Daily Archives: January 17, 2020

2020-01-17: News Headlines

Staff (2020-01-17). Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge. democracynow.org As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…

RT (2020-01-17). Migrant entries from Turkey to Europe on the rise, Frontex chief says. rt.com The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the EU's border agency said on Friday. | More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter Europe without authorization in 2019, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said in Brussels. | "This was mainly due to the situation in Syria, but also instability in Afghanistan, and changing policies towards Afghan nationals by Iranian and Pakistani authorities," Leggeri said. He refused to…

Eds. (2020-01-17). The climate-migration-industrial complex. mronline.org Thirty years ago there were fifteen border walls around the world. Now there are seventy walls and over one billion national and international migrants. International migrants alone may even double in the next forty years due to global warming. | Source

Staff (2020-01-17). At US Border, Inaccurate Mayan-Language Interpretation Can Lead to Deportation. truthout.org As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.

teleSUR (2020-01-17). Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Friday reported that his government will not grant transit visas to migrants from the caravan trying to reach the United States but that there are about 4.000 jobs available. | RELATED: | 'Mexico Won't Let the Caravan Pass' Guatemala's President Says | "Between 2,500 and 3,000 Honduran and Salvadora…

Staff (2020-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Impeachment Trial Opens as Accountability Office Says Trump Broke Law by Withholding Aid, Pentagon Contradicts Trump and Says 11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Strikes, Senate Votes to Approve USMCA, Report: Six Banks Reaped $18 Billion Last Year from Trump Tax Cuts, Guatemalan Protesters Demand Outgoing President Be Arrested for Corruption, Deported Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Sues U.S. Government, FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Virginia, Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions, Harvard Law Students Prote…

Staff (2020-01-17). The Battle With Trump Over Refugee Resettlement Is Not Over Yet. truthout.org Refugee resettlement groups throughout the country are, thankfully, back to their usual work of finding new homes for refugees following this week's ruling by a federal judge in Maryland temporarily barring the implementation of Trump's executive order 13888, signed this past September. That order, part of a much broader package of anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and ant…

teleSUR (2020-01-16). 'Mexico Won't Let the Caravan Pass' Guatemala's President Says. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei Wednesday revealed that Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told him that the Honduran migrants' caravan heading towards the United States would not be allowed to enter into Mexican territory. | RELATED: | Honduran Migrant Caravan Repressed On Guatemala Border Crossing | "The Mexican government told us…

John W. Whitehead (2020-01-16). Red Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment. globalresearch.ca "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." — The Second Amendment to the US Constitution | We never learn. | In the …

Eunice Cho (2020-01-16). The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities. commondreams.org Under the new rules, immigrant detainees will face even greater hurdles in accessing lawyers and legal materials. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ice-standards_blog-image-2-600×400.jpg

Staff (2020-01-16). Headlines for January 16, 2020. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Deliver Articles of Impeachment to Senate, Ex-Giuliani Associate Says Trump Knew of Ukraine Pressure Campaign, U.S. Troops Resume Iraq Operations Despite Parliament's Expulsion Order, Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Tells Congress of U.S. "Mendacity" and "Lies", Trump Signs "Phase 1" Agreement with China, Easing Trade War, Russian Government Resigns as Vladimir Putin Seeks to Retain Power Beyond 2024, At Least 21 Killed in Idlib Amid Syrian, Russian Airstrikes, Court Blocks Trump Order Allowing Local Leaders to Refuse Refugees, ACLU Sues to End Trump's Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Guatemala,…

IMEMC News (2020-01-16). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Injure One, In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, four Palestinians and injured one, after the army invaded Jenin and its refugee camp, in northern West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Jenin city, and Jenin refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. They added that the …

Maurice Wren (2020-01-16). British Government Blocks Refugee Children Being Reunited with Parents. globalresearch.ca The government is causing irreversible harm to vulnerable child refugees living in Britain by denying them the chance of being reunited with their close families. Their mums, their dads, their sisters and brothers — the people they need the most. …

Staff (2020-01-15). In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration. democracynow.org As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…

teleSUR (2020-01-15). Honduran Migrant Caravan Repressed On Guatemala Border Crossing. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of Honduran migrants that joined the caravan heading to the United States were repressed Wednesday by security forces in the town of Corinto while managing to cross the border with Guatemala. | RELATED: | Honduras: Hundreds Join Caravan Heading to the United States | According to teleSUR's correspondent Gilda Silvestrucci, thousands of Hondurans make up this first caravan since April 2019, which includes…

IMEMC News (2020-01-15). Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Summon Two Others For Interrogation, In Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, and summoned two others, including a journalist, for interrogation, in Bethlehem Governorate, south of occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded 'Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched and ransacked several homes, …

Staff (2020-01-14). "Floaters": Martín Espada Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Father & Daughter Who Drowned at U.S. Border. democracynow.org Acclaimed poet Martín Espada pays tribute to àìscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month old daughter Angie Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande river in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States. A photo of the drowned Salvadoran father and daughter caused widespread outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border and also raised questions about the ethics of exploiting such images in the press. Espada's poem "Floaters" meditates on their passing and its aftermath.

Sarah Lahm (2020-01-14). Midwest Dispatch: Minnesota, Refugees, and The Politics of Fear. progressive.org One rural county in Minnesota may be second locale in the entire country to publicly reject refugee resettlement.

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.

news.un (2020-01-11). FROM THE FIELD: West Africa's wishful gold prospectors. 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).

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.

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,…

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.

2020-01-17: Social Media Postees

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The climate-migration-industrial complex
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
Thirty years ago there were fifteen border walls around the world. Now there are seventy walls and over one billion national and international migrants. International migrants alone may even double in the next forty years due to global warming. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/17/the-climate-migration-industrial-complex/

Mexico's President Offers 4,000 Jobs in Attempt to Stop Caravan
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Friday reported that his government will not grant transit visas to migrants from the caravan trying to reach the United States but that there are about 4.000 jobs available. | RELATED: | 'Mexico Won't Let the Caravan Pass' Guatemala's President Says | "Between 2,500 and 3,000 Honduran and Salvadora…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexicos-President-Offers-4000-Jobs-in-Attempt-to-Stop-Caravan-20200117-0003.html

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

At US Border, Inaccurate Mayan-Language Interpretation Can Lead to Deportation
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.
truthout.org/video/at-us-border-inaccurate-mayan-language-interpretation-can-lead-to-deportation/

Migrant entries from Turkey to Europe on the rise, Frontex chief says
rt.com | 2020-01-17
The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the EU's border agency said on Friday. | More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter Europe without authorization in 2019, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said in Brussels. | "This was mainly due to the situation in Syria, but also instability in Afghanistan, and changing policies towards Afghan nationals by Iranian and Pakistani authorities," Leggeri said. He refused to…
rt.com/newsline/478534-migrants-turkey-europe-frontex/

The Battle With Trump Over Refugee Resettlement Is Not Over Yet
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-17
Refugee resettlement groups throughout the country are, thankfully, back to their usual work of finding new homes for refugees following this week's ruling by a federal judge in Maryland temporarily barring the implementation of Trump's executive order 13888, signed this past September. That order, part of a much broader package of anti-immigrant, anti-refugee and ant…
truthout.org/articles/the-battle-with-trump-over-refugee-resettlement-is-not-over-yet/

War Profiteering is Real
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. But there is one set of people who…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/war-profiteering-is-real/

'Mexico Won't Let the Caravan Pass' Guatemala's President Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-16
Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei Wednesday revealed that Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told him that the Honduran migrants' caravan heading towards the United States would not be allowed to enter into Mexican territory. | RELATED: | Honduran Migrant Caravan Repressed On Guatemala Border Crossing | "The Mexican government told us…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Wont-Let-the-Caravan-Pass-Guatemalas-President-Says-20200116-0003.html

Red Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-16
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities
Eunice Cho | commondreams.org | 2020-01-16
Under the new rules, immigrant detainees will face even greater hurdles in accessing lawyers and legal materials. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ice-standards_blog-image-2-600×400.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/01/16/trump-administration-weakens-standards-ice-detention-facilities?cd-origin=rss

British Government Blocks Refugee Children Being Reunited with Parents
Maurice Wren | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-16
The government is causing irreversible harm to vulnerable child refugees living in Britain by denying them the chance of being reunited with their close families. Their mums, their dads, their sisters and brothers

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Injure One, In Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-16
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, four Palestinians and injured one, after the army invaded Jenin and its refugee camp, in northern West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded Jenin city, and Jenin refugee camp, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. They added that the …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-four-palestinians-injure-one-in-jenin/

In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/15/democratic_debate_immigration

In First All-White Democratic Debate, CNN Didn't Ask a Single Question About Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
As the federal government plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion from the military budget for the construction of President Trump's promised border wall, and tens of thousands of asylum seekers from Central America, the Caribbean and other regions are stranded throughout the U.S.-Mexico border, CNN moderators failed to question Democratic presidential candidates on border and immigration issues. We speak to Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the Latinx political podcast "In the Thick" and founder of Latino Rebels. "Anyone who thinks that a wall is going to protect us, the statistics aren't there. … But that i…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/15/democratic_debate_immigration

Honduran Migrant Caravan Repressed On Guatemala Border Crossing
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-15
Hundreds of Honduran migrants that joined the caravan heading to the United States were repressed Wednesday by security forces in the town of Corinto while managing to cross the border with Guatemala. | RELATED: | Honduras: Hundreds Join Caravan Heading to the United States | According to teleSUR's correspondent Gilda Silvestrucci, thousands of Hondurans make up this first caravan since April 2019, which includes…
telesurenglish.net/news/Honduran-Migrant-Caravan-Repressed-on-the-Border-With-Guatemala-20200115-0016.html

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Summon Two Others For Interrogation, In Bethlehem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-15
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man, and summoned two others, including a journalist, for interrogation, in Bethlehem Governorate, south of occupied East Jerusalem, in the West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded 'Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, searched and ransacked several homes, …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduct-a-palestinian-summon-two-others-for-interrogation-in-bethlehem/

"Floaters": Martín Espada Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Father & Daughter Who Drowned at U.S. Border
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
Acclaimed poet Martín Espada pays tribute to àìscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month old daughter Angie Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande river in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States. A photo of the drowned Salvadoran father and daughter caused widespread outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border and also raised questions about the ethics of exploiting such images in the press. Espada's poem "Floaters" meditates on their passing and its aftermath.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/14/martin_espada_poem_immigration

The Trump Administration Weakens Standards for ICE Detention Facilities
Eunice Cho | aclu.org | 2020-01-14
Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officially released a new version of its National Detention Standards (NDS), which govern the treatment of immigrant detainees held in almost 140 facilities in 44 states. These facilities include local and state jails and prisons

"Floaters": Martín Espada Pays Tribute to Salvadoran Father & Daughter Who Drowned at U.S. Border
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-14
Acclaimed poet Martín Espada pays tribute to àìscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month old daughter Angie Valeria, who drowned in the Rio Grande river in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States. A photo of the drowned Salvadoran father and daughter caused widespread outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border and also raised questions about the ethics of exploiting such images in the press. Espada's poem "Floaters" meditates on their passing and its aftermath.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/14/martin_espada_poem_immigration

Midwest Dispatch: Minnesota, Refugees, and The Politics of Fear
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2020-01-14
One rural county in Minnesota may be second locale in the entire country to publicly reject refugee resettlement.
progressive.org/dispatches/midwest-dispatch-minnesota-refugees-and-the-politics-of-fear-lahm-200113/

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

FROM THE FIELD: West Africa's wishful gold prospectors
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

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

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

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/