I will start off with a disclaimer: the article I am discussing today is by a far left-wing organization which supports two goals which I strongly oppose: socialism and open borders. The fact that I agree with some of their views on immigration, as described below, should not be taken as an endorsement of any of their other positions, whether on immigration or any other issue.

In fact, it is a sad commentary on the state of the American media today that one should have to look to the radical left for basic honesty about the role of race in American immigration policy, past and present, which mainstream politicians and commentators are still afraid to recognize openly.

The organization I am referring to is called Solidarity, which describes itself as a "Socialist, Feminist, Anti-Racist Organization". It has nothing to do with the Communist Party. See www.solidarity-us.org

In an article published almost a year ago, in May-June 2013, entitled Immigration and Racial Bias, by Malik Miah, Solidarity states:

"Immigrants from Latin American countries are no different than immigrants form Europe, Asia or the Middle East. They move to the United States - legal or undocumented - to find better opportunities for their families. That they pay taxes and put in more than they take out is rarely acknowledged. The myth fed by right wing media, that immigrants come here to get 'free stuff' like social benefits, is simply false.

Since the end of slavery, the immigration issue has divided descendants of the original settlers from the new arrivals. Nonwhites, the vast majority of newest immigrants, face more violence and discrimination than white immigrants who could assimilate into the white majority."

Then comes an unfortunate, but typical, diversion into far left wing lunacy which also finds many echoes on the far right these days, namely that the "capitalist class" favors skilled immigration to serve the interests of "Silicon Valley and big business", while keeping a "second class population to work backbreaking, low paying jobs".

Then, returning to reality, the article continues:

"Racial bias frames the discussions...The hysteria over border security targets mainly non-white working class immigrants."

The article goes on to say:

"The political negotiations in the Senate and House are based on meeting the dual needs of big business, but a sizable part of the Republican base are well funded nativist condervatives who see all 'illegals' (including non-immigrant H-1B visa holders from Asia) and non-white immigrants as a threat to their view of America." (Emphasis added.)

The article then goes on to describe the role of white supremacist hate groups (designated as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center - this is not only my description) such as NumbersUSA, FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies, which have spent (according to the article) $100 million in anti-immigrant efforts over the past decade.

However, the article also points out that, on the left, the US labor movement also has a history of supporting restrictive immigration laws.

The author also reviews the long, all too familiar, history of racism in US immigration policy, from the time of the Chinese exclusion laws up until now. However, on a hopeful note, he states:

"A majority of younger Americans (under 40) reject this racist and chauvinistic view of European-Americans first. Most recognize immigrants as human beings, co-workers and neighbors."

As mentioned above, I strongly disagree with the idea that socialism and open borders are solutions to America's immigration problems, other than in the sense that if America becomes socialist, no one may want to come here any longer no matter how "open" the borders might be.

But this article, with all its shortcomings, is still a useful reminder that the purpose of immigration reform, especially legalization (and eventual permanent residence and citizenship) for 11 million mainly non-white out of status immigrants, is to make the ideal of true racial equality the law of the land - in actuality, not in name only.

This is the real goal of the immigration reform movement. America can no longer remain a country which continues to persecute minorities because of their race, while using "border security". "immigration enforcement" and the "rule of law" as a pretext for maintaining white supremacy in America.


Roger Algase is a New York attorney and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, working closely with his clients and giving personal attention to each case, he has been helping business and professional immigrants deal with the complexities of our immigration system.

His main areas of practice are H-1B and O-1 work visas; and green cards through Labor Certification, extraordinary ability, and opposite or same sex marriage. His email is algaselex@gmail.com