The Freedom Socialist Party denounces Donald Trump’s Feb. 21 outrageous, inhumane deportation orders, commits itself to defend immigrants of whatever status in every way possible, and urges others to do the same.
Trump directed these orders to be enforced against any and all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants that federal agents or local authorities round up or merely encounter. In doing so, his administration condemns a significant part of the U.S. population to life under a police state — and not just immigrants without papers, but everyone who might be seen as such.
And what is the rationale for this? On the campaign trail, Trump connected the “problem” of immigration to the so-called fight against terrorism. In fact, his crusade against immigrants is state terrorism. What danger do immigrants pose? The threat of harvesting the country’s fields, cooking its food, raising its children, cleaning its buildings? Trump’s claim that undocumented workers are “threats” is another example of his war on reality.
And he is not responsible alone; he is helping to fulfill a longstanding right-wing agenda. A spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform called his deportation orders “Christmas in February.”
What can supporters of immigrant rights and human rights do?
We can encourage our schools, churches, and community centers to advertise themselves as refuges for immigrants needing sanctuary and open up our homes.
We can demand that our legislators condemn the actions of the administration, refuse to help implement them, and insist that constitutional protections cover every U.S. resident, regardless of status.
We can resist! We can demonstrate, stop buses at deportation centers, refuse to cooperate with police.
No human being is illegal! ¡Ningún ser humano es ilegal!