Daily Archives: September 28, 2019

2019-09-28: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-28). Immigration Officials Have Used Google Translate to Vet Refugees. truthout.org | | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States…

Staff (2019-09-28). Private Contractor Defends Detention Inspections Deemed "Useless" by ICE Staff. truthout.org | | Lawmakers got a rare chance on Thursday to publicly question the embattled CEO of the Nakamoto Group, which has faced a torrent of criticism from government officials and human rights groups for providing substandard inspections of immigrant detention centers. | Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, & Accountability seemed shocked when Jennifer Nakamoto testified that she sees no need to change her business practice…

Staff (2019-09-28). We Can Save the Planet by Defunding the Pentagon. truthout.org | | The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues — and their solutions — are intertwined. | The U.S. military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. | The U.S. military has often been used to ensure that U.S.

WSWS (2019-09-28). Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000. wsws.org This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

Staff (2019-09-27). Immigration Officials' Unholy Reliance on Google Translate. truthdig.com ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and o…

Staff (2019-09-27). Millions Fear Loss of Indian Citizenship and Detention. therealnews.com Concern is growing in India's northeastern state of Assam that people excluded from a new citizens' registry could be sent to detention camps under construction across the state. The government says it created the registry to root out undocumented migrants, but almost 2 million people, many of whom have spent their entire lives in India,…

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-27). 10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined. counterpunch.org The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues—and their solutions—are intertwined. 1. The More

Rick Sterling (2019-09-27). Remembering Hisham Ahmed: Activist, Professor and Palestinian Powerhouse. mintpressnews.com H isham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary's College of California in 2006. He died of cancer in July 2019 at age 56. The following remembrance was given at his memorial service on 25 September 2019 at St Mary's College. | Sometimes you meet someone who is unforgettable. Hisham Ahmed was such a…

Rick Sterling (2019-09-27). Remembering Hisham Ahmed. dissidentvoice.org Portrait Hisham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary's College of …

ACLU (2019-09-27). Trump Announces Plan to Admit Fewer Refugees Than Any Previous President. aclu.org Another attack on Muslims and communities of color seeking safety. | The Trump administration yesterday announced its plan to admit 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, taking another step in its agenda to dismantle the program that has long provided protection for people and families seeking safety from persecution. This sickening announcement is consistent with Trump's attacks on refugees, Muslims, and immigrants across the board — particularly those who are Brown or Black. | The U.S. has long been a global leader in refugee admissions. By the end of the Obama administration, the United States' annual refuge…

Staff (2019-09-27). Judge Blocks Trump Rules for Detained Migrant Kids. truthdig.com LOS ANGELES — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely. | U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said the rules conflict with a 1997 settlement agreement that requires the government to release immigrant children caught on the border as quickly as possible to relatives in the U.S. and says they can only be held in facilities licensed by a state. | Gee said the Flores agreement — named for a teenage plaintiff — will remain in place and govern the con…

Rick Sterling (2019-09-27). Remembering Hisham Ahmed. The Reality of Palestine. globalresearch.ca Hisham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for …

Medea Benjamin (2019-09-26). 10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined. dissidentvoice.org The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues—and their solutions—are intertwined. (1) The …

Hatewatch Staff (2019-09-26). Trump Official Ken Cuccinelli Speaks to Anti-Immigrant Hate Group. splcenter.org The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) became the latest Trump administration official to speak at an event organized by the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies.

J.B. Gerald (2019-09-25). Genocide Warnings for Three African States. dissidentvoice.org These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …

Staff (2019-09-24). More Than a Wall: How the Border-Industrial Complex Drives Policy (2/2). therealnews.com Todd Miller, the author of a new report on the border-industrial complex discusses how corporations drive border policy and the effect this policy has on immigrants.

splcenter (2019-09-24). Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline. splcenter.org Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.

Fight Back (2019-09-24). Resistance is key: The 2010 FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists. fightbacknews.org Nine years ago, on September 24, 2010, the FBI raided and subpoenaed Midwest anti-war and international solidarity activists in a bogus attempt to discover "material support of terrorism." The FBI's campaign of repression ordered more than 70 FBI agents to raid seven homes and two offices of leading activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The FBI subpoenaed those raided, and that same morning subpoenaed others in those cities as well as Grand Rapids, Michigan. | Some of those raided were longtime veterans of our movement; some were mothers, some were trade unionists, and some were members of Freedom Road Socialist…

Staff (2019-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2019. democracynow.org 4 Million Take to the Streets for Global Climate Strike, Trump Admin Ignored CBP Report Linking Climate Change and Increased Migration, Honduran Woman and 21-Month-Old Son Die While Attempting to Reach U.S., New Deal Would Force Asylum Seekers to Return to El Salvador Despite Obvious Dangers, Calls for Impeachment Grow as Trump Acknowledges Ukraine Phone Call About Bidens, U.S. to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia, Impose Iran Sanctions, as Rouhani Heads to UNGA with Peace Plan, Arab Parties in Israel Back Benny Gantz in Bid to End Netanyahu's Rule, Egyptians Take to Street in Rare Protest Against President Sisi, Gov't…

Fred_F (2019-09-22). Biloela family exposes hypocrisy of Australia's policy on Tamil refugees. greenleft.org.au Tamil refugees Barathan VidhyapathyIssue 1239 Australia Biloela Sri Lanka MelbourneSeptember 22, 2019The following speech was given…

splcenter (2019-09-19). Beyond the border . splcenter.org In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.

Liz Vinson (2019-09-18). In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement. splcenter.org The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-09-16). Immigration Is a Climate Issue. progressive.org The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.

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

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

CounterSpin (2019-08-23). Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants. fair.org Media…

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Immigration Officials Have Used Google Translate to Vet Refugees
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States…
truthout.org/articles/immigration-officials-have-used-google-translate-to-vet-refugees/

Private Contractor Defends Detention Inspections Deemed "Useless" by ICE Staff
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| Lawmakers got a rare chance on Thursday to publicly question the embattled CEO of the Nakamoto Group, which has faced a torrent of criticism from government officials and human rights groups for providing substandard inspections of immigrant detention centers. | Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, & Accountability seemed shocked when Jennifer Nakamoto testified that she sees no need to change her business practice…
truthout.org/articles/private-contractor-defends-detention-inspections-deemed-useless-by-ice-staff/

We Can Save the Planet by Defunding the Pentagon
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues — and their solutions — are intertwined. | The U.S. military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. | The U.S. military has often been used to ensure that U.S.
truthout.org/articles/we-can-save-the-planet-by-defunding-the-pentagon/

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000
wsws.org | 2019-09-28
This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/28/refu-s28.html

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. 1. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/10-ways-that-the-climate-crisis-and-militarism-are-intertwined/

Trump Announces Plan to Admit Fewer Refugees Than Any Previous President
aclu.org | 2019-09-27
Another attack on Muslims and communities of color seeking safety. | The Trump administration yesterday announced its plan to admit 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, taking another step in its agenda to dismantle the program that has long provided protection for people and families seeking safety from persecution. This sickening announcement is consistent with Trump's attacks on refugees, Muslims, and immigrants across the board — particularly those who are Brown or Black. | The U.S. has long been a global leader in refugee admissions. By the end of the Obama administration, the United States' annual refuge…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/trump-announces-plan-admit-fewer-refugees-any-previous-president

Millions Fear Loss of Indian Citizenship and Detention
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Concern is growing in India's northeastern state of Assam that people excluded from a new citizens' registry could be sent to detention camps under construction across the state. The government says it created the registry to root out undocumented migrants, but almost 2 million people, many of whom have spent their entire lives in India,…
therealnews.com/stories/millions-fear-loss-indian-citizenship-detention

Immigration Officials' Unholy Reliance on Google Translate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-27
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and o…
truthdig.com/articles/immigration-officials-unholy-reliance-on-google-translate/

Remembering Hisham Ahmed: Activist, Professor and Palestinian Powerhouse
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-27
H isham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary's College of California in 2006. He died of cancer in July 2019 at age 56. The following remembrance was given at his memorial service on 25 September 2019 at St Mary's College. | Sometimes you meet someone who is unforgettable. Hisham Ahmed was such a…
mintpressnews.com/remembering-hisham-ahmed-activist-professor-powerhouse/262087/

Judge Blocks Trump Rules for Detained Migrant Kids
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-27
LOS ANGELES — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely. | U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said the rules conflict with a 1997 settlement agreement that requires the government to release immigrant children caught on the border as quickly as possible to relatives in the U.S. and says they can only be held in facilities licensed by a state. | Gee said the Flores agreement — named for a teenage plaintiff — will remain in place and govern the con…
truthdig.com/articles/judge-blocks-trump-rules-for-detained-migrant-kids/

Remembering Hisham Ahmed
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-27
Portrait Hisham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary's College of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/remembering-hisham-ahmed/

Remembering Hisham Ahmed. The Reality of Palestine
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-27
Hisham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963. Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for …
globalresearch.ca/remembering-hisham-ahmed-the-reality-of-palestine/5690323

'Unconscionable': Asylum-Seekers In Texas Detention Center Report Being Denied Cancer and Mental Health Treatment
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Immigrant rights advocates on Friday called for Karnes Residential Center, an immigration detention facility outside San Antonio, Texas, to be shut down amid reports of severe neglect that could prove deadly for women who have been held there for months. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cruelty.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/unconscionable-asylum-seekers-texas-detention-center-report-being-denied-cancer-and?cd-origin=rss

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined
Medea Benjamin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. (1) The …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/10-ways-that-the-climate-crisis-and-militarism-are-intertwined/

Trump Official Ken Cuccinelli Speaks to Anti-Immigrant Hate Group
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-26
The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) became the latest Trump administration official to speak at an event organized by the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/09/26/trump-official-ken-cuccinelli-speaks-anti-immigrant-hate-group

Genocide Warnings for Three African States
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
These genocide warnings concern current threats to the peoples of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. Beyond the primary concern for all the people in national groups, a pattern is emerging globally which should remind North Americans of past genocides against native American peoples: the masses of people forced from their homelands, the refugee …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/genocide-warnings-for-three-african-states/

More Than a Wall: How the Border-Industrial Complex Drives Policy (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Todd Miller, the author of a new report on the border-industrial complex discusses how corporations drive border policy and the effect this policy has on immigrants.
therealnews.com/stories/more-than-wall-history-of-border-industrial-complex-2

Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline
splcenter.org | 2019-09-24
Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/24/family-separation-under-trump-administration-timeline

Resistance is key: The 2010 FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-24
Nine years ago, on September 24, 2010, the FBI raided and subpoenaed Midwest anti-war and international solidarity activists in a bogus attempt to discover "material support of terrorism." The FBI's campaign of repression ordered more than 70 FBI agents to raid seven homes and two offices of leading activists in Minneapolis and Chicago. The FBI subpoenaed those raided, and that same morning subpoenaed others in those cities as well as Grand Rapids, Michigan. | Some of those raided were longtime veterans of our movement; some were mothers, some were trade unionists, and some were members of Freedom Road Socialist…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/24/resistance-key-2010-fbi-raids-anti-war-and-international-solidarity-activists

Biloela family exposes hypocrisy of Australia's policy on Tamil refugees
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-22
Tamil refugees Barathan VidhyapathyIssue 1239 Australia Biloela Sri Lanka MelbourneSeptember 22, 2019The following speech was given…
greenleft.org.au/content/biloela-family-exposes-hypocrisy-australia-policy-tamil-refugee

Beyond the border
splcenter.org | 2019-09-19
In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/19/beyond-border

In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement
Liz Vinson | splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/18/victory-motorists-and-taxpayers-mississippi-sheriffs-office-will-stop-acting-immigration

Immigration Is a Climate Issue
Josue De Luna Navarro | progressive.org | 2019-09-16
The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.
progressive.org/op-eds/immigration-is-a-climate-issue-navarro-190916/

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

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