Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

2020-05-05: News Headlines

RT (2020-05-05). Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference. rt.com The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp

Jean Trounstine (2020-05-05). When Coming North is the Only Option: Why We Must Change Our Immigration Policies. counterpunch.org At a time when the only thing anyone is talking about is COVID-19, I took a break to read Kelsey Freeman's astute look at the struggles of migrants to cross the border, recently published by IGPublishing (April, 2020): No Option But North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border. "Migrants will risk everything

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Lebanon summons German amb. over Hezbollah designation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Lebanon's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants has summoned the German ambassador to the country over the designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization by the German government.

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-05). Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos. cepr.net Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …

Fight Back (2020-05-04). Boyle Heights celebrates May Day for the 6th consecutive year. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, May 1, a car protest of over 40 vehicles driven by workers, teachers and activists took to the streets for the sixth consecutive year to celebrate International Workers Day, May Day, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Organized by Centro CSO, this year's May Day protest focused on Trump's attacks on immigrants and called for free healthcare for COVID-19 patients, support for public education, jailing killer cops and community control over the police. | "The coronavirus pandemic has affected oppressed nationalities like African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians the most. Unsafe…

Lillian House (2020-05-03). 'We deserve to survive!' Bucking CDC, Denver raids homeless camps. liberationnews.org We need real solutions — housing, not sweeps.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

sputniknews (2020-05-05). Police 'Visit', Urge Nigel Farage to Respect COVID-19 Measures After Dover 'Illegal' Migrant Report. sputniknews.com Police officers have reportedly advised the top Brexiteer to respect COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and social restriction measures in place at the time, the top Brexiteer said on social media this week.

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Rohingyas lock down at the world's largest refugee camp. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-05-04). Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers. greenleft.org.au

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Condition of refugee camps in Greece 'disgraceful'. yenisafak.com "It is disgraceful that such conditions are accepted in the middle of Europe," Gerd Muller, minister for economic cooperation and development, said in an interview with German daily Rheinische Post."I have seen how 20,000 people were crammed in a camp planned for 3,000 people," Muller added.He said authorities should ensure rights and dignity of refugees in these camps."Evacuating children from these camps do not solve the problem," Muller said, referring to evacuation of unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece to Germany.Germany brought 47 refugee children to the country last month as part of an agre…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis. yenisafak.com Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…

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Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference
rt.com | 2020-05-05
The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp said on Monday, after a recent testing campaign at migrants' quarters in the district of Erdberg revealed 26 new Covid…
rt.com/news/487790-coronavirus-vienna-fpo-migrants/

When Coming North is the Only Option: Why We Must Change Our Immigration Policies
Jean Trounstine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
At a time when the only thing anyone is talking about is COVID-19, I took a break to read Kelsey Freeman's astute look at the struggles of migrants to cross the border, recently published by IGPublishing (April, 2020): No Option But North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/when-coming-north-is-the-only-option-why-we-must-change-our-immigration-policies/

Lebanon summons German amb. over Hezbollah designation
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …
cepr.net/exportacion-de-covid-19-inmigracion-estadounidense-realizo-vuelos-de-deportacion-a-11-paises-de-america-latina-segun-datos-aereos/

Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
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.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/portugal-leads-the-way-how-european-countries-fared-in-their-treatment-of-refugees/

Boyle Heights celebrates May Day for the 6th consecutive year
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-04
Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, May 1, a car protest of over 40 vehicles driven by workers, teachers and activists took to the streets for the sixth consecutive year to celebrate International Workers Day, May Day, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Organized by Centro CSO, this year's May Day protest focused on Trump's attacks on immigrants and called for free healthcare for COVID-19 patients, support for public education, jailing killer cops and community control over the police. | "The coronavirus pandemic has affected oppressed nationalities like African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians the most. Unsafe…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/4/boyle-heights-celebrates-may-day-6th-consecutive-year

'We deserve to survive!' Bucking CDC, Denver raids homeless camps
Lillian House | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-03
We need real solutions

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police 'Visit', Urge Nigel Farage to Respect COVID-19 Measures After Dover 'Illegal' Migrant Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-05
Police officers have reportedly advised the top Brexiteer to respect COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and social restriction measures in place at the time, the top Brexiteer said on social media this week.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005051079201758-police-visit-urge-nigel-farage-to-respect-covid-19-measures-after-dover-illegal-migrant-report/

Rohingyas lock down at the world's largest refugee camp
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-05
Healthcare Refugees & migrants Paul GregoireIssue 1264 Bangladesh COVID-19 Rohingya refugeesMay 5, 2020To date, there have be…
greenleft.org.au/content/rohingyas-lock-down-worlds-largest-refugee-camp

Tamil detainee speaks out from Christmas Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1264 Australia Chrismas islandMay 4, 2020Priya, a Tamil refugee detained on Christmas Island, was the featured speaker at a Zoom "digital rally" organised by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 2. | Until 26 months ago, Priya live…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamil-detainee-speaks-out-christmas-island

Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Green Left Pip HinmanIssue 1264 Australia Green Left Fighting Fund migrant workers ACTUMay 4, 2020While the Australian Council of Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-keneallys-dog-whistle-politics-migrant-workers

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

Condition of refugee camps in Greece 'disgraceful'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
"It is disgraceful that such conditions are accepted in the middle of Europe," Gerd Muller, minister for economic cooperation and development, said in an interview with German daily Rheinische Post."I have seen how 20,000 people were crammed in a camp planned for 3,000 people," Muller added.He said authorities should ensure rights and dignity of refugees in these camps."Evacuating children from these camps do not solve the problem," Muller said, referring to evacuation of unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece to Germany.Germany brought 47 refugee children to the country last month as part of an agre…
yenisafak.com/en/world/condition-of-refugee-camps-in-greece-disgraceful-3518703

Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…
yenisafak.com/en/world/italy-to-offer-permits-to-illegal-migrants-for-farm-work-in-pandemic-crisis-3518701