2020-07-08: News Headlines

Ed Childs and G. Lechat (2020-07-08). 'End police brutality' with new forms of union solidarity. workers.org A rally and march against police brutality called by UNITE HERE Local 26 — a union representing hotel, casino and school dining hall workers — drew upwards of 500 to the Commons in the center of this working-class immigrant city on June 26. A former manufacturing center that fell on . . . |

Laura Carlsen (2020-07-08). Lopez Obrador's Visit to Trump is a Betrayal of the U.S. and Mexican People. counterpunch.org To praise a tyrant is to insult a people. López Obrador's proposed visit to Washington is an insult to the American people, and especially to the 37 million Mexican migrants who live in the United States. The purpose of the state visit with Donald Trump on July 8 is to celebrate the entry into force of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC) on July 1. It comes at the worst possible time.

Staff (2020-07-08). ICE Threatens to Deport or Bar International Students If Schools Move Classes Online Due to Pandemic. democracynow.org As President Trump pressures states to reopen schools in the fall despite an alarming surge in new coronavirus cases, ICE says international students studying at U.S. universities could face deportation if their schools switch to online-only courses. The U.S. issues more than a million student visas a year, and international students account for as much as a third of the undergraduate student body at many colleges and universities and often constitute the majority of graduate students. "I have yet to see a justification for this," says immigration attorney Fiona McEntee, who notes that international students cont…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-08). International students may be asked to leave the US, if classes entirely online. peoplesdispatch.org The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced the move as several universities are planning to move classes online in the upcoming semester…

yenisafak (2020-07-08). Sunken migrant boat found in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com A migrant boat which sank last month in a lake in eastern Turkey has been found, the local governorship said on Wednesday."The boat was found at a depth of 106.5 meters [349.4 feet] off Carpanak Island" in Lake Van, the Van Governorship said in a statement.The boat and the bodies there will be recovered, the statement added.Lake Van, near Turkey's border with Iran, spans some 3,755 square kilometers (1,450 square miles).The boat is believed to have been carrying up to 60 migrants when it sank, and six bodies had been recovered so far, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.He said 11 suspects had been arre…

Fight Back (2020-07-07). Roll 4 Justice – Protest on wheels demands justice for all on July 4 in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On July 4, more than 200 protesters took the streets on wheels for a new type of march calling for an end to a fundamentally racist criminal justice system and "#Justice4All." Protesters were on bikes, rollerblades, roller skates, skateboards, as well as in a car caravan as they rolled through various neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The protest was organized by Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) along with co-hosts Native Lives Matter, CAIR-Minnesota, LatinoAltRock, and Asamblea de Derechos Civiles. Messaging included slogans such as: "Abolish ICE," "Prosecute the police," and lin…

WSWS (2020-07-07). Canada's migrant workers protest lack of COVID-19 protections. wsws.org Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.

RT (2020-07-07). Foreign students face mass DEPORTATIONS from US if their universities switch to online-only classes. rt.com US immigration authorities have warned foreign students at colleges offering online-only courses that they must transfer to schools with in-person classes or face deportation. The rule has students and many professors up in arms. | Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ended the temporary exceptions it granted foreign students during the spring semester, leaving some students whose schools have gone online-only for fall facing removal from the country — or stranded back home. The loophole had permitted non-immigrant student visa holders to stay in the US while taking online courses due to the coro…

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-07-07). Xenophobia in South Africa fractures international working-class solidarity. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted migrants in South Africa who have been facing increasingly violent attacks and marginalization over the past decade, reinforced by xenophobic rhetoric on a state-level…

WSWS (2020-07-07). Dozens of immigrants drown in eastern Turkey's Lake Van. wsws.org Migrants traveling from Central Asian war zones are reportedly forced to travel by boat over Lake Van to bypass police checkpoints on land.

Mark W. Bradley (2020-07-07). Let Us Venerate Our Enemies. dissidentvoice.org Let's imagine there's a fictitious country on our border, the government of which is committing unspeakable atrocities against its own people. And let us further imagine there is a steady stream of refugees attempting to cross over our border and into our country, so as to escape the horrors that await them, should they be …

FIRE (2020-07-06). U.S. imperialism means we can't breathe! workers.org Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere released this statement on July 5. Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE) is in solidarity with the global rebellion for Black lives. It is right to rebel against police terror. The same racist, sexist, police violence used to terrorize people at home is . . . |

The Canary (2020-07-06). Asylum seekers in Glasgow 'malnourished with food not fit for human consumption'. thecanary.co Dozens of asylum seekers in Glasgow are "malnourished with food not fit for human consumption", according to a charity supporting them.Positive Action In Housing (PAIH) has rallied around refugees in the city after Badreddin Abadlla Adam's attack at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street.Officers shot the 28-year-old from Sudan after six people were injured in the incident on 26 June.The hotel was housing asylum seekers at the time. But campaign groups criticised the Mears Group, which the Home Office has subcontracted to carry out this process during the coronavirus pandemic.Badreddin Abadlla Adam died after b…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-07-06). British Government Encourages Mass Emigration from Hong Kong to Affect China. globalresearch.ca In late June, China's National People's Congress passed Hong Kong's new national security law, later signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The new law imposes a special security regime in the autonomous territory of Hong Kong, prohibiting foreign interference …

WSWS (2020-07-06). New Jersey growers refuse to test migrant farm workers for COVID-19. wsws.org The decision not to test these laborers, many of whom have traveled from states with rising rates of infection, creates the conditions for a public health disaster.

Ali Salam (2020-07-06). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians from West Bank. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) reported that the Israeli forces abducted several Palestinian civilians from across the occupied West Bank, overnight Saturday. Israeli forces assaulted Abdul Karim Khaled Abu Sal, before abducting him from Al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern West Bank. The PPS added that Israeli …

_____ (2020-07-06). Palestinian Community Sets Conditions On Support For Presidential Candidate. popularresistance.org Members of the Palestinian community in the United States have issued a declaration of principles that included a set of preconditions to support federal candidates in the presidential elections later this year. | The document, signed by Palestinian cultural, political, social and academic figures, included 13 preconditions namely recognizing the Palestinian people's right to self-determination as an inalienable right as well as the need for the Israeli occupation to immediately and unconditionally end and the refugees' right to return to their homes in accordance with UN Resolution 194. | The Declaration conside…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-06). As Colleges Resort to Online Learning, ICE Issues 'Needlessly Cruel' Rule Pushing International Students Out of US. commondreams.org Immigrant rights advocates expressed shock on Monday after Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced international students whose U.S. schools are moving to an online-only model for the Fall 2020 semester will no longer be welcome in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1212026889_1.jpg

RT (2020-07-05). Russian citizen arrested in Austria over shooting of 'Chechen refugee', sparking media speculation of 'contract killing'. rt.com A Russian citizen and a possible accomplice have been detained in Austria as part of a probe into the killing of their countryman, who was an asylum seeker. The case has sparked media speculation of a politically motivated murder. | The incident took place on Saturday evening in the parking lot in the small town of Gerasdorf, north of Vienna. | A 43-year-old male asylum seeker, believed to be originally from Russia's southern republic of Chechnya, was shot in the head. He died on site, according to police. | The suspected attacker fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt involving dozens of police cars an…

_____ (2020-07-04). Release The Prisoners: Ohio Jail 100 Percent Positive For Covid. popularresistance.org In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first 100 percent COVID-positive ICE detention center in the U.S. | The Alliance accuses jail authorities of failing to follow their own protocols as well as ICE standards. | According to the Alliance report, "None of the inmates and detainees at Morrow County have been seen by a doctor in the facility, despite their COVID diagn…