decriminalisation of illegal border crossing in the primaries? I would hardly take that as an endorsement of restricting immigration.

Not necessarily no.

Most border crossings aren't even prosecuted. https://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/520/

Increasing the number of them being prosecuted places a massive burden on the court system and results in the various unjust scenarios we have today. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/us/border-immigration-cou...

There isn't any evidence that criminalization decreases the number of border crossings either. https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2015/OIG_15-95_May15.pdf

Indeed, immigration levels haven't decreased under trump despite the massive increase in prosecutions.

Given this, it isn't absurd to think that other approaches would be at least as effective at controlling immigration in practice.

Simple border crossing was not a criminal act then in the first place.

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