Daily Archives: August 3, 2020

2020-08-03: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-08-03). US Border Patrol raids "No More Deaths" humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona. wsws.org Last week's operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization's recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

Free Them All Coalition- Bay Area (2020-08-03). Saturday 8/8: Shut Down CA's Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice (SF). indybay.org There will be an initial meeting/rally at Justin Herman Plaza and then we will march to the ICE building for another rally. | Please stay tuned for details on a supporting car caravan, led by the SF LowRider Council, which will likely start in the mission and meet up with the march at the ICE building. | Please also stay tuned for actions you can take from home in the days before the action. | Thank you for taking action! #FreeThemAll…

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-02). Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment. commondreams.org A scene from the Netflix documentary Immigration Nation. (Image: screenshot/Netflix) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/immigration-nation.png

_____ (2020-08-02). Border Patrol Agents Raid No More Deaths Migrant Aid Camp. popularresistance.org The humanitarian group No More Deaths said an aid camp it operates for migrants crossing the desert was raided and then surrounded by Border Patrol agents. The group said the move as an escalation of tensions at a time when the aid they provide is vital. | Byrd Camp is located near Arivaca and serves as a medical aid site for people passing through one of the deadliest desert corridors of the borderland. | No More Deaths volunteer Emily Saunders said Border Patrol usually allows activities there to continue. But in late July, agents entered the property and arrested a migrant receiving care.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-08-02). 'This Is Terrorism': With No Face Masks and No Warrant, Border Patrol Agents Raid Humanitarian Aid Station in Arizona and Detain 30 Migrants. commondreams.org "As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bp_agents.jpeg

The Canary (2020-08-01). Home Office launches attack on 'activist lawyers' getting in the way of sending back refugees to France. thecanary.co The Home Office has launched an attack on what it calls "activist lawyers" who it says are frustrating efforts to send refugees back to France.It cited "vexatious" claims that are hindering its attempts to remove refugees from the UK, but refused to say how many remained in the country.Priti Patel's office also hit out at "inflexible and rigid" asylum regulations that it says are "not fit for purpose"."Vexatious" claims: The row comes after a record 202 refugees reached the UK by crossing the Channel on Thursday 30 July. More are believed to have made the perilous journey on 31 July.Suspected refugees inte…

WSWS (2020-08-01). Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia. wsws.org The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-07-31). Federal judge blocks use of public charge rule against immigrants. peoplesworld.org In a new setback to the Trump administration's assault on immigrants, a U.S. district court judge in New York has issued injunctions barring the administration from using its "public charge" rule to deny green cards to immigrants thought likely to use such public benefits as Medicaid, food stamps or housing vouchers. Judge George Daniels of …

PCHR (2020-07-31). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23— 28 July 2020). imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Summary Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized by the excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, the Israeli's excessive use of force …

The Canary (2020-07-31). Government wants to appeal against Shamima Begum return ruling. thecanary.co The government is set to ask for permission to appeal against a ruling that Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the removal of her British citizenship. | Begum, now 20, was one of three east London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. She lived under IS rule for more than three years before she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. Then-home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds later that month. | SIAC rejected Begum's appeal despite it…

Staff (2020-07-30). Chomsky on Israel's Hindering of Palestinian Pandemic Response & Threat to Annex Occupied West Bank. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky says Israel's planned annexation of the occupied West Bank "basically formalizes" what has already been official policy over the last half-century, from both left-wing and right-wing parties in Israel. He compares Israel's treatment of Palestinians to anti-immigrant policies in the United States, and says the main goal of annexation is to take over as much territory while excluding its Palestinian inhabitants. "Israel does not want to bring Palestinian populations into the greater Israel they're constructing."

Staff (2020-07-30). Why You Should Give a F*ck | Ep. 8 | Crime. therealnews.com We discuss the way the U.S. approaches different types of crime and how certain acts arguably shouldn't be considered crimes.

RT (2020-07-30). The Nuremburg defense? Twitterati bust out Nazi comparisons over new docuseries showing troubled ICE agents 'just enforcing laws'. rt.com An upcoming documentary shows how US immigration agents deal with being viewed as the 'bad guys' for enforcing policies they don't necessarily endorse. Twitter's collective reaction to a preview of the show? "They're like Nazis!" | The docuseries 'Immigration Nation', by filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, is the result of three years spent with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which gave them "unprecedented" access to its daily operations. Set to premiere on Netflix next month, the show follows individual agents and shows how they get "chewed up" in a "broken system," according t…

RT (2020-07-30). Italian senators vote to lift ex-minister Salvini's immunity, open way for trial over migrant ship. rt.com The Italian Senate voted on Thursday to lift right-wing leader Matteo Salvini's immunity. The move clears the way for possible charges against the former interior minister for refusing to allow 164 migrants to get off a ship in Sicily last August. | The case from last August is the third involving a rescue ship standoff in which Italian prosecutors have sought kidnapping charges against Salvini. | During his 14 months as interior minister, Salvini repeatedly denied ships carrying rescued migrants access to Italy's ports. The policy resulted in numerous standoffs, leaving migrants stuck at sea for long weeks.

Ryan Devereaux (2020-07-30). Before Portland, Trump's Shock Troops Went After Border Activists. zcomm.org The purported threat of antifa was long used to justify militarized targeting of immigration activists. Now it's being used against protesters in Portland…

John Washington (2020-07-30). 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'. thenation.com 'Even In a Pandemic, We're Still a Minority'

Ali Salam (2020-07-30). Israeli Forces Invade Qalandia, Kafr 'Aqab, Open Fire at Palestinians. imemc.org Israeli forces invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem and Kafr 'Aqab neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, on Wednesday, and fired at protestors, the Palestinian Information Center reported. Eyewitnesses said many soldiers stormed Kafr 'Aqab and Qalandia, stopped Palestinians in the streets, inspected their identification, seized Palestinian vehicles, and blocked …