Reform Without Justice
The Politics of Immigration Reform

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

The so-called debate around immigration among the two parties reveals a great deal of agreement between them. At the heart of the latest proposals around “immigration reform” are proposals that no activists can support: increased spending on the enforcement apparatus, at the border and in the interior, to control current and future migration flows; the development of a substantial non-citizen, low-wage workforce through expansion of a guest-worker program; a merit-based visa system; and a long and arduous legalization process designed to disqualify any who speak up, step out of line or stop working. This panel discusses the politics of “reform” and outline what kind of movement is needed to win the kind of reforms that we can get behind.

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