FT-CI

United States: New threats against immigrants

Soldiers and racists are patrolling the border

27/07/2010

A few days before the Arizona law SB1070 goes into effect, the law that allows the cops to interrogate any person whose immigration status is suspicious, civilian anti-immigrant patrols and racist groups have become bolder. The White House is responding to Governor Jan Brewer’s law and to the intensification of activity by racist and xenophobic groups with ... an unenthusiastic lawsuit. This is how Obama plans to confront a law that social, political and human rights organizations are already condemning as the institutionalization of racism! At the same time, the Democratic administration is sending 1,200 new National Guard soldiers to the border, more than 500 to Arizona, the current center of discussion about immigration reform.

Amid the polarized debate about immigration and in the shadow of the border security policy of the Obama administration (which keeps on arresting and deporting immigrants and has now arrested and deported more immigrants than the Bush administration), anti-immigrant groups are proliferating. Armed groups identified with the Nazis and white supremacists, groups that carry swastikas and symbols of the KKK, are patrolling the border between the United States and Mexico. Recently, the activities of the so-called National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group that organizes anti-immigrant patrols on the California border, have spread. Led by an ex-Marine, this group is one of the most aberrant
expressions of the growing threat that is hanging over the Latino community, especially over immigrants.

Unfortunately, these racists are no exception nor a bolt from the blue. During 2009, while Obama was asking for patience from the Latino community, that was waiting for the promised immigration reform, more than 350 laws against immigrants were approved in several states, so-called "hate crimes" (with racist, xenophobic and religious motives) increased by 40%, and there are now more than 1,200 racist groups.

Groups like the Minutemen or the American Border Patrol maintain, without
euphemisms, that the US should get rid of 11 million undocumented immigrants. Among the tactics these groups are publicly promoting are organizing physical attacks at the entrances of factories where immigrants (many of them undocumented) work, and harassment campaigns in the Latino community’s neighborhoods and schools. This is in addition to official harassment and persecution, by cops and officials like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who became famous for his "concentration camp" for "undocumented" prisoners in Maricopa County, Arizona, in tents, under sub-human conditions.

When the economic crisis and unemployment, at around 10%, are striking at millions of workers and poor people in the US, racial tensions and the
divisions instigated by the establishment and its political parties multiply.
With a view to the November elections, a number of politicians, whether inside the Republican Party or outside, in the conservative Tea Party movement, are even flirting with harsh measures like the Arizona law.

Reactionary groups, whose extreme exponents we now see on the border, are hoisting the banner of the cultural battle for US values. An example of their conservative initiatives is the recent vote in a Chicago suburb, where, for the first time, English was designated as the official language, or restricting access to health care and public education for foreigners, because it is considered a waste of the "taxes that US citizens pay."

Contrary to the expectations of millions of African-Americans, Latinos, women, and young people, the Obama administration has not represented an advance in the rights of these groups, which have historically suffered discrimination, in spite of the enormous symbolic significance of the arrival of the first African-American at the White House. On the contrary, delaying immigration reform adds to the dissatisfaction from the effects of the crisis and the costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This new law, which will take effect on July 29, aims at undocumented workers of big chains like Wal-Mart, in food plants, or agricultural labor. Protests are being prepared for next week against this law and against the criminalization of immigration. The struggle against racism and xenophobia strengthens the struggle of working men and women in the United States; a victory for all immigrants, male and female, is a victory for the working class and the people on both sides of the border.

Related articles

No hay comentarios a esta nota

Newspapers

  • EDITORIAL

    PTS (Argentina)

  • Actualidad Nacional

    MTS (México)

  • EDITORIAL

    LTS (Venezuela)

  • DOSSIER : Leur démocratie et la nôtre

    CCR NPA (Francia)

  • ContraCorriente Nro42 Suplemento Especial

    Clase contra Clase (Estado Español)

  • Movimento Operário

    MRT (Brasil)

  • LOR-CI (Bolivia) Bolivia Liga Obrera Revolucionaria - Cuarta Internacional Palabra Obrera Abril-Mayo Año 2014 

Ante la entrega de nuestros sindicatos al gobierno

1° de Mayo

Reagrupar y defender la independencia política de los trabajadores Abril-Mayo de 2014 Por derecha y por izquierda

La proimperialista Ley Minera del MAS en la picota

    LOR-CI (Bolivia)

  • PTR (Chile) chile Partido de Trabajadores Revolucionarios Clase contra Clase 

En las recientes elecciones presidenciales, Bachelet alcanzó el 47% de los votos, y Matthei el 25%: deberán pasar a segunda vuelta. La participación electoral fue de solo el 50%. La votación de Bachelet, representa apenas el 22% del total de votantes. 

¿Pero se podrá avanzar en las reformas (cosméticas) anunciadas en su programa? Y en caso de poder hacerlo, ¿serán tales como se esperan en “la calle”? Editorial El Gobierno, el Parlamento y la calle

    PTR (Chile)

  • RIO (Alemania) RIO (Alemania) Revolutionäre Internationalistische Organisation Klasse gegen Klasse 

Nieder mit der EU des Kapitals!

Die Europäische Union präsentiert sich als Vereinigung Europas. Doch diese imperialistische Allianz hilft dem deutschen Kapital, andere Teile Europas und der Welt zu unterwerfen. MarxistInnen kämpfen für die Vereinigten Sozialistischen Staaten von Europa! 

Widerstand im Spanischen Staat 

Am 15. Mai 2011 begannen Jugendliche im Spanischen Staat, öffentliche Plätze zu besetzen. Drei Jahre später, am 22. März 2014, demonstrierten Hunderttausende in Madrid. Was hat sich in diesen drei Jahren verändert? Editorial Nieder mit der EU des Kapitals!

    RIO (Alemania)

  • Liga de la Revolución Socialista (LRS - Costa Rica) Costa Rica LRS En Clave Revolucionaria Noviembre Año 2013 N° 25 

Los cuatro años de gobierno de Laura Chinchilla han estado marcados por la retórica “nacionalista” en relación a Nicaragua: en la primera parte de su mandato prácticamente todo su “plan de gobierno” se centró en la “defensa” de la llamada Isla Calero, para posteriormente, en la etapa final de su administración, centrar su discurso en la “defensa” del conjunto de la provincia de Guanacaste que reclama el gobierno de Daniel Ortega como propia. Solo los abundantes escándalos de corrupción, relacionados con la Autopista San José-Caldera, los casos de ministros que no pagaban impuestos, así como el robo a mansalva durante los trabajos de construcción de la Trocha Fronteriza 1856 le pusieron límite a la retórica del equipo de gobierno, que claramente apostó a rivalizar con el vecino país del norte para encubrir sus negocios al amparo del Estado. martes, 19 de noviembre de 2013 Chovinismo y militarismo en Costa Rica bajo el paraguas del conflicto fronterizo con Nicaragua

    Liga de la Revolución Socialista (LRS - Costa Rica)

  • Grupo de la FT-CI (Uruguay) Uruguay Grupo de la FT-CI Estrategia Revolucionaria 

El año que termina estuvo signado por la mayor conflictividad laboral en más de 15 años. Si bien finalmente la mayoría de los grupos en la negociación salarial parecen llegar a un acuerdo (aún falta cerrar metalúrgicos y otros menos importantes), los mismos son un buen final para el gobierno, ya que, gracias a sus maniobras (y las de la burocracia sindical) pudieron encausar la discusión dentro de los marcos del tope salarial estipulado por el Poder Ejecutivo, utilizando la movilización controlada en los marcos salariales como factor de presión ante las patronales más duras que pujaban por el “0%” de aumento. Entre la lucha de clases, la represión, y las discusiones de los de arriba Construyamos una alternativa revolucionaria para los trabajadores y la juventud

    Grupo de la FT-CI (Uruguay)