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Tue Sep 30, 2014, 09:48 AM

The War on Migrants

The War on Migrants
by Daniel Gutiérrez
Migrant workers in cities like Tijuana bear the brunt of global capitalism’s assault on labor.

If you wish to see the casualties of global capitalism, you could do worse than Tijuana, Baja California Norte.

Home to hundreds of thousands of migrants who started fleeing southern and central Mexico decades ago, the city has long been populated by displaced workers. But with stepped-up border security and aggressive deportations, forced relocation from the United States has further strained the local labor market.

Far from finding refuge in their native country, migrants are not only thrown into a city of high unemployment and few social services, but are punished and criminalized for their destitution. One can hardly call them citizens, as their precarious work status affords them few protections or rights.

The social abandonment that migrant workers experience in Tijuana is hardly an accident. They bear the brunt of a system that accelerates the flow of capital across borders, then erects walls, flies drones, and installs armed state agents to prevent labor from doing the same ...

Much more here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/the-war-on-migrants/

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