Daily Archives: January 12, 2020

2020-01-12: News Headlines

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Spain and Gibraltar Detain 47 Migrant Smugglers – Reports. sputniknews.com The Spanish National Police and the law enforcement agencies of Gibraltar conducted a joint operation against a criminal group that transported migrants, according to 20 Minutos Editora media otlet.

Staff (2020-01-11). White House Considering Dramatic Expansion of Travel Ban. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations. | A document outlining the plans — timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Trump's January 2017 executive order — has been circulating the White House. But the countries that would be affected if it moves forward are blacked out, according to two of the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the measu…

WSWS (2020-01-11). Denied US entry, asylum seeker takes his own life on US-Mexico border bridge. wsws.org The suicide of Jesús García Serna casts light on the dire conditions facing the migrants being turned away from the US southern border.

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Earthquake of Magnitude 6 Shakes Puerto Rico Again. telesurenglish.net A new earthquake of a magnitude of 6 Saturday shook Puerto Rico, a country which since Friday afternoon records aftershocks of different intensity after the 6.4 earthquake that hit the island last Tuesday and caused one death, about 2,000 refugees, and thousands of damaged homes. | RELATED: | 'Water Is Running Out': Puerto Rico on Emergency After Quakes | The Puerto Rico Seismic Network (RSPR) reported that there is no tsunami warning for this latest earthquake, whose epicenter was…

news.un (2020-01-11). FROM THE FIELD: West Africa's wishful gold diggers. news.un.org The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-11). 'Utterly Shameful': Progressives Slam Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott's Decision to Refuse New Refugees. commondreams.org Progressive politicians, refugee advocates, and human rights groups swiftly condemned Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement on Friday that Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees—a move enabled by an executive order President Donald Trump signed in September. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-539562310.png

Sasha Abramsky (2020-01-10). California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers. thenation.com California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers…

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.

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-01-10). The Tories have backtracked on yet another pledge, and this time it's children who'll suffer. thecanary.co On 9 January, a vote passed in parliament to remove protections for child refugees from the Brexit bill. The vote means that after Brexit, child refugees in EU countries won't be able to join their families in the UK. | It also breaks a cross-party pledge, made in 2018, to safeguard these children. | "Shameful": | Many people have expressed their outrage over this government's cr…

news.un (2020-01-09). Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a 'year of change'. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 "the year of change for robust refugee protection". On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.

Abdi Soltani (2020-01-08). Iranian Americans Have Rights, Too — No Matter What's Happening Abroad. aclu.org Like most Iranian Americans, my family immigrated to the United States in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran, hoping to find safety and acceptance in a country that prides itself on diversity and freedom of expression. We learned and embraced the principles of the Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, due process, and equal protection — protections that apply to every person, citizen and non-citizen alike. But what happened at the U.S. border this past weekend was a painful reminder that sometimes, we are still considered outsiders. | In the state of Washington this weekend,…

Madhuri Grewal (2020-01-07). It Is Time for a New Way Forward. aclu.org In 1996, at the height of the "tough on crime" era, President Bill Clinton signed two laws that dramatically changed the criminal legal system and radically altered the U.S. immigration system. Just as the 1994 crime bill instituted unjust mandatory minimum sentences and ballooned the prison population, the immigration bills of that same era led to similarly disastrous consequences for immigrants — an explosion in the growth of detention and unfairly harsh punishments for immigrants, including mandatory deportations for minor…

Chris Garaffa (2020-01-05). Students learn in the streets: struggle wins release of Connecticut teen from ICE custody. liberationnews.org The struggle for Mario's freedom is not over, and neither is the fight for immigrant rights overall.

Sarah Lahm (2020-01-03). Midwest Dispatch: A Christmas Day Fire Shows Teachers are More Than Test Scores. progressive.org Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids.

Jeff Abbott (2019-12-23). The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala. progressive.org A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.

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Spain and Gibraltar Detain 47 Migrant Smugglers – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-12
The Spanish National Police and the law enforcement agencies of Gibraltar conducted a joint operation against a criminal group that transported migrants, according to 20 Minutos Editora media otlet.
sputniknews.com/europe/202001121078014497-spain-and-gibraltar-detain-47-migrant-smugglers—reports/

The Limits of Capitalism
Laurie E. Adkin | zcomm.org | 2020-01-12
The UN predicts that there will be 200 million climate refugees by 2050…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-limits-of-capitalism/

White House Considering Dramatic Expansion of Travel Ban
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-11
WASHINGTON

Denied US entry, asylum seeker takes his own life on US-Mexico border bridge
wsws.org | 2020-01-11
The suicide of Jesús García Serna casts light on the dire conditions facing the migrants being turned away from the US southern border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/11/bord-j11.html

Earthquake of Magnitude 6 Shakes Puerto Rico Again
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-11
A new earthquake of a magnitude of 6 Saturday shook Puerto Rico, a country which since Friday afternoon records aftershocks of different intensity after the 6.4 earthquake that hit the island last Tuesday and caused one death, about 2,000 refugees, and thousands of damaged homes. | RELATED: | 'Water Is Running Out': Puerto Rico on Emergency After Quakes | The Puerto Rico Seismic Network (RSPR) reported that there is no tsunami warning for this latest earthquake, whose epicenter was…
telesurenglish.net/news/Earthquake-of-Magnitude-6-Shakes-Puerto-Rico-Again-20200111-0003.html

My journey to Aztlán
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-11
Los Angeles, CA – September 16, 2019 marked the 50-year anniversary of Chicano Liberation Day. The day was proposed September 16, 1969 in El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán, as the date when Chicanos would have Independence. After 50 years we still have not gained our right to self-determination. | My own realization | I was raised in the states of Washington and Georgia but born in Florida. I was not a military brat; I am the daughter of Mexican migrant farm workers. My mother is from Durango, and my father from Hidalgo. Like many who cross the border, their journeys were terrifying and dangerous. My mother, without k…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/11/my-journey-aztl-n

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa's wishful gold diggers
news.un.org | 2020-01-11
The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055121

'Utterly Shameful': Progressives Slam Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott's Decision to Refuse New Refugees
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-11
Progressive politicians, refugee advocates, and human rights groups swiftly condemned Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement on Friday that Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees—a move enabled by an executive order President Donald Trump signed in September. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-539562310.png
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/11/utterly-shameful-progressives-slam-texas-gop-gov-greg-abbotts-decision-refuse-new?cd-origin=rss

California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-01-10
California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers…
thenation.com/article/immigration-california-labor-rights/

California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-01-10
California's New 'Gig Worker' Law Will Hurt Freelancers…
thenation.com/article/immigration-california-labor-rights/

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

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Issues Call to Catholics: Let Us End Our Complicity in War
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton | commondreams.org | 2020-01-10
The U.S. has killed untold numbers of civilians by unmanned aerial drones, bombing raids, cruise missile attacks, and special operations missions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia—also in Syria and Yemen. (Photo: via EuroYankee) | …
commondreams.org/views/2020/01/10/bishop-thomas-gumbleton-issues-call-catholics-let-us-end-our-complicity-war?cd-origin=rss

The Tories have backtracked on yet another pledge, and this time it's children who'll suffer
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-01-10
On 9 January, a vote passed in parliament to remove protections for child refugees from the Brexit bill. The vote means that after Brexit, child refugees in EU countries won't be able to join their families in the UK. | It also breaks a cross-party pledge, made in 2018, to safeguard these children. | "Shameful": | Many people have expressed their outrage over this government's cr…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/01/10/the-tories-have-backtracked-on-yet-another-pledge-and-this-time-its-children-wholl-suffer/

The Tories have backtracked on yet another pledge, and this time it's children who'll suffer
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-01-10
On 9 January, a vote passed in parliament to remove protections for child refugees from the Brexit bill. The vote means that after Brexit, child refugees in EU countries won't be able to join their families in the UK. | It also breaks a cross-party pledge, made in 2018, to safeguard these children. | "Shameful": | Many people have expressed their outrage over this government's cr…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/01/10/the-tories-have-backtracked-on-yet-another-pledge-and-this-time-its-children-wholl-suffer/

Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a 'year of change'
news.un.org | 2020-01-09
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 "the year of change for robust refugee protection". On Thursday, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and German preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055091

It Is Time for a New Way Forward
Madhuri Grewal | aclu.org | 2020-01-07
In 1996, at the height of the "tough on crime" era, President Bill Clinton signed two laws that dramatically changed the criminal legal system and radically altered the U.S. immigration system. Just as the 1994 crime bill instituted unjust mandatory minimum sentences and ballooned the prison population, the immigration bills of that same era led to similarly disastrous consequences for immigrants

Students learn in the streets: struggle wins release of Connecticut teen from ICE custody
Chris Garaffa | liberationnews.org | 2020-01-05
The struggle for Mario's freedom is not over, and neither is the fight for immigrant rights overall.
liberationnews.org/students-learn-in-the-streets-struggle-wins-release-of-connecticut-teen-from-ice-custody/

Midwest Dispatch: A Christmas Day Fire Shows Teachers are More Than Test Scores
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2020-01-03
Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids.
progressive.org/dispatches/midwest-dispatch-a-christmas-day-fire-shows-teachers-are-more-than-test-scores-lahm-200103/

The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-12-23
A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.
progressive.org/dispatches/asylum-seekers-routed-guatemala-abbott-191223/