In all truth, visa-less immigration — typically smeared as “illegal immigration” as if running for a chance at life were a crime — happens with the approval by our state and federal governments who quietly let it happen in order to please our cheap-labor-hungry plutocracy. The displays of border fences and walls, border patrols, and ICE raids are really nothing but dog-and-pony shows to (A) pretend that this form of immigration which leaves these immigrants bereft of rights is not an establishment-run affair in collusion with our bought government, and (B) divide the working people in our country against each other, lest they unite to overthrow the plutocracy and build a democracy in America.
You may wish to read this article:
|In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, formally apologizing to the surviving victims of the illegal mass detention of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during the Second World War. Thirty years later, a constellation of internment camps has once again sprung up across the United States, with new camps in the planning stages and an ever-expanding population of detainees.
Horror stories like those recounted by survivors of Japanese-American internment in memoirs such as Farewell to Manzanar and Journey to Topaz are unfolding every day in towns and cities across the country.
Though Japanese victims of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 were often treated with physical brutality by their jailers, in many ways conditions in the present-day internment centers are worse than the conditions that prevailed three-quarters of a century ago.
Today, families are split up during raids and parents torn from their young children in a criminal policy of intentional cruelty. Detainees are kept in cages or cells, forced to dress in prison garb, and often barred from communicating with the outside world. An American Civil Liberties Union report issued in May revealed that unaccompanied child detainees are systematically abused—sexually, physically and psychologically—by the CBP and ICE. Suicide attempts are commonplace.
The immense danger to the entire working class posed by the Ohio raids is underscored and heightened by the almost total silence with which it has been met by the political and media establishment. A mere sprinkling of articles has appeared on the raids in the national press.
These xenophobic sentiments are not exceptional deviations from the Democratic Party’s program. They expose the real core of the Democratic Party’s position on immigration. For all its cynical posturing, the Democratic Party is just as responsible for the attack on immigrants as Trump.
|The first months of 2018 have seen growing strikes and protests in the US and around the world. The ruling classes are attempting to head-off any linking together of these struggles by ratcheting up bigotry and backwardness based on nationality, race and religion. In Italy, Germany and France as well as the United States, governments are scapegoating immigrants for declining wages and living standards imposed by the governments themselves on behalf of the banks and corporations.
Opposition to these police state, divide-and-conquer policies is a life and death question for the working class in the US and internationally. To prepare for the massive class battles that lie ahead, it is urgent that workers stand up and defend their immigrant brothers and sisters.
… who will gladly fight by our side for our rights, I might add. Together we are strong. Divided we are weak.
Meet some of the victims of immigrant-persecution:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Interviews: Family of 114 workers abducted in huge ICE raid in Ohio”)
My question: Why are these militarized police or ICE officers arresting and incarcerating poor workers who are struggling to survive instead of the wealthy employers who illegally employ undocumented immigrants at low wages thereby both depressing wages for American workers AND sponsoring unregulated immigration? Is it at all possible anymore in our country to hold the true culprits of things accountable? (not to forget those who ruin the livelihoods and safety of working class people abroad thus forcing them to flee across our border) Why do our nation’s law enforcement organs exclusively go after the pawns on our oligarch’s chessboard, never the oligarchs who mess up the lives of the under-privileged both here and abroad? Why do we let this happen?
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