5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, 7-9 P.M.
Join us for a public forum on Immigrants, Migrants and Immigrant Rights
=>Conditions at the southern border
=> How corporate bosses profit from undocumented workers
=> Why unions must support immigrant rights
=> The fight for driver licenses for undocumented workers
=> How Trump’s anti-immigrant policies benefit Wall Street
* This continent was inhabited originally by millions of Native peoples whose lands were taken by violence over hundreds of years.
* Many millions of African people were brought here in chains to make certain European immigrants and their descendants rich by exploiting slave labor for over two hundred years.
* Millions of other immigrants came here fleeing poverty, war and oppression. They played a leading role in organizing unions and fighting for better wages and working conditions.
* The fight for the 8 hour day was led by immigrants. Immigrants played leading roles in many of the historic labor battles. The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) welcomed immigrants into its ranks as it successfully organized the UAW, the Steelworkers and other unions in the 1930s.
* More recently massive demonstrations and strikes by millions of immigrant workers occurred on May 1, 2006 in a “Day Without Immigrants.”
* U.S. labor law covers undocumented workers – but collusion between bosses and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials is often used to disrupt labor organizing by arrests and deportations of militant workers.
* Hostility toward immigrants weakens our unions and undermines solidarity among the working class as we struggle against union busting and cutbacks promoted by Trump, his officials and their Wall Street friends.
* Most of those seeking asylum in the United States today leave their homelands because of conditions caused in those countries by United States foreign policy of corporate exploitation, military dictatorships, war and death squads.
* The Obama administration deported over 3 million undocumented workers – the most ever. The Trump administration is separating families, putting children in cages and making legal application for political asylum almost impossible.
* An estimated 11 million undocumented workers live in the U.S., working at many of the most difficult jobs, paying taxes, yet not able to collect Social Security or other benefits.
Unless working people and unions support immigrants, at the border and inside the U.S., the banks and corporations will be stronger, and we will be weaker by being divided.