[Marxism] Dozens of Latino workers forced out of jobs at NJ plant

aaron amaral amaral1871 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 23:01:37 MDT 2006


On 4/26/06, Fred Feldman <ffeldman at bellatlantic.net> wrote:
...
> The fact is that I think a savage counteroffensive is being launched
> against the deep threat posed by the massive immigration demos to
> political and labor stability.  And we should have this in mind also
> with the  ruthless attack being carried out against the TWU in New York,
> including local 200 President Toussaint.
>
> They are determined to force the undocumented-- and other immigrants as
> well -- back into silence.  They have no plans to get rid of them --
> they need their labor.  But they want them cowed and at the bottom.  All
> signs are that this attack will escalate.  The threats to social and
> labor passivity are being met with brutal force that is aimed at sending
> a message to all concerned.

I am wholly in solidarity with Fred's sentiment and emphatically, as
to the above,  with his analysis. All of which makes the next steps of
the movement soooo crucial. I think that any hesitation in deploying
the full tactical and strategic strength of immigrant labour and their
supporters in the broader labour, social movements is setting us all
up for a serious hammering. Those who are trying to hold the movement
back - in all sorts of ways - by calling for a go slow approach while
we wait for Kennedy et.al. to front for the Republican Senate
leadership will have to answer ( we should hope) for what follows.

The administration is really pushing to complete legislation by
Memorial Day, the shape of which is almost certain to be frightening:
a minimal guest worker programme with a major emphasis on border
security and enforcement. And so after the legislation is passed...I
refer people to the recent Halliburton contract for $350 million for
new immigration detention centers ( see below). As if the connection
to the war on terror needed to be made any clearer (and BTW, where is
UFPJ as far as endorsing May 1???)

Our class enemies may see the stakes and the possibilities even more
clearly than we do...

-Aaron A.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 — The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a
contract worth up to $385 million for building temporary immigration
detention centers to Kellogg Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary
that has been criticized for overcharging the Pentagon for its work in
Iraq...


<http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/04/national/04halliburton.html?ex=1296709200&en=0172899afda059e4&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss>

 .....

Senate "compromise" would keep immigrants as second-class citizens
Playing politics with immigrants' lives

WILL A Democratic "compromise" revive Corporate America's plans to
create a guest-worker program that consigns immigrants to second-class
citizenship--plus meet the right wing's goal of further militarizing
the U.S.-Mexican border?

That's the aim of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who in mid-April backed a failed
deal on immigration "reform" legislation negotiated by Republican
Sens. Chuck Hagel and Bob Martinez.

<http://www.socialistworker.org/2006-1/586/586_03_Immigration.shtml>




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