Capitalism is the enemy, not immigrants
Published Mar 16, 2006 2:08 AM
In the United States, immigration has become
increasingly criminalized. It is not surprising. People tend to look for
scapegoats as they become more insecure about their own economic livelihood and
remain badly informed. The government takes advantage of the fears of the public
and warns against dangers such as damage to the economy, increases in crime,
abuse of public aid programs, the spreading of diseases, drug trafficking, and
gang and/or terrorist activity. Then with the use of the media, they paint a
racist, distorted picture of immigrants coming from poor countries with the goal
of stealing jobs, and taking advantage of public services and higher wage
Contrary to what the U.S. government would like the public to
believe, most immigrants add more to the U.S. economy than they take out. In
fact the average immigrant contributes $1,800 more in taxes annually than he or
she receives in benefits and services provided by the U.S. government. But U.S.
policymakers hide this information and take advantage of the fears of the
public, by attempting to pass racist bills such as HR 4437.
particular bill would permit the government to prosecute almost anyone who has
regular contact with an undocumented person by broadening the definition of
“alien smuggling” to include family members, employers, and
immigrant advocates. This bill only serves to increase the super-exploitation of
undocumented immigrants by driving them further underground.
restriction of immigration to this country cannot really meet any of its alleged
objectives. Most people do not want to leave their homes and migrate, but feel
they have no other options because of the economic repression caused in their
countries by the profit-hungry greed of foreign corporations. In the end, it is
the international economic policies promoted by capitalism that inevitably lead
to increased immigration, that imposes crim inal penalties on workers in order
to decrease wages by taking advantage of undocumented workers who cannot risk
demanding higher wages or protesting abusive or illegal working conditions.
The only solution to the continued abuses of workers is working-class
unity! For it is not just the same suffering along with the same needs such as
food, water, housing, education, and medical care that we share. We also have a
common enemy: Capitalism! But we must remember “The people united will
never be defeated!” For this is more than just a chant, more than just a
fuzzy sentiment of unity. It is a battle cry meant to remind us that we must
fight as one mighty fist for the rights of all workers and oppressed peoples, in
order to be victorious against imperialism once and for all.
is an organizer of the FIST-Fight Imperialism, Stand Together-youth group in San
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