2020-08-04: News Headlines

Staff (2020-08-04). "It's Basically a Death Sentence": Hunger Strikers Demand Release as Virus Surges in ICE Jails. democracynow.org People being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement jails are holding work strikes and hunger strikes over the lack of access to personal protective equipment or quality medical care, and to demand their release. We speak with Joe Mejia, an asylum seeker who was among a group of prisoners at Yuba County Jail in California who led a hunger strike while he was held there for nearly 11 months. "That place is dangerous," Mejia says. "It is a death sentence to detainees, especially right now with the coronavirus."

Staff (2020-08-04). "Release Them All": Calls Grow to Stop Jailing Immigrants as Transfers & Deportations Spread COVID. democracynow.org The U.S. government continues to hold tens of thousands of asylum seekers and immigrants in detention centers and jails, ignoring the advice of medical experts as the coronavirus continues to spread. ICE has also continued to transfer and deport people — including those who are infected — making it a global superspreader. We speak with Luis Angel Reyes Savalza, an immigration attorney and co-director of Pangea Legal Services in San Francisco, who himself is undocumented and recently got arrested at a protest outside the mansion of California Governor Gavin Newsom demanding the release of people in sta…

Staff (2020-08-04). Militarized BORTAC Border Patrol Raids & Ransacks Medical Camp on U.S. Border, Arrests 30 Migrants. democracynow.org In Arizona, heavily armed Border Patrol officers raided the medical camp of humanitarian group No More Deaths and detained 30 migrants whose whereabouts are now unknown. It was the second raid in just two days on the camp, which provides water, food and medical attention to refugees crossing into the United States through the scorching Sonoran Desert. "Immediately after they entered the camp, the first thing they did was round up all of the No More Deaths aid workers and zip-tie them, remove their phones," says Montana Thames, a humanitarian aid worker with No More Deaths. "It was very clear they didn't want any…

AFP (2020-08-04). Refugees freed from Greek camp 'hell' left homeless. indybay.org When Amir Hussein was finally allowed to leave the horrific migrant camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, it was supposed to be the end of a year-long odyssey.

WSWS (2020-08-03). US Border Patrol raids "No More Deaths" humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona. wsws.org Last week's operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization's recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

Free Them All Coalition- Bay Area (2020-08-03). Saturday 8/8: Shut Down CA's Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice (SF). indybay.org There will be an initial meeting/rally at Justin Herman Plaza and then we will march to the ICE building for another rally. | Please stay tuned for details on a supporting car caravan, led by the SF LowRider Council, which will likely start in the mission and meet up with the march at the ICE building. | Please also stay tuned for actions you can take from home in the days before the action. | Thank you for taking action! #FreeThemAll…

RT (2020-08-03). Former president Medvedev warns Russia set to make it harder for migrants to get work permits as Saudi-style system on cards. rt.com In a surprise move, Russia may tighten visa rules for foreign workers. Former President Dmitry Medvedev says the measure is being considered in response to law and order issues exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. | He told a meeting in Moscow that the possibility of moving to the system favored in Saudi Arabia, where the employer is fully responsible for labor migrants, is being discussed. | "[The expert community] proposes changing the order of entry for migrant workers to Russia," Medvedev explained, the TASS news agency reported. "This means giving such permission to a foreign citizen only in the case of an u…

RT (2020-08-03). 'You're fired!': Trump sacks federal bosses for outsourcing jobs as he clamps down on visas for foreigners. rt.com President Donald Trump has signed an executive order preventing federal agencies from hiring foreign workers via H-1B visas. In addition, Trump fired two federal executives for outsourcing US jobs and "betraying" Americans. | Trump's order, signed on Monday, requires federal agencies to prioritize US citizens and Green Card holders before outsourcing labor to foreign workers — who can come to the US on H-1B visas. Use of these visas is common in the tech sector, and 180,000 of them were issued last year, according to State Department statistics. | Government agencies will now be required to conduct an int…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-03). Rights Group Demands ICE End 'Beyond Inhumane' Detention and Deportations as Covid-19 Pandemic Intensifies. commondreams.org Blaming the Trump administration's "irresponsible actions" for the ongoing spread of Covid-19 in immigration detention centers, the International Rescue Committee demanded that people be released from detention immediately to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1222258669.png

_____ (2020-08-02). Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp. popularresistance.org The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital. | Byrd Camp is located near Arivaca and serves as a medical aid site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the borderland. | No More Deaths volunteer Emily Saunders said Border Patrol usually allows activities there to continue. But in late July, agents entered the property and arrested a migrant receiving care.

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-02). Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment. commondreams.org A scene from the Netflix documentary Immigration Nation. (Image: screenshot/Netflix) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/immigration-nation.png

WSWS (2020-08-01). Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia. wsws.org The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

The Canary (2020-08-01). Home Office launches attack on 'activist lawyers' getting in the way of sending back refugees to France. thecanary.co The Home Office has launched an attack on what it calls "activist lawyers" who it says are frustrating efforts to send refugees back to France.It cited "vexatious" claims that are hindering its attempts to remove refugees from the UK, but refused to say how many remained in the country.Priti Patel's office also hit out at "inflexible and rigid" asylum regulations that it says are "not fit for purpose"."Vexatious" claims: The row comes after a record 202 refugees reached the UK by crossing the Channel on Thursday 30 July. More are believed to have made the perilous journey on 31 July.Suspected refugees inte…

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-07-31). Federal judge blocks use of public charge rule against immigrants. peoplesworld.org In a new setback to the Trump administration's assault on immigrants, a U.S. district court judge in New York has issued injunctions barring the administration from using its "public charge" rule to deny green cards to immigrants thought likely to use such public benefits as Medicaid, food stamps or housing vouchers. Judge George Daniels of …

PCHR (2020-07-31). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23— 28 July 2020). imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Summary Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized by the excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, the Israeli's excessive use of force …

The Canary (2020-07-31). Government wants to appeal against Shamima Begum return ruling. thecanary.co The government is set to ask for permission to appeal against a ruling that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the removal of her British citizenship. | Begum, now 20, was one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. She lived under IS rule for more than three years before she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds later that month. | SIAC rejected Begum's appeal despite it…

John Washington (2020-07-30). 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'. thenation.com 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'

Ali Salam (2020-07-30). Israeli Forces Invade Qalandia, Kafr 'Aqab, Open Fire at Palestinians. imemc.org Israeli forces invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem and Kafr 'Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday, and fired at protestors, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Eyewitnesses said many soldiers stormed Kafr 'Aqab and Qalandia, stopped Palestinians in the streets, inspected their identification, seized Palestinian vehicles, and blocked …