Bernie Sanders believes that the U.S. should “give legal status to undocumented people in this country as soon as possible.”
Sanders, appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Monday, said that comprehensive immigration reform should include a “path to citizenship” for the illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Andrea Mitchell: Congressman Joaquin Castro has criticized you for not reaching out adequately to the Latino community. Do you have a problem with the base of the Democratic Party, a large part of the base, which is Latino and African-American?
Bernie Sanders: Well, let me just say this, Andrea. If you and I were chatting three or four months ago, I think we would both have recognized that Bernie Sanders was a real underdog in this race, probably 80, 90 percent of the American people didn’t even know who the senator from a small state like Vermont was. We have made huge progress, but we have a long, long way to go. And I will not deny to you for one minute that we have to substantially increase our outreach to Latino community and to the African-American community. But I think when those communities and others see the agenda that we have fighting for, which among other things means that we give legal status to undocumented people in this country as soon as possible, that we move to comprehensive immigration reform, that we move toward a path to citizenship, that we deal with the outrageously high rates of youth unemployment in the Latino and black communities, I think you will see growing support for us in those communities, just as we’re seeing all over America. I think we have an agenda that works for working families whether they’re white, Hispanic, African-American, and I see, I think, you are seeing the growth of our support all across the board which will continue to grow.