Daily Archives: May 3, 2020

2020-05-03: News Headlines

Eliza Egret (2020-05-03). Greek refugee camps 'beyond breaking point' as UK government continues its racist policies. thecanary.co Human rights campaigners on the Greek island of Samos have told The Canary that the situation for refugees is "beyond breaking point". Since the Europe Must A…

Graton Day Labor Center and others (2020-05-03). Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights. indybay.org Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Saudi-led coalition continues violation of truce in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The US-Saudi aggression and its mercenaries are continuing their raids and bombardments on a number of Yemeni governorates, violating the ceasefire in the country.

teleSUR (2020-05-03). Dozens of Stranded Rohingyas Land on Bangladesh's Coast. telesurenglish.net At least 40 Rohingyas including "starving" women and children have landed Saturday on the coast of southern Bangladesh, security officials said Sunday. | RELATED: | Locals informed the coastguard and 29 people were arrested while around 10 people fled, police and security officials said. | Those rescued will be sent to the island of Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal where Bangladesh has built shelters for some 100,000 refuge…

Staff (2020-05-02). Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter. truthout.org They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | But, in the epicenter of a pandemic, the undocumented have neve…

Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo (2020-05-02). Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees. dissidentvoice.org As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. "We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures …

Fight Back (2020-05-02). New York caravan celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Dozens of cars gathered in different boroughs of New York City on Friday May 1 in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day. Due to the city being on pause, protesters used a caravan to display signs and drive through different neighborhoods in the city, showing solidarity with workers and other oppressed groups. A special focus was put on COVID-19 and how workers, prisoners and immigrants lack protection from COVID-19. | The three contingents started in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Their demands included cancel the rents, hazard pay and PPE, free healthcare and COVID testing, free them al…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-05-01). Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead. thenation.com Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…

Marcia Brown (2020-05-01). A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis—At the Same Time. progressive.org The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.

Xinhua (2020-05-01). US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health. telesurenglish.net In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…

Romana Rubeo (2020-05-01). Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic? mintpressnews.com Neglecting the refugees while fighting coronavirus is as foolish as it is inhumane. The last few months have taught us that self-centered strategies do not apply in the cases of global healthcare crises.

IMEMC News (2020-05-01). Army To Demolish The Home Of A Palestinian Suspected Of Carrying Out A Stabbing Attack. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and stormed the home of a wounded Palestinian, who is suspected of carrying out a stabbing, Tuesday, and handed the family a demolition order for their home. Media sources said several army …

ACLU (2020-04-30). How the ACLU is Responding to the Pandemic, Visualized. aclu.org The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down many businesses, but the ACLU's work of defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights continues, essential as ever. At the ACLU, our most immediate focus has been on issues arising from the government's response — or lack thereof — to the pandemic., , Since the start of the outbreak, we've filed over 90 legal actions and have seen thousands of people released from prisons, jails, and immigration detention. | We and ACLU offices across the country are working in nearly every state to save lives, advocate for vulnerable communities, safeguard the r…

news.un (2020-04-30). UN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria. news.un.org 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.

PCHR (2020-04-30). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 — 29 April 2020). imemc.org Summary of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (23 — 29 April 2020) Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians' human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the …

Miko Peled (2020-04-29). Bezalel Smotrich: Israel's New Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Takes Aim at the Holy Sanctuary. mintpressnews.com 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.

Jake Johnston (2020-04-28). Exporting COVID-19: ICE Air Conducted Deportation Flights to 11 LAC Countries, Flight Data Shows. cepr.net 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 — 96 percent of whom were from the Latin America and Caribbean region. Though much of the media focus has …

Brett Heinz (2020-04-28). US Deportations Are Exporting COVID-19 to Nations Unprepared for a Pandemic. cepr.net 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 …

Staff (2020-04-28). Headlines for April 28, 2020. democracynow.org Known U.S. Deaths Top 56,000 as New Study Shows True Number Likely Much Higher, Trump Ignored Early Intelligence Reports as Coronavirus Spread, Trump Denies Responsibility for Spike in Disinfectant Poisonings, Texas Reopens Businesses, California Warns Against Violating Restrictions | , Trump's Plan to Give Commencement Address at West Point Could Bring Back 1,000 Cadets to Campus, NY Cancels Primary After Removing Bernie Sanders from the Ballot , U.N. Calls for Release of Immigrant Prisoners as San Diego Facility Refuses to Allow Face Mask Delivery, More Cases Reported at Prisons as New Study Shows 96% of Inmate…

splcenter (2020-04-24). Fraihat v. ICE Community Resources. splcenter.org 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.

Michael Edison Hayden and Eddie Bejarano (2020-04-24). Trump's Immigration Order Was Drafted by Officials With Ties to Hate Groups, According to Report. splcenter.org 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.

Staff (2020-04-24). Organizer: Domestic Workers Make All Work Possible, But the Coronavirus Relief Bill Discounts Them. democracynow.org 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.

Eddie Bejarano (2020-04-21). Anti-Immigrant Movement Has History of Politicizing Disease. splcenter.org COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is the latest disease the nativist movement has politicized to demonize immigrants.

Ana Santoyo (2020-04-17). Solidarity needed; non-citizen 'essential workers' under increased attack. liberationnews.org Immigrant detainees fight back against unsafe conditions in ICE centers.

Paul Dobson (2020-04-06). Venezuela Braces for Migrant Return as Coronavirus Rattles Latin America. venezuelanalysis.com The Caribbean country's 159 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths is considerably lower than its neighbours' tallies.

VINS (2020-04-03). Memphis Journalist Targeted by ICE for His Work. projectcensored.org 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…

2020-05-03: Social Media Postees

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Greek refugee camps 'beyond breaking point' as UK government continues its racist policies
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-05-03
Human rights campaigners on the Greek island of Samos have told The Canary that the situation for refugees is "beyond breaking point". Since the early 2000s, people have been seeking refuge on the Aegean islands, fleeing the West's neo-colonial policies in the Middle East. Around 7,000 people are currently stuck in Samos' Vathy camp, which has capacity for under 700 people. | Europe Must A…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/05/03/greek-refugee-camps-beyond-breaking-point-as-uk-government-continues-its-racist-policies/

Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights
Graton Day Labor Center and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-03
Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/18832711.php

Saudi-led coalition continues violation of truce in Yemen
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-03
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

Dozens of Stranded Rohingyas Land on Bangladesh's Coast
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-03
At least 40 Rohingyas including "starving" women and children have landed Saturday on the coast of southern Bangladesh, security officials said Sunday. | RELATED: | Rohingyas in India Abandoned to Fate in Face of Pandemic | Locals informed the coastguard and 29 people were arrested while around 10 people fled, police and security officials said. | Those rescued will be sent to the island of Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal where Bangladesh has built shelters for some 100,000 refuge…
telesurenglish.net/news/Dozens-of-Stranded-Rohingyas-Land-on-Bangladesh-Coast-20200503-0009.html

Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees
Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-02
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. "We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/portugal-leads-the-way-how-european-countries-fared-in-their-treatment-of-refugees/

Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | They are losing loved ones but do not qualify for city funding…
truthout.org/articles/undocumented-new-yorkers-are-essential-and-underprotected-in-covids-epicenter/

Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | But, in the epicenter of a pandemic, the undocumented have neve…
truthout.org/articles/undocumented-new-yorkers-are-essential-and-underprotected-in-covids-epicenter/

New York caravan celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-02
New York, NY – Dozens of cars gathered in different boroughs of New York City on Friday May 1 in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day. Due to the city being on pause, protesters used a caravan to display signs and drive through different neighborhoods in the city, showing solidarity with workers and other oppressed groups. A special focus was put on COVID-19 and how workers, prisoners and immigrants lack protection from COVID-19. | The three contingents started in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Their demands included cancel the rents, hazard pay and PPE, free healthcare and COVID testing, free them al…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/2/new-york-caravan-celebrates-may-day

A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis–At the Same Time
Marcia Brown | progressive.org | 2020-05-01
The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.
progressive.org/dispatches/county-jail-battles-covid19-and-opioid-crisis-brown-200501/

Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-05-01
Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…
thenation.com/article/society/trump-gop-coronavirus-immigration/

US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health
Xinhua | telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | US Deports Thousands of Migrants to COVID-19 Vulnerable Nations | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Deportations-Add-Extra-Risk-to-Global-Public-Health-20200501-0011.html

US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health
Xinhua | telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | US Deports Thousands of Migrants to COVID-19 Vulnerable Nations | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Deportations-Add-Extra-Risk-to-Global-Public-Health-20200501-0011.html

UK: Indian Students Starving and Unable to Return Home
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
The closure of borders in India left thousands of students stranded in the United Kingdom. Now they depend on food donations from charity institutions to survive. | RELATED: | Thousands of Migrants Workers Demand Indian Govt Trains to Go Back Home | According to local media, most Indian college students work part-time in low-paying jobs to support their studies in this European country. | "The confinement forced by COVID-19 has caused many of them to lose their jobs,"
telesurenglish.net/news/uk-indian-students-starving-and-unable-to-return-home-20200501-0004.html

Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic?
Romana Rubeo | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Neglecting the refugees while fighting coronavirus is as foolish as it is inhumane. The last few months have taught us that self-centered strategies do not apply in the cases of global healthcare crises.
mintpressnews.com/europe-treatment-refugees-coroanvirus/267151/

Army To Demolish The Home Of A Palestinian Suspected Of Carrying Out A Stabbing Attack
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-01
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and stormed the home of a wounded Palestinian, who is suspected of carrying out a stabbing, Tuesday, and handed the family a demolition order for their home. Media sources said several army …
imemc.org/article/army-to-demolish-the-home-of-a-palestinian-suspected-of-carrying-out-a-stabbing-attack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=army-to-demolish-the-home-of-a-palestinian-suspected-of-carrying-out-a-stabbing-attack

How the ACLU is Responding to the Pandemic, Visualized
aclu.org | 2020-04-30
The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down many businesses, but the ACLU's work of defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights continues, essential as ever. At the ACLU, our most immediate focus has been on issues arising from the government's response

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1062892

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.
mintpressnews.com/bezalel-smotrich-apocalyptic-vision-israel-new-minister-jerusalem-affairs/267104/

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 …
cepr.net/us-deportations-are-exporting-covid-19-to-nations-unprepared-for-a-pandemic/

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

Headlines for April 28, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-28
Known U.S. Deaths Top 56,000 as New Study Shows True Number Likely Much Higher, Trump Ignored Early Intelligence Reports as Coronavirus Spread, Trump Denies Responsibility for Spike in Disinfectant Poisonings, Texas Reopens Businesses, California Warns Against Violating Restrictions | , Trump's Plan to Give Commencement Address at West Point Could Bring Back 1,000 Cadets to Campus, NY Cancels Primary After Removing Bernie Sanders from the Ballot , U.N. Calls for Release of Immigrant Prisoners as San Diego Facility Refuses to Allow Face Mask Delivery, More Cases Reported at Prisons as New Study Shows 96% of Inmate…
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/28/headlines

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.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/24/fraihat-v-ice-community-resources

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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/04/24/trumps-immigration-order-was-drafted-officials-ties-hate-groups-according-report

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.
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/24/coronavirus_essential_workers

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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/04/21/anti-immigrant-movement-has-history-politicizing-disease

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14835

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…
projectcensored.org/memphis-journalist-targeted-by-ice-for-his-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=memphis-journalist-targeted-by-ice-for-his-work

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…
greenleft.org.au/content/malaysian-activists-let-rohingya-boats-land