2019-11-03: News Headlines

The Canary (2019-11-03). 151 refugees rescued off Libya arrive in Sicily on rescue ship. thecanary.co An Italian offshore supply vessel which rescued 151 refugees in waters off Libya has arrived in Sicily.The Asso Trenta docked at Pozzallo on Sunday.It was not immediately known if the refugees would stay in Italy or go to other European Union countries.Hours earlier, a German charity's rescue boat, Alan Kurdi, disembarked 88 refugees at Taranto on the Italian mainland.The Alan Kurdi rescue ship arrives in the port of Taranto, Italy (Renato Ingenito/ANSA.AP)Under an EU-brokered deal, 67 refugees will go to four other countries, while the others will stay in Italy.A Taranto official, Gabriella Ficocelli, told Itali…

Staff (2019-11-03). As Europe Shuts Out Migrants, Activists Are Pushing Back. truthout.org In July, a nondescript blue vessel drifting along the Italian coast became the latest flashpoint in Europe's "migration crisis." For the people on board, mostly from African countries, the Sea-Watch 3 was their last hope for escaping desperate circumstances in their homelands. To many on shore, the humanitarian vessel was political contraband. The Italian authorities refused to let the boat do…

Lynda Carson (2019-11-03). Trump impeachment inquiry, migrant vs migrant. indybay.org Earlier today in Oakland after the House of Representatives voted for the Trump impeachment inquiry resolution, I was curious in regards to how the migrants felt about this. Oakland is a land of migrants, and there are around 135 different languages spoken in this city.

Staff (2019-11-03). U.S. Judge Blocks Trump's Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants. truthdig.com PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. | U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It's not clear when he will rule on the merits of the case. | Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants. | The lawsuit also said the rule…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-11-02). How an Occupy ICE Activist and DACA Recipient Was Deported for Tweeting. theintercept.com Sergio Salazar awoke around 8 a.m. on a strip of grass outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Antonio. It had been a heady summer for the 18-year-old. President Donald Trump, as part of his ongoing border crackdown, had separated thousands of migrant children from their parents. Viewing the policy as the latest in a string of assaults on immigrant communities, Salazar and his friends organized an occupation outside the ICE office in the midsummer heat. | In the weeks that followed, Occupy ICE SATX was visited by both TV crews and a raiding party of masked neo-Nazis, who stormed through the t…

Betsey Piette (2019-11-01). Children and women lost, people dead in ICE custody. workers.org According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union released Oct. 24, over 5,400 children have been separated from their families by U.S. immigration authorities at the Mexican border since July 2017. While a federal judge in San Diego on June 26, 2018, ordered that the children be reunited . . . | Continue reading Children and women lost, people dead in ICE custody at Workers.org

John O'Kane (2019-11-01). A Lottery of Equality Dispenses Dystopia. counterpunch.org A common refrain in the Democratic Party debates has been support for more equality, the inclusion of those yet to access the American Dream. Most candidates even want to include migrants in their target group and make them eligible for free college and medical care. Expanding the base of successful citizens is what has defined More

Cecilia Butini (2019-11-01). There's Still No Plan to Deal With Migrants in the Mediterranean. thenation.com There's Still No Plan to Deal With Migrants in the Mediterranean…

United Nations (2019-11-01). UN migration agency appeals to South Sudan group to free volunteer worker and child. un.org The UN migration agency appealed on Friday for the immediate liberation of a volunteer and child who've been missing since a gun battle in South Sudan at the weekend that claimed the lives of three agency workers.

United Nations (2019-11-01). Guterres in Turkey: UN to study 'new settlement areas' plan for Syrian refugees. un.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday presented UN Secretary-General António Guterres with a plan for resettling hundreds-of-thousands of Syrian refugees, in the wake of the country's offensive into northeastern Syria last month to remove Kurdish forces, aimed at creating a so-called "safe zone" along the border for returnees.

Fred_F (2019-11-01). Australia's Orwellian refugee policy. greenleft.org.au Refugee Jonathan StraussIssue 1243 AustraliaNovember 1, 2019There are about 30,000 refugees in Australia who have been denied permanent settlement since 2013. Stuck on bridging visas, they continue to wait for their cases to be determined. | Among them is a young Tamil couple, Priya and Nades, who, with their two Australian-born children,…

Eds. (2019-10-31). Weaponizing Venezuela's ex-ruling elite. mronline.org When we think "immigrants in America" we rarely consider those who are privileged and weaponized in service of American Empire. | Source

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-31). Trump Official Who Once Led Hate Group Resigns Ombudsman Role. splcenter.org Julie Kirchner, a nativist hard-liner with ties to an anti-immigrant hate group, has resigned as ombudsman at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Staff (2019-10-31). Headlines for October 31, 2019. democracynow.org Tens of Thousands Evacuate as New Blazes Erupt in Fire-Ravaged California, Chile Calls Off U.N. Climate Talks Amid Massive Protests Against Inequality, Protesters Confront JPMorgan Chase CEO Over Fossil Fuel Investments, Youth Climate Activists Stage Sit-In at House Speaker Pelosi's Office, Keystone Pipeline Breach Spills Oil in North Dakota, House Readies Vote to Formalize Impeachment Process, Top Immigration Official Grilled Over Move to Deport Critically Ill Immigrants, "Not Qualified" Rating from Bar Association Draws Tears from Judicial Nominee, India to Split Jammu and Kashmir Into Two Territories Controlle…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-31). Bedouin mass eviction — Israel to drive Palestinians off their historic lands. mronline.org Last week 36,000 Bedouin—all of them Israeli citizens—discovered that their state is about to make them refugees in their own country, driving them into holding camps. These Israelis, it seems, are the wrong kind. | Source

Debbie Nathan (2019-10-29). Migrant Children Trapped in Mexico Are Leaving Their Families and Crossing the Border Alone. theintercept.com Children of asylum-seekers, trapped in Mexico by Trump's migrant protection protocols, are slipping away from their families and crossing the border alone.

United Nations (2019-10-29). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Slow progress on women and peace, rights in Kashmir, Venezuela refugees, Guterres on key Syria talks. un.org A recap of Tuesday's top stories: 'Real change' too slow for women's peace and security role; UN rights chief urges India to 'unlock' Kashmir restrictions; UN chief welcomes milestone Syria constitution meeting.

United Nations (2019-10-29). Tributes for 'role model' former UN refugee agency chief, Sadako Ogata. un.org The first woman to serve as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, has died in Tokyo at the age of 92, hailed by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday as a "role model for people across the world."

Staff (2019-10-25). Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote? therealnews.com Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-10-24). I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw. aclu.org Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who've been trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies. Neither of us was prepared for what we saw there. | We visited two cities — Ciudad Juarez and Matamoros — to track down people who had been placed into the deceptively misnamed "Migrant Protection Protocols" that have slammed America's door shut to people fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Before we arrived, we wondered whether the stories we'd read of kidnappings, assaults,…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-18). Anti-immigrant Group Leader Maria Espinoza Runs for Congress Again. splcenter.org Maria Espinoza, the national director of the anti-immigrant hate group the Remembrance Project, is running again for Congress in her home district in Texas.

Esteban Guevara (2019-10-16). Newark protesters: Democratic Party machine an accomplice in Trump's war on immigrants. liberationnews.org Protesters gathered in Newark, New Jersey for a rally and 3-mile march up to the detention center organized by the Resist the Deportation Machine Network on Oct. 12 to demand the closure of the ICE concentration camp in Essex county.

splcenter (2019-10-11). Trump's latest policy assault on immigrants is cruel and unnecessary. splcenter.org Last week the Trump administration renewed its attack on immigrants, this time limiting admission to our country to only people who can prove they will have health insurance coverage within 30 days of entering the United States.