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Workers Vanguard No. 1158

26 July 2019
The closing date for news in this issue is 23 July.

Workers Vanguard skips alternate issues in June, July and August. Our next issue will be dated August 23.

 

Workers Vanguard

Down With Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Drive!

Pelosi, the Squad—Democrats Are Enemies of Immigrant Rights

For a Revolutionary Workers Party!

The sadistic treatment of immigrants at the border has once again become a political football for the two bourgeois parties. Tens of thousands of asylum-seekers are jailed in overcrowded and filthy detention camps, while military-style I.C.E. raids and deportations stoke fear, threatening to tear apart families and destroy livelihoods. The current Commander-in-Chief revels in unadulterated nativist bigotry, but Washington’s war on immigrants is thoroughly bipartisan. Barack Obama and his predecessors enforced the same racist program—from the militarization of the border to nightmarish detentions and mass deportations. The Democrats’ chastising of Trump for his brutality is a cynical attempt to cast themselves as the party of “decency,” aiming to dupe working people and minorities into supporting their bid for the White House in 2020.

The Republican and Democratic parties represent the capitalist class, whose rule is based on the exploitation of labor and racial oppression at home and the drive to strengthen imperialist domination abroad. Creating the desperate conditions that force countless migrants to flee north, the U.S. imperialists have for over a century ravaged their semicolonial backyard in Latin America and the Caribbean through economic subjugation enforced by military intervention, coups and puppet regimes. These are the workings of imperialism—a system in which a handful of the richest, most advanced capitalist countries have divided and redivided the world as they compete for control of markets, raw materials and access to cheap labor. Interimperialist rivalries have already resulted in two world wars.

The current feud in Washington kicked off in late June when four black and minority first-time Democratic members of Congress known as “the Squad,” opposed a bill funding border police facilities. Trump launched an anti-immigrant tirade against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, telling them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” (They are all U.S. citizens.) The four have received death threats, especially Omar, who, as a Muslim born in Somalia, is particularly targeted. (read on)

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About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!