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2019-12-07: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-12-07). Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection's lies in death of teenage immigrant. wsws.org The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

M. G. Piety (2019-12-06). A Lesson From the Danes on Immigration. counterpunch.org Denmark is in the news now because of its purported hostility to immigrants. Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, published an op ed in the New York Times on Tuesday about how she was nearly carted off to a Danish prison for giving invited guest lectures to the Danish parliament. Danes had tightened up More

Nick Aspinwall (2019-12-06). Why Taiwan Won't Welcome China's Dissidents. thenation.com Why Taiwan Won't Welcome China's Dissidents…

Saed Bannoura (2019-12-06). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem And Tulkarem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, four Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank governorates on Bethlehem and Tulkarem, and summoned a young man for interrogation, after the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that several army jeeps invaded 'Aida refugee …

news.un (2019-12-06). UN agency hails Brazil 'milestone' decision over Venezuelan refugees. news.un.org Brazil's move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

James Goodman (2019-12-06). goodman climate refugees teaser. progressive.org Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border, even with no promise of a path to citizenship.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-12-06). Workers at 'Brexit HQ' elite Mayfair club to go on strike. thecanary.co Workers at an exclusive private members' club, 5 Hertford Street in Mayfair, have declared their intention to go on strike. They will strike on 11 and 12 December over demands for "proper occupational sick pay and union recognition". | Mayfair contains some of the most expensive property in London. According to the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain…

Staff (2019-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Calls On Democrats to Proceed With Drafting Articles of Impeachment, Joe Biden Lashes Out at Iowa Town Hall over His Son Hunter's Work in Ukraine, Pentagon Weighs Sending Up to 14,000 More U.S. Troops to Middle East, Saudi Aramco Raises $25.6 Billion in Historic IPO, 140,000 Died Globally from Measles in 2018, 62 Refugees Died after Boat Capsized off Coast of Mauritania, Shocking Video Shows How Border Patrol Let Teenage Asylum Seeker Die in Custody, French Workers Continue National Strike into Second Day, Uber Says It Received 3,000 Reports of Sexual Assault in U.S. in 2018, The Guardian: Ilhan Omar and R…

patrick (2019-12-06). UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return. bdsmovement.net UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return: In the NewsAt the UK Labour party's annual conference, the party voted overwhelmingly for refugees right to return, to stop "any arms trade with Israel that is used in violation of the human rights of Palestinians" and to apply international law to UK trade wi…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-12-06). Demand Grows for Buttigieg to Come Clean About His Time at 'Corporate Greed Machine' McKinsey. commondreams.org Days after reports surfaced about the global consulting firm McKinsey's work advising the Trump administration on immigration policy, calls grew on Thursday for South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to disclose details about the work he did for the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1190229305.png

Alex Anfruns (2019-12-05). Bethlehem, Palestine: "Tourists often come to see the sacred stones, not their inhabitants". dissidentvoice.org From the terrace of Wi'am, also known as the "Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre", you can see a horizon interrupted by the Israeli wall and a cloud of tear gas. At the foot of it, a narrow path leads the visitor off the tourist circuit to the refugee camp of Aida, jealously guarded by soldiers. At …

Shaw Drake (2019-12-05). A Border Officer Told Me I Couldn't Opt Out of the Face Recognition Scan. They Were Wrong. aclu.org "Look at the camera," a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) | officer told me as I approached the primary inspection point at the Paso del | Norte port of entry. | "Is that the face recognition technology?" I asked. "If so, I want to opt-out." | "Look at the camera." | "I want to opt-out." | "Look at the camera." | On the evening of November 25, 2019, I crossed from Mexico into the United States. Signs in the port noted the new use of face recognition technology and United States citizens' option to "undergo alternative procedures." After handing over my U.S. passport card, and despite my repeated protests…

Cora Currier (2019-12-05). Filmmakers Sue to Shield Visitors to U.S. From Social Media Vetting. theintercept.com A filmmaker working on a documentary that's critical of U.S. policies. A writer who operates a pseudonymous Twitter account to evade an authoritarian regime in their home country. An activist who uses Facebook to organize protests at the U.S.-Mexico border. | These are the kinds of people who might not want U.S. immigration agents poring over their social media profiles before deciding whether they should be allowed into the country. Yet that's exactly what the State Department now requires as part of the Trump administration's "extreme vetting" of millions of visa applicants. As of May, people who need a visa to…

Staff (2019-12-05). Headlines for December 5, 2019. democracynow.org Constitutional Experts Debate Impeachment at House Judiciary Committee Hearing, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes Sues CNN over Story about Nunes' Ukraine Meeting, Trump Departs NATO Early after Video of Other World Leaders Mocking Him, Report: Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Hit Record High in 2019, Colombia Holds Third National Strike in Two Weeks, Workers Strike Across France Today over Macron's Pensions Plan, Hand Grenade Thrown over Wall of Migrant Shelter in Madrid, India: Rape Survivor Attacked on Her Way to Court in Latest Assault on Women, Head of Japanese Aid Agency Killed in Afghanistan, AG Barr Threatens Commun…

Fight Back (2019-12-04). Immigrant rights activists protest ICE detention at Sherburne County commissioners' meeting. fightbacknews.org Elk River, MN – Immigrant rights activists mobilized to the Sherburne County commissioners' meeting at 9: 00 in the morning Tuesday, December 3 in Elk River, a town of around 20,000 people an hour northwest of Minneapolis. They held signs throughout the meeting, and several of them spoke passionately during the public comment section of the agenda, appealing to the commissioners to stop participating in and profiting from immigrant detention in the Sherburne County Jail. | The Sherburne County Jail has a contract for 300 beds to detain immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making it the la…

Sulma Arias (2019-12-04). Immigrants Targeted by Trump Deserve Protection. progressive.org The termination of this program and the deportation of TPS holders is a cruel political tactic, with real-life consequences.

Fight Back (2019-12-04). Activists decry Minnesota investments in border militarization, climate destruction. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) held its quarterly meeting at the State Capitol December 2 and got sharp criticism from immigrant rights and anti-war activists, as new documents revealed a nearly $1 million increase in investment in a controversial military technology company. Youth climate strikers also highlighted the SBI's inaction over state ties to environmental destruction. Both groups were met with vacillation and excuses from the board which is tasked with the responsible investment of public pensions and related funds. | At issue was Elbit Systems, an Israel-based manufacture…

Fight Back (2019-12-03). Miami activists unite against U.S. imperialism in Latin America. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – On December 1, immigrant groups representing several different countries in the Caribbean and South America rallied together at the Torch of Friendship to show unity and strength against U.S imperialism and far-right political violence in Latin America. Various groups of immigrant activists united in what they said was just the beginning of a new movement in South Florida to bring together the various struggles in Latin America against neo-liberalism and neo-colonialism. | Activists representing Chile, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Brazil spoke out against neoliberal policies, U.S militarism, and…

James Goodman (2019-12-01). The Sanctuary Strategy. progressive.org Policies and activism that work to shelter undocumented immigrants have spread across the country—and are remarkably effective.

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-11-27). "If I Could Just Look at Her" aclu.org Watch the journey of two separated parents trying to cross the border and reunite with their children.: | " data-whitelisted="false" data-domain="www.youtube.com"> | In October, the Trump administration admitted that in a 12-month period, beginning in July 2017, it separated 4,370 immigrant children from their parents at the border. Since then, over 1,000 more have been separated under a dubious loophole that all…

David Cole (2019-11-26). We're Grateful for the Constitution. aclu.org Thanksgiving is here: that time of year when we pause to take stock of all we're grateful for. At the ACLU, we're saying thanks for all the crucial wins from our legal teams — and for the Constitution. | In just the last few months, we've racked up many essential victories in the ongoing battle to protect civil liberties and civil rights. The scope of these victories is breathtaking: they span criminal justice, privacy, religious freedom, reproductive rights, due process for immigrants, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and the right to protest the Keystone pipeline, among others. We've won crucial victories…

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-11-25). In Nicaragua, She Dodged Bullets. Now She's Stuck at the Border. aclu.org (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) The sting of tear gas was still in Julia's eyes when she ran into a public park in the center of the Nicaraguan city of Estelí on June 20, 2018. Earlier that day, she'd wrapped her face in a blue-and-white bandanna — the colors of the Nicaraguan flag — and joined a student-led march against the government of President Daniel Ortega, whose proposed cuts to social benefits were sparking tense street demonstrations across the country. [Note: 'Julia' is a pseudonym; the ACLU is protecting her identity for her safety.] | As the students marched through the streets, paramilitary p…

Charlie Hogle (2019-11-25). The Trump Administration is Unlawfully Detaining a U.S. Resident Without Charge. aclu.org Adham | Hassoun completed his criminal sentence and was set to be released from prison almost | three years ago. But the government — now claiming unprecedented and | unconstitutional powers under the USA Patriot Act — continues to hold Adham in | detention, indefinitely and without charge. | We're | in court to secure his freedom. | Adham | has called the United States home for 30 years. Born in Lebanon to Palestinian | refugees, Adham and his family — like many other refugees — suffered…

splcenter (2019-11-21). Emails Confirm Miller's Twin Obsessions: Immigrants and Crime. splcenter.org Stephen Miller linked immigration to violence in emails to Breitbart News — writing of crimes committed by nonwhites that "each one [is] more disturbing than the next."

splcenter (2019-11-05). Emails Detail Miller's Ties to Group That Touted White Nationalist Writers. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller demonstrates a connection to an anti-immigrant think tank that promoted white nationalist writers, according to emails acquired by Hatewatch.

2019-12-07: Social Media Postees

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Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection's lies in death of teenage immigrant
wsws.org | 2019-12-07
The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/12/07/immi-d07.html

A Lesson From the Danes on Immigration
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2019-12-06
Denmark is in the news now because of its purported hostility to immigrants. Brooke Harrington, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, published an op ed in the New York Times on Tuesday about how she was nearly carted off to a Danish prison for giving invited guest lectures to the Danish parliament. Danes had tightened up…
counterpunch.org/2019/12/06/a-lesson-from-the-danes-on-immigration/

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Bethlehem And Tulkarem
Saed Bannoura | imemc.org | 2019-12-06
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Friday at dawn, four Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank governorates on Bethlehem and Tulkarem, and summoned a young man for interrogation, after the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that several army jeeps invaded 'Aida refugee …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-four-palestinians-in-bethlehem-and-tulkarem/

goodman climate refugees teaser
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2019-12-06
Climate change, pollution, and violence drive people to the U.S. border, even with no promise of a path to citizenship.
progressive.org/dispatches/fleeing-not-migrating-goodman-191206/

UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-12-06
UK Labour Party votes to stop arms trade with Israel, apply international law to trade, and support refugee return: In the NewsAt the UK Labour party's annual conference, the party voted overwhelmingly for refugees right to return, to stop "any arms trade with Israel that is used in violation of the human rights of Palestinians" and to apply international law to UK trade wi…
bdsmovement.net/news/uk-labour-party-votes-stop-arms-trade-israel-apply-international-law-trade-and-support-refugee

UN agency hails Brazil 'milestone' decision over Venezuelan refugees
news.un.org | 2019-12-06
Brazil's move to recognize thousands of refugees from crisis-wracked Venezuela through a new accelerated procedure, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/12/1052921

Why Taiwan Won't Welcome China's Dissidents
Nick Aspinwall | thenation.com | 2019-12-06
Why Taiwan Won't Welcome China's Dissidents…
thenation.com/article/taiwan-refugee-china-hongkong/

'Fleeing Not Migrating'
James Goodman | commondreams.org | 2019-12-06
A river at risk of drying up near the agricultural village of Guapinol, Honduras. The phrase "Cuidemos los bosques," painted onto a rock by villagers, translates to "Protect the forests." (Photo: Lawyers for Civil Rights) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/rocks.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/12/06/fleeing-not-migrating?cd-origin=rss

Demand Grows for Buttigieg to Come Clean About His Time at 'Corporate Greed Machine' McKinsey
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-12-06
Days after reports surfaced about the global consulting firm McKinsey's work advising the Trump administration on immigration policy, calls grew on Thursday for South Bend, Indiana mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to disclose details about the work he did for the company. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1190229305.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/12/06/demand-grows-buttigieg-come-clean-about-his-time-corporate-greed-machine-mckinsey?cd-origin=rss

Filmmakers Sue to Shield Visitors to U.S. From Social Media Vetting
Cora Currier | theintercept.com | 2019-12-05
A filmmaker working on a documentary that's critical of U.S. policies. A writer who operates a pseudonymous Twitter account to evade an authoritarian regime in their home country. An activist who uses Facebook to organize protests at the U.S.-Mexico border. | These are the kinds of people who might not want U.S. immigration agents poring over their social media profiles before deciding whether they should be allowed into the country. Yet that's exactly what the State Department now requires as part of the Trump administration's "extreme vetting" of millions of visa applicants. As of May, people who need a visa to…
theintercept.com/2019/12/05/us-visa-social-media-screening/

A Border Officer Told Me I Couldn't Opt Out of the Face Recognition Scan. They Were Wrong
Shaw Drake | aclu.org | 2019-12-05
"Look at the camera," a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) | officer told me as I approached the primary inspection point at the Paso del | Norte port of entry. | "Is that the face recognition technology?" I asked. "If so, I want to opt-out." | "Look at the camera." | "I want to opt-out." | "Look at the camera." | On the evening of November 25, 2019, I crossed from Mexico into the United States. Signs in the port noted the new use of face recognition technology and United States citizens' option to "undergo alternative procedures." After handing over my U.S. passport card, and despite my repeated protests…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/a-border-officer-told-me-i-couldnt-opt-out-of-the-face-recognition-scan-they-were-wrong

Bethlehem, Palestine: "Tourists often come to see the sacred stones, not their inhabitants"
Alex Anfruns | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-12-05
From the terrace of Wi'am, also known as the "Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre", you can see a horizon interrupted by the Israeli wall and a cloud of tear gas. At the foot of it, a narrow path leads the visitor off the tourist circuit to the refugee camp of Aida, jealously guarded by soldiers. At …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/12/bethlehem-palestine-tourists-often-come-to-see-the-sacred-stones-not-their-inhabitants/

Immigrant rights activists protest ICE detention at Sherburne County commissioners' meeting
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-12-04
Elk River, MN – Immigrant rights activists mobilized to the Sherburne County commissioners' meeting at 9: 00 in the morning Tuesday, December 3 in Elk River, a town of around 20,000 people an hour northwest of Minneapolis. They held signs throughout the meeting, and several of them spoke passionately during the public comment section of the agenda, appealing to the commissioners to stop participating in and profiting from immigrant detention in the Sherburne County Jail. | The Sherburne County Jail has a contract for 300 beds to detain immigrants for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), making it the la…
fightbacknews.org/2019/12/4/immigrant-rights-activists-protest-ice-detention-sherburne-county-commissioners-meeting

Immigrants Targeted by Trump Deserve Protection
Sulma Arias | progressive.org | 2019-12-04
The termination of this program and the deportation of TPS holders is a cruel political tactic, with real-life consequences.
progressive.org/op-eds/immigrants-deserve-protection-arias-chacon-191204/

Activists decry Minnesota investments in border militarization, climate destruction
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-12-04
St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) held its quarterly meeting at the State Capitol December 2 and got sharp criticism from immigrant rights and anti-war activists, as new documents revealed a nearly $1 million increase in investment in a controversial military technology company. Youth climate strikers also highlighted the SBI's inaction over state ties to environmental destruction. Both groups were met with vacillation and excuses from the board which is tasked with the responsible investment of public pensions and related funds. | At issue was Elbit Systems, an Israel-based manufacture…
fightbacknews.org/2019/12/3/activists-decry-minnesota-investments-border-militarization-climate-destruction

Miami activists unite against U.S. imperialism in Latin America
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-12-03
Miami, FL – On December 1, immigrant groups representing several different countries in the Caribbean and South America rallied together at the Torch of Friendship to show unity and strength against U.S imperialism and far-right political violence in Latin America. Various groups of immigrant activists united in what they said was just the beginning of a new movement in South Florida to bring together the various struggles in Latin America against neo-liberalism and neo-colonialism. | Activists representing Chile, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Brazil spoke out against neoliberal policies, U.S militarism, and…
fightbacknews.org/2019/12/2/miami-activists-unite-against-us-imperialism-latin-america

The Sanctuary Strategy
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2019-12-01
Policies and activism that work to shelter undocumented immigrants have spread across the country–and are remarkably effective.
progressive.org/magazine/the-sanctuary-strategy-goodman/

"If I Could Just Look at Her"
Ashoka Mukpo | aclu.org | 2019-11-27
Watch the journey of two separated parents trying to cross the border and reunite with their children.: | " data-whitelisted="false" data-domain="www.youtube.com"> | In October, the Trump administration admitted that in a 12-month period, beginning in July 2017, it separated 4,370 immigrant children from their parents at the border. Since then, over 1,000 more have been separated under a dubious loophole that all…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/if-i-could-just-look-at-her

We're Grateful for the Constitution
David Cole | aclu.org | 2019-11-26
Thanksgiving is here: that time of year when we pause to take stock of all we're grateful for. At the ACLU, we're saying thanks for all the crucial wins from our legal teams — and for the Constitution. | In just the last few months, we've racked up many essential victories in the ongoing battle to protect civil liberties and civil rights. The scope of these victories is breathtaking: they span criminal justice, privacy, religious freedom, reproductive rights, due process for immigrants, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and the right to protest the Keystone pipeline, among others. We've won crucial victories…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/were-grateful-for-the-constitution

The Trump Administration is Unlawfully Detaining a U.S. Resident Without Charge
Charlie Hogle | aclu.org | 2019-11-25
Adham | Hassoun completed his criminal sentence and was set to be released from prison almost | three years ago. But the government — now claiming unprecedented and | unconstitutional powers under the USA Patriot Act — continues to hold Adham in | detention, indefinitely and without charge. | We're | in court to secure his freedom. | Adham | has called the United States home for 30 years. Born in Lebanon to Palestinian | refugees, Adham and his family — like many other refugees — suffered…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/the-trump-administration-is-unlawfully-detaining-a-u-s-resident-without-charge

In Nicaragua, She Dodged Bullets. Now She's Stuck at the Border
Ashoka Mukpo | aclu.org | 2019-11-25
(Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) The sting of tear gas was still in Julia's eyes when she ran into a public park in the center of the Nicaraguan city of Estelí on June 20, 2018. Earlier that day, she'd wrapped her face in a blue-and-white bandanna — the colors of the Nicaraguan flag — and joined a student-led march against the government of President Daniel Ortega, whose proposed cuts to social benefits were sparking tense street demonstrations across the country. [Note: 'Julia' is a pseudonym; the ACLU is protecting her identity for her safety.] | As the students marched through the streets, paramilitary p…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/in-nicaragua-she-dodged-bullets-now-shes-stuck-at-the-border

Emails Confirm Miller's Twin Obsessions: Immigrants and Crime
splcenter.org | 2019-11-21
Stephen Miller linked immigration to violence in emails to Breitbart News — writing of crimes committed by nonwhites that…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/11/25/emails-confirm-millers-twin-obsessions-immigrants-and-crime