Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Call to Fight: Socialists in Mexico Against Deportations

As Trump prepares his new cabinet to take office in January, the Movimiento de Trabajadores Socialistas (Socialist Workers’ Movement) based in Mexico has launched an extensive anti-deportation campaign that calls for workers, women and youth in both the US and Mexico to confront this attack together.

Sergio Moissen

December 4, 2016
Facebook Twitter Share

Image from La Izquierda Diario

During his two terms, Barack Obama deported 2.9 million people and promoted a veritable industry run on the criminalization of immigrants: security companies, private prisons, prison services, and the utilization of what amounts to slave labor by people locked up in detention centers. Women and children are subjected to arbitrary detainment for merely requesting asylum.

Obama has fostered the criminalization, persecution and discrimination of immigrants, while promising an immigration reform that never materialized. The most “radical” changes, which end up dividing immigrants, were the executive actions to postpone deportations and grant work permits to DREAM-ers and their parents–who make up less than half of undocumented immigrants.

This has led to precarious conditions for immigrant workers, who produce 11 percent of the United States GDP and earn the lowest wages. As a sector of the US working class, they play an essential role in agricultural production, construction and services such as gardening, hotel and food.

This systematic attack against immigrants is used by big capital to increase worker exploitation. Harsher working conditions are imposed on a particular sector and the rest of the workers are threatened with unemployment if they refuse to accept lower wages, rotating shifts, longer workdays and reduced or no benefits. If black and white workers reject these conditions, they are blackmailed with the possibility of immigrants accepting them–divide and rule, the perverse policy of multinational corporations.

The implementation of NAFTA and the removal of tariffs on numerous products–in addition to the fact that industries in Mexico pay the lowest wages in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)–has made Mexico especially attractive to multinational corporations. Countless industrial parks have been set up throughout the country, employing a significant part of the Mexican working class today. Meanwhile, factories have closed down down along the US Rust Belt.

In a context of global economic slowdown and drop in international trade, Donald Trump has appointed a racist, misogynistic, homophobic anti-semite as chief strategist and a racist who promoted the border fencing strategy in the US Senate as Attorney General. Trump intends to intensify Obama’s policies by carrying out massive deportations in a shorter period.

He also insists on the construction of the border wall (started in 1994 under Clinton), which he intends to fund by remittances from immigrant workers used to sustain millions of families in the poorest regions in the interior of Mexico.
Businesses south of the border have announced that the maquiladoras are ready to receive workers, newly deported from the US. Of course, with low wages and precarious work conditions at their disposal, the bosses never lose, and they are already making plans to benefit from the crisis. The multinational executives’ thirst for profit is more evident than ever.

We must organize resistance against deportations and precarious work

From 2015 to 2016, a wave of struggles for wage increases, the right to free unionization and against sexual abuse shook the maquiladora industry of Ciudad Juárez at Eaton, Foxconn and other factories. Struggles were also organized by the the super-exploited laborers of Driscoll and other agribusinesses.

The most exploited sectors of the working class rose up against precarious work conditions like low wages, exhausting workdays and the prohibition of freely choosing your union or even having one.

Meanwhile, in the US, fast food and retail workers launched the Fight for 15 campaign to increase the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. In solidarity with the mass movement in Mexico, the youth and workers of the multi-ethnic US working class took up the rallying cry, “They took them alive! We want them back alive!” for the return of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa. And during the tremendous struggle against Peña Nieto’s education reform, voices were raised throughout the US in support of the teachers and students.

Today, a significant part of the US population is against the deportations and the wall, especially in border states like California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Since Trump’s election on November 8, anti-Trump protests have been organized in colleges and all major cities including Chicago, New York, Oakland, D.C., and Los Angeles. Teachers and students have taken part in these protests. Sanctuary states like New York, Chicago, Washington, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Seattle, which provide protection to immigrants, have also indicated that they will not carry out deportations.

The resistance is beginning to take shape. But it must grow under the banner of the unity of workers, women and youth on both sides of the Río Bravo.

For this reason, the Movimiento de Trabajadores Socialistas in Mexico is calling all human rights and immigrants’ rights organizations, cultural, social and political associations, left and women’s rights organizations, as well as collectives, unions, public figures, artists and intellectuals to come together to promote a large bi-national campaign in Mexico and the United States against deportations and precarious work conditions.

We also denounce the subordination of the Mexican government, which has responded with subservient announcements that it will facilitate the return of our countrymen and women who are deported from the US.
It is our relatives, friends, brothers and sisters who are at risk of being deported.

It is the entire working class–both in the United States and Mexico–whose working and living conditions are jeopardized by the US government’s anti-immigrant policies and impending economic isolationism, while multinationals prepare to reap even greater benefits from their exploitation.

In Mexico in particular, we are calling unions that consider themselves part of the opposition to be at the forefront of this campaign, like the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Teachers’ Federation [CNTE]), the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and the Congreso Nacional Indígena (National Indigenous Congress), which comprises a significant part of the indigenous communities struggling against their dispossession.

Facebook Twitter Share

Latin America

Argentinians hold green bandanas as part of the "Green Wave" for abortion rights

Why We Wear Green Bandanas for Abortion Rights

The green bandana has become a symbol of the movement for safe, legal, and free abortion. Here, an Argentinian feminist explains its origins.

Celeste Murillo

May 18, 2022
Riot police and demonstrators clash during a protest in Lima on Tuesday against President Castillo.

Peru’s ‘Progressive’ President Sends the Police to Repress Popular Mobilizations

Protests against the rising cost of living have shaken Peru. The crisis demonstrates the dead end of “anti-neoliberal” figures like President Pedro Castillo and parties who try to administer the capitalist state.

Robert Belano

April 9, 2022

Forty Years since Thatcher’s War Against Argentina — Lessons for Today

On April 5, 1982, the British government of Margaret Thatcher sent an armada into the South Atlantic. The war against Argentina ended with a defeat for the world working class. The results highlight why, for Marxists, anti-imperialism remains central to liberation.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 5, 2022

The Mexican Government and the Cartels: Colluding in Service of U.S. Imperialism

U.S. imperialism is to blame for the spiraling violence between drug traffickers and the armed forces in Mexico. The government of AMLO is following drug and security policies imposed by Washington.

Pablo Oprinari

March 28, 2022


The Kids Are Alright: Meet the 17 Year Olds That Want to Unionize Starbucks

They haven't finished high school yet, but they are already fighting to organize the first union at Starbucks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Driven by the unionization wave sweeping the country, two 17-year-olds are organizing with their coworkers through a chat called "Union Babes" and fighting the company's union-busting campaigns.

Police office crouches behind a riot shield which reads "Shelby Township Police"

BLM Leader In Court to Challenge Racist and Retaliatory Charges

A Detroit leader of the Black Lives Matter movement is set to appear in court to challenge racist and retaliatory felony charges for marching to demand the firing of a Chief of Police who called BLM protestors “subhuman” and said they belonged in “body bags”.

Somali troops stand in formation during a graduation ceremony after being trained by U.S. forces in Mogadishu on Aug. 17, 2018.

Biden Is Expanding U.S. Military Intervention in Somalia

President Biden recently approved an order to send hundreds of troops to Somalia. This move serves the interests of U.S. imperialism by taking advantage of the very political instability it helped create.

Sam Carliner

May 20, 2022
Semi-empty store shelf with a few cans of baby formula.

The Baby Formula Shortage Is a Capitalist Crisis of Social Reproduction

The baby formula shortage is a consequence of capitalism and a crisis of social reproduction. Formula should not be commodified and sold — it should be free and a basic right for all parents.