2019-09-13: Social Media Postees

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Wall Street Billionaires Set to Mingle With Mike Pence at Financial Conference
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-13
| As people across the world denounce the Trump administration's destructive climate policies, courting of far-right regimes, and callous policies towards immigrants, top Wall Street figures are getting set to hobnob with Vice President Mike Pence at an upcoming investor conference. | On September 19th, the CEOs of major hedge funds and private equity firms will once again gather for the annual Delivering Alpha conference, which s…
truthout.org/articles/wall-street-billionaires-set-to-mingle-with-mike-pence-at-financial-conference/

Wave of anti-immigrant violence strikes South Africa amid deepening economic crisis
wsws.org | 2019-09-13
The ANC, along with other sections of the ruling class, have played a significant role over the years in stoking anti-immigrant poison and bigotry, seeking to scapegoat immigrants as the cause for the nation's economic malaise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/13/afri-s13.html

18 Years Since 9/11 Inside Job
9 | indybay.org | 2019-09-13
This 18th year since the 9/11 Inside Job of September 11, 2001 is most noted for the anti-immigrant hysteria promoted by Nazi Trump, in his attempt to be reselected as president in 2020 when he was selected by election fraud by tossing the black vote in the contested states, as George Bush, Jr did in 2000 and 2004. His scapegoating of immigrants, which has been his entire campaign theme since he first ran for president in the 2016 election, did not start with him. It is a constant theme of reactionaries who need to divert attention from their evil deeds, revived by George Bush, Jr. and his 9/11 Inside Job, which…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/09/10/18826153.php

Democrats Spar About Policy and Party Identity in Latest Debate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-13
HOUSTON — The three leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed over health care, immigration and President Barack Obama's legacy on Thursday in a fierce debate that pitted an aggressive Joe Biden against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. | "This is America," said Biden, his party's early front-runner, before calling Sanders "a socialist." He later declared, "I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good bad and indifferent." | The top White House hopefuls faced off for the first time alongside seven other candidates who are under increasing pressure to break out of the pack. All…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-spar-about-policy-and-party-identity-in-latest-debate/

Democrats Spar About Policy and Party Identity in Latest Debate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-13
HOUSTON — The three leading Democratic presidential candidates clashed over health care, immigration and President Barack Obama's legacy on Thursday in a fierce debate that pitted an aggressive Joe Biden against liberal rivals Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. | "This is America," said Biden, his party's early front-runner, before calling Sanders "a socialist." He later declared, "I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good bad and indifferent." | The top White House hopefuls faced off for the first time alongside seven other candidates who are under increasing pressure to break out of the pack. All…
truthdig.com/articles/democrats-spar-about-policy-and-party-identity-in-latest-debate/

Calais refugee camp attacked by police for third day in a row
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-13
French police have cleared a Calais refugee camp for the third time in as many days.Officers — some who appeared to be armed with tear gas guns — cordoned off the road by an area of wasteland and woodland on the outskirts of the port town on Friday morning, telling those camping there to leave and move their tents.Many people walked off, carrying their remaining belongings in bin bags while officials were seen throwing rubbish and possessions including tents into a large skip.Police clear a migrant camp near Calais (Steve Parsons/PA)Charities condemned the repeated upheaval and displacement of the refug…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/09/13/calais-refugee-camp-attacked-by-police-for-third-day-in-a-row/

The Legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees–Part 3
wsws.org | 2019-09-13
The intention of this series of articles is to depict what the four years of Syriza's government policy meant concretely for workers, youth and retirees in Greece.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/13/syri-s13.html

Rideshare Drivers are Employees, Not Contractors
Yasin Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-13
In 2015, Waheed Etimad immigrated with his wife and their children to the United States from Afghanistan, where he'd been a translator for the U.S. Army. Etimad began taking courses at Diablo Valley College, studying to become a computer engineer while driving full time for Uber at night. People who knew Etimad called him a…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/13/rideshare-drivers-are-employees-not-contractors/

Buffalo demonstrates solidarity with El Paso Firme
Ellie Dorritie | workers.org | 2019-09-13
Im/migrant rights supporters held a rally and march in Buffalo, N,Y., on Sept. 7 in solidarity with El Paso Firme, taking place in El Paso, Texas, on the same day. The National Action Against White Supremacy was called by the Border Network for Human Rights, RAICES Texas, the National Day . . . | Continue reading Buffalo demonstrates solidarity with El Paso Firme at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/09/12/buffalo-demonstrates-solidarity-with-el-paso-firme/

Sri Lanka still not safe for Tamils
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-13
refugee rights Sri Lankan civil war Tamil rights Chris SleeIssue 1237 Sri Lanka deportation to dangerSeptember 13, 20…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-still-not-safe-tamils

Should Latinos Trust Biden? Former VP Refuses to Criticize Obama's Deportation of 3 Million People
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-13
Debate moderator Jorge Ramos of Univision grilled former Vice President Joe Biden over the Obama administration's deportation record. Biden refused to answer whether he did anything to prevent Obama from deporting a record 3 million people.
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/13/democratic_debate_joe_biden_obama_immigration

The Latin American Migration Crisis Was Born Out of Greed and Myths About Race
Sarah E. Parker, Jorge Majfud | commondreams.org | 2019-09-12
It is a false logic that turns workers into idlers, imagines welfare abusers when in fact immigrants sustain the care economy with their labor and their taxes, and sees the victims of neocolonial trade policies as invading criminals. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/enough_0_0.jpeg
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More Than a Wall: Photos of 30 Years of Life Along the US-Mexico Border
David Bacon | thenation.com | 2019-09-12
More Than a Wall: Photos of 30 Years of Life Along the US-Mexico Border…
thenation.com/article/photos-mexico-border-immigration/

California Outlaws For-Profit Prisons Including ICE Facilities
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-12
California lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to ban for-profit prisons and migrant detention facilities to operate in the state. | RELATED: | US: Protests Against Salvadoran Deportation, Child with Cancer | California's governor Gavin Newsom still has to sign the bill under which the contracts of private prisons companies with the…
telesurenglish.net/news/California-Outlaws-For-Profit-Prisons-Including-ICE-Facilities–20190912-0024.html

Trump's Asylum Crackdown Intensifies the Fight for Refugee Rights
Jack Herrera | thenation.com | 2019-09-12
Trump's Asylum Crackdown Intensifies the Fight for Refugee Rights…
thenation.com/article/trump-asylum-mexico-policy/

House Votes to Bar Arctic Drilling; Senate Action Unlikely
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-12
WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. | The 225-193 vote comes as the Trump administration has begun planning to sell oil and gas leases in the remote refuge, home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other species. An environmental impact analysis could be released soon. | The drilling was author…
truthdig.com/articles/house-votes-to-bar-arctic-drilling-senate-action-unlikely/

House Votes to Protect the Crown Jewel of our Wildlife Refuge System
commondreams.org | 2019-09-12
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Stop Jailing Kids: Australian Boy Pleads UN Human Rights Body
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-12
A 12-year-old Indigenous boy from Australia's Northern Territory addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Wednesday during the 42nd session, appealing to its members to help bring an end to the jailing of children in Australia. | RELATED: | 'Can't Feel My Heart': Caged Migrant Children Face PTSD Report Warns | "I want adults to stop putting 10-year-old kids in jail," Dujuan Hoosan said before the council, becoming the youngest person to speak at the U.N. body. | In his speec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Stop-Jailing-Kids-Australian-Boy-Addresses-UN-Human-Rights-Body-20190912-0020.html

With Trump in Office, Newspapers Increasingly Quoted Anti-Immigrant Groups Without Explaining Who They Were
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-09-12
A new study found that, as far-right groups gained influence in the halls of power, major newspapers quoted them without noting their nativist bent.
theintercept.com/2019/09/12/anti-immigrant-groups-mainstream-media/

SCOTUS overrules federal judge, lets Trump's 'safe 3rd country' asylum restrictions take effect
rt.com | 2019-09-11
The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Donald Trump's new asylum rules to take effect, suspending a pair of injunctions by a California federal judge that had tried to block the controversial policy changes. | Under the new rules, migrants would be barred from seeking asylum in the US if they have traveled through a third "safe country" en route to the American border, unless they also applied for asylum in that country. | The court announced on Wednesday evening that it would allow the enforcement of the updated regulations, pending government appeal of two decisions in the 9th Circuit Court.
rt.com/usa/468624-scotus-trump-asylum-ban/

Nationalism, borders, and the state
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-09-11
Last summer, protesters in Oregon set up a makeshift camp outside the Portland office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Similar encampments soon spread across the country, from Chicago to Los Angeles and New York. Horrified by stories of family separation and images of children in detention centers along the southern border, a consequence of […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/11/nationalism-borders-and-the-state/

Hurricane Dorian Shows the Need to Fund Climate Adaptation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-11
President Trump says Bahamian refugees seeking refuge in the United States need proper documentation because some of them are "very bad people." Scholar Christian Parenti says that's just a taste of the horror the climate crisis will create…
therealnews.com/stories/hurricane-dorian-shows-the-need-to-fund-climate-adaptation

Wednesday's Daily Brief: 'Appalling' conditions in Syria camp, precarious SDG progress, South Sudan, Palestine refugees and mining in Mongolia
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-11
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: 'Inhumane conditions' in Syria's Al Hol camp worsening; SDG progress risks going backward; food insecurity in South Sudan; Arab League petitioned to support Palestine refugees; and mining in Mongolia should boost development.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1046152

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Afghanistan 'direct talks' needed, Nicaragua rights crisis, Bangladesh monsoon and Libya detainees latest, Dorian update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-10
A recap of Monday's top stories: All Afghans must participate in peace process; Nicaragua's rights crisis can be resolved says Bachelet; Rohingya refugees impacted by monsoon rains; Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda; and multiple donors show solidarity with the Bahamas.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1046082

An Invisible Crisis: Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
Hundreds of African migrants in Mexico are protesting the country's refusal to grant them transit visas to travel to the United States or Canada, where they want to apply for asylum. For months, thousands of African migrants have been forced by the Mexican government to stay in the southern state of Chiapas, on the Guatemalan border. Many of them have been sleeping in tent cities, cooking on the streets and bathing their children in buckets, without the promise of shelter, food or work permits. The long waits for African migrants began in June, when it was reported that Mexican immigration authorities were ignori…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/10/african_migrants_mexico_transit_policy

From a Lebanese Refugee Camp to Harvard, Ismail Ajjawi Inspires Other Palestinian Students
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
Today marks a week since Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student who was denied entry into the United States, began classes with his fellow Harvard freshmen. Ajjawi was initially turned away at Boston's Logan Airport after immigration officials searched his phone and computer, and interrogated him about his religion and social media posts by friends that were critical of U.S. policy. He was then forced to return home to Lebanon, but his case provoked outrage on the Harvard campus and among some Palestinian rights and academic freedom groups. Ajjawi, who is attending Harvard on a full scholarship, was edu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/10/palestinian_student_ismail_ajjawi_harvard

"They Need Our Help": Bahamian-American Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Let In Storm Survivors Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
The death toll in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit 50 Monday and is expected to keep rising exponentially. Many survivors of the Category 5 storm are now seeking refuge in the United States. At least 4,000 hurricane survivors have traveled to the U.S. since the hurricane hit, but many more are facing a struggle with paperwork and mounting confusion about what's necessary to gain entry. Over the weekend, more than 100 people seeking aid and refuge in the U.S. were turned away after boarding a ferry bound for Florida. Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said that the U.S. is consi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/10/dorian_refugees_us_support

Trump's Remain in Mexico Program Condemns Refugees to Mortal Danger
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-09
Those seeking refugee status in the United States at the US-Mexico border are now forced to remain in Mexico while their refugee status is being processed. Laura Carlsen spoke to refugees and advocates on the Mexican side, in Tijuana…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-remain-in-mexico-program-condemns-refugees-to-mortal-danger

"No Accountability": FBI Investigates ICE Shooting of Undocumented Man in Nashville Suburb
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-09
The FBI is investigating the shooting of an undocumented immigrant by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent during a traffic stop last week. The shooting occurred Thursday at a supermarket parking lot in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, where workers often gather to be picked up for a day's work. ICE agents were attempting to detain an unnamed 39-year-old Mexican man, who reportedly attempted to flee in a white box truck, when one of the agents shot him twice. It has now been revealed that the ICE agent involved in the shooting is one of the officers who made headlines in July after community members blocke…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/9/ice_agent_shooting_undocumented_migrant_nashville

Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Aaron Freedman | theintercept.com | 2019-09-08
It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…
theintercept.com/2019/09/08/yvette-clark-isiah-james-new-york-primary/

Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'
Michael Atkinson | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.
progressive.org/dispatches/immigrant-song-im-leaving-now-documentary-atkinson-190906/

Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-05
Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, 1971 — the day before neighboring Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared independence from Pakistan. The Indian government says the list helps identify Bangladeshi migrants who are not legal residents. Critics have denounced the register as an attempt to deport millions of Muslims. Residents sus…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/5/siddhartha_deb_assam_national_register_of

Venezuela Points Finger at Duque for Breakdown of Colombian Peace Process
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-02
The Maduro government also refuted accusations that it offers "refuge" to FARC-EP rebels.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14646

Max Blumenthal on the US legacy in Honduras: migrant crisis, political murders, narco-President
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-01
Back from Honduras, The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses the impact of US meddling over the last decade: a narco-President, Juan…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/01/max-blumenthal-on-the-us-legacy-in-honduras-migrant-crisis-political-murders-narco-president/

Weekend Read: Trump's anti-immigrant campaign gets even crueler
splcenter.org | 2019-08-30
The list of cruelties that the Trump administration is inventing in its zeal to punish migrants and their children keeps getting longer and more extreme.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/30/weekend-read-trumps-anti-immigrant-campaign-gets-even-crueler

Weekend Read: Trump's anti-immigrant campaign gets even crueler
splcenter.org | 2019-08-30
The list of cruelties that the Trump administration is inventing in its zeal to punish migrants and their children keeps getting longer and more extreme.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/30/weekend-read-trumps-anti-immigrant-campaign-gets-even-crueler

Counter-protesters outnumber 'Straight Pride' event crowd
Shant Jaltorossian | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-30
After failing to secure a city permit, a group organizing a so-called "Straight Pride" rally held a gathering Aug. 24 outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Modesto, California, holding signs with pro-Trump, anti-abortion, and anti-immigrant sentiments.
liberationnews.org/counter-protesters-outnumber-straight-pride-event-crowd/

Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-28
Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14641

Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-08-23
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Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty
splcenter.org | 2019-08-23
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/24/weekend-read-ices-deliberate-cruelty

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/trump-taking-more-money-raids-and-detention