2020-08-12: News Headlines

A Guest Author (2020-08-12). Illegal terror against im/migrants continues. workers.org By B.L.S. San Antonio, Texas "They told me not to tell my family where I was," a Haitian asylum-seeker recounted. "I heard people being taken away in the hall [of the hotel] screaming, 'I'm not going! I'm not going!'" An im/migrant Haitian mother and her daughter are incarcerated by ICE . . . |

United We Dream (2020-08-12). Wednesday 8/12: Action: Demand Congress Include All Immigrants in the Next COVID Stimulus Bill. indybay.org Online action…

_____ (2020-08-12). Meatpacking Workers Continue To Struggle During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org Five thousand plant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nebraska, representing nearly 20 percent of cases statewide, and at least 21 of those workers have died. Plants predominantly employ immigrants and refugees, consisting mostly of Latinos, but also Sudanese, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and other groups. Even though workers' pay increased at the plants, so too did their workload. With many still out sick, workers have been expected to keep up with line speeds operating at full capacity. Many workers live in multigenerational homes, and the coronavirus case and death figures cited by Sen. Vargas do not acco…

The Canary (2020-08-12). Using Royal Navy to tackle refugee crossings 'declaration of maritime war' — Calais mayor. thecanary.co Sending the Royal Navy into the English Channel to deal with migrant crossings is a "declaration of maritime war", the mayor of Calais has said. | Natacha Bouchart told France 3 that the British government must take responsibility. She called on Priti Patel's French counterpart to push them on the issue. Her fierce words came as more refugees arrived in the UK on Wednesday 12 August. | Meanwhile, at least 19 refugees who arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats, and were due to be deported on Wednesday 12 August, have had their removals paused, the PA news agency has learned. | Unwanted ref…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-12). FAO supplies Iran with more desert locust equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) — FAO delivers two more consignments of desert locust control equipment and materials to Iran to further enhance national technical capacity to prevent and decrease the damages caused by this migratory pest.

United We Dream (2020-08-12). Wednesday 8/12: United We Dream: Panel Discussion on the Documentary Series "Immigration Nation" indybay.org Online via livestream…

Steve Topple (2020-08-12). A BBC journalist's tweet sums up the broadcaster's rancid attitude towards refugees. thecanary.co A BBC journalist managed to sum up in one tweet the broadcaster's rancid coverage of refugees crossing the Channel. But the situation also points to a wider problem: how co-opted the media is, and how corporations co-opt politics for their own gains. | The BBC: scraping the bottom of the barrel: | Both BBC and Sky News have

Fight Back (2020-08-11). Ilhan Omar speaks at Minneapolis celebration of NO BAN Act passage In House. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A small crowd gathered in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood on August 10 for a press conference celebrating the passage of the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. | The bill would repeal President Trump's racist travel ban that has prevented immigration from a list of Muslim-majority and African countries. It would also strengthen prohibitions against discrimination on visa applications, permanently barring the executive branch from banning people from entering the United States on the basis of religious affiliation. Approv…

Fight Back (2020-08-11). Meatpackers fired for asking for COVID precautions, organize a picket to fight back. fightbacknews.org Franklin, WI – On the morning of August 7, a crowd of around 80 people marched outside a Strauss Brands meatpacking facility located in the small town of Franklin just south of Milwaukee. In the crowd were workers from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1473 (UFCW 1473) and their families, and members of other unions and community groups; most visibly immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera. | The crowd was gathered to call for justice for 31 line workers who had been fired for organizing for better COVID-19 protections. Strauss fired these Latino workers with Social Security No Match letters from the S…

Anthony D. Romero (2020-08-11). Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security. Its Tactics are Fearsome. aclu.org This piece originally appeared in

Tom Coburg (2020-08-11). Firm that ran fake news advertising for Brexit campaign is rebranded as 'safety tech' expert. thecanary.co A government department has described the UK as a "

news.un (2020-08-11). Refugees also affected by Beirut blast as UN relief efforts continue. news.un.org Dozens of refugees were among the victims of the deadly explosions at Beirut's port a week ago that destroyed large areas of the Lebanese capital, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-08-11). Violence in Sudan's Western Darfur forces 2,500 into Chad, reports UN refugee agency. news.un.org Recent clashes in Sudan's Western Darfur region has driven more than 2,500 people across the border into neighbouring Chad, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

news.un (2020-08-11). Violence in Sudan's Western Darfur forces 2,500 into Chad: UN refugee agency. news.un.org Recent clashes in Sudan's Western Darfur region has driven more than 2,500 people across the border into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-11). Authorities Visit Loring Park Tent Encampment, Bring Eviction Scare. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — On Monday afternoon, authorities visited the Loring Park Sanctuary to speak with residents of the outdoor tent community, stoking fears of another clearing of the park. | Three weeks ago, law enforcement bulldozed dozens of tents in Powderhorn Park, arrested about 20 people,…

Fight Back (2020-08-10). Brown Berets of Minnesota hold protest honoring Mario Sanchez. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 9, over 100 people gathered on the corner of 35th Street and Chicago Avenue, the site where Mario Sanchez was killed during community violence on July 27. The protest was called by the newly-formed Minnesota chapter of the Brown Berets, the broader immigrant rights and Black liberation movements, and the American Indian Movement. Family and organizers believe the case has remained uninvestigated by the Minneapolis Police Department due to its proximity to the site where George Floyd was murdered Memorial Day weekend and because of Sanchez's immigration status. | In spite of the everch…

news.un (2020-08-10). New guidance for protecting migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic. news.un.org As migrant workers continue to be on the front lines of the collective response to COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are releasing new employer guidance for measures to protect them.

news.un (2020-08-10). Pandemic poses fresh challenges for vulnerable migrant workers in Middle East. news.un.org Amidst reports that many migrant workers in the Middle East are being made destitute, due to an economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN is calling on governments and employers to respect their rights, and show solidarity with their plight.

Labor Video Project (2020-08-10). Free Them All! Care Not Cages! March & Rally In SF Against ICE & Republicrats. indybay.org Activists protested at the ICE office in San Francisco against the imprisonment of children in cages and the ICE terrorism against immigrants and people of color. They also attacked California Governor Newsom, Pelosi and the Democrats for supporting these policies.

yenisafak (2020-08-10). Migrants still landing in UK as govt takes tougher line. yenisafak.com A small boat carrying 20 Syrian migrants was met by the British Border Force off the coast of Dover, local media reported on Monday.Between Thursday and Sunday, almost 700 migrants landed in the UK via the Channel, according to Sky News.The British government has taken a tougher line on migration via the Channel in recent days.Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his willingness to work with French authorities to stop the channel crossings and ensure that migrants "understand that this isn't a good idea, this is a very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do"."But then there's a second thing we've…

Claud Fullwood (2020-08-10). Johnson calls Channel crossings 'bad, stupid, dangerous and criminal'. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has criticised people crossing the Channel to seek refuge in the UK. He said crossing the Channel was a "very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do". He has also hinted at changing laws to tackle Channel crossings. | A human crisis: | Over 4,000 people, including women and children, have

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-08-09). E$paña: No somos esclavos! indybay.org E$paña: °No somos esclavos! -reclamo antirracista de trabajadorxs agrícolas inmigrantes- | "A los negros aquí nos tratan como mierda"

RT (2020-08-09). New UK commander to tackle migrant boat 'invasion,' as record numbers reach British shores. rt.com UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has appointed a former Royal Marine commando to stop migrants crossing the English Channel by boat. As hundreds of migrants land in the UK daily, Patel said her aim is to "make this route unviable." | A former Royal Marine and veteran of combat in Iraq and Kosovo, Dan O'Mahoney will now be tasked with stemming the flow of migrants into Britain from France via the English Channel. O'Mahoney was appointed 'Clandestine Channel Threat Commander' by Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday, and is the first official to assume the new role. | "The number of illegal small boat crossings is a…

sputniknews (2020-08-08). France Will Ask UK to Pay £30 Mln to Police the English Channel Amid Migrants Influx – Report. sputniknews.com Britain earlier vowed to take tougher action on illegal migration together with France, as some 7,500 migrants in total could cross the Channel by Christmas.

Steve Topple (2020-08-08). The corporate press is back to the 'migrant invasion' propaganda again. thecanary.co The corporate press's response to refugees crossing the English channel shows that little has changed in five years. That is right-wing politicians and tabloids continue to roll out the 'migrant invasion' narrative for their own purposes; ignoring the fact that