State Department Decision Violates U.S. Immigration Law

February 18, 2015

On February 2, U.S. State Department issued a press release stating that U.S. immigration law can be used for the sake of fighting “human rights abuses” in Venezuela.  According to its own announcement the Obama administration plans to arbitrarily refuse visas to a number of Venezuelan nationals as part of its strategy of “democracy promotion.”

While it is true that the administrative decision will do nothing substantial to harm the Venezuelan people, it must be noted that Obama is introducing a dangerous precedent for our country when he asserts that the executive branch can be used to persecute individuals who disagree with the ideas of the U.S. president. 

A political system which allows elected officials to use the law to satisfy their whims must be thoroughly condemned!  In the struggle for democratic renewal of the political process and the political system we can and must take the initiative into our own hands!

Obama and his cabinet must stop breaking U.S. immigration law, start respecting the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people, and learn to respect the elementary human right to freedom of conscience. 

As part of organizing the independent political movement of the working class on a pro-active, independent basis we must put forward the program of democratic renewal of the political process and political system. The program of democratic renewal relies on the independent political initiative of the people and brings to the forefront the question of political power. The program of democratic renewal demands the abolition of any and all political privileges and the creation of mechanisms which guarantee the masses of the people the right to participate fully and directly in the political process and in governance. The entire operation of government must remain under the direct supervision of the people. Any power not expressly delegated by the people to the government remains with the people themselves.