This spring hundreds of thousands of
immigrant workers, most of them “illegal aliens,” as the bourgeoisie calls
them, predominantly from Latin American countries, took to the streets in major
American cities across the country, from Los Angeles, to Dallas, to Chicago, to
Washington DC, and New York City, protesting a threatened crackdown proposed in
legislation advocated by the rightwing of the Republican party. The movement
seemed to erupt overnight, coming from nowhere. What is the meaning of these
events and what is the class nature of this movement?