Refugee Caravan SMASH ALL BORDERS
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 9:16AM
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CHICAGO, November 25—At a solidarity event here to support of the thousands of refugee workers at the U.S.-Mexico border, Progressive Labor Party denounced the hypocrisy of the liberal wing of the ruling class.
 Immigrant workers are met with vicious racist attacks while attempting to cross state borders. by the bosses’ border agents shut down ports of entry entirely and they fire tear gas canisters at children when the workers resist.
As the crises of capitalism continue to intensify, so too do opportunities to win more workers away from ideas of reforming the profit system and more towards the goal of destroying it. A multiracial group of communists brought the message of international communist revolution as the only real way to abolish the bosses’ racist borders and liberate the entire working class!
Communist speech shatters liberal illusions
The official title of the solidarity event was “Let Them All In,” and was organized through the coalition efforts of various leftist and immigrant reform organizations. Inside the art gallery where the event kicked off, the varying political lines clashed to the point to where they lacked a coherent political message. Pacifist songs and poems collided with Latin nationalism and flag-waving collided with fake leftist politics.
As people began filing out of the art gallery to begin the march a nearby intersection, a PL’er took to the bullhorn and gave a communist speech that verbally tore apart liberal illusions about how to achieve justice for and with sisters and brothers.
“You can’t vote away ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]! Workers already tried that. The liberal politicians campaigned on ‘abolishing ICE’ and then dropped it as soon as they got elected!”
Time and time again, capitalism and its government have proven itself to be a failure for the working class.
“If you’re really for the abolition of ICE, if you’re for the abolition of the police, if you’re for the abolition of this fascist state, then you better get ready for revolution!”
Haiti and France are currently demonstrating that collective worker fightback is a far more advanced idea than the bosses-approved strategy of voting (see page 4 and 8).
Some participants present were visibly taken aback by the comrade’s speech; others got fired up and came up to take Party literature and join in on anti-racist, anti-capitalist chants The experience reinforced the importance of being bold as a Party and broadcasting our Party line to the masses.
For every person who speaks out against revolutionary internationalism, there is another person who may be drawn to a mass revolutionary communist line as the only way to end this capitalist hell.
After the PL’er’s speech, we helped politically lead the march with international chants towards a plaza at a nearby intersection. We distributed over 100 copies of a Party leaflets attacking anti-immigrant racism as well as dozens of
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A hotbed for racist anti-immigrant attacks
The bosses’ racist anti-immigrant attacks in and around Chicago itself raise the potential for militant working-class fightback. Recently, we have witnessed a spike in raids, deportations, and abuse of immigrant children in the area:
In May of this year, a blitzkrieg of raids initiated by ICE that lasted six days saw over 156 arrests of immigrant workers in Chicago and surrounding Cook County. The majority of those arrested came from Mexico and Central America, but those also included workers from countries such as Jamaica, the Philippines, Ecuador, and Jordan (Center for Immigration Studies, 5/29).
The Gary-Chicago International Airport in nearby Indiana has become a major hub for deporting arrested immigrant workers from the region. Between 2013 and 2017, busloads of workers have arrived weekly, with over 12,000 having been deported from the site (Chicago Sun-Times, 7/6).
Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based liberal philanthropy organization, have received contracts from the federal government to operate over nine “shelters” in the area for immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents. There have been consistent allegations of abuse and neglect from the children at these sites, including forced medicating and sexual assault (ProPublica, 7/27).
Workers have in fact organized responses to these attacks, including regular demonstrations at the Gary airport, as well as a protest that blocked  the entrance where Heartland Alliance was having its annual fundraising gala. PLP comrades have been present at many of these actions to help provide leadership.
Communist revolution for a world without borders
Capitalism can offer no solution to the violence rained on workers all over the world. The profit system will continue to pit workers against one another using racism, nationalism, and sexism, because it needs to create division within our class in order to survive and to prepare for war Immigration policy reform under the system will always be manipulated to benefit one section of the bosses or another. They hold state power through their militaries, police, and government bodies.
Building the international communist PLP and working-class revolution remains the only way to destroy these racist borders and end these racist attacks. We will create a world  without borders as we collectively serve our class.
The workers’ struggles have no border! ¡Las luchas obreras, no tienen fronteras!

Article originally appeared on The Revolutionary Communist Progressive Labor Party (http://www.plp.org/).
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