The Spark

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

Attacking immigrants to divide and rule the whole working class

Jan 7, 2008

On January 1, a new Arizona law passed by Democrats and Republicans alike was supposed to take effect, making it illegal for bosses to “knowingly” hire immigrants without papers.

Today, every facet of workers’ lives – wages, hours, working conditions, medical care and benefits, pensions, job security, cost of living – every facet is under concerted attack from the entire corporate world.

But – according to the politicians – “legal” workers are supposed to blame all their problems on “illegal” workers.

When workers are killed in coal mines cited over and over for safety violations, where were these same politicians? Helping the mine owners hide! When a construction scaffold breaks, or a trench caves in, and workers are killed, where are the politicians? Helping the boss hide so he can get more work out the next day!

When the working poor need a big increase in the minimum wage, where are the politicians? Putting every increase off as long as possible and then granting pennies when dollars are needed! When workers’ children need regular ordinary medical care, where are the politicians? Protecting the drug companies and the big for-profit hospitals.

If the politicians did nothing but strictly enforce the existing labor laws – as weak as they are – applying to wages, hours and working conditions, then the bosses would need to hire many more workers, more than all those unemployed today.

Instead, the politicians do the bosses’ dirty work, trying to divide the working class, while pretending to be the friend of some of the workers. Two-faced to the core!