Daily Archives: May 10, 2020

2020-05-10: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-05-09). "Awful conditions" drive refugees out of French camps as spike in lockdown channel crossings continues. thecanary.co More suspected refugees have been spotted at Dover in Kent on 9 May as the huge increase in English channel crossings since lockdown was imposed continues.Pictures taken at the busy trade port show people wearing face masks being processed by officials. They follow reports of another influx of refugees to Britain on 8 May.A humanitarian charity said it's "little wonder" that so many people are risking their lives to cross the dangerous Dover straits because of "awful conditions" in French refugee camps.The Home Office has yet to confirm how many refugees were brought to the UK on either day. The department has on…

WSWS (2020-05-09). Peru extends quarantine as COVID-19 deaths continue to climb. wsws.org As immigrants to the capital make desperate efforts to return to their places of origin, overcrowded prisons have become a hotbed for propagation of the virus.

Fight Back (2020-05-09). On the passing of Michael Lucas, immigrant organizer and friend of Soviet people. fightbacknews.org Michael Lucas, editor of Northstar Compass and leader of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People, died in Toronto on May 4. He was 94. | Lucas was a fixture of the Canadian left for decades, especially among communities of progressive immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. He was longtime head of the Society of Carpatho-Russian Canadians. A musician, Lucas was deeply committed to preserving and sharing the culture and traditions of his people. Throughout his long life, he was a staunch supporter of socialism and the anti-fascist traditions of the Soviet Union. | "He work…

RT (2020-05-08). Resistance rejoices as wife of Trump immigration aide tests positive for Covid-19. rt.com The White House asked reporters to wear face masks after a second staff member in two days tested positive for the coronavirus. Critics of President Donald Trump reacted with joy after finding out who it was. | Trump personally confirmed on Friday that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive for the virus, causing a delay in Pence's scheduled trip to Iowa. This follows the news that Trump's valet's test returned a positive result on Thursday. | "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie. She tested very good for a long period of time," Trump said, during a press spray, following a meeting with…

Andrea Arroyo (2020-05-08). The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers. thenation.com The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-08). Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home. peoplesdispatch.org The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…

news.un (2020-05-08). UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean. news.un.org Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.

Catherine Xhardez (2020-05-08). Can COVID-19 Positively Change Perceptions on Migration? commondreams.org Healthcare workers wave to thank people for taking part in a cars parade outside the Eatonville Care Center in Toronto, Canada, on April 28, 2020 (Picture by Zou Zheng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pa-53569047.max-760×504.jpg

PCHR (2020-05-08). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 April — 06 May 2020). imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 April — 6 May 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 …

news.un (2020-05-07). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19. news.un.org Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

news.un (2020-05-07). Migrants stranded 'all over the world' and at risk from coronavirus. news.un.org Thousands of migrants have been stranded "all over the world" where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.

Dáreece Walker (2020-05-06). The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities. thenation.com The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities…

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

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.

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…

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.

Miriam Orcutt, Parth Patel, Rachel Burns, Lucinda Hiam, Rob Aldridge, Delan Devakumar, Bernadette Kumar, Paul Spiegel, Ibrahim Abubakar (2020-04-23). [Correspondence] Global call to action for inclusion of migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 response. thelancet.com Lancet Migration1 calls for migrants and refugees to be urgently included in responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.2 Many of these populations live, travel, and work in conditions where physical distancing and recommended hygiene measures are impossible because of poor living conditions3 and great economic precarity. This global public health emergency highlights the exclusion and multiple barriers to health care4 that are faced by migrants and refugees, among whom COVID-19 threatens to have rapid and devastating effects.

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.

Susan Price (2020-05-06). Migrant workers bear brunt of Singapore's COVID-19 'second wave'. greenleft.org.au

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Bangladesh: Rohingyas locked down at 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 (2020-05-10). Portugal to take up to 60 unaccompanied migrant children from Greek camps. yenisafak.com Portugal is to take up to 60 unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps, according to Socialist Party lawmaker Isabel Santos, as concern mounts over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the vulnerable group.The children are expected to arrive in Portugal within the next few weeks, Santos was cited by local news agency Lusa as saying during an online conference to celebrate Europe Day. The member of the European Parliament did not specify a date.At least 5,200 unaccompanied minors live in Greece, many of them under harsh conditions in camps on islands in the Aegean.Human Rights Watch said the Greek autho…

2020-05-10: Social Media Postees

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"Awful conditions" drive refugees out of French camps as spike in lockdown channel crossings continues
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-09
More suspected refugees have been spotted at Dover in Kent on 9 May as the huge increase in English channel crossings since lockdown was imposed continues.Pictures taken at the busy trade port show people wearing face masks being processed by officials. They follow reports of another influx of refugees to Britain on 8 May.A humanitarian charity said it's "little wonder" that so many people are risking their lives to cross the dangerous Dover straits because of "awful conditions" in French refugee camps.The Home Office has yet to confirm how many refugees were brought to the UK on either day. The department has on…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/09/awful-conditions-drive-refugees-out-of-french-camps-as-spike-in-lockdown-channel-crossings-continues/

On the passing of Michael Lucas, immigrant organizer and friend of Soviet people
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-09
Michael Lucas, editor of Northstar Compass and leader of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People, died in Toronto on May 4. He was 94. | Lucas was a fixture of the Canadian left for decades, especially among communities of progressive immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. He was longtime head of the Society of Carpatho-Russian Canadians. A musician, Lucas was deeply committed to preserving and sharing the culture and traditions of his people. Throughout his long life, he was a staunch supporter of socialism and the anti-fascist traditions of the Soviet Union. | "He work…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/9/passing-michael-lucas-immigrant-organizer-and-friend-soviet-people

Peru extends quarantine as COVID-19 deaths continue to climb
wsws.org | 2020-05-09
As immigrants to the capital make desperate efforts to return to their places of origin, overcrowded prisons have become a hotbed for propagation of the virus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/09/peru-m09.html

Minnesota: Advance a People's Agenda!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-09
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Coalition to Advance a People's Agenda. | Working and oppressed people are facing the biggest crisis we've experienced in generations. The government's disastrous mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic combined with deepening unemployment and economic collapse are throwing millions of working people into crisis. So far the government is doing what they usually do

The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers
Andrea Arroyo | thenation.com | 2020-05-08
The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers…
thenation.com/article/society/pandemic-impact-on-immigration-detention-centers/

Resistance rejoices as wife of Trump immigration aide tests positive for Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-08
The White House asked reporters to wear face masks after a second staff member in two days tested positive for the coronavirus. Critics of President Donald Trump reacted with joy after finding out who it was. | Trump personally confirmed on Friday that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive for the virus, causing a delay in Pence's scheduled trip to Iowa. This follows the news that Trump's valet's test returned a positive result on Thursday. | "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie. She tested very good for a long period of time," Trump said, during a press spray, following a meeting with…
rt.com/usa/488208-white-house-aide-coronavirus/

Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/08/karnataka-state-government-concedes-unions-demands-allows-migrants-to-return-home/

Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/08/karnataka-state-government-concedes-unions-demands-allows-migrants-to-return-home/

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean
news.un.org | 2020-05-08
Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1063592

Can COVID-19 Positively Change Perceptions on Migration?
Catherine Xhardez | commondreams.org | 2020-05-08
Healthcare workers wave to thank people for taking part in a cars parade outside the Eatonville Care Center in Toronto, Canada, on April 28, 2020 (Picture by Zou Zheng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images.) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pa-53569047.max-760×504.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/05/08/can-covid-19-positively-change-perceptions-migration?cd-origin=rss

FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1063412

Migrants stranded 'all over the world' and at risk from coronavirus
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Thousands of migrants have been stranded "all over the world" where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1063482

The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities
Dáreece Walker | thenation.com | 2020-05-06
The Pandemic Is Disproportionally Impacting Black, Latino, and Immigrant Communities…
thenation.com/article/society/pandemic-disproportionally-impacting-black-latino-and-immigrant-communities/

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

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/

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

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

[Correspondence] Global call to action for inclusion of migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 response
Miriam Orcutt, Parth Patel, Rachel Burns, Lucinda Hiam, Rob Aldridge, Delan Devakumar, Bernadette Kumar, Paul Spiegel, Ibrahim Abubakar | thelancet.com | 2020-04-23
Lancet Migration1 calls for migrants and refugees to be urgently included in responses to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.2 Many of these populations live, travel, and work in conditions where physical distancing and recommended hygiene measures are impossible because of poor living conditions3 and great economic precarity. This global public health emergency highlights the exclusion and multiple barriers to health care4 that are faced by migrants and refugees, among whom COVID-19 threatens to have rapid and devastating effects.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30971-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Migrant workers bear brunt of Singapore's COVID-19 'second wave'
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-06
Healthcare Refugees & migrants Workers & unions Peter BoyleIssue 1264 Singapore COVID-19May 6, 2020Singapore was one of the count…
greenleft.org.au/content/migrant-workers-bear-brunt-singapores-covid-19-second-wave

Bangladesh: Rohingyas locked down at 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/bangladesh-rohingyas-locked-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 island Tamil refugees Home to BiloMay 4, 2020Priya, a Tamil refugee…
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

Portugal to take up to 60 unaccompanied migrant children from Greek camps
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-10
Portugal is to take up to 60 unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps, according to Socialist Party lawmaker Isabel Santos, as concern mounts over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the vulnerable group.The children are expected to arrive in Portugal within the next few weeks, Santos was cited by local news agency Lusa as saying during an online conference to celebrate Europe Day. The member of the European Parliament did not specify a date.At least 5,200 unaccompanied minors live in Greece, many of them under harsh conditions in camps on islands in the Aegean.Human Rights Watch said the Greek autho…
yenisafak.com/en/world/portugal-to-take-up-to-60-unaccompanied-migrant-children-from-greek-camps-3519092