Migration and Capitalism, in the Age of Trump

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1414 .... May 15, 2017
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Migration and Capitalism, in the Age of Trump:
Toward the Freedom of Movement for People, Not Capital

Mostafa Henaway

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"We are people! We are not illegal!"
-- Kiwi Ilafonte
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This past May 1st, across the United States and here in Quebec, the spirit of May Day was alive and well. Immigrant workers have given International Workers’ Day a new breath of fresh air since the historic mobilizations of a "day without an immigrant" in the United States in 2006. This year in the U.S., broad coalitions of migrant communities and trade unions took to the streets in solidarity with immigrant workers to resist Donal Trump's racist and xenophobic policies. In Montreal the Immigrant Workers Centre, community organizations, and trade unions marched in... solidarity with precarious immigrant workers and the "Fight for $15" campaign. The struggles of immigrant workers for migrant justice, against racism and broad workplace struggles that impact heavily immigrant workers for decent work and wages are critical for any renewal of working class politics in North America and beyond.

The world is still reeling as Donald Trump is turning his anti-immigrant rhetoric into reality, with a second attempt at implementing the ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries, pushing forward the expansion of the wall between Mexico and the United States, and increased deportations. Migration has become one of the most profound issues of our time, shaping contemporary politics in the advanced capitalist states in Europe and North America. Not only in the United States, but in the first two months of 2017, 1,134 migrants crossed from the U.S. into Canada in harsh conditions in order to claim refugee status as a result of the crackdown on migrants in the USA. It is critical for the Left to put forward a clear position of solidarity with migrants and open borders at this juncture, not only in order to pose a challenge to the far right's xenophobic agenda but also for building a working class movement for more radical social transformation.

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