2020-05-11: News Headlines

Staff (2020-05-11). Headlines for May 11, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Cases Mount as States Reopen Economies, NY Investigating Deaths of at Least 3 Children Linked to COVID-19, Bronx Hospital Investigating Nurse Who Shared Video of Medical Staff Speaking Out About Lack of PPE, Cheyenne River Sioux Defies South Dakota Order to Remove Coronavirus Checkpoints, Another COVID-19 Case Confirmed at White House as Barack Obama Blasts Trump's "Chaotic" Response, Hunger-Striking Immigrant Women Released from California Prison, U.S. Continues to Deport Haitian Immigrants, Including Those with COVID-19 Infections, WSJ: Trump Planning to Ban H-1B Visas, Three Prisoners Die at Chino Fac…

Newsclick (2020-05-11). No greater hypocrisy than Indian Govt's pronouncements on migrants: Sitaram Yechury. peoplesdispatch.org Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), talks about the Indian government's failure to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, the hypocrisy in its policy on migrants and the steps it needs to take to address the crisis. He also talks about how the pandemic has led to a greater realization of the failures of capitalism and will spur fresh struggles for a more just system.

G. Dunkel (2020-05-11). In Haiti/ICE is spreading COVID-19. workers.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with deporting people from the United States, scheduled five deportations to Haiti on May 11 from the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Louisiana. The agency claims the five individuals have either tested positive for COVID-19 or show signs of having the disease. (Miami . . . |

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-11). Geopolitical Corridors: Did Iran Inadvertently Sacrifice "The India Chabahar Corridor" for the Sake of Afghan Border Security? globalresearch.ca The recent political crisis that exploded between Iran and Afghanistan after the former's security forces were accused of forcing over 50 of the latter's illegal immigrants into a river on their shared border (where the majority of them are thought …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-11). US continues deportation of Haitians tested positive of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org A group of over 100 Haitian nationals are set to be deported from the United States by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Monday, May 11. This is scheduled to happen despite requests from the Haitian government to wait until the spread of COVID-19 subsides. Among those being deported, at least five individuals are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 very recently. | The Haitian government panel assigned to direct the nation's pandemic response requested that the US government avoid deportations until the pandemic is contained. The presidential panel consisting of medical professionals and…

WSWS (2020-05-11). Hundreds of COVID-19 infections in German meatpacking plants. wsws.org Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-11). First ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 in San Diego. wsws.org Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.

Martin Begemann, Jan Seidel, Luise Poustka, Hannelore Ehrenreich (2020-05-11). Accumulated environmental risk in young refugees — A prospective evaluation. thelancet.com Young refugees, arriving in hosting countries with alarming 'risk burden', should be considered as highly vulnerable towards development of global functional deficits, behavioral abnormalities, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Rapid proactive integration or sustainable support of those who will return to rebuild their countries are mandatory.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in Bay of Bengal. wsws.org The Rohingya were attempting to reach Malaysia in a bid to escape the appalling conditions in Bangladesh and in the hope of finding work as undocumented labourers.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-10). Two Palestinian Youths Shot, Wounded by Israeli Army Fire in Hebron. imemc.org Palestinian media sources reported, on Sunday, that Israeli troops, stationed around the Alfawwar refugee camp in southern Hebron city in the West Bank, opened fire towards local Palestinian youths, injuring at least two of them. The sources said that the Israeli army's fire came amidst protests by angry youths, at …

The Canary (2020-05-09). "Awful conditions" drive refugees out of French camps as spike in lockdown channel crossings continues. thecanary.co More suspected refugees have been spotted at Dover in Kent on 9 May as the huge increase in English channel crossings since lockdown was imposed continues.Pictures taken at the busy trade port show people wearing face masks being processed by officials. They follow reports of another influx of refugees to Britain on 8 May.A humanitarian charity said it's "little wonder" that so many people are risking their lives to cross the dangerous Dover straits because of "awful conditions" in French refugee camps.The Home Office has yet to confirm how many refugees were brought to the UK on either day. The department has on…

teleSUR (2020-05-09). About 23,500 Haitians Return from Dominican Rep Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Nearly 23,500 Haitians including 1,101 minors who lived in the Dominican Republic returned voluntarily to Haiti during April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR) informed Saturday. | RELATED: | The group warned despite the closure of borders decreed by Haiti, the free movement of migrants between both countries continues. Most of the crossings are made by alternative routes to the official on…

Fight Back (2020-05-09). On the passing of Michael Lucas, immigrant organizer and friend of Soviet people. fightbacknews.org Michael Lucas, editor of Northstar Compass and leader of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People, died in Toronto on May 4. He was 94. | Lucas was a fixture of the Canadian left for decades, especially among communities of progressive immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. He was longtime head of the Society of Carpatho-Russian Canadians. A musician, Lucas was deeply committed to preserving and sharing the culture and traditions of his people. Throughout his long life, he was a staunch supporter of socialism and the anti-fascist traditions of the Soviet Union. | "He work…

RT (2020-05-08). Resistance rejoices as wife of Trump immigration aide tests positive for Covid-19. rt.com The White House asked reporters to wear face masks after a second staff member in two days tested positive for the coronavirus. Critics of President Donald Trump reacted with joy after finding out who it was. | Trump personally confirmed on Friday that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive for the virus, causing a delay in Pence's scheduled trip to Iowa. This follows the news that Trump's valet's test returned a positive result on Thursday. | "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie. She tested very good for a long period of time," Trump said, during a press spray, following a meeting with…

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

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…

news.un (2020-05-08). UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean. news.un.org Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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). Bangladesh: Rohingyas locked down at 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

yenisafak (2020-05-11). Ethiopian migrants hit hard by pandemic. yenisafak.com A large number of Ethiopians living abroad have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with their lives turned upside down, leaving them barely able to survive.Some are not able to pay their rent and bills, some have run out of food and some are relying on credit for survival as the virus impacts the global economy.Having migrated has changed their lives, and the pandemic has become a formidable obstacle blocking their every step.In 2019 alone, over a million citizens have fled Ethiopia due to economic hardships in the country, according to the latest data of the International Organization for Migrat…