SFL Campus Coordinator and Young Voices Advocate Cory Massimino was published in The Guardian on Sen. Bernie Sanders recent anti-immigrant remarks.
Bernie Sanders has come out against open borders, claiming they are a “right-wing proposal” that “would make everyone in America poorer.” He argues that, while we have a “moral responsibility” to “work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty… you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.”
But there is a vast amount of literature showing that open borders could be the single best policy to alleviate global poverty. The free movement of people would enrich individuals by allowing them to move to where their specific skills and talents are most economically efficient and personally beneficial. According to Michael Clemens at the Center for Global Development, open borders could lead to a one-time boost in world GDP of 50 to 150%.
Contra Senator Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president, open borders is a moral imperative for those who truly wish to help the world’s poor. If Sanders wishes to challenge mainstream economists on this fact, he must provide empirical evidence to back up his assertions. Otherwise, he deserves to be dismissed as just another politician, playing to domestic, nativist sentiments, rather than pursuing the economic policies that will benefit Americans and reduce global poverty.
Read the rest on the Guardian US here.
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