“The working class and the global war on immigrants”

{Also see: ICE agents raid Ohio meatpacking plants, arrest 146 immigrants}

The fact that the assault on immigrants is a global phenomenon makes clear that it is not simply the product of the fascistic ideology of Trump or his European counterparts. Rather, it is the noxious expression of the objective crisis and historical bankruptcy of the capitalist nation state system, which is coming into increasingly violent conflict with the unprecedented integration of the global economy, producing war and repression.

No section of the ruling elite will carry out a defense of immigrant workers. The Democratic Party, while adapting to the mass outrage over Trump’s vicious policies, laid the groundwork for these very policies through decades of anti-immigrant laws. Barack Obama earned the title “deporter in chief” for his record expulsion of 2.5 million people.

Bernie Sanders, the supposed left face of the Democrats, has stated his opposition to open borders, presenting the exclusion of immigrant workers as a means of raising the living standards of native-born workers, thereby boosting the reactionary narrative advanced by the fascistic right.

The only social force capable of carrying out the defense of immigrants and refugees—and the democratic rights of the entire population—is the working class, whose essential interests and rights are inextricably bound up with the fate of these most oppressed layers…

This is all part of a systematic extermination process that began with Darwin’s “natural selection” and Francis Galton’s “eugenics”. And eugenics, under the guise of new titles, is still hard at work in this world. As the first commandment of the Georgia Guidestones states,

“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

This, once again, would mean that over 6.5 billion human beings would need to be wiped off the face of the earth, so the inbred elite-swine, the ‘chosen’ few, could have the planet all to themselves and their AI servants.

We the individuals around the world are being systematically exterminated by a KLAN of Zionist-elite psychopaths who continually scream, “Nazi Holocaust Denier! Nazi Holocaust Denier”, from morning until evening, every day of their subhuman existence, while covertly planning the holocaust of all holocausts. And if nothing is done to contain and neutralize these inbred vermin soon, they will mass murder all the rest of us. And their home base is the apartheid, rogue state of Israel, with a second gestapo base of operations in Washington, D.C.:

The working class and the global war on immigrants

21 June 2018

Faced with a firestorm of outrage both within the US and internationally, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday rescinding his administration’s policy of ripping children from the arms of parents seeking refuge in the US as a means of terrorizing migrants and halting their entry into the country.

Audiotapes of interned children sobbing and crying out desperately for their mothers and fathers, only to be mocked by their guards, and reports of infants literally torn from their mothers’ breasts—and mothers seeking to hold onto their babies physically restrained and handcuffed—have provoked disgust and horror around the world.

That these scenes of children in cages have been unfolding in what has long been referred to as the “most advanced capitalist country” in the world has immense political significance. No less significant is the defense of these policies by the American president and his aides in language that is borrowed directly from the rhetoric of fascism. Immigrants have been called “animals” seeking to “infest” the United States—words that are all too reminiscent of the speeches of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler.

Trump’s order implies no retreat from his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants. Those coming across the border without documents will still be treated as criminals, with families to be imprisoned together in internment camps until they are prosecuted and either jailed or deported.

The Gestapo-style hounding of immigrant workers within the United States is only escalating, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raiding a meatpacking plant in Ohio Tuesday, detaining 146 immigrant workers, who were shipped off to detention facilities to face deportation. The number of workers detained in such raids is already quadruple that for all of last year.

The assault on immigrants in the US is part of a global development in which immigration has become the central focus of politics in country after country in Europe and beyond.

Wednesday marked World Refugee Day, observed by the United Nations annually. The UN published figures showing that the number of people forced to flee war, violence, persecution and oppression had reached 69 million in 2017, setting a record for the fifth straight year. Out of that total, 16.2 million people were displaced last year, forced from their homes at the rate of 44,000 people per day.

These tens of millions of men, women and children are fleeing the mass killing, economic destruction and societal devastation inflicted upon their own countries by the major imperialist powers, with the United States in the lead.

They are met with walls, barbed wire, concentration camps, persecution and scapegoating.

On Wednesday, Hungary’s far-right government pushed through a law providing for the imprisonment of anybody offering assistance to undocumented migrants, while enshrining in the country’s constitution the declaration that Hungary cannot accept an “alien population.”

Filling the vacuum left by the betrayals and anti-working class policies pursued by previous social democratic governments, right-wing regimes have come to power elsewhere in Europe, such as in Italy, where the Five Star-Lega government refused landing rights to the severely overcrowded rescue boat Aquarius and has threatened to round up and deport hundreds of thousands of refugees already in the country.

The German government is wracked by a political crisis centering on immigration and the rise of a right-wing movement that speaks the language of those who carried out the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

Throughout the continent, similar movements have arisen and governments are raising the walls of Fortress Europe.

Like Trump, these right-wing governments promote their racist and xenophobic anti-immigrant policies as a defense of the jobs and wages of native-born workers, casting immigrants as the source of “crime” and social decay.

There is no evidence whatsoever to support these filthy claims. They are meant merely to divide the working class and pit one section against another for the crumbs allotted for wages, benefits and essential social services by an obscenely wealthy ruling elite.

At the source of the crisis of working class living standards in every country is the vast monopolization of wealth by a tiny financial aristocracy. A report issued Tuesday established that the combined wealth of the world’s so-called “high net worth individuals,” those with liquid assets of $1 million or more, had more than doubled since 2008, the year of the global financial meltdown.

Since then, governments all over the world have pursued a two-track policy consisting of draconian austerity measures for the working class and unending subsidies for the wealthy.

The brutal and lawless attacks on immigrants are bound up with the immense growth of social inequality and the uninterrupted escalation of imperialist war.

The fact that the assault on immigrants is a global phenomenon makes clear that it is not simply the product of the fascistic ideology of Trump or his European counterparts. Rather, it is the noxious expression of the objective crisis and historical bankruptcy of the capitalist nation state system, which is coming into increasingly violent conflict with the unprecedented integration of the global economy, producing war and repression.

No section of the ruling elite will carry out a defense of immigrant workers. The Democratic Party, while adapting to the mass outrage over Trump’s vicious policies, laid the groundwork for these very policies through decades of anti-immigrant laws. Barack Obama earned the title “deporter in chief” for his record expulsion of 2.5 million people.

Bernie Sanders, the supposed left face of the Democrats, has stated his opposition to open borders, presenting the exclusion of immigrant workers as a means of raising the living standards of native-born workers, thereby boosting the reactionary narrative advanced by the fascistic right.

The only social force capable of carrying out the defense of immigrants and refugees—and the democratic rights of the entire population—is the working class, whose essential interests and rights are inextricably bound up with the fate of these most oppressed layers.

No worker can afford to ignore the ominous implications of the kind of raids that have been carried out in Ohio recently. A militarized police force has been created that is able and empowered to march entire shifts out of factories, interrogate workers and haul away whomever they choose. Today the target is immigrants, but with an entirely foreseeable shift in the political situation, tomorrow it could be those deemed by the government and the employers to be “militants” and “troublemakers.”

The defense of immigrants and refugees is an international question. It can be carried out only on the basis of the international mobilization of the working class…

The rest of the article can be found here:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/21/pers-j21.html

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8 thoughts on ““The working class and the global war on immigrants”

  1. Just a quibble with this piece: in my opinion, it’s not that capitalists don’t want the immigrants as such, it’s that they prefer to have them as ‘illegals’ rather than officially granted ‘legal alien status,’ for ‘illegal’ immigrants are far more lucrative than any other category of workers who possess a minimum of legal protection against employers.

    Note the detained 146 immigrant workers from the meatpacking plant: it’s mere theatre to win public support for a policy effectively stripping immigrants of all legal standing in the U.S.

    You can be certain that the meatpacking industry, along with all others who can conceal it from the public eye, but especially in the agricultural sector, will continue to hire ‘illegal’ immigrants.

    With no legal standing, workers cannot agitate for better wages or working conditions, at least not without the risk of deportation . . .

    So, yeah, the reactionary narrative, which sanctions the ‘illegality’ of the immigrants standing, is merely a way of ensuring that the capitalists will be able to continue business as usual, to maintain those margins of profit that are only possible on the backs of ‘illegal aliens.’

    This is a purge that is no purge. And under the circumstances, those cities offering immigrants so-called sanctuary are offering something that is anything but humanitarian, but rather an opportunity for local businesses to continue exploiting that most oppressed layer of American society.

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  2. Oh absolutely, Norm! In fact, I just read an article in the last few days that makes this very point. Hell yes, these pigs want cheap labor here. And they are also making money off of these inhumane detentions (as an extension of the prison system), while at the same time carrying out their Agenda 2030, eugenics-driven plans to ultimately depopulate the planet of up to 6.5 billion or more of the rest of us.

    And yet, I just posted this quote by Trump:

    Trump tweeted yesterday that “illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, [are] pour[ing] into and infest[ing] our Country.” In an interview Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the key distinction between the immigration crackdown and Nazi Germany was that “in Nazi Germany they were keeping Jews from leaving the country.”

    In a speech yesterday to a small business convention in Washington DC, Trump denounced immigrant parents as “child smugglers.” “When I said they’re not sending their finest,” he said, referencing his claim that immigrants are rapists and criminals, “it turned out I was 100 percent right.”

    Trump is building a constituency for this filth. The crowd of businessmen hooted and applauded enthusiastically when Trump proclaimed, “We are taking ‘em out by the thousands!”

    This speech also marks the first time that Trump has effectively called for the abolition of due process for immigrants. “We don’t want judges, we want security on the border,” he said. “We don’t want people coming in.”

    He laughed at the right of immigrants to appear in court: “I don’t want to try people, I don’t want people coming in, you never get them out.” Immigration lawyers, he added, are “bad people” who “cheat” and “tell these people exactly what to say.”

    Thanks for the excellent point, Norm!

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  3. British.

    It has been a well known fact that in the food (mainly vegetable) picking and packing industry, the majority are immigrants here illegally working for less than half the legal minimum wage. Before this we had the windrush generation being taken advantage of and prior to that we were still being “Great” plundering other countries wealth and resources, just as we did in India and of course Burma. Capitalism has been thriving on slave labour among all the imperialist nations. When we are not fomenting war for resource grabs we simply exploit the most vulnerable; whether children working in sweat shops in India or cobalt mines in Africa we the wealthy nations know how to impose suffering. Those governments, however, cannot succeed without their general populace choosing to ignore that which is inconvenient. The Americans knew that Prescott Bush was a nazi collaborator and war profiteer, they looked the other way, Brits knew that our colonialism was robbery and murder – we looked the other way, now we have seen Iraq, Libya destroyed and Syria, Donbass wrecked and still we are always looking in the wrong direction. The people fleeing from our wars and the consequences of them can only ever be “immigrants” with no status or rights unless people across the world choose to acknowledge the truth of their misfortunes and grant them a safe and equitable haven – never gonna happen, too few of us care enough to demand changes. Strong words and delivering truth and reality is at the moment, the only weapons we have.
    Keep posting!

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  4. Excellent! You are so right! It is the complacent, compliant and insouciant nature of most westerners, and in particular, Americans, that allow for these heinous crimes against humanity to go on unchallenged. And as you point out here, this genocide has been going on for centuries now.

    It is way past time for this to end, but it will probably take a worldwide catastrophe of some kind to awaken humanity to a point where they are ready and willing to take immediate and drastic action.

    Do you mind if I quote your comment, here, on another post I have prepared?

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  5. I don’t think anyone has ever asked to quote me -but if I have said anything useful then feel free. I quote from Norman Pilon and Philip Roddis, VB and EB and many others especially on OffG – we all do and it’s a good practice worth repeating.

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