Just reading about the lengths Chinese people went to to gain entry to the United States during the period of their exclusion - apparently there was a Chinese Mexican called Jose Chang who made a good living helping Chinese people “pass” as Mexicans. It’s really fascinating how people found ways of circumventing these absurd rules over human movement… also says a lot that the immigration officials apparently found it “impossible” to tell the difference between Chinese people and Mexicans. Mexican immigration into the US was fundamentally unrestricted at this time, but there was mass hysteria over Chinese immigration, even though Chinese labour was in massive demand and businesses were complaining that they had to turn down contracts because they could get enough Chinese workers. Goes to show how the interests of the racist state and capital don’t always align.
source: Erika Lee, At America’s gates: Chinese immigration during the exclusion era
11 de Agosto, 2012: Mexico vence a Brasil 2 - 1 en el final de futbol de las Olimpiadas de Londres.
Un militante del Partido @ComunistaMexico sostiene su banderola en el inicio de la jornada de lucha por los cinco comunistas asesinados en el Estado de Guerrero en 2013, Raymundo Velázquez, Miguel Solano, Samuel Vargas, Luis Olivares y Ana Lilia Gatica, además de Rocío Mesino, dirigente de la Organización Campesina de la Sierra Sur.
The United States recorded the largest number of new asylum applications out of all countries of asylum, having receiving 85% of the total of new applications brought by individuals from [El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala] in 2012. The number of requests for asylum has likewise increased in countries other than the U.S. Combined, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize documented a 432% increase in the number of asylum applications lodged by individuals from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
nota bene: People are not applying for asylum in the US because they think it’s the best country ever (i.e., American dream). They are applying for asylum in the US because it’s the closest country they can get to that they think might be safe from extortion, forced gang recruitment, and/or death threats they have received.
^^^ Super important to understand.