May Day call to action: End the U.S. war on immigrants

first_imgAs May Day approaches, migrants and refugees in the U.S. and around the world remain in a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. President Donald Trump’s continued move to the right is exacerbating this situation.In the U.S., raids at courthouses and workplaces have increased. The National Guard has been sent to the southern border to further militarize the area. The U.S  attorney general has strengthened repressive legal measures to terrorize immigrant workers and divide the working class.Now more than ever, the struggles for migrant and refugee rights must be linked to the struggle against state police terror and to win workers’ rights.It is easy to turn away from the spectacle that is the Trump administration or to laugh Trump off as no more than a no-talent, orange clown in a cheap circus. But Trump is extremely dangerous. In league with an ultraright faction, he has made his administration into a militaristic, white supremacist regime.This has disastrous consequences for the workers and oppressed everywhere.  This must be fought tooth and nail.Hardline racist agendaThis month, Trump once again decreed his anti-immigrant agenda through a series of “Easter tweets,” in a nod to his white-supremacist “Christian nation” base. (CNN, April 5)He called for new laws to make it even harder for immigrants to obtain refugee status. He acquired a whopping $1.6 billion from a willing Congress to build his racist wall on the Mexican border — and demanded more. He asked right-wing governors to send their National Guard troops to the border. He also declared he would assign U.S. military troops to patrol there, though that action requires congressional approval by law.To fan the flames against immigrants, Trump again stated that immigration policies “have weakened the country” and “led to public safety risks.” (Washington Post, April 3) But that racist rhetoric is really a smokescreen to confuse white workers about where the real assault on their wages, health and education is coming from.For instance, the total estimated cost for Trump’s white-supremacist wall would be about $25 billion — money that could and should be earmarked instead for health care, teachers’ salaries, and other needs of working and oppressed people.The truth is that migration into the U.S. is at some of the lowest levels in years. The anti-immigrant climate that has grown since 2006 means fewer and fewer Mexican workers are coming into the U.S. while more are leaving to go back home.In early April, Trump verbally targeted a caravan of migrants who were travelling from Central America through Mexico, aiming to reach the Tijuana border. Covered on Fox News with fear mongering rhetoric, the caravan was portrayed as a horde of dangerous criminals “snaking” and sneaking their way into the U.S.Many such righteous caravans have made their way through Mexico for decades, as migrant rights advocates built support for the millions of displaced workers in the region. Every year, caravans travel throughout Mexico. They are not just for Central Americans but also for families in Mexico who have lost touch with their emigrating children or other relatives and are trying to find out what happened to them.These families do not know if their loved ones made it into the U.S. or are in detention. Perhaps they lost their lives riding “La Bestia” (The Beast), the freight train that migrants jump on to make their way north, and where hundreds fall to their deaths or lose limbs in the attempt.Trump specifically demonized a caravan organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders). Highlighting the concerns of Central Americans — many from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador — the caravan began with more than 1,000 people. The logistics of arranging transportation, food and accommodations on that scale shows the courage and determination of the movement for migrants in Mexico.Growing U.S. militarizationWhy are so many caravaning north? Not to do ill, as racists rant, but because U.S. militarism and imperialism have destabilized their homelands, destroyed their homes and taken away their livelihood. For example, Honduras has become the scene of widespread instability and repression since the 2009 coup, when the progressive regime of President Mel Zelaya was overturned. That illegal coup had U.S. fingerprints all over it, particularly those of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.For Trump and his ilk to deny the racism they aim at these migrants is calculated hypocrisy. To deny political asylum to the hundreds of refugees forced to flee their region is not only wrong — it is a death sentence.U.S. imperialism has militarized the beleaguered countries of Mexico and Central America, and now Trump aims to further militarize the U.S. border. Not the northern border with Canada, of course, but the U.S. border with Mexico.In the wake of Trump’s call for troops at the border, conservative governors from Arizona and Texas deployed their National Guard units (Newsweek, April 7), although still at numbers lower than called out under both Republican President George W. Bush and Democrat President Barack Obama. Arizona deployed 150 members and Texas promised 250. The total from all border states is predicted to reach 4,000 eventually.California Gov. Jerry Brown announced April 11 that he would send troops to the border. This is alarming, as the migrant rights movement has been very strong in California. That a so-called liberal governor felt the pressure to go along with reactionary governors shows the Trump anti-immigrant hype is gaining momentum. Brown’s announcement is also an example of how the Democrats continue to sell out immigrants and their advocates.Workplace raids increasingTrump’s summoning of the soldiers is meant to send a chill through migrants and activists alike. This follows other policies to terrorize the migrant and refugee community. On April 5, Trump issued a directive that U.S. immigration enforcement agencies cease any “catch and release” practices. In this degradingly nicknamed procedure, undocumented immigrants who had been arrested at the border were released while their cases were processed.In addition, the Department of Justice, run by archracist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will now set quotas for immigration judges in an effort to speed up deportations. According to National Public Radio, “to get a satisfactory rating on their performance evaluations, judges will be required to clear at least 700 cases a year and to have fewer than 15 percent of their decisions overturned on appeal.”Immigration lawyers criticized the plan. “Decisions in immigration court have life-or-death consequences and cannot be managed like an assembly line,” said Jeremy McKinney, secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. (NPR, April 3)Meanwhile, in what may be the biggest workplace raid under Trump’s assault, 97 people were taken into custody and processed for deportation or detention on April 7, following an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a Tennessee meat-processing plant.This follows synchronized ICE raids at over 100 7-Eleven stores in early January.  On one day alone, ICE agents stormed into 100 stores searching for undocumented workers. (Newsweek, Jan. 10)The ICE acting executive associate director boasted at the time that they were just getting started: “It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big, medium and small. … This is what we’re gearing up for this year, and what you’re going to see more and more of.”Nowhere to goImmigrants and refugees in the U.S. are living under a state of siege right now. Whether out shopping or going to religious services, whether in school, at court or at work, while driving or walking anywhere, migrants and their families are living in sheer terror. The risk of post-traumatic stress is real, especially among children of migrant families, with long-standing consequences.Migrants are forced to leave their homelands and migrate into the U.S. because of intolerable conditions, resulting directly from U.S. imperialist militarism. Only by shutting down this country’s predatory, racist system once and for all will this war on migrants end.May Day 2018 must once again be dedicated to the struggle of migrants and refugees — whether they come from Honduras or Haiti, Syria or Somalia.There are no borders in the workers’ struggle!Teresa Gutierrez is a longtime immigrant rights activist.Photos: Massive nationwide rallies in September 2017 defended immigrants, here in Los Angeles and Houston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

France: From state repression to state scandal

first_imgAlexandre Benalla (wearing a helmet), an “assistant” to President Macron’s chief of staff, intimidates a protester, while two passers-by film the incident.Paris, July 29 — In recent months, crackdowns on social movements in France have jumped several notches. The state of emergency, replaced in November 2017 by the Anti-Terrorism Act, has played a major role. But it is above all the multiplication of workers’ struggles, in many sectors of society, which underlies the expansion of police and military operations.Until very recently, visible opposition to President Emmanuel Macron came from the streets, the unions and the mobilized public, much more so than from the politicians and the media. Everything changed on July 18 with the eruption of the “Benalla affair.” Three days were enough to take the French presidential palace from the euphoria of the French soccer team’s victory at the football world cup to a political earthquake of unimaginable magnitude.The same media that had served as Macron’s war machine to get him elected head of state remind him today that his executive power is limited to that of carrying out the demands of the big capitalists. In Parliament, the shock caused by the “Benalla affair” has managed to unite the traditional right (the Republicans) and what I will call the “new right” (what remains of social democracy) alongside the parliamentary far left (Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Insoumise and the Communist Party) and the extreme right (former National Front, now National Rally) in generalized opposition to Macron.What is this “affair” about? On July 18, videos dating from May 1 began to circulate on the internet showing a man wearing a helmet — who turned out to be the assistant to Macron’s chief of staff, Alexandre Benalla — arresting and beating a young couple after the Workers’ Day demonstration in Paris.Benalla showed himself to be brutal — the very image of such repressive attacks — but even worse: He wore police insignia, although he is neither a police officer nor a soldier. He is only a bodyguard, bloodthirsty and a fighter, but much appreciated by Macron, who recruited him during his election campaign and then propelled him into his presidential cabinet.We then learn that Benalla, barely 26 years old and having received only on-the-job security training for the “Socialist” Party, was benefiting from the following privileges: ultrafast promotion, a comfortable salary, carrying weapons obtained by irregular procedures, allocation of an apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Paris.Some of these favors were clearly outrageous, including the authority to give orders to police and soldiers, the right to wear a law enforcement armband, free access to the National Assembly and “friendly contacts” with police officials who provided him with the surveillance video footage that implicated him. In addition, Macron’s cabinet claims to have immediately punished the perpetrator for his excessive zeal — without any trace of such a punishment. Indeed, Benalla continued to run with the president, collect his salary and hold onto his privileges.Campaign slogans promising an “exemplary Republic” gave way to suspicions that a parallel (illegal and “private”) police force obedient to the president had been created. Macron and his government — stunned — remained mute for several days in the face of demands for explanations from all sides.Ten hours of parliamentary battle were necessary for the opposition to suspend debate on constitutional reform (sought by Macron because it would give him even greater powers than the immense ones he already wields) and to form a commission of inquiry. The minister of the interior told this commission he knew nothing, while a parade of senior officials added that they knew little more.And for good reason: Everything was happening at the Elysée (presidential palace). It took a week (of chaos) before Macron intervened. He did it his way, provocatively, saying in substance: “I alone am responsible. And whoever would like to try, let them come get me!”Come get him? But those who know French political institutions know that the Constitution of the Fifth Republic strongly protects the president. What Macron is actually saying is that, as a little puppet of big finance, he will act forcefully to carry out the will of his capitalist masters in defiance of all counterpowers: Parliament, the media, popular demonstrations.Some nonparliamentary voices are demanding the French equivalent of Macron’s impeachment. Two motions of censure against the government were tabled in the National Assembly. The “Benalla affair,” which still hasn’t run its course, has profoundly — and opportunely — tar­nished Macron’s image at home and abroad. It is paving the way for the workers to resume in September, under better conditions, their struggle for social benefits.Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Men’s basketball falls short against UT

first_img + posts Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Linkedin Colin Post Colin Post ReddIt Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Twitter Colin Post Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedincenter_img printGuard Desmond Bane (1) shot just 4-13 against the Longhorns, hitting just one from behind-the arc. Photo courtesy of ending a six-game losing streak with a win over Kansas State Saturday, TCU men’s basketball returned to the loss column Wednesday night, falling 70-56 loss Texas.The loss seals a sweep of the season series by the Longhorns, as the Frogs fell to them at home in a one-point nail-biter on Jan. 29.While guard Desmond Bane led TCU with 13 points, his 4-for-13 shooting from the field was characteristic of the night the Frogs had. As a team, TCU shot just 24 percent in the second half and Bane missed all six of his second-half shots.Texas also forced 10 TCU turnovers on the night.The game remained close throughout the first half, as both teams shot over 57 percent. TCU was able to capitalize on six first-half assists from guard R.J. Nembhard and late Texas turnovers to take a 38-36 lead into the halftime break.Poor shooting cut all momentum the Frogs had, though, as they missed all ten of their second-half three-point attempts.A lone bright spot to the game for TCU had been center Kevin Samuel, who recorded his 15th-career double-double behind 11 points and 12 boards.The loss is TCU’s ninth in their last eleven games, and it doesn’t get any easier from hear for the squad.Three of the Frogs’ final five games are against teams that are currently ranked in the top 25.First up is No. 17 West Virginia, who comes to Schollmaier Arena on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. Colin Post Facebook Facebook Twitter Colin Post TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Previous articleWomen’s Basketball comes back to beat Kansas State, 54-52Next articleThe Skiff: Feb. 20, 2020 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athleticslast_img read more

Asset management roundup: UK, China regulators agree stock connect programme

first_imgUS asset manager MFS is seeking to grow distribution in ItalyUS asset manager MFS Investment Management has signed a partnership agreement with Deutsche Bank to aid its distribution strategy in Italy.The deal means Deutsche Bank’s network of financial advisers and private banks will have access to a number of Luxembourg-domiciled funds including US, European and global equity strategies as well as fixed income and multi-asset products.Andrea Baron, managing director for Italy at MFS, said: “This is an important step in achieving our ambitious growth aspirations in Italy as we deepen our relationships with our Italian client base.”MFS has $466.9bn in assets under management worldwide. UK and Chinese regulators have approved a scheme to enhance cross-border investing between the two countries.The Shanghai-London Stock Connect programme was set up by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) to provide investors and companies with improved access to the two markets. It was supported by the UK and Chinese governments, according to a joint press release issued today by the regulators.Investors will be able to buy Chinese companies depositary receipts issued via a separate segment of the LSE’s main market. Companies must have A-shares listed on the SSE’s main board. Premium listed UK companies will be able to apply for admission to the SSE’s main board.Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said: “This new scheme will deepen and strengthen connectivity between UK and China capital markets to the advantage of both countries. “We both believe in the positive contribution regulators can make in international capital markets, and the new co-operation we’re announcing today will be an important contributor to the success of the scheme.”The FCA and the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in a joint statement that the range of securities eligible for the stock connect programme could grow depending on market demand.The Shanghai Stock Exchange has a total market cap of CNY31.7trn (€4.1trn) across all its indices, according to its website.DWS to sell hedge fund businessIndependent asset manager Alma Capital has agreed to buy DWS’ €2bn hedge funds business.Six institutional funds will be transferred to Alma Capital as part of the deal, the manager said in a statement released on 14 June. The deal will more than double Alma Capital’s existing assets under management of “near $2bn” (€1.8bn), according to the firm’s website.The funds are built by DWS but managed by third-party asset managers, either as single manager strategies of funds of hedge funds.Subject to regulatory approval, the funds will be transferred to Alma Capital in the second half of this year.In addition, specialist alternatives investment group EnTrust Global has upped its stake in Alma Capital to 25%. EnTrust in turn is owned by Legg Mason (65%) and its chairman and CEO Gregg Hymowitz (35%).MFS strikes Italian distribution deal last_img read more