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

Policy to Block Migrants Hundreds of Miles from U.S. Borders

Feb 3, 2020

The U.S. is doubling down on its policies to prevent Central American migrants from reaching U.S. borders. Mexico is being forced to cooperate with the U.S. by threats of economic tariffs and other measures. Mexican security forces are being used as hired thugs of the U.S. government.

Recently a caravan of about 4,000 U.S.-bound migrants—mostly from Honduras and Guatemala—attempted to enter Mexico from Guatemala, more than 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. On January 18, Mexican National Guard troops forced hundreds of these migrants back into Guatemala after they had surged across a bridge toward the Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

Two days later, more than 1,000 of these migrants waded through a river into Mexico and were then driven back across the river.

Three days after this, about 1,000 of these migrants walked across the border at another location and started making their way toward the Mexican city of Tapachula. This time, they were surrounded and subdued by Mexican security forces and taken to detention centers for deportation back to the countries they had come from.

Mexican authorities brag about their success in turning back migrants in order to please the U.S. Officials here in the U.S. brag about their success in getting Mexican forces to do their bidding.

All this to perpetrate the lie that migrants are an enemy of U.S. workers, when in fact, they are part of the same working class we all belong to and are sometimes even relatives of our own families.