2020-05-08: News Headlines

RT (2020-05-08). Switzerland to lift some curbs on migration from Europe, considers opening borders with neighbors. rt.com The Swiss government will further ease curbs on migration from Europe while considering opening borders with neighbors, the government said on Friday. | As migration resumes, initial steps will include processing a backlog of applications from people seeking work in Switzerland. For Swiss citizens as well as for those from the European Union, family reunification in Switzerland should also be possible again, Reuters reports. | "The controls at the border will continue," the government said. "Border crossings will be opened in consultation with the domestic and foreign partner authorities." | Bern also said it…

RT (2020-05-08). British coastguards rescue more than 120 migrants on 7 boats in Channel. rt.com British coastguards rescued more than 120 migrants trying to cross the English Channel on seven small boats, French maritime authorities said on Friday. | The rescue took place in the night from Thursday to Friday, according to a spokesman for the Maritime Prefecture for the Channel and North Sea. | Border officials and coastguards in Britain and France have intercepted numerous attempted crossings in recent months as migrants have repeatedly tried to travel from destinations in Asia and Africa to Britain. | "It's little wonder people living in France's refugee camps are desperate to make this dangerous crossi…

RT (2020-05-08). British designers create typographic tribute to cities affected by World War II. rt.com Designers Liam + Jord have created a series of minimalistic history-inspired "logos" for cities affected by World War II as part of RT's tribute project #VictoryPages featuring cities such as Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin, and Hiroshima. | Anti-aircraft floodlights were an integral part of Moscow's defense system in the first year of the Great Patriotic War — 1941 — when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR. More than 600 floodlight installations were installed and helped protect the capital from German air raids. | | "Moscow defended itself during the war using immensely powerful searchlights that illuminated t…

Andrea Arroyo (2020-05-08). The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers. thenation.com The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers…

Tana Ganeva (2020-05-08). Crowded Prisons Are About to Create a Coronavirus Crisis in Rural America. zcomm.org For the past several decades, rural America's economic lifeline has been the construction and operation of prisons and immigrant detention centers, both public and for-profit…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-08). Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home. peoplesdispatch.org The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…

WSWS (2020-05-08). Indian migrant workers in Chennai speak to WSWS about coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org "We've received no help whatsoever from any political parties or the government. None of us living here have been given a coronavirus medical test or provided with face masks for safety."

Chris Jones (2020-05-08). Time to Change: Coronavirus and Refugees on Greece's Samos Island. globalresearch.ca The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of human life on earth. The challenge is awesome in its scale and scope. | To date we have no cases of the virus on Samos. But still its impact on life here …

news.un (2020-05-07). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19. news.un.org Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

news.un (2020-05-07). Migrants stranded 'all over the world' and at risk from coronavirus. news.un.org Thousands of migrants have been stranded "all over the world" where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.

Fight Back (2020-05-07). Madison May Day caravan supports community safety and workers' rights. fightbacknews.org Madison, WI – On a sunny May 1 afternoon which marked both May Day and A Day Without Immigrants, a caravan comprised of about 20 different vehicles made its way to the Capitol Square in a careful procession in support of a timely cause. | Organizers gathered at noon in the parking lot of the Madison Labor Temple to begin the drive along Park Street to the Square. Participants remained in their vehicles, or on bicycles at a distance from others, to respect rules of social distancing and provide a safe rally for all who wished to participate. Safe participation was ensured as well through use of hazard lights and a…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-07). Colombia raids army command as illegal spying scandal mushrooms. colombiareports.com Colombia's Inspector General said his office had carried out a raid at the country's army command on Wednesday as part of an investigation into reported illegal spying practices. Inspector General…

Dáreece Walker (2020-05-06). The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities. thenation.com The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities…

IMEMC News (2020-05-06). Army Abducts Fateh Secretary In Al-Jalazoun. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday evening, the secretary of Fateh movement in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted Tha'er Nakhla, while he was heading back home after a visit to the al-'Ezariyya …

Ali Salam (2020-05-05). Israeli Forces Storm Qalandia and Al-'Arroub Refugee Camps. imemc.org Tense confrontations between local Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers at Qalandia refugee camp, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and Al-'Arroub refugee camp south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, on Monday. QNN reporters said that Israeli forces closed roads in Al Matar neighborhood, and Kafr 'Aqab, while the Israeli …

Jake Johnston (2020-05-05). The US Has Been Exporting COVID-19 to Haiti; Now, It Is Returning a Death Squad Leader. cepr.net As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down borders and airports across the world, planes chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to fly. Every two or three weeks, a deportation flight operated by Swift Air, LLC has landed at the Port-au-Prince airport. After one such flight in early April, at least three of …

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-05). Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos. cepr.net Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …

news.un (2020-05-05). Soap for refugee shelters; a matter of life and death as pandemic continues. news.un.org Handwashing with soap and water has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an extremely important way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but, in many countries, even basic facilities are hard to come by. On Hand Hygiene Day, marked on Tuesday, we look in-depth at the work that one US-based NGO is doing, providing soap in shelters supported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), in Mexico.

Lillian House (2020-05-03). 'We deserve to survive!' Bucking CDC, Denver raids homeless camps. liberationnews.org We need real solutions — housing, not sweeps.

Marcia Brown (2020-05-01). A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis—At the Same Time. progressive.org The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.

ACLU (2020-04-30). How the ACLU is Responding to the Pandemic, Visualized. aclu.org The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down many businesses, but the ACLU's work of defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights continues, essential as ever. At the ACLU, our most immediate focus has been on issues arising from the government's response — or lack thereof — to the pandemic., , Since the start of the outbreak, we've filed over 90 legal actions and have seen thousands of people released from prisons, jails, and immigration detention. | We and ACLU offices across the country are working in nearly every state to save lives, advocate for vulnerable communities, safeguard the r…

splcenter (2020-04-24). Fraihat v. ICE Community Resources. splcenter.org On April 20, 2020, a federal district court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take a number of important steps to protect medically vulnerable people in its custody from COVID-19.

Michael Edison Hayden and Eddie Bejarano (2020-04-24). Trump's Immigration Order Was Drafted by Officials With Ties to Hate Groups, According to Report. splcenter.org Two officials with ties to anti-immigrant hate groups helped write President Trump's executive order blocking the issuance of new green cards, according to a report.

Miriam Orcutt, Parth Patel, Rachel Burns, Lucinda Hiam, Rob Aldridge, Delan Devakumar, Bernadette Kumar, Paul Spiegel, Ibrahim Abubakar (2020-04-23). [Correspondence] Global call to action for inclusion of migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 response. thelancet.com Lancet Migration1 calls for migrants and refugees to be urgently included in responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.2 Many of these populations live, travel, and work in conditions where physical distancing and recommended hygiene measures are impossible because of poor living conditions3 and great economic precarity. This global public health emergency highlights the exclusion and multiple barriers to health care4 that are faced by migrants and refugees, among whom COVID-19 threatens to have rapid and devastating effects.

Eddie Bejarano (2020-04-21). Anti-Immigrant Movement Has History of Politicizing Disease. splcenter.org COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is the latest disease the nativist movement has politicized to demonize immigrants.

Paul Dobson (2020-04-06). Venezuela Braces for Migrant Return as Coronavirus Rattles Latin America. venezuelanalysis.com The Caribbean country's 159 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths is considerably lower than its neighbours' tallies.

Susan Price (2020-05-06). Migrant workers bear brunt of Singapore's COVID-19 'second wave'. greenleft.org.au

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Rohingyas lock down at the world's largest refugee camp. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-05-04). Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers. greenleft.org.au