Trump administration seeks to privatize migrant child detention camps
Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-03
SAN BENITO, Texas (AP) — On a recent day in a remodeled brick church in the Rio Grande Valley, a caregiver tried to soothe a toddler, offering him a sippy cup. The adult knew next to nothing about the little 3-year-old whose few baby words appeared to be Portuguese. Shelter staff had tried desperately to …
Bigot Trump's real crimes
Editor | workers.org | 2019-10-03
Let us count the crimes the current U.S. president has committed against the working class and all the oppressed masses. His campaign vilified Mexicans and other Central American migrants and refugees, calling them gangsters and rapists. In office, he shut down legal asylum, jailing migrants and separating parents from children, . . . | Continue reading Bigot Trump's real crimes at Workers.org…
Democrats exclude Trump's fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry
wsws.org | 2019-10-03
According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.
How Do We Protect Children on a Trumpian Planet?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-03
| Okay, I'll admit it. Sometimes I can't take the bad news. It's too much. It's so extra, as the kids like to say. | When I hit that wall of hopelessness and anxiety so many of us have become familiar with, I take what I think of as a "kid break." I stare into the faces of my three children seeking solace. I remind myself that they are the why of it all. | Seamus, who is seven, and I do our special four-part kiss. I arrange five-year-old Madeline's hair into Dutch braids or bear-ear buns. Twelve-year-old Rosena and…
After Largest Workplace Raid in a Decade, Immigrant Workers Are Organizing
Rose Bookbinder | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
Immigrant workers are not backing down in the face of President Trump's attacks. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1140734879_850_567.jpeg …
Climate Change, Migration, and Militarization in Arizona's Borderlands
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-10-03
Imagine a sensation akin to sticking your face in a furnace, except the furnace is everywhere and you are walking through it. The air is not just hot. It actually burns against your eyeballs. Every step you take is met with a hidden conspiracy of loose rocks, barbed plants, and poisonous animals. You can't touch anything. Your body's internal alarm system blinks red. If you stop moving for any significant amount of time, you die. Even if you keep moving, you might also die. In fact, the heat is already killing you. | This is not some future hellscape. It was the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, along the U.S.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus: Stories of our Immigrant Heritage Winter Season Concert
Ragazzi Boys Chorus | indybay.org | 2019-10-03
Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109…
Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution
wsws.org | 2019-10-03
Ismael Lopez was shot and killed by Southaven, Mississippi police in July 2017 as they invaded his home, confusing it with the address of another man wanted for domestic assault.
As Man Dies in ICE Custody, California Moves to Ban For-Profit Prisons, Including Immigrant Jails
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-10-03
A Cameroonian immigrant died this week in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in California. The man, identified as 37-year-old Nebane Abienwi, died on Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. This comes as California lawmakers passed a bill last month that would ban private prisons statewide, a major blow to the for-profit prison industry in the U.S. that is deeply entangled in immigration detention. The legislation also orders the closure of four ICE prisons that can jail up to 4,500 immigrants. The bill is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom, who said in his January…
'Dystopian' Plan by Trump Administration to Harvest DNA From Undocumented Immigrants Draws Outrage From Rights Advocates
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-03
"Expansion from tracking individuals suspected of crimes to creating permanent files on whole classes of people is one of the hallmarks of a concentration camp regime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child_migrant_cd_0.jpg …
Greece: 265 Migrants Arrive in Lesbos in Less Than 24 hours
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-02
Over the last 24 hours, seven humanitarian rescue vessels arrived in Lesbos, a Greek island that received 265 migrants who were rescued from emergency situations in the Mediterranean Sea. | RELATED: | Greece to Deport 10,000 Asylum-Seekers, Relocate Thousands by 2020 | "We waited all night until we boarded the ship. We had nothing to eat, it was so cold," one of the migrants said. | "It was a very difficult trip. We were in the middle of nowhere, we had no food or water," an…
Fake is too mild, new word for media is corrupt, says Trump, lashing out at reports he wants moats with alligators on border
rt.com | 2019-10-02
US President Donald Trump hit back at the "dishonest" and "corrupt media" over reports claiming he wanted an alligator-filled moat, electric fence, and other death traps for migrants built into the Mexican border wall. | "I don't even use fake [news] anymore — I call the fake news, now, corrupt news because fake isn't tough enough," Trump lectured reporters during an Oval Office press conference on Wednesday with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, slamming the "crazy" story that he had demanded all manner of medieval booby-traps for the wall being constructed along the southern US border. | Now the press i…
Wednesday's Daily Brief: African youth pivotal to silencing the guns, UNHCR prize winner announced, street clashes in Iraq, Haiti humanitarian update
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-02
A recap of Wednesday's top stories: Kyrgyz lawyer honoured by UN refugee agency; Positive but realistic outlook in runup to Syria talks; Security Council debates how African youth can bolster peace; refugees in Mexico pursue innovative labor initiatives; UN laments violent clashes in Iraq; Roadblocks in humanitarian aid for Haiti.
Mexico: Helping refugees go into business, a 'win-win situation', says UNHCR's Grandi
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-02
Through an innovative and collaborative scheme, some refugees in Mexico have started their own businesses creating what the UN refugee chief called on Wednesday "a win-win situation" for the local economy.
'Tenacious' Kyrgyz lawyer and statelessness champion, wins prestigious UNHCR prize
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-02
A rights lawyer who took to horseback to help more than 10,000 stateless people gain nationality in Kyrgystan after the break-up of the Soviet Union, has been awarded the UN refugee agency's prestigious 2019 Nansen Refugee Award.
Young doctor being told to leave UK 'defies basic common sense'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-01
Campaigners have said the UK's immigration system "defies basic common sense" after a young doctor who has spent the majority of her life in the country was asked to leave.Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, has lived in the UK for over 13 years but, due to what she describes as "a nonsensical administrative issue", her application for a new visa was rejected and the home office told her to leave the UK or risk up to six months' imprisonment."When I got the letter I was shocked, all these things were going on in my head," Chiang told the PA news agency."I was worried because we were already understaffed on our ward and leaving a…
The Courts Are Fighting Back Against Trump's Brutal Immigration Policies
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-10-01
The Courts Are Fighting Back Against Trump's Brutal Immigration Policies…
Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis — UNHCR
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-01
A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already "dangerously overcrowded" facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.
Monday's Daily Brief: Hopes rise for peace in Syria and Yemen, UNGA speeches end, Guterres saddened by India flood deaths
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-30
'Sign of hope' for long-suffering Syrians as new committee forms; Yemen prisoner release signals hope for Yemen; Assembly President closes formal Debate; Refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda; Multilingualism observed on World Day.
Headlines for September 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-30
Facing Threats from Trump, Anonymous Whistleblower to Testify on Capitol Hill, Trump Warns Impeachment Could Lead to Civil War, Calls Critics "Savages", Pompeo Subpoenaed over Ukraine; Trump Envoy for Ukraine Resigns, More Than 2 Million Take Part in Global Climate Strike, Nearly 70 Arrested at New Hampshire Coal Plant Protest, Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration Effort to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children, Low Turnout Reported on Election Day in Afghanistan, Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah Arrested Amid Growing Crackdown, Houthis Claim to Have Killed 500 Saudi Soldiers in August Attack, El País: S…
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,…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
Beyond the border
splcenter.org | 2019-09-19
In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.
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.
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.