The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A Wall to Divide the Working Class

Feb 6, 2017

Donald Trump promises to build a “great, great wall on our southern border” to keep out undocumented immigrants coming from Mexico.

Trump wants workers in this country to blame immigrants for the loss of better paying jobs. But the immigrants are not the reason those jobs have disappeared – the bosses like Trump are. They’re the ones speeding workers up, contracting out jobs at half the pay, and using new technologies to get us to do more and more for less pay.

The Obama administration already built a huge wall along much of the border, vastly increased the border patrol, and deported 2.5 million people – the most of any president, ever. But this did not help workers born here – just the opposite.

Because they don’t have a legal status, the undocumented immigrants are forced to accept low wages and terrible working conditions. This is what allows the bosses to use these immigrant workers to lower the standard of living of the entire working class. That’s why it’s in every worker’s interest for everyone in this country to have full legal rights.

Keeping immigrants out or deporting them will not help workers born in this country. It will take a fight of the working class, including immigrant workers, against our real enemies, the bosses, to improve our situation.