The Spark

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

Deporter in Chief:
2,000,000 Tossed Out

Apr 14, 2014

The two millionth person is about to be deported under President Obama. This number far exceeds the number deported under President George W. Bush. Obama makes a pretext of being on the immigrants’ side, but his actions speak louder than his words.

Obama has repeatedly justified all the deportations as part of a drive to make the border secure. Yet almost half the deportations are far away from the border, often in northern states like Illinois. Unlike Obama’s claim that they are dangerous criminals, two thirds have committed only minor offenses, including traffic violations, and many have committed no crime except being undocumented.

Everyone in this country needs full legal rights. It’s right and necessary for the immigrants, most of whom are fleeing poverty created by U.S. corporations. And it’s necessary to prevent the bosses from using immigration to attack workers already here. But that’s not Obama’s goal. Whatever he says, he is on the bosses’ side. And his actions as “deporter in chief” prove that once again.