By Travis Morales
On November 25, U.S. Border Patrol agents fired tear gas across the border into Tijuana, Mexico at a peaceful protest of 500 Central American refugees from the “migrant caravan,” who were demanding the U.S. speed up the asylum process, a right under U.S. and international law. The U.S shot tear gas at hundreds of babies, children, and parents, shot tear gas at starving human beings fleeing poverty, government repression, and gang violence, shot tear gas at desperate human beings who deserve aid and compassion.
For weeks, 6,000 Central American migrants and refugees from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have been held in a stadium turned refugee camp in Tijuana, Mexico. Many traveled 2,500 miles in caravans, many walking, fleeing violence, poverty, and repression produced by U.S. domination at home, to apply for asylum at the U.S. border. Why? A refugee with her two- and five-year-old children told a reporter from the Washington Post: “We’re fleeing death. They killed my aunt, and I can’t even tell you the rest right now, but I’m scared.”
As one watches scenes of tear gas shot at people fleeing for their lives from the U.S. with helicopters flying overhead like so many U.S. invasions around the world, anyone with a heart has to think, “What kind of world is this? What kind of system would do this? What will it take to stop this kind of treatment of people?” In the words of Bob Avakian, leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party, “Revolution, Nothing Less!” The world does not have to be this way. We could bring a whole new and better world into being by millions of people making a revolution to overthrow and dismantle the capitalist/imperialist system that creates havoc and misery all over the world.
To paraphrase, “Bob Avakian’s Answer to People Who Complain About Immigrants Crossing Borders,” give up every parasitic benefit you get from everything that has caused these immigrants to do this in the first place. Then, come back and see if you want to complain. You can’t have it both ways. You want to have all the plunder and all the destruction and all the disruption and all the upheaval that your system causes, all the exploitation including of little children, all around the world which wreaks havoc in these countries and then you want to complain when people come here. No, you cannot have it both ways. (See the entire answer and the entire film, “Why We Need an Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution” at https://bit.ly/2roznJd)
Why is Trump demonizing and criminalizing our sisters and brothers, threatening to shoot immigrants at the border? Why did Trump threaten, “This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
The attacks on immigrants are the linchpin and battering ram to consolidate a fascist America. The Trump/Pence regime is moving rapidly to change how this U.S. capitalist/imperialist system of worldwide oppression and exploitation is governed and use open terror, violence, White supremacy, hatred of women, xenophobia, and naked dictatorship. And they must be stopped by millions taking to the streets in non-violent protest to drive them from power.
For tens of millions with white supremacy in their veins, this country’s “identity” as a “white Christian nation” is viewed as under attack by the rising number of dark-skinned immigrants. The fascist Trump/Pence regime has launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the millions of immigrants in this country. “Make America Great Again” means “Make America White Again.” The Trump/Pence regime is creating an anti-immigrant hysteria in which no crime is unthinkable.
The attacks on immigrants at the border and throughout the country must be stopped as part of the struggle to drive the Trump/Pence regime from power and the preparation for a revolution to bring a better world into being.
Which side are you on? Let the immigrants in. Trump and Pence Must Go!
Travis Morales is a longtime revolutionary communist and is on the Steering Committee of RefuseFascism.org NYC. RefuseFascism.org has one unifying goal: This Nightmare Must End, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!