Sanders has never toed the progressive line on matters of migration and now his fans are starting to notice.
Previously a fringe issue associated with the far left, the movement to shutter ICE is now a rallying cry for the Democratic Party heading into the midterm elections. Not only has it picked up steam with candidates up and down the ballot, it’s also garnered the backing of potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
All of this has put Sanders, the left’s torchbearer who nearly toppled the ill-fated Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, in a precarious position. Sanders, long wary of open immigration on economic grounds, now finds himself increasingly at odds with a left clamoring for open borders.
I was a little surprised he got as far as he did given early on in the last election cycle he expressed his views on immigration to lefty outlet Vox and sounded more Trump than Trump.