Last updated on: 2/29/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (I-VT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“It is no great secret that across the United States undocumented workers perform a critical role in our economy. They harvest and process our food and it is no exaggeration to say that, with out them, food production in the United States would significantly decline. Undocumented workers build many of our homes, cook our meals, maintain our landscapes. We even entrust undocumented workers with that which we hold most dear – our children…

[I]t is time to end the discussion of mass deportation or self-deportation. We cannot and we should not even be talking about sweeping up millions of men, women, and children – many of whom have been here for years – and throwing them out of the country. That’s wrong and that type of discussion has got to end…

The bottom line of all of this is that it is time to bring our neighbors out of the shadows. It is time to give them legal status. It is time to create a reasonable and responsible path to citizenship.”

“Prepared Remarks for National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference,” berniesanders.com, June 19, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Democratic presidential candidate, Apr. 30-2015-present
  • United States Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • Chairman, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • United States Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People’s Historical Society
  • Candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1976
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1974
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1972
  • Former Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Lecturer, Hamilton College
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
  • Attended, Brooklyn College, 1959
  • High school diploma, James Madison High School (Brooklyn, NY), 1958
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BernieSanders
  • He is a self-described “democratic socialist”
  • Established the first municipal housing land trust in the country for affordable housing (Burlington Community Land Trust)
  • Spent six months on a kibbutz in Israel
  • Applied for conscientious objector status to avoid the Vietnam draft
  • Former member, Young People’s Socialist League (University of Chicago)
  • Former activist, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  • Former organizer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Lead a multi-week sit-in at the University of Chicago to oppose segregation in off-campus housing
  • Participant in the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech
  • Former carpenter
  • Former documentary film maker
Quoted in:
  1. Are Mass Deportations a Good Method to Address Illegal Immigration?
  2. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?