The Border Crossed Us: The Case for Opening the Us-Mexico Border (Paperback)

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The Border Crossed Us by Justin Akers Chacon discussion on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 7 PM

Borders are COMPLETELY made up. And not only are they made up but they're DANGEROUS & VIOLENT. We talk about borders in Harsha's book a few months before this, but with this book we'll talk specifically about a border near and dear to us and why it's disintegration is necessary for our collective survival and well-being. Also borders are racist, but you got that already.  

— From Social Justice Book Group


The aggressive exploitation of labor on both sides of the US-Mexico border has become a prominent feature of capitalism in North America. Kids in cages, violent ICE raids, and anti-immigrant racist rhetoric characterize our political reality and are everyday shaping how people intersect at the US-Mexico border. As activist-scholar Justin Akers Chac n carefully demonstrates, however, this vicious model of capitalist transnationalization has also created its own grave-diggers.

Contemporary North American capitalism relies heavily on an inter-connected working class which extends across the border. Cross-border production and supply chains, logistics networks, and retail and service firms have aligned and fused a growing number of workers into one common class, whether they live in the US or Mexico. While money moves without restriction, the movement of displaced migrant workers across borders is restricted and punished. Transborder people face walls, armed agents, detention camps, and a growing regime of repressive laws that criminalize them. Despite the growth and violence of the police state dedicated to the repression of transborder populations--the migra-state--migrant workers have been at the forefront of class struggle in the United States. This timely book persuasively argues that labor and migrant solidarity movements are already showing how and why, in order to fight for justice and re-build the international union movement, we must open the border.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781642594607
ISBN-10: 1642594601
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication Date: August 10th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English