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The jobless crisis and im/migrants
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2020-04-30
Farmworker wearing bandana during pandemic. It's not just COVID-19 that's racing like wildfire across the U.S. It's unemployment. The number of newly jobless workers has climbed to an astounding 26 million. That is due to coronavirus-related layoffs or furloughs caused by business closures or contractions. Added to the number of . . . | Continue reading The jobless crisis and im/migrants at Workers.org…
UN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria
news.un.org | 2020-04-30
In northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN's migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have 'devastating consequences' for those who have been displaced.
Germany bans Hezbollah, conducts multiple anti-terrorist raids
rt.com | 2020-04-30
Berlin has banned the Lebanese militant organization and political party, Hezbollah, labeling the group a terrorist outfit as German police carry out raids on those suspected of being members. | "[Interior Minister Horst Seehofer] today banned the operation of the Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah (Party of God) in Germany," an Interior Ministry spokesperson tweeted on Thursday morning. | Police measures have been taking place in several federal states at the sam…
Medically Vulnerable Immigrants Seek Emergency Release from ICE Detention in Alabama
commondreams.org | 2020-04-29
COVID-19 Sweeping Through US Immigrant Farmworker and Meatpacker Ranks
Danica Jorden | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-29
"We work shoulder to shoulder. We're very close to each other…. I've had a fever and flu symptoms, but I take Tylenol and keep working." María, worker from Butterball. Español | On April 7, Tyson Foods announced it was closing an | …
Bezalel Smotrich: Israel's New Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Takes Aim at the Holy Sanctuary
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-29
Israel's right-wing poster boy has been slated for the role of Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, giving him both the position and power to carry out his apocalyptic vision of building a Jewish Temple on the site of the Dome of the Rock.
US Deportations Are Exporting COVID-19 to Nations Unprepared for a Pandemic
Brett Heinz | cepr.net | 2020-04-28
On April 22nd, President Trump signed an Executive Order putting a 60-day halt on the issuance of new green cards to immigrants admissible for permanent residency in the United States. This measure, coming on the back of other government measures restricting legal immigration, ostensibly seeks to protect the US from imported cases of COVID-19. But …
Exporting COVID-19: ICE Air Conducted Deportation Flights to 11 LAC Countries, Flight Data Shows
Jake Johnston | cepr.net | 2020-04-28
There were 232 likely ICE Air deportation flights to Latin America and Caribbean countries between February 3, 2020 and April 24, 2020, CEPR analysis shows. In 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported 267,258 individuals
The Federalist Fight Against Fascism
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-04-28
The Federalist Fight Against Fascism…
Fires amid COVID-19 crisis rattle refugees in Aegean camps of Greece
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-04-28
Incidents of fire outbreaks were reported from refugee camps on Samos and Chios islands in Greece this month. Refugees also protested in Lesvos, demanding safety and evacuation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic…
Palestinian Youth Abducted from Qalandia, Several Suffer Tear-gas Inhalation in Hebron
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-04-28
Israeli forces attacked, on Sunday night, several Palestinian youths in al-Fawwar refugee camp in southern Hebron, southern occupied West Bank, in addition to abducting one in Qalandia, in the Jerusalem district, Days of Palestine reported. Local sources said that Israeli soldiers invaded al-Fawwar camp and brutalized some Palestinian civilians near …
FROM THE FIELD: How refugees are helping overwhelmed health systems' COVID-19 response
news.un.org | 2020-04-27
With many European health services struggling to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients, many refugees and migrants with experience in the sector, are being drafted in to help respond to the crisis.
PCHR Condemns Restrictions on Freedom of Journalistic Work in Gaza
PCHR | imemc.org | 2020-04-27
At approximately 12: 30 on Saturday, 25 April 2020, Palestinian police in Gaza city arrested a Palestine TV Satellite's press crew while recording an interview in Jabalia refugee camp, claiming that they did not have the necessary authorization for photographing and conducting interviews. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns …
Greece: COVID-19 pandemic a further risk to refugee child education
news.un.org | 2020-04-27
UN agencies in Greece have expressed concern at the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the education of refugee children in the country, as a charity partner warns that funding for educational programmes is on the verge of running out.
[Correspondence] European education corridors: opportunity for academic solidarity
Gianluca Gaidano, Raffaella Balocco, Wael Al Essa, Andrea Turolla, Roberto Barbato, Umberto Dianzani, Menico Rizzi, Raffaella Ravinetto | thelancet.com | 2020-04-25
In times of growing political tensions around migration, health-care providers can help to protect migrant populations from exclusion.1,2 The UCL–Lancet Commission on Migration and Health called for a strengthening, through regulatory and training bodies, of health professionals' and organisations' awareness of discrimination.2 We add that organisations engaged in health science and biomedical education can fulfil their moral and deontological duty to protect populations that are susceptible to discrimination by also promoting the right to education.
Trump's Immigration Order Was Drafted by Officials With Ties to Hate Groups, According to Report
Michael Edison Hayden and Eddie Bejarano | splcenter.org | 2020-04-24
Two officials with ties to anti-immigrant hate groups helped write President Trump's executive order blocking the issuance of new green cards, according to a report.
Fraihat v. ICE Community Resources
splcenter.org | 2020-04-24
On April 20, 2020, a federal district court granted a nationwide preliminary injunction requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take a number of important steps to protect medically vulnerable people in its custody from COVID-19.
They Were Willing to Make the Ultimate Sacrifice for the U.S., but Trump Won't Let Them Become Americans
Scarlet Kim | aclu.org | 2020-04-24
Ange Samma, a 22-year-old green card holder from Burkina Faso, came to the United States seven years ago, when he was still a teenager. After studying electrical engineering at community college, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Army in 2018. He wanted to give back to his adopted country and also hoped joining the military would help him achieve his goal of becoming an electrical engineer. , , Ange currently serves on active duty as a soldier in South Korea. But despite serving this country on a U.S. military base in a foreign country, he still hasn't been able to obtain citizenship through his military servic…
Organizer: Domestic Workers Make All Work Possible, But the Coronavirus Relief Bill Discounts Them
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-24
To talk more about how the coronavirus relief bills have affected essential workers, we speak with an organizer in Queens, New York, the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic. "Things are being done, but it's not enough to serve the domestic workers who are essential workers and keep this city running," says Riya Ortiz, lead organizer and case manager for the nonprofit Damayan Migrant Workers Association in New York City.
Death Trap Jail: Pepper-Sprayed, Otay Mesa Detainees Demand Release as COVID-19 Spreads Inside
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-21
We look at the mounting number of COVID-19 cases inside immigration jails across the country and one of the largest outbreaks at the Otay Mesa Detention Center near San Diego, run by private prison company CoreCivic. Prisoners were told to sign contracts, written only in English, in exchange for receiving face masks. When some refused to sign, guards pepper-sprayed them. This comes as activists say hundreds imprisoned in detention centers in California are on hunger strike. We get an update from Ruth Mendez, community activist and volunteer with Otay Mesa Detention Resistance.
Anti-Immigrant Movement Has History of Politicizing Disease
Eddie Bejarano | splcenter.org | 2020-04-21
COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is the latest disease the nativist movement has politicized to demonize immigrants.
What it's Like in ICE Detention During a Pandemic
aclu.org | 2020-04-17
As millions of people in the U.S. shelter in their homes, and millions more who aren't able to stay indoors practice social distancing or other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a crisis is brewing in the facilities where immigrants are detained. Cramped conditions and inadequate access to hygiene or medical care have created what one medical expert called a "tinderbox" for the disease in a letter to Congress., , Many of those in detention are asylum seekers, who came to the U.S. to ask for protection after fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Many others were long-time U.S. resi…
Solidarity needed; non-citizen 'essential workers' under increased attack
Ana Santoyo | liberationnews.org | 2020-04-17
Immigrant detainees fight back against unsafe conditions in ICE centers.
Venezuela Braces for Migrant Return as Coronavirus Rattles Latin America
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-04-06
The Caribbean country's 159 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths is considerably lower than its neighbours' tallies.
Memphis Journalist Targeted by ICE for His Work
VINS | projectcensored.org | 2020-04-03
Manuel Duran Ortega is a Salvadorian immigrant journalist living in Memphis, Tennessee who has helped to uncover and expose connections between the Memphis Police and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement…
Turkey rescues five Pakistani asylum seekers in Aegean
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-30
The Turkish Coast Guard rescued five asylum seekers off the Aegean coast, security sources said on Thursday.All five of the rescued asylum seekers are Pakistani nationals, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking the media.They were on a rubber boat that was forced into Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard and were rescued near the coast of Inceburun in the southwestern Mugla province.The asylum seekers were taken to the provincial migration office, the sources added.Turkey has been one of the main routes for asylum seekers wanting to reach Europe, especia…
Malaysian activists say 'let Rohingya boats land'
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-04-29
Healthcare Refugees & migrants Alex SalmonIssue 1263 Malaysia COVID-19 Rohingya refugeesApril 29, 2020A boat carrying 200 Rohingy…
'What a Threat!': In Latest Effort to Exploit Pandemic, Trump Indicates He May Condition State Coronavirus Aid on Sanctuary City Policies
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-29
Immigrant rights advocates on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump for suggesting that his administration could enact retribution against sanctuary cities by holding up coronavirus relief funding for certain states. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-905494780_1.jpg …