DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS OF AMERICA
Statement on Immigration
DSA will join with humanitarian and labor organizations in calling for immigration
legislation that ensures basic labor rights for immigrant and also undocumented workers,
gives permanent resident status to undocumented workers currently in the United States,
establishes an expeditious and non-punitive road to citizenship, promotes family
reunification, halts deportations, and demilitarizes the border. DSA will also work for
economic development and labor rights in the third world, so as to reduce the forces that
push desperate people to emigrate.
Massive migrations of exploited workers, refugees, displaced farmers, agricultural workers,
and asylum seekers result from an unjust global political and economic system that works for
the benefit of transnational corporations and at the expense of the world’s peoples.
Immigration to the United States does not only result from the “pull” of greater economic
opportunity. It is also caused by the “push” of growing economic inequality and exploitation
in developing societies. Much of the current wave of migration to the United States from
Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean can be traced to NAFTA and other unjust “free
trade” agreements that enabled subsidized U.S. agribusiness to flood these societies with
cheap produce, destroying the livelihoods of millions of small farmers and other rural
workers. The export-oriented, often capital-intensive form of manufacturing imposed on
them by the IMF, World Bank, and WTO also limits the number of good jobs in the urban
economy of these developing nations.