We on the left have always been the voice of the working class, and of minorities, women and other victimized groups. Over the decades, we have shielded workers from capitalist exploitation, promoted collective bargaining rights for unions, and fought hard to raise the minimum wage. We have always understood that the working class is in a constant battle with capitalism, which seeks to pay workers as little as possible, while overworking them and making them redundant when they are no longer needed. The primary goal of corporations and conservatives has always been profit – ours has always been human lives. But lately, the right seems to have successfully fostered a fake revolution of the working class, aimed at immigrants who are supposedly ‘taking their jobs’. This, like all ‘revolutions’ on the right, is completely fabricated and is simply designed to stoke resentment against the left.
Here are the facts on immigration:
- Immigrants contribute over $500 billion to the economy each year
- By boosting aggregate demand and starting small businesses, immigrants increase, not decrease, the number of jobs available to natives
- Undocumented immigrants do jobs that Americans don’t want to do anyway
- Immigrants provide skills that allow companies to grow and employ more blue collar workers, not less
It’s very devious of the right to plant fears of immigrants in the working class community, when really immigrants and the working class should be uniting against the exploits of modern capitalism. Both immigrants and the working class are victims of the same oppressive system, and the sooner they can unite behind the left and progress, the sooner we can overturn this system and replace it with something that works for everybody, not just the few at the top. The right have never been friends of the working man, and rallying behind far-right candidates like Donald Trump is only going to harm the economy and create a society based on hate, rather than love and understanding.