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Abolish ICE is Not Just a Slogan: Immigrant Justice in the Age of Coronavirus

As coronavirus rages on, immigrant communities are being left to fend for themselves.

Barred from most financial assistance, scapegoated as harbingers of disease, and facing dire conditions in detention; the Trump administration is seizing upon a pandemic to further its nativist agenda.

How can we build a movement to resist the racist attacks on immigrants and demand not only an end to ICE but justice and relief for all immigrants?

John Washington writes about immigration and border politics, as well as criminal justice, photography, and literature. He is also an award winning translator, having translated Óscar Martinez, Anabel Hernández, and Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, among others. His book, The Dispossessed, on the global story of asylum, is forthcoming from Verso Books in 2020.

Justin Akers Chacón, a professor of U.S. History and Chicano Studies in San Diego, California, is the author of Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class (Haymarket 2018) and, with Mike Davis, No One is Illegal (Haymarket Books, 2006).

***For further reading check out Haymarket's Books for Resisting Empire reading list.**

  • Radicals in the Barrio

    A ground-breaking history of the radical political movements that developed within the Mexican and Chicano working-class in the United States.
  • No One is Illegal (Updated Edition)

    No One Is Illegal convincingly debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants.
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