No Ban, No Wall
The Fight Against Deportations

Socialism 2017

August 15, 2017

The past few decades have seen a steady increase in border militarization and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants, as well as an increase in officially stoked Islamophobia and severe restrictions on admitting refugees from countries with large Muslim populations into the US, no matter which party is in power. After the unprecedentedly massive immigrant protests of 2006 and 2007, Obama promised “comprehensive immigration reform,” but ended his two terms with the mantle of “deporter in chief.” Years before Trump called for a "deportation team" to target "bad hombres," the Obama administration had built "the most sophisticated and well-funded human-expulsion machine in the history of the country." When Trump and Sessions took office, they could hit the ground running. Trump has upped the ante, trying to push through “Muslim bans,” and is empowering ICE agents to terrorize millions of immigrants. This panel will look both at the lessons of past struggles, the current battle against Trump, and what it will take to beat back these attacks.

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