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The Border Crossed Us
The Case for Opening the US-Mexico Border

A compelling argument that re-building unions requires solidarity with migrant workers and opening borders.

The aggressive exploitation of labor on both sides of the US-Mexico border has become a prominent feature of capitalism in North America. Kids in cages, violent ICE raids and anti-immigrant racist rhetoric have become features of political discourse in Trump 's America and are everyday shaping how people intersect at the US-Mexico border. However, this vicious model of capitalist transnationalization has also created its own grave-digger. It relies heavily on an inter-connected working class which extends across the border. Cross-border production and supply chains, logistics networks, and retail and service firms have aligned and fused a growing number of workers into one common class, whether they live in the US or Mexico. While money moves without restriction, the movement of displaced migrant workers across borders is restricted and punished. Transborder people face walls, armed agents, detention camps, and a growing regime of repressive laws that criminalize them. Despite the growth and violence of the police state dedicated to the repression of transborder populations--the migra-state--migrant workers have been at the forefront of class struggle in the United States. Labor and migrant solidarity movements are showing how we can fight for justice and re-build the international union movement and why we must open the border.