iwp.ilo at ix.netcom.com
Thu Feb 15 00:05:56 MST 1996
> My fear is that Mexicans are becoming a entrenched,
>class in America. The possibility of extending full political
>these economic citizens of the U. S. is remote. Furthermore, and
>more importantly, you can't protect illegals with unions. If there
was a way
>to do so, I would be all for an open-border policy.
The debate in California about full rights to immigrants has
started. It isonly question of time and struggle. There are
already proposals to allow immigrants to vote in local elections.
On the other hand, *militant* unions may very well defend
immigrants against forced deportations and racism, provided
that they act militantly and defying any law to the contrary.
Nothing more that what they did to get unions to organize a 100
Moreover, the question of open borders is not a *revolutionary*
demand but a democraic one. So much that, at the beginning,
fre traders capitalist not only included free trade in goods but
also in labor in the form of free and massive immigration.
Now, however, it seems
>that organizing has to do its job on both sides of enforced legal
>before those boundaries can be disregarded. the important thing is
>Mexican people to get political and economic power. The ruling class
>Mexico (and south/central America generally) has to be the primary
>that effort. Illegal populations in the US, sending money home,
>much of a buffer for the oppressors at home. The people across the
>Grande should get our political support, not low-wage dollars from
> Ultimately their crisis has to be faced directly, otherwise the
>and the ruling classes of these countries will carry on an
>business of misery to suit themselves.
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