At Left Party, in addition to supporting local working-class struggles we’ve also been reflecting on the political significance of campaigns against I-9 audits, or “silent raids,” in the broader fight for immigrant rights toward “Papeles para Todos.”
The 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. today represent a potentially powerful force in working-class resistance: as evidenced in the 2006 General Strike, when these workers brought the California economy to a halt for one day. Interest in the DoBake fight from a national labor news outlet like Labor Notes suggests that the time may be ripening for a strong push from organized rank-and-file immigrant workers, as national immigration reform looms on the horizon.
Why not freeze all I-9 immigration audits and resulting firings (which devastate thousands of families) until the immigration reform is resolved, which would give workers time to adjust their immigration status? It would be a meaningful step: but in order to wield the kind of power that could win such demands, workers have to get more and more organized.
In the long-term, we hope to help revive rank-and-file democracy within unions in order to demand — with the proletarian power to back it up — an end to the attacks on immigrant working-class communities, and other vital improvements in workers’ lives.
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