The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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

Trump Threatens Increased Deportations

Jun 24, 2019

Right as he was launching his 2020 re-election bid, Donald Trump tweeted out a threat to deport “millions” of immigrants. He announced a new planned raid for the weekend of June 23rd that would target undocumented families living in major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, and Miami.

Yet, Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security secretary objected that the agency doesn’t know the addresses of most of these families, doesn’t have the resources to carry out the raids, and even if they did, once Trump put out his tweet, those targeted know when they have to hide.

Trump knows he can’t deport “millions” right now. In fact, in 2018, the Trump administration deported 256,000 people, compared to 410,000 under Obama in 2012.

Trump calculates that he can win votes by harping on the supposed threat that immigrants pose, and acting tough against them.

In reality, workers born here and immigrants have the same enemy: bosses like Donald Trump! They’re the ones who pay as low as possible, move jobs wherever wages are lowest, and drum up nationalist and racist rhetoric to set us against each other.