By Duane Campbell
Over 1,500 marchers from around California descended on the Capitol on Wednesday March 15, to support the passage of SB 54: The California Values Act, which would significantly prohibit local law enforcement from coordination with federal immigration agents. While many cities, counties, school districts and universities have sanctuary policies, this bill would make such policies state law and shield many immigrants from mass deportation efforts of the federal authorities. The bill is strongly opposed by the Association of County Sheriffs who manage county jails and receive federal funds for their cooperation.
By Duane Campbell
There has been a significant discussion of whether the Sanders campaign is sufficiently active in recruiting people of color. Typically, writers make assertions about Black voters, and then go on to say “and Latino voters.” Matt Bruenig at Demos reviews some of this in his June 3 blog post. Latinos make up about 8 % of the total national vote and are concentrated in several swing states.
As socialists we need to be more critical and better informed than liberals on discussions of race. Certainly if the vote is between Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, or Donald Trump, the choices issues of black and Latino voters will be similar. But, in the Democratic primaries between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, we need some more light shed upon how the two candidates differ.
|Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. (AP/Eduardo Verdugo)|
As expected, a Republican judge, Andrew Hanen of Texas, on the night of Feb. 1, temporarily blocked the first of several programs President Obama announced in November to offer work permits and a three-year reprieve from deportation to more than four million immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and who have no criminal record. The decision is temporary and was immediately appealed by the Obama Administration. It will probably be overturned. All are urged to continue to prepare for their application. The temporary decision has no effect on DACA applications. For updates go to the SEIU site: http://iAmerica.org -- Editors
By David Bacon
In an escalating dispute with President Barack Obama, Republican members of the United States House of Representatives have passed a bill which will cut any funding to the Department of Homeland Security for suspending the deportation of undocumented people.
In December the President ordered the department, beginning this spring, to defer the deportation of undocumented immigrants with U.S.-born children (who are thus U.S. citizens).
A previous Obama order suspended the deportation of young people without documents, brought to the U.S. as children.
The Republican bill would rescind both orders.
Below we post David Bacon’s excellent piece on the current crisis of refugee children along the U.S./Mexico border and the manipulation of the events in the press by right wing media sources. Bacon offers some short term and long term policy alternatives for the nation. To get a view of the crisis in its broad context we recommend the short video, Destroy Their Economic Livelihood and They Will Come, by Jeff Faux on the Real News Network. Here.
By David Bacon
Journalist Laura Carlsen, writing from Mexico City, has published on the Americas Program website an important article about the way the U.S. media covers the migration of children to the U.S. Child Migrants and Media Half-Truths. Carlsen raises key questions - the cause of the displacement that leads to migration, and the way the story of migrating children is used for political purposes in the debate over immigration policy.
by Harold Meyerson
The winner in last Tuesday's mind-boggling defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor wasn't just David Who? (Actually, David Brat.) It also was gridlock — for the remainder of this congressional session, and the next one, and probably for a number of years beyond that.
Brat's victory is almost certain to push the Republican Party to the right on the very issue that will cement the Democrats' hold on the White House: immigration. It's not that Cantor's alleged squishiness on the undocumenteds was the only issue in play; there were many reasons why Brat prevailed. One of them, surely, had to be voters' almost pan-ideological revulsion at the congressional leadership. Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, also attacked Cantor for his consistent defense of Wall Street. "All the investment banks in New York and D.C. — those guys should have gone to jail," Brat said at a tea party rally last month. "Instead of going to jail, they went on Eric's Rolodex, and they are sending him big checks."
The Fight for Economic and Social Justice
By Michael Hirsch
Next Steps in Immigration Reform
As talk of immigration reform dominated the new Congress, Duane Campbell conducted separate interviews with DSA Honorary Chair Eliseo Medina (former secretary treasurer of SEIU and former Executive Board member of the United Farm Workers) and immigrant rights activist Alma Lopez.
From November 12 until December 2, 2013, Medina and hundreds more participated in a Fast for Families, setting up tents on the Washington Mall to engage the nation and Congress in issues of immigration reform. Politicians, union leaders, community activists, and faith leaders, from Jim Wallace of Sojourners to Barack Obama, stopped by to talk, listen, and provide support. Medina fasted for twenty-two days, taking only water.
Here, Medina explains the need for broad coalitions and public education.--Ed.
Catherine Tactaquin Speaking at the 2013 DSA National Convention
“I think the question of immigration is actually a great window to look through in terms of the task that the Left and I think all progressives have. . . . Comprehensive immigration reform basically is a package deal of compromises that was cobbled together, a lot by the leadership of the Democratic Party, based on focus groups on what the bottom line is that the public will support and endorse, and frankly has a lot of bad stuff in it. Unfortunately that’s what’s on the table now. …
Harvest of Empire, a History of Latinos in America: Interview with Democracy Now! Co-Host Juan Gonzalez
Journalist Juan González, author of the book and film Harvest of Empire, tells Patricia Rodríguez how US government actions and US corporate behavior in Latin America have impelled many Latinos to leave home.