2020-01-09: News Headlines

Sarah Anderson (2020-01-09). Wall Street weapons company CEOs cash in on Iran war danger. peoplesworld.org The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions were to lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But there is one set of …

Staff (2020-01-09). After 68 Days, Hunger Strikers in ICE Custody Are on the Brink of Death. truthout.org New Orleans, Louisiana — With hunger strikes sweeping immigration jails across the country, two Indian asylum seekers protesting their incarceration at a remote Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jail in Louisiana are reportedly on the brink of death after refusing to eat or drink for 68 days, according to a volunteer who regularly visits the two men. | The hunger strikers have a clear demand: to be released so they can pursue their asylum cases outside of jail. | Medical staff at the…

WSWS (2020-01-09). Trump administration begins collecting DNA from detained immigrants. wsws.org The new policy violates Fourth Amendment rights and is the first step in the establishment of a law enforcement biometric database for the entire population.

news.un (2020-01-09). Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a 'year of change'. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 "the year of change for robust refugee protection". On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

teleSUR (2020-01-09). 'Venezuela Won't Allow US Meddling in Elections' Arreaza Warns. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday denounced that the U.S. government is promoting a plan to intervene in the elections of the National Assembly to be held in 2020. | RELATED: | Venezuela Urges the US to Abide by International Law | During his press conference, Arreaza unveiled a diplomatic note that the U.S. government sent to several coun…

sputniknews (2020-01-09). Canadian Trans Woman Waging New War on Beauticians Who Refused to Wax Her for Religious Reasons. sputniknews.com Jessica (born Jonathan) Yaniv, who identifies herself as a "social justice warrior", has previously filed half a dozen complaints against other beauty salons. However, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal dismissed them, citing "improper motives or bad faith", while the activist was accused of targeting immigrant women working there.

teleSUR (2020-01-08). More Than 300 Migrants and Refugees Arrested in Niger. telesurenglish.net Nigerian police have arrested at least 335 refugees and migrants from Sudan, accusing them of setting ablaze a refugee camp outside the northern city of Agadez. | RELATED: | African Migrants in Egypt Face Increasingly Violent Racism | Officials said the camp was burnt down after roughly 1,000 refugees, including women and children, protested in front of the U…

Abdi Soltani (2020-01-08). Iranian Americans Have Rights, Too — No Matter What's Happening Abroad. aclu.org Like most Iranian Americans, my family immigrated to the United States in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, hoping to find safety and acceptance in a country that prides itself on diversity and freedom of expression. We learned and embraced the principles of the Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, due process, and equal protection — protections that apply to every person, citizen and non-citizen alike. But what happened at the U.S. border this past weekend was a painful reminder that sometimes, we are still considered outsiders. | In the state of Washington this weekend,…

The Canary (2020-01-08). Tory government blocks bid to enshrine child refugee rights in Brexit agreement. thecanary.co MPs have voted down proposals to enshrine protections for child refugees as part of the government's Brexit agreement. | Following his election victory, Boris Johnson re-drafted his European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and rowed back on the previous government's acceptance of an amendment from Labour peer Lord Dubs to allow unaccompanied child refugees to continue to be reunited with their families in the UK after exit day. Dubs had fled from the Nazis on the Kindertransport to Britain when he was aged six. | Welcome to the UK in 2020, where Parliament just voted by a large majority to remove protections fo…

Madhuri Grewal (2020-01-07). It Is Time for a New Way Forward. aclu.org In 1996, at the height of the "tough on crime" era, President Bill Clinton signed two laws that dramatically changed the criminal legal system and radically altered the U.S. immigration system. Just as the 1994 crime bill instituted unjust mandatory minimum sentences and ballooned the prison population, the immigration bills of that same era led to similarly disastrous consequences for immigrants — an explosion in the growth of detention and unfairly harsh punishments for immigrants, including mandatory deportations for minor…

Chris Garaffa (2020-01-05). Students learn in the streets: struggle wins release of Connecticut teen from ICE custody. liberationnews.org The struggle for Mario's freedom is not over, and neither is the fight for immigrant rights overall.

Sarah Lahm (2020-01-03). Midwest Dispatch: A Christmas Day Fire Shows Teachers are More Than Test Scores. progressive.org Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids.

news.un (2020-01-03). Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan freed and reunited with father. news.un.org 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.

Jeff Abbott (2019-12-23). The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala. progressive.org A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.

Tarek Ismail (2019-12-18). A Secret CBP Team is Targeting and Detaining Innocent Travelers. We're Suing. aclu.org 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…

splcenter (2019-11-21). Emails Confirm Miller's Twin Obsessions: Immigrants and Crime. splcenter.org Stephen Miller linked immigration to violence in emails to Breitbart News — writing of crimes committed by nonwhites that "each one [is] more disturbing than the next."