2020-07-22: News Headlines

Staff (2020-07-22). This Is Not A Drill — 2020: Stand Up, Fight Back. therealnews.com Any strategy about the 2020 elections has to take very seriously the threats and attacks on particular groups and communities. Black, trans, immigrant, and indigenous folks, are organizing hard for radical change and to shape the outcome of the 2020 elections and beyond. In this episode of OrgUp's This Is Not A Drill, hosts Adam…

RT (2020-07-22). Ohio House Speaker arrested after FBI raid in $60mn 'racketeering conspiracy' probe. rt.com The speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder (R), was arrested in an FBI raid on his farm, part of a bribery and racketeering probe into an alleged $60 million in illicit transactions with energy lobbyists. | Householder and four associates were taken into custody on Tuesday following FBI raids, the Department of Justice

WSWS (2020-07-22). Despite withdrawal of ICE ruling, international students in the US remain at risk. wsws.org Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump's tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.

Abdul Rahman (2020-07-22). Workers returning from crisis-hit Gulf economies need state support back home. peoplesdispatch.org The six states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) can expect an average economic downfall of 7.6% this year, according to the revised estimates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF had earlier predicted in April an overall 3% decline in these economies. While the projections may delay economic projects in some of these countries, the impact on millions of migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Egypt and Bangladesh, among others employed in the Gulf, may be deeper and more significant. This is particularly due to lack of any social security net for most of these workers in the host countries which m…

_____ (2020-07-22). 150 Federal Agents Set To Deploy In Chicago. popularresistance.org The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities. One Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Chicago, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed the deployment was expected to take place. The official noted that the HSI agents, who are part of ICE, would not be involved in immigration or deportation matters. "We're not going to leave New York and Chi…

yenisafak (2020-07-22). Israel raids two cultural centers in Jerusalem. yenisafak.com Israeli forces raided two cultural institutions in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to local residents. | Police and intelligence agents stormed the Yabous Cultural Centre and the National Conservatory institute in the city and confiscated several files and documents, residents said. | The reason for the raids remains unclear. | Israeli police took the directors of the two cultural institutions into custody, residents said. | There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the report. | According to Palestinian figures, Israel closed more than 32 cultural and society institutions in Jerusalem since 200…

_____ (2020-07-21). Activists Camp At State House For Giving Undocumented Immigrants Driver's Licenses. popularresistance.org Two groups urging state legislators to include a provision that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses have been encamped outside the State House gates since Friday morning, according to organizers. | "This will put pressure so all the legislators can hear us and pass this bill," said Rolando Oliva, an organizer with Cosecha Massachusetts, in Spanish through a translator as he stood outside the State House late Sunday afternoon. "We have been trying to pass this for 15 years now." | The encampment Sunday afternoon included about 10 tents where activists have been sleeping during the night…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-07-21). 'Flagrantly Unconstitutional': Trump Issues Order to Block Undocumented Immigrants From Being Counted in Census. commondreams.org "This is another attempt by Trump to use scaremongering against immigrants and rig the system," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/2020_census_trump_0.jpg

RT (2020-07-21). Trump orders that illegal aliens NOT BE COUNTED in allocating House seats under 2020 census, provoking Democrat outrage. rt.com Immigrants in the US illegally will be excluded from allocating state seats in the House of Representatives based on the 2020 census, President Donald Trump has announced. Democrats called the move racist and unconstitutional. | On Tuesday, Trump instructed the Department of Commerce to "exclude illegal aliens from the apportionment base following the 2020 census," meaning that non-citizens will not be counted in the population of those states when the number of seats in the House is next apportioned. | The action "reflects a better understanding of the Constitution and is consistent with the principles of our…

commondreams (2020-07-21). Bend the Arc: Trump's Anti-immigration Census Order 'Straight From the White Supremacist Playbook'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-21). ACLU Calls Trump Anti-Immigrant Census Order Unconstitutional. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-07-21). Trump's Memorandum Targeting Undocumented Immigrants in the 2020 Census is Totalitarian and Unconstitutional. commondreams.org ______________________________…

news.un (2020-07-21). COVID-19 scapegoating triggers fresh displacement in Yemen, warns migration agency. news.un.org COVID-19 fears have prompted fresh displacement in war-torn Yemen, and forced many of those on the move to sell what little they have to survive, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-07-21). Trump Signs Executive Order to Exclude Illegal Immigrants From US Census. sputniknews.com The US president has argued that counting undocumented immigrants in the apportionment process could result in the allocation of two or three more congressional seats in certain US states.

Rashida Tlaib (2020-07-20). "It's the Same Folks Coming After All of Us" zcomm.org White supremacy is really what brings us all together… When we talk about anti-Semitism, when we talk about anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant, it's all of us together fighting against the same people…

WSWS (2020-07-20). COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers. wsws.org The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays. wsws.org One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-07-20). Trudeau government failed to enforce COVID-19 protections for migrant farm workers. wsws.org While claiming that temporary migrant farm workers would be safeguarded from COVID-19, the Liberal government stopped all in-person worksite inspections.

IMEMC News (2020-07-20). Soldiers Abduct A Teen, Injure Young Man In Ramallah. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah before abducting a Palestinian teen, in addition to shooting a young man and searching many homes. Local sources in the refugee camp said the soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes …

yenisafak (2020-07-20). Another body recovered from lake in eastern Turkey. yenisafak.com The death toll from a boat disaster in a lake in eastern Turkey has risen to 60 as another body was recovered on Monday.The boat carrying dozens of irregular migrants sank in Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake, on June 27.Rescue efforts at the site continue.Five suspects have been remanded in custody over the incident thus far.Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the number of irregular migrants arriving in Turkey has declined.However, more than 21,000 migrants have reached Van so far this year, according to Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.Of them, 16,000 were denied entry but 4,500 managed to enter illega…

RT (2020-07-19). Giant Martian lava caves could be prime location to find alien life. rt.com The enormous caves left behind in the aftermath of lava flows could be havens for alien life forms on other planets. Experts say we should be aiming to explore these fascinating extraterrestrial caverns. | After molten lava erupts out of the earth and spills into the surrounding countryside, it often leaves behind huge, underground cave systems called lava tubes. | On our planet, they've become a prime target for adventurous cave explorers. Scientists say we should also be trying to explore them in other worlds too, because they could have provided alien life forms with a refuge from harsh conditions. | | Th…

The Canary (2020-07-19). Government's hostile environment blamed for 'chilling' rise in self-harm incidents at immigration detention centres. thecanary.co A rise in the number of self-harm incidents in immigration detention centres is the chilling effect of the government's "hostile environment", it has been claimed.Home Office statistics indicate that the number of incidents in immigration removal centres has risen over the last five years from 313 in 2015 to 474 last year.The figures were published in response to a written parliamentary question from acting Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey. | Despite a slight drop in the number of incidents between 2015 (313) and 2016 (295), the figure grew to 403 in 2017.A total of 398 incidents of self-harm were recorded in 201…

Mike Hastie (2020-07-19). Homeless in Portland, Oregon. zcomm.org Old Town Portland looks like a huge refugee settlement. I deliver lunches to 4 homeless encampments three days a week. It is like walking into a poverty war zone…

Ali Salam (2020-07-19). Israeli Army Detains Palestinian Youths from Ramallah, Jerusalem. imemc.org The Israeli army, at dawn Saturday, stormed al-Jalazoun refugee camp in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and detained three Palestinian teens, the Palestinian Information Center reported. According to Asra Media Office, members of a special Israeli military unit detained three teenagers from their homes in al-Jalazoun camp. The …

_____ (2020-07-19). GEO Group's ICE Jail Lies To Immigration Lawyer. popularresistance.org Aurora, CO — On the morning of June 30, 2020, Pablo Mackleen Grijalva's lawyer tried to contact him at the GEO Group's ICE jail where he is detained, but to her shock, the officer on the phone told her he was not there. She immediately called Kesha Davalos Grijalva, Mackleen Grijalva's wife, and told her what the officer said. After calling the jail a second time, an officer confirmed that Mackleen Grijalva was going to be deported that day with others in the weekly deportation van. When Davalos Grijalva heard the deportation news, she called her friends and family and a group of them decided to drive to th…