Daily Archives: September 1, 2020

2020-09-01: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-01). Hurricane Laura Floods ICE Jails in Louisiana as Asylum Seekers from Cameroon Strike over Conditions. democracynow.org People held in immigration jails in Louisiana report horrific conditions and continued mistreatment after Hurricane Laura devastated the area. Immigrants detained at the LaSalle and Jackson Parish jails say that after the storm, the two facilities have flooded with urine and feces and lack electricity, clean food or water. Many of those protesting the conditions are from Cameroon, and refugee rights groups, including the Cameroon American Council, are demanding an investigation into conditions. "The current immigration system is based on the racist practices, the white supremacy of 400 years," says Sylvie Bello,…

Lucia Sabini Fraga (2020-09-01). The resistance of Senegalese street vendors. peoplesdispatch.org With respect to the wave of anti-racist protests in the US, we reviewed the experiences of Senegalese workers on two different parts of the world. On the one hand, street vendors in the city of Buenos Aires -organized in the CTEP- who struggle everyday to survive the world of the street, police abuse and social indifference. And on the other hand, the group that created the TopManta brand, a textile venture in Barcelona that defends the genuine work of immigrants and produces a clothing line with an anti-slavery stamp. | The first attempts to reach them by phone were all unsuccessful. Alpha had meetings at the CT…

WSWS (2020-09-01). Immigration Nation reveals the suffering of migrants at the hands of the US detention and deportation machine. wsws.org The Trump administration tried to stop or delay the release of this important documentary.

Staff (2020-09-01). Jailed Asylum Seekers Report Unlivable Conditions in Wake of Hurricane Laura. truthout.org New Orleans, Louisiana—Incarcerated immigrants and their families and advocates have reported dangerous, unlivable conditions and haphazard evacuations at remote immigration jails in Louisiana, where Hurricane Laura caused widespread damage and power outages as it rampaged across the state late last week. | Speaking to Truthout over the phone on Monday, an asylum seeker jailed at the Jackson Parish Correctional Center in northwestern Louisiana said her dormitory was on "lockdown" after…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). EU welcomes Qatar law reforms serving migrant workers. yenisafak.com The European Union welcomed Qatar's labor reforms on the employment of foreign workers."Once these reforms enter into force, Qatar will become the first country in the Gulf region to dismantle the kefala ("sponsorship") system governing the employment of migrant workers, which gives employers excessive control over them," Peter Stano, the bloc's lead spokesperson on foreign affairs wrote in a statement on Tuesday.The UN's International Labour Organization announced Sunday that Qatar had "effectively dismantled" the long-criticized employment scheme which obliged migrant workers to ask for their employer's permiss…

Felipe de la Hoz (2020-09-01). This Simple Change Could Legalize Millions of Immigrants. thenation.com This Simple Change Could Legalize Millions of Immigrants…

jamanetwork (2020-09-01). Rimegepant (Nurtec ODT) for Acute Treatment of Migraine. jamanetwork.com This Medical Letter review summarizes evidence supporting the use of rimegepant (Nurtec), a small-molecule calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonist, for acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults.

_____ (2020-08-31). Rescuers Penalized For Saving Lives At The World's Deadliest Border. popularresistance.org Humanitarian organizations are being penalized for fulfilling responsibilities abandoned by European governments at the world's deadliest border, activists have warned after an eventful weekend in the Mediterranean. | Late on Friday, the Louise Michel rescue ship was alerted by a charity reconnaissance plane Moonbird to a boat carrying 130 refugees in distress inside Malta's search-and-rescue zone. | The ship, funded by street artist Banksy and run by a seasoned team of rescuers, had already picked up 89 people in previous operations and so, unable to bring everyone on board, the crew waited for hours into Saturd…

teleSUR (2020-08-31). Mexico: Police Arrested for Migrant Trafficking Near US Border. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Institute of Migration (INM) policeman was detained in the border State of Coahuila while he was transporting 14 migrants to the U.S. frontier. | RELATED: | "The Coahuila Police detained the agent and his accomplice after verifying that they were transporting the migrants in a van," INM stated, adding that these individuals were wearing the organization's uniform. | The traffickers were stopped by the police in Acuña, a…

teleSUR (2020-08-31). Greece Builds New Anti-Migrants Fence on Its Border With Turkey. telesurenglish.net Greece's Public Order Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis Monday announced that his country will allocate 63 million euros for the construction of the fence of about 30 kilometers long and five meters high that will be installed in the southern part of the land border with Turkey. | RELATED: | Intended to contain the entry of migrants and refugees into Greek territory, the upper part of the fence will have barbed wire. Seve…

Fight Back (2020-08-31). Hundreds march in St. Paul for clean Dream Act and legalization for all. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds marched through the West Side of Saint Paul from Castillo Park to Senator Tina Smith's office on August 29 demanding the Senate take immediate action towards legalization for all residents. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protective Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. | The Dream and Promise Act, which would accomplish that goal, has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. For…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Qatar announces non-discriminatory minimum wage, changes to kafala system. peoplesdispatch.org On Sunday, August 30, Qatar announced a non-discriminatory minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari Rials (around USD 274) for all its migrant workers. Qatar's ministry of administration, development, labor and social affairs (ADLSA) also announced crucial changes in the country's infamous kafala system. | According to the ministry, the employees will no longer need a "no objection certificate" from their employers to change their jobs. According to the rules of kafala or sponsorship system, an employee is not allowed to change jobs during the contract period without the permission of the employer. Now, an employee can chang…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-08-31). Fall 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org ICE Is Leaving Immigrants To Die In Detention, Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall With Mexico…

Staff (2020-08-31). In COVID Era, Artists Are Generating Hope and Illustrating Pandemic Inequities. truthout.org Almost immediately after the coronavirus began to spread throughout New York City, art historian Han Hongzheng, an immigrant from China, started seeing anti-Asian slurs on social media. | Then he experienced the hatred at close range. | "One day in early March, my partner, who is white, and I were walking our dog on the Upper West Side of Manhattan," Hongzheng says. "All of a sudden, this guy on skates got very close to us and screamed the word 'traitor' at my partner." | Hongzheng describes…

WSWS (2020-08-31). EU refuses to accept hundreds of refugees rescued in the Mediterranean. wsws.org More than 400 refugees are waiting in the central Mediterranean Sea off Sicily to be assigned to a safe haven.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). At least three migrants die as boat catches fire off Italy. yenisafak.com At least three migrants died when a fire broke out on a boat carrying them close to the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police and health officials said.Another five migrants were injured and taken to hospital, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said.Two police officers were hurt as they tried to help the migrants, the Crotone police force said, without going into further details.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Turkey slams Islamophobic act by 'modern barbarians'. yenisafak.com "They shamelessly burn the Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, in the middle of Europe. They then claim to be the paragons of reason, logic, freedom and justice," Ibrahim Kalin said in a tweet."They label anyone not like them as anti-reason bigots and retros. Modern barbarians know no limits in primitive mindset."The incident took place in the Swedish city of Malmo on Friday evening, where far-right activists of the anti-Muslim group Stram Krus (Hard Line) burned a copy of the Quran at a rally in the largely migrant neighborhood of Rosengard.The Turkish Foreign Ministry has also vehemently criticized the incident,…

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds of refugees and migrants rescued in Central Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

RT (2020-08-29). Italy evacuates dozens from overcrowded Banksy-funded migrant rescue boat after crew accuses Europe of 'IGNORING' emergency calls. rt.com Some 50 people were evacuated from the migrant rescue boat Louise Michel that got stranded off Malta's coast after taking more than 200 people aboard. After one person died, the crew accused Europe of ignoring its pleas for help. | The vessel, which reported rescuing a total of 219 people from the sea over the past few days, including "many women and children," had become so "overcrowded" that a life raft was attached to its side, and it lost its ability to maneuver. The crew's Twitter feed suggests they have been desperately sending distress signals and making calls to various European maritime authorities to…

David Goessmann (2020-08-29). Manufacturing a Moral Crisis: Media and Refugees. zcomm.org Today one rarely finds a report in newspapers and broadcasts about refugees. Nobody seems to care about them anymore. Why is that?>

The Canary (2020-08-28). Banksy-funded rescue boat is helping to save refugees in Mediterranean. thecanary.co British street artist Banksy has funded a refugee rescue boat that is helping to save people encountering danger in the Mediterranean Sea. | The Louise Michel, a vessel that used to be owned by the customs authorities in France, launched under its new guise last week and features a painting from Banksy depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. | The boat was renamed after a 19th-century French feminist anarchist, and is spattered in pink paint after the secretive artist "decorated her with a fire extinguisher". | It was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy's works and is captained by…