‘Our own people are out of work:’ Bernie Sanders once railed against Vermont guest workers from Jamaica

Bernie Sanders touts an immigration plan that would broaden access to jobs in the United States for those living across the world. But he didn’t always feel that way.

The Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, as a gadfly political candidate in 1974, railed against the presence of 351 Jamaican guest workers in his state’s apple orchards, which were seeing a record harvest.

For socialist Sanders, then 33, the situation confirmed all of his political priors: Businesses were yet again selling out U.S. residents in favor of cheap labor.

Sanders has
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