Immigration |


I attended the recent immigrant rights march in Sacramento. Although our economy depends upon their labor, undocumented immigrants are scapegoats of a system that conveniently blames those on the bottom of the economic ladder for lack of jobs.

Underlying causes of increasing global migration include environmental degradation, loss of land for subsistence living, loss of public services, and increasing poverty caused largely by unjust trade policies. Transnational corporations scour the globe for cheap labor and lax environmental standards, setting nation against nation in a race to the bottom, eliminating traditional jobs and public services and driving down wages everywhere. Our government promotes neoliberal “trickle down” policies around the world, through global institutions such as the IMF, WTO and NAFTA.

The idea of building a concrete wall on our border with Mexico is absurd. (If it is not racist and classist, why not build a wall on the border with Canada?) “Fortress America” would not make us secure. True security in this age of globalization is to work with the international community to build a global society based not simply on the Market (enforced by U.S. might), but on principles that lead to a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Sharon Delgado

Nevada City

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