Left Voice - April 8, 2021
Joe Biden campaigned for the presidency on a promise. “There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration, No. 1,” he said in an interview last August with reporters from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. And as a sign of his seriousness, he went even further, committing to a complete halt to land confiscations — something George W. Bush had approved so border fencing could be built, and that had been continued by Barack Obama. “End. Stop. Done. Over. Not going to do it,” declared Biden.
News alert: capitalist politicians lie. They do it repeatedly. They do it at epic levels.
Earlier this week, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security secretary, revealed to department Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees that the Biden administration may restart border wall construction to plug “gaps” in the existing barrier. The secretary said that while Biden has canceled the border “emergency” declared by Donald Trump — the one that had him sending federal troops and diverting funds from other parts of the government to build the wall — doing so “leaves room to make decisions.” Finishing the “gaps” and other renovations is now on the table.
With a new humanitarian crisis at the border, spurred by the imperialist degradation over decades of the countries of Central America, could this be the beginning of a new campaign to seal the southern border? After all, Biden has also been refilling Trump’s cages with migrant children.
Why are people massed at the U.S. southern border? People do not have some innate desire to leave the places of their origin. Nearly all migration in the world is impelled by the need to escape the horrors of exploitation, be it in the form of wars, ethnic strife, economic misery — or all of the above. Capitalism uses borders to enhance its ability to divide and control workers, thereby increasing the rate of exploitation. The revolutionary socialist movement has seen through this for well more than a century.