This guideline which permits to jail for 6 to 18 months any “illegal” immigrant, that’s to say an undocumented immigrant, is in contradiction with all the international agreements about human rights ; it’s a measure of discrimination, a racist one, marked by xenophobia against the people, especially the people of Latin America, Africa and Asia.
They show a total lack of any historical memory, those European governments, like Berlusconi, Merkel, Sarkozy, Zapatero, etc. who forget that the Europeans cruelly colonized the American continent, India and a great part of Asia; that during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries millions of Spanish, Italians, Germen, English, French, Swedish, Portuguese, in other words, people all over Europe were forced to emigrate to America, seeking a better life, a workplace, some security that were denied to them in their own country because of the local and civil wars (remind the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939).
They have been welcomed and accepted everywhere. Their integration in these countries is a plain reality. Europe denies the same right to the people of America that these had generously granted to the European immigrants.
The African people have been plundered, slaughtered, their native economy has been destroyed, they have been submitted to slavery by the European capitalists (of Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain) and today, after having plunged them in poverty and endemic famine, they impeach them to work in Europe. The immigrants risk their lives in fragile canoes or wrecked ships in trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the Detroit of Gibraltar or the Atlantic Ocean.
Today, neo-colonialism and the penetration of military and economic powers continue the plunder and the ruin of the African continent, they maintain in power the reactionary and bloody governments and support them against their own people, as does the Tunisian autocrat Ben Ali, or the autocrat of Morocco who subdues his own people and the Sahraouian people.
In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been signed, in which it is said (article 13) : “everybody has the right to circulate freely and to choose his residence in the territory of a State”. The immigrants, because they are without protection, must have the right to this article. Unless the human rights are only for rich countries, for colonialists or imperialists ?
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, immediately after having been informed about the content of this infamous decree of the EU, wrote a courageous and accurate text which has been rapidly supported by many prominent leaders of Latin America, as Corréa, Chavez, and others. Morales states with accurate reason “the immigrants are not responsible for the problems of social cohesion which affect Europe ; they are the results of the model of development imposed by the North which destroys the whole planet and which dismantle the societies of the human beings.”
Even if we doubt of their capability to do it, because of their capitalist interests and because of their neoliberal policy, we ask claim for the UE to elaborate a policy which respects the immigrants, their rights, does not stigmatize them; which does not segregate them. As president Morales says that its time for the European governments repair “ once for all, all the tremendous historical, economical and ecological debt that the European countries towards the Third World (…) You cannot fail today with your “policies of integration” as you failed with their so-called “mission of civilization” in the times of the colonies…”.
The workers of Europe and all over the world must unite in order to stop with this criminal policy of discrimination of the European Union, similar to the policy of the US imperialism and of the other imperialisms all over the world. The slogan shouted in those days in the streets of Paris by French workers and their immigrant brothers, must sound with force in all the countries where workers of other countries and continents are living; it’s a slogan of solidarity, of fraternity, of resistance to the mechanism of exploitation of capitalism.
“They work here, they live here, they remain here!”
Latin America and Caribbean countries
Revolutionary Communist Party of Brazil – PCR
Communist Marxist Leninist Party of Ecuador – PCMLE
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist Leninist) – PCM(ML)
Communist Party of Labour of Dominican Republic – PCT
Communist Marxist Leninist Party of Venezuela – PCMLV
Chilean Communist Party – PC(AP)
Avanzar Group of Argentina
Communist Current Gustavo Machado of Venezuela – CCGM
Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark – APK
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist) – PCE(ML)
Communist Youth of Spain (Marxist-Leninist)
Proletarian Union (Spain)
Platform of Citizens for the Republic (Spain)
October 17 Publications (Spain)
Republican Associations of Coslada (Spain)
Workers’ Communist Party of France – PCOF
Group Che Guevara (France)
Collective of the Communist Circles: Circle Henri Barbusse, Communist Coordination 59/62, Communist Circle of Alsace, Communist Circle of the Region of Paris
Union of Communist Revolutionaries of France
Movement of the Reorganisation of the Communist Party of Greece 1918-55
Communist Platform of Italy
Editorial Board of Land and Liberation (Italy)
Marxist-Leninist Organization Revolution of Norway
Communist Platform (Marxist Leninist) of Norway – KPml
Revolutionary Communist Party of Turkey – TDKP
Organisation for the Construction of a Workers’ Communist Party of Germany
Communist Party of Germany – KPD)
Communist Party of Germany (Roter Morgen) – KPD
Communist Party of Germany Marxist-Leninist) (Roter Stern) – KPD(ML)
Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany – MLPD
Association of the Worker Trade Unions of Russia “Defence of Labour” (Russia)
Working Youth Organization "Red Kommuna" (Ukraine, Kharkov)
Marxist organization of the workers "Orion" (Latvia)
“Proletarskaya Gazeta” (Russia, Leningrad)
The Communists (Switzerland, Geneva)
Revolutionary Communist Party of Upper Volta – PCRV
Revolutionary Communist Party of Ivory Coast – PCRCI
Workers’ Communist Party of Tunisia – PCOT
Democratic Party of Labor (Tunisia) – PDT
Communist Party of Benin – PCB
Cultural Committee for Democracy in Benin – CCDB
Collective of Militants of Morocco, of Immigration, Action and Struggle
Fernent – Movement of Pan African Workers of Senegal – Fernent/MTP-S
Sanfin, the Cloud, of Mali
Democratic Front of the Comoros
Collective of Associations and Friends of the Comoros – CAAC
Asia and Middle East
Party of Labour of Iran – PTI Toufan
Revolutionary Democracy (India)
New Trade Union Initiative (India)
Workers’ Front of Pakistan (Pakistan Mazdur Mahaaz)
Communist Party of Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party
Socialist Party of Malaysia – PSM
International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations
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