Please understand that I’ve learned from some of the Café commentariat in the past that you approve of the term ‘illegal aliens’, and understand what ‘the Wall’ might mean for Amerikan jobs, better wages, and such. I’m more of a world citizen than a US-centric one, and believe that all of those globally oppressed by capital are my extended family, within reason, of course. Given that, and the history of the world under capitalist conquest, including the current proxy wars via NATO, US drug policy wars, NAFTA and all it meant to the indigenous in Chiapas and Mexico, ‘green capitalism carbon-trading’, genetically modified food and its partners RoundUp-ready poisons, decreasing food sovereignty in the global south, the modern eugenics movement, Native American genocide and slavery, and so on, understand why the concept of ‘illegal alien’ carries no weight with me.
Recently I was advised at another website that I always saw ‘racism in my soup’ (it might have been directed at two others on the comment thread, but considering from whom it came, I doubt it). In my attempt to respond to those charges to the room at large, I’d mentioned both the permitted land grabs in Africa by Euro nations, and in the global south by Maximillian I, friend of Bonparte, and other Imperialist proxies further south. ‘The other’ expendables were always the non-compradors, egalitarian peasants who were tied to the land, but were rousted by their capitalist overlords and the comprador classFrom wsws.org:
“A CNN poll released March 17 shows that 90 percent of Americans believe the government should give immigrants who have lived and worked in the US for a number of years the right to apply for US citizenship, including 84 percent of Trump voters. The total percent opposed to such a proposal has fallen by half since 2014.
This statistic explodes the narrative advanced by Trump, the corporate media, the Democratic Party and the upper-middle class “left” groups orbiting the Democrats, which claims that a racist, backward white working class is fueling Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign. The 90 percent figure is all the more remarkable since it comes in the wake of a decades-long bipartisan campaign to scapegoat immigrants for the social and economic crisis.
The CNN poll also shows that 60 percent of Americans believe the government’s top immigration priority should be ensuring undocumented immigrants have the right to remain in the US. This compares with just 13 percent who say the government should prioritize deportation, and 26 percent who say the US should stop immigrants from entering the US without documents.
These numbers have increased significantly within the last two years. In September 2015, 46 percent of respondents said the government should prioritize defending the rights of immigrants.”
London parses the demographics, then cites:
‘A second poll from the Pew Research Center titled “Americans express increasingly warm feelings toward religious groups” was published in February 2017. According to the poll, Muslims and atheists are the two groups whose popularity is growing most substantially. Compared with three years ago, Americans are more tolerant of members of every religious group except evangelical Christians, whose popularity did not increase.
The Pew report notes that growing acceptance of Muslims in particular is due to a 7 percent increase in the percentage of people who personally know a Muslim person.”
He doesn’t name the polling firms that found:
- 62 percent oppose the building of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
- 77 percent believe undocumented immigrants are “less likely” or “about as likely” to commit crimes than US citizens.
- 68 percent oppose suspending all immigration of Syrian refugees to the US.
Polling on deporting those with ‘criminal records’ gets fuzzy, especially due to fact that ‘a criminal record’ might be a bust for being in the US illegally, which London likely knew, but failed to note.
He closes with:
“That Trump’s attempts to whip-up anti-immigrant hysteria have so far failed to gain broad support does not reduce the danger posed by his program. Trump and his advisors are attempting to build support for a fascist movement aimed at channeling growing social tensions against immigrants in order to prosecute the financial aristocracy’s plans for war abroad and social counterrevolution domestically.
The Democratic Party, which passed the laws used to deport millions, has largely accepted Trump’s xenophobic program and has only opposed him on the basis of a mixture of anti-Russian nationalism and the identity politics of the affluent upper-middle class. In their right-wing campaign, the Democrats are establishing the conditions in which a fascistic movement may take root. Only the working class, organized independently of both parties in a common struggle for social equality, is capable of protecting the rights of immigrants.”
To his framing of Democrats on deportation, HuffPo’s ‘Sanctuary City Movement Highlights Barack Obama’s Complicated Immigration Legacy ‘
“But when Obama took office, his administration pressed local authorities to hand over arrested undocumented immigrants whom ICE identified under a new information-sharing program called “Secure Communities.” Designed by the George W. Bush administration and implemented nationally by Obama, the program required local law enforcement officers to share fingerprints of people they arrested with ICE. Contrary to initial expectations, the Obama administration said cooperation was mandatory.”
Obama scrapped the program in 2014, more on that is below.
“Even the sanctuary city jurisdictions that confronted Obama most forcefully over the last eight years usually framed their logic as a rebellion against federal overreach or the misuse of limited local police resources, rather than as a problem with the president himself. Obama, likewise, struggled to square his image as a champion of reform with his administration’s efforts to expand a program widely reviled within his party that helped him deport record numbers of undocumented immigrants.”
Were his policies that ‘widely reviled’ among Democrats? In any event, the author seems to enjoy the New Enlightenment of Dems having said at the top:
“Of course, Trump’s election has given the sanctuary cities movement added urgency, casting municipalities as underdogs and prodding pro-reform Democrats to adopt positions more consistent with the views of the immigrant rights advocates they’ve long claimed to represent”.
“So many Democratic-led cities have publicly affirmed or expanded their pro-immigrant sanctuary policies over the last two months in response to Trump’s election that it seems the issue is rapidly becoming a consensus position within the party. The movement has spread to universities, which insist that ICE stay off campuses, and has reinforced reformers’ engagement with churches that offer sanctuary to migrants facing deportation.”
“As long as we live in a country where liberals are going to violently attack anyone who disagrees with them, what is the point of polling? The left’s recent eruptions of rage, lies and fascistic violence has resulted in a populace where no one wants to upset the little darlings. We may as well admit that in the current environment, public policy polls are useless,” said Coulter.
Is Coulter referencing the ‘antifa-punchers’ in NYC and the rioting and physical violence directed at Trump supporters at UC Berkeley where Milo Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak? I reckon so; that sucked. But OTOH, where I start with polling is that they’re almost all push polls to begin with, and er…CNN and Herr Trump have a hella lot of enmity going on between them.
Yeppers; Herr Hair had ‘wondered aloud’ on Twitter if his administration should withhold federal funds to UCB, as he’s personally threatened to do to Sanctuary Cities.
And goddess smack me for showing you his photo on purpose:
Back to the HuffPo report on Sanctuary Cities. Apparently some 447 (more maps at NYT link) jurisdictions met that threshold as of last month, according to a report by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, titled “Searching for Sanctuary. (pdf)” More than 150 others exceeded it.
“This map is based on data collected by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, specifically looking at jurisdictions that limit how much the local police cooperate with requests from federal authorities to hold immigrants in detention.
The center found at least 633 counties with these policies, noting that the Center believes that county policies are more relevant than municipal ones in the debate over immigration enforcement.”
From Unicorn Riot:
“In late February, Unicorn Riot dispatched a small media team intent on learning more about the ongoing border crisis to the desert borderlands of Arizona in the southwest United States. While there, we learned how the new Trump regime’s policies were impacting the local community. We saw police pepper spray an immigrant rights protest in the streets of Tucson, and went to the remote areas of the Sonora Desert to witness “water drops” left in hopes of saving lives.
We met organizers with LUPE Tucson, a grassroots immigrant rights organization which has existed since 2015. They told us that many of the migrants trying to cross into the United States consist of indigenous people coming from various areas of South America, and how the United States policies are complacent in what the LUPE organizers call an ongoing refugee crisis caused by US foreign policy.
We also followed humanitarian aid workers from an organization called No More Deaths through the remote Sonora Desert as they left water for migrants in what are called “water drops”. No More Deaths volunteers explained their work providing aid to migrants lost in the borderlands because of the Border Patrol’s policy of “Prevention Through Deterrence”, which forces migrants into the remote desert where many lose their lives because they are unable to afford crossing a safer way.
Here is our mini-documentary on what we learned.” (22 minutes, 1080p)
Consider Tom Mackaman’s ‘Trump’s anti-immigrant orders and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850’, wsws.org
“The infamous Fugitive Slave Act, or the “bloodhound law” as the abolitionists called it, enlisted local police in the North as agents of the slave owners by imposing a $1,000 penalty on any law enforcement official who did not arrest an alleged runaway slave, based on as little as an affidavit of ownership from a Southern court. The law precluded the arrested individual, now bound for deportation to slavery, from having a jury trial or being able to testify on his or her own behalf in court. Its specific intent was to prevent cities and towns in northern states from providing sanctuary to runaway slaves and absorbing them into the growing wage-earning working class.” [snip]
“Like the Fugitive Slave Act, Trump’s executive orders target so-called “sanctuary cities,” where local authorities extend a modicum of social services to undocumented workers and their children, or turn a blind eye to their presence. Like their antebellum precursor, Trump’s orders dragoon local authorities into the apprehension of immigrants, threaten punishment to anyone who would assist immigrants, and deny the apprehended due process.”
Mackaman then includes a longish passage on the parallel of the (largely disregarded by commentators) to both the Fugitive Slave Act and Trump’s anti-immigrant orders: the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, which spawned the FSA due to the issue of expanding ‘slave states’ (or not) during James K. Polk’s administration. Westward Ho Cotton Plantations!
During the Great Depression FDR had targeted Mexicans for deportation who had been divided from Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; as WWII broke out, the Bracero Program reversed the quaint policy in order to harness a mass wage slave labor force of ‘guest workers’.
“The end of the Bracero Program in 1964, combined with the dispossession of the massive Mexican peasantry owing to the “Green Revolution” organized by US banks and agribusiness in collusion with the Mexican elite, fueled a large-scale labor migration. Driven from the land, their subsistence agriculture replaced by cash-crop agricultural export industries, the Mexican and Central American peasantry has been incorporated, in all but name, into the American working class.
Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, like the Fugitive Slave Act, are an attempt to strike out against history and prevent a gathering revolutionary threat. They will prove no more successful.”
From your fonts to the gods’ ears, Mr. Mackaman, and thanks for the great history lesson.
Meanwhile, the fate of Herr T’s second travel ban is an evolving story; judges in at least two states have suspended it. SCOTUS nomine Neil (son of Ann) Gorsuch apparently side-stepped questions on the travel ban in his confirmation hearings.