From the daily caller, July 3, 2018:
“Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders called for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying that Americans “overwhelmingly” want to abolish the agency in a Tuesday tweet, but a Monday poll from Huffington Post and YouGov says differently.
“Now, it is time to do what Americans overwhelmingly want: abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today and pass comprehensive immigration reform,” the senator said in his [july 3rd) tweet.
Sanders joins several other lawmakers in the movement to abolish ICE, including New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who said the agency should be abolished in a Thursday interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN.”
Rising ‘socialist’ Ocasio-Cortez campaigned on ‘Abolish Ice’, but what she wants now (ahem) is a ‘kinder, gentler, ICE, but she also supports the Trumpeter’s border wall and ‘secure borders’.
Redpepper.org.uk via Beth Gelgia (‘Fear!’) and hondurassolidarity.org’s ‘Honduran regime uses violence against its people – US uses violence against refugees fleeing Honduras’ explain some of the reasons so many are fleeing Central America. Hint: Made.in.Amerika.™
From Barry Grey, wsws.org Nov. 29, ‘After Trump fires tear gas at immigrant children; Sanders declares caravan members lack a “credible” claim to asylum’
“Two days after US troops pointed assault rifles at Central American workers on the US-Mexico border and border police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at defenseless women and children, Senator Bernie Sanders told CNN he did not believe all of the migrants had a “credible” claim to asylum.
The statement, a clear olive branch to the anti-immigrant pogrom being conducted by President Trump, was by no means an off-the-cuff remark. It came in what was obviously a carefully prepared interview, which began with the CNN moderator, John Berman, raising the events on Sunday at the San Ysidro border crossing between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.
Berman asked: “As we look at what’s happening right now over the border in Tijuana, 5,000 to 9,000 migrants there waiting in a stadium seeking asylum, do you think that they all have a credible claim for asylum?”
Sanders did not hesitate. “No, I don’t,” he said, adding, “and I think you have to look at it case by case.”
Without criticizing Trump or the military and border police, let alone demanding the withdrawal of soldiers, tanks and helicopters from the border, Sanders immediately pivoted to the need for “comprehensive immigration reform.” This is a euphemism for a punitive plan that would impose fines and other penalties on undocumented workers currently in the US while allowing some to eventually gain citizenship, combined with a further militarization of the border.” [snip]
“Sanders did not offer any explanation for presuming that there were workers within the Caravan who were not eligible for asylum—an internationally protected right.
Berman then pressed the Vermont senator on right-wing proposals to deny asylum seekers entry to the US to file their claims, requiring them instead to apply from and remain in Mexico—an outright repudiation of asylum law. Sanders dodged the question, declaring, “I am 100 percent supportive of comprehensive immigration reform.”
He then changed the subject to climate change, which has been adopted by the Democratic Party leadership as a “safe” issue unlikely to interfere with its post-election appeals for bipartisan collaboration with Trump and the Republicans.
There is nothing accidental about Sanders’ semi-endorsement of Trump’s anti-immigrant policy. In the course of a seven-minute interview on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” program, he made no reference to Trump’s attacks on immigrants and the democratic rights to asylum and due process. When asked by CBS on Monday, he refused to condemn the use of tear gas, calling merely for the government to “minimalize the level of force being used” in the future. He then rushed to change the subject, saying “there are other issues as well” besides immigration.”
You’ll remember when commenting on Twitter about the staggering number of Palestinians killed and wounded in the first week or two of their Right of Return protests, he’d noted that it was tragic, and that he’d thought that the IDF might have been over-reacting.
“Sanders’ economic nationalism is bound up with his defense of capitalist private ownership of the means of production, notwithstanding his socialist pretensions, and his support for US imperialism. He fully backed the wars launched or continued by Barack Obama in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria, and, despite his recent pose of opposition to the war in Yemen, does not call for an end to US financial, military and political support for Saudi Arabia.”