Monthly Archives: January 2020

2020-01-31: News Headlines

Staff (2020-01-31). White House Curbs Immigration for 6 Nations in Election-Year Push. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Friday that it was curbing legal immigration from six additional countries that officials said did not meet security standards, as part of an election-year push to further restrict immigration. | Officials said immigrants from Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will

RT (2020-01-31). Trump to expand travel ban, targeting immigrants from 6 more countries. rt.com US President Donald Trump will issue an updated version of his controversial travel ban, acting Homeland Security head Chad Wolf said Friday. The existing ban will remain in place, having been okayed by the Supreme Court in 2018. | Speaking to reporters by phone, Wolf said that the updated ban will suspend immigrant visas for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria. Non-immigrant visas from these countries will not be affected. | 'Diversity Visas' — handed out by lottery to boost immigration from countries with low rates of immigration to the US — for nationals of Sudan and Tanzania wil…

Hatewatch Staff (2020-01-31). Workers Organization Shares Staff, Cash With Anti-Immigrant Groups. splcenter.org U.S. Tech Workers, a project of the anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), has ties to an anti-immigrant hate network and unprecedented access to the Trump administration.

Staff (2020-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…

WSWS (2020-01-31). Right wing whips up anti-refugee sentiment in Greek island protests. wsws.org Posters advertising the protests portrayed refugees as invaders and bore the slogan "We want our islands back… we want our life back!"

news.un (2020-01-31). How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan. news.un.org When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn't have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money.

yenisafak (2020-01-31). Israeli air strikes target southern Gaza Strip. yenisafak.com Israel carried out a series of air strikes in the south of the Gaza Strip early on Friday morning.An Anadolu Agency correspondent reported that Israeli jets conducted 10 consecutive air raids in Rafah city.No casualties were reported by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza but damage was caused to homes and a water well in the city.The Israeli army claimed it hit Hamas targets including "underground infrastructure [tunnels] used to manufacture weapons."The air strikes, the army said, were in response to rockets and incendiary balloons allegedly launched from the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

RT (2020-01-30). Leaked memo shows US border patrol agents instructed to interrogate travelers with 'Iranian links' at Canadian border — report. rt.com An apparent US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) memo sent anonymously to a Canadian immigration lawyer purports to show instructions to border officers to interrogate travelers with 'links' to Iran. | The memo was obtained by Canada's CBC News after it was dropped off at the office of lawyer Len Saunders in a blank envelope by an anonymous source on Wednesday. | The missive orders border agents to "conduct vetting" on people between the ages of 20 and 58 with links to Iran and Lebanon, whether they were born there or traveled there for other reasons, CBC reported. | It seems to have come into effect in the imme…

Staff (2020-01-30). Mexico's "Progressive President" Sends National Guard to Teargas Immigrants. truthout.org More than a year after the last migrant caravan left Central America, thousands of Central Americans gathered again in Honduras and started their journey to the United States on Jan 15. Back in

teleSUR (2020-01-30). US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers. telesurenglish.net United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…

teleSUR (2020-01-30). 'Remain In Mexico Program Leaves Death and Torture' ACLU Says. telesurenglish.net Social activists Wednesday gathered in San Diego, California, to protest against the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) program due to human rights abuses occurring in the places to which migrants are sent. | RELATED: | Since it began to be implemented a year ago, the "Remain-In-Mexico" policy requires asylum seekers arriving by land at the U.S./Mexico border to return to Mexico to await their asylum hearing i…

teleSUR (2020-01-30). Greece to Install Floating Fence to Block Migrants. telesurenglish.net Greece is planning to install a floating fence on the Aegean Sea to block migrants from reaching its islands' shores through Turkey, government officials said on Thursday. | RELATED: | According to the government officials, Greece wants to build a 2.7-kilometer-long net-like barrier near the island of Lesbos, where the overcrowded Moria camp operates. | This floating fence will rise 50 centimeters above sea level and carry ligh…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-01-30). Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis. thegrayzone.com The shocking story of how wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigrant rights, international food, and a pliant DC media…

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian (2020-01-30). What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee? thenation.com What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?

splcenter (2020-01-29). Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy marks one year, leaving tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Mexican border towns. splcenter.org

Susan Price (2020-01-29). Austria's Green-right alliance sells out migrants. greenleft.org.au

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-01-28). Asylum-Seekers Are Being Abandoned in Guatemala in a New Policy Officials Call a "Total Disaster" aclu.org In late November, U.S. immigration authorities began | deporting some Central American asylum-seekers to Guatemala under a new | policy that makes it nearly impossible for them to seek asylum in the U.S. | But Guatemalan human rights workers say that their country's | asylum system isn't capable of handling even the relatively small numbers that | have been sent there so far, and that asylum seekers' precarious status in the | country has already pushed many to leave. | "They're preferring to move on…

news.un (2020-01-28). 2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas. news.un.org More than 800 people died last year crossing deserts, rivers and remote lands while migrating across the Americas, making 2019 one of deadliest years on record, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

news.un (2020-01-28). West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency. news.un.org The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan's West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.

pip.hinman (2020-01-28). Tanya Plibersek's patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. greenleft.org.au

news.un (2020-01-27). Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre. news.un.org Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country.

news.un (2020-01-27). 'Carry our stories forward': Holocaust survivors share powerful testimonies at UN. news.un.org When the Nazis invaded Poland, overnight, nine-year-old Theodor Meron became "a refugee, out of school, out of childhood and constantly in clear and present danger", the man who would later become a Judge for International Criminal Tribunals told the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Monday.

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

splcenter (2020-01-10). Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.

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Trump to expand travel ban, targeting immigrants from 6 more countries
rt.com | 2020-01-31
US President Donald Trump will issue an updated version of his controversial travel ban, acting Homeland Security head Chad Wolf said Friday. The existing ban will remain in place, having been okayed by the Supreme Court in 2018. | Speaking to reporters by phone, Wolf said that the updated ban will suspend immigrant visas for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria. Non-immigrant visas from these countries will not be affected. | 'Diversity Visas'

Workers Organization Shares Staff, Cash With Anti-Immigrant Groups
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2020-01-31
U.S. Tech Workers, a project of the anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), has ties to an anti-immigrant hate network and unprecedented access to the Trump administration.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/31/workers-organization-shares-staff-cash-anti-immigrant-groups

White House Curbs Immigration for 6 Nations in Election-Year Push
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
WASHINGTON

Right wing whips up anti-refugee sentiment in Greek island protests
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
Posters advertising the protests portrayed refugees as invaders and bore the slogan "We want our islands back… we want our life back!"
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/gree-j31.html

How mobile money is rebuilding lives in Sudan
news.un.org | 2020-01-31
When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn't have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs a thriving business, thanks to an innovative scheme involving the UN migration agency (IOM), based on the use of mobile money.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056302

Israeli air strikes target southern Gaza Strip
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-31
Israel carried out a series of air strikes in the south of the Gaza Strip early on Friday morning.An Anadolu Agency correspondent reported that Israeli jets conducted 10 consecutive air raids in Rafah city.No casualties were reported by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza but damage was caused to homes and a water well in the city.The Israeli army claimed it hit Hamas targets including "underground infrastructure [tunnels] used to manufacture weapons."The air strikes, the army said, were in response to rockets and incendiary balloons allegedly launched from the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
yenisafak.com/en/world/israeli-air-strikes-target-southern-gaza-strip-3510961

Mexico's "Progressive President" Sends National Guard to Teargas Immigrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
More than a year after the last migrant caravan left Central America, thousands of Central Americans gathered again in Honduras and started their journey to the United States on Jan 15. Back in late 2018, 4,000 migrants made a perilous journey from San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second-largest city, to the U.S. border at Tijuana. Desperate to leave behind a life of extreme violence and poverty, thousands of Cent…
truthout.org/articles/mexicos-progressive-president-sends-national-guard-to-teargas-immigrants/

Greece to Install Floating Fence to Block Migrants
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
Greece is planning to install a floating fence on the Aegean Sea to block migrants from reaching its islands' shores through Turkey, government officials said on Thursday. | RELATED: | Greece: Katerina Sakellaropoulou First Female President | According to the government officials, Greece wants to build a 2.7-kilometer-long net-like barrier near the island of Lesbos, where the overcrowded Moria camp operates. | This floating fence will rise 50 centimeters above sea level and carry ligh…
telesurenglish.net/news/Greece-to-Install-Floating-Fence-to-Block-Migrants–20200130-0007.html

'Remain In Mexico Program Leaves Death and Torture' ACLU Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
Social activists Wednesday gathered in San Diego, California, to protest against the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) program due to human rights abuses occurring in the places to which migrants are sent. | RELATED: | New Migrant Group Sneaks Into Mexico by Crossing Suchiate River | Since it began to be implemented a year ago, the "Remain-In-Mexico" policy requires asylum seekers arriving by land at the U.S./Mexico border to return to Mexico to await their asylum hearing i…
telesurenglish.net/news/Remain-In-Mexico-Program-Leaves-Death-and–Torture-ACLU-Says-20200130-0006.html

US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | US Congress Committee to Investigate Death of Detained Migrants | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Bernie-Sanders-Top-Presidential-Pick-Among-Deported-Dreamers-20200130-0015.html

Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-30
The shocking story of how wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigrant rights, international food, and a pliant DC media…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/30/anti-trump-immigrant-food-lobbyists-coup-fueled-migration-crisis/

Guatemala Announces New Reforms to Prison System
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
The government of Guatemala announced a new reform to its prison system that includes the construction of a maximum security prison, the creation of "rehabilitation farms" and the implementation of the electronic shackle in order to reduce overcrowding that reached 400 percent in 2019. | RELATED: | New Migrant Group Sneaks Into Mexico by Crossing Suchiate River | The General Directorate of the Guatemalan Penitentiary System reported last year that the number of people deprived…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemala-Announces-New-Reforms-to-Prison-System-20200130-0009.html

What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?
thenation.com/article/environment/climate-refugees-borders/

AMLO: Killing of Mexican Butterfly Conservationist 'Regrettable'
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador today described the assassination of the administrator of the Monarcas butterfly sanctuary, Homero Gomez Gonzalez, as regrettable and painful. | RELATED: | Mexico's President Assures Continuation of Social Programs | …
telesurenglish.net/news/AMLO-Killing-of-Mexican-Butterfly-Conservationist-Regrettable-20200130-0018.html

Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy marks one year, leaving tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Mexican border towns
splcenter.org | 2020-01-29
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/29/trumps-remain-mexico-policy-marks-one-year-leaving-tens-thousands-migrants-stranded-mexican

Austria's Green-right alliance sells out migrants
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-29
climate justice immigration rights Jacob Andrewartha Margarita WindischIssue 1251 Austria Austrian Greens…
greenleft.org.au/content/austria-green-right-alliance-sells-out-migrants

Asylum-Seekers Are Being Abandoned in Guatemala in a New Policy Officials Call a "Total Disaster"
Ashoka Mukpo | aclu.org | 2020-01-28
In late November, U.S. immigration authorities began | deporting some Central American asylum-seekers to Guatemala under a new | policy that makes it nearly impossible for them to seek asylum in the U.S. | But Guatemalan human rights workers say that their country's | asylum system isn't capable of handling even the relatively small numbers that | have been sent there so far, and that asylum seekers' precarious status in the | country has already pushed many to leave. | "They're preferring to move on…
aclu.org/news/human-rights/asylum-seekers-are-being-abandoned-in-guatemala-in-a-new-policy-officials-call-a-total-disaster

2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas
news.un.org | 2020-01-28
More than 800 people died last year crossing deserts, rivers and remote lands while migrating across the Americas, making 2019 one of deadliest years on record, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056202

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency
news.un.org | 2020-01-28
The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan's West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056182

Tanya Plibersek's patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-28
nationalism Peter BoyleIssue 1251 Australia patriotism Racism our common causeJanuary 28, 2020When British essayist Samuel Johnson wrote in 1…
greenleft.org.au/content/tanya-pliberseks-patriotism-last-refuge-scoundrel

Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre
news.un.org | 2020-01-27
Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056052

'Carry our stories forward': Holocaust survivors share powerful testimonies at UN
news.un.org | 2020-01-27
When the Nazis invaded Poland, overnight, nine-year-old Theodor Meron became "a refugee, out of school, out of childhood and constantly in clear and present danger", the man who would later become a Judge for International Criminal Tribunals told the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056122

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views
splcenter.org | 2020-01-13
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/14/miller-dismisses-daca-emails-mirroring-anti-immigrant-extremists-views

Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy
splcenter.org | 2020-01-10
The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/11/weekend-read-splc-sues-trump-administration-over-family-separation-policy