Activist Faces Jail for Resisting Massachusetts Sheriff's Collaboration With ICE
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-07
For 30-year-old Sherrie Andre, who has family and close friends that are undocumented, the politics of immigration hits close to home. | "I have a Southeast Asian identity and a mixed status family and Southeast Asian people are being deported at a pretty rapid rate right now," said Andre, a co-founder of the FANG Collective, an organization that has been working to raise public awareness of th…
Trump's Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-07
In a full-blown U.S. war with Iran, up to a million people could die initially. Hundreds of thousands more could die in the vacuum to follow. Millions would be made refugees. That's the conclusion of experts surveyed by Vox reporter Alex Ward. "The worst-case scenarios here are quite serious," Middle East scholar Michael Hanna warned.
Syrians weary of freezing weather, mud in Idlib camp
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-07
Living in a mud-drenched camp with only a makeshift tent as protection from the freezing weather is more difficult than facing the regime's bombs, a Syrian teenager who took refuge with her family in Idlib, northwestern Syria told Anadolu Agency.Erva Mervan, 13, is one of many who came to the camp in the southern Idlib, fleeing her hometown and attacks from Russian-backed Assad regime forces.They are now struggling to survive the winter cold and heavy rains in the camp which houses around 130 families in a declared de-escalation zone in the province."We need food […] We need a lot of things such as blankets and…
US Plans to Send Mexican Asylum Seekers to Guatemala
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-06
Mexicans seeking asylum in the United States could be sent to Guatemala under the safe-third country type deal signed by the Central American nation last year, according to documents sent to U.S. asylum officers in recent days and seen by Reuters. | RELATED: | U.S. Sends First Salvadoran To Guatemala Under Asylum Agreement | In a Jan. 4 emails, field office staff at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were told Mexican nationals will be included in the populations "ame…
Israeli Army Abducts 17 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, in Pre-Dawn Raids in the West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-06
Israeli forces abducted 17 Palestinian civilians on Monday in pre-dawn raids in various parts of the West Bank. | In Bethlehem, the Israeli forces abducted six Palestinians from the town of Beit Fajjar. | They were identified as:…
Students learn in the streets: struggle wins release of Connecticut teen from ICE custody
Chris Garaffa | liberationnews.org | 2020-01-05
The struggle for Mario's freedom is not over, and neither is the fight for immigrant rights overall.
An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US "Forever Wars" speaks out
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-04
Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014. (Abdulhai Darya) The 2003 "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq had finally stopped. From the balcony of my room in Baghdad's Al Fanar Hotel, I watched U.S. Marines moving between their jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees. …
Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan freed and reunited with father
news.un.org | 2020-01-03
The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.
Midwest Dispatch: A Christmas Day Fire Shows Teachers are More Than Test Scores
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2020-01-03
Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids.
Libya: UN refugee agency deeply concerned by shelling near Tripoli facility
news.un.org | 2020-01-03
Shelling near a major facility run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, has sparked deep concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers there.
Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi Government's Citizenship Law Intensify
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-02
In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces were deployed in response to the demonstrations in Muslim-majority districts in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, and the intern…
"The Genocidal Regime Is Still in Power": Assad Forces Push into Idlib, Last Rebel Stronghold
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-02
The United Nations says a quarter of a million people have fled the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib. Aid groups are now warning the offensive in Idlib could become the worst humanitarian crisis in the nine-year war in Syria. Nearly 200,000 Syrian civilians have fled toward the Turkish border as Syrian government ground troops advance into Idlib, the last major rebel-held territory, where about 3 million people live. Displaced civilians have sought refuge in several camps along the border, where they struggle with harsh winter conditions, flooding and mud due to hea…
FROM THE FIELD: Bangladesh's bamboo boom
news.un.org | 2020-01-01
More than 24 million bamboo poles have been harvested for construction projects in the enormous refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, thanks, in part, to support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
France's Undocumented Migrants Are Fighting for Their Rights
Harrison Stetler | thenation.com | 2019-12-31
France's Undocumented Migrants Are Fighting for Their Rights…
The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-12-23
A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.
Quad-Cities community members condemn hate after anti-immigrant event
Joe Rodriguez | liberationnews.org | 2019-12-22
Outraged protesters displayed signs condemning racism and the capitalist system which allows bigotry to flourish.
Queen's Speech takes 'wrecking ball' to Scotland's foundations, SNP claims
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-12-19
The SNP has accused Boris Johnson and the UK Government of "taking a wrecking ball" to Scotland with its plans in the Queen's Speech. | SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford spoke out after a speech that did not mention Scotland by name — although the queen said the "integrity and prosperity" of the United Kingdom was of "the utmost importance" to the UK Government. | Blackford argued the Withdrawal Agreement Bill that ministers will bring forward will hurt Scotland's economy and cost thousands of jobs north of the border. | He was also critical of plans on immigration and said the UK Government was failing…
A Secret CBP Team is Targeting and Detaining Innocent Travelers. We're Suing
Tarek Ismail | aclu.org | 2019-12-18
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying secret teams that target, detain, and interrogate innocent travelers. We're suing to expose their activities. | In November 2018, three CBP officers detained Andreas | Gal, a former chief | technology officer at Mozilla Corporation and current Apple employee, at San | Francisco International Airport after he landed from a business trip to Sweden. | Andr…