2018-07-14: News Headlines

amnesty.org (2018-07-14). Russia and USA must use Putin-Trump summit to show they are responsible international players. amnesty.org Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump must use their upcoming summit in Helsinki to tackle the world's most urgent human rights issues and restore their nations' credibility as responsible international players, Amnesty International said ahead of the meeting between the Russian and US presidents in Finland's capital on Monday. | The organization calls on the two leaders to put the international refugee situation and the war in Syria at the top of their agenda during the summit, as well as violations taking place in their own countries. | "Presidents Putin and Trump have been toxic for human rights. Their respective policies have resulted in broken families, children being held in cages, continuing atrocities in a prolonged war in Syria and the torture and killing of LGBTI people in Chechnya, to name just a few of the horrors that have unfolded under their watch," said…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-07-14). Lessons From a Nazi-Persecuted Philosopher on the Rights of Refugees. truthout.org Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create "transit zones" or refugee camps along Germany's southern border. | Under the agreement, migrants would be housed in designated transit areas, until German authorities determined their eligibility. If found to have registered in another EU country, immigrants would be turned back, assuming that country would accept them. | Merkel had earlier opposed this step, fearing it would trigger border closures. Already, Italy and Austria have refused to accept returnees. And these are not the only ones. In the United States, in Hungary, and in Italy, governments are justifying policies of expulsion and restrictive immigration. Inflammatory language is often being used to defend policies aimed against the most vulnerable peoples.

Staff (2018-07-14). Trump's Remarks About Changing European Culture Draw Ire. truthdig.com Historians and advocates on both sides of the Atlantic say the president's comments, which included calling immigration "a very negative thing for Europe," would encourage white nationalists.

wsws.org (2018-07-14). Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents. wsws.org Children and parents were scattered nationwide including Maryland, Texas, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Headlines for July 13, 2018. democracynow.org Amid Protests, Trump Meeting with Theresa May After Criticizing Her over Brexit, Trump Falsely Claims He'd Convinced NATO to Increase Military Spending, Trump Admin Couldn't Reunite a Dozen Migrant Kids Because Parents Already Deported, New Asylum Guidelines: Reject at Border All Gang & Domestic Violence-Based Claims, Mexican Immigrant Efrain De La Rosa Dies by Suicide in Stewart Detention Center, Report: Over 600 Migrants Have Drowned Crossing Mediterranean over Last 4 Weeks, FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing, Ireland to Be First Country in the World to Divest from Fossil Fuels, Justice Dept. Reopens Investigation into Emmett Till's Murder, Carlos Russell, Key Figure of Black Liberation Movement, Dies in New York…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London's Muslim Mayor. democracynow.org President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit" will kill Britain's chances of a future trade deal with the United States. In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun in which Trump claimed that Britain is losing its culture due to immigration, Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations. We speak with Gary Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian and a columnist at The Nation.

Ed Rampell (2018-07-13). Two South Seas cinema superstars open in 'Skyscraper' and 'Siberia'. peoplesworld.org Skyscraper It never fails to amaze (and amuse) how movies mirror reality as emanations of the collective psyche. Just days after the premiere of The First Purge, about a race war aimed at exterminating African Americans on Staten Island, a Black Staten Island resident, Congolese immigrant Patricia Okoumou, heroically climbed the Statue of Liberty on […]…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Judge Rules Trump Admin May Have Violated Free Speech Rights of Mexican Journalist Detained in U.S. democracynow.org We turn now to a major development in the case of a jailed Mexican journalist that Democracy Now! has followed closely. In El Paso on Wednesday, a federal judge issued a 26-page ruling that questioned the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar, and ordered an August 1 hearing to examine whether immigration officials violated his First Amendment rights. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He's lived here in the U.S. for the past decade and has since won the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award. We speak with Penny Venetis, a Rutgers University law professor who filed the First Amendment challenge in Gutiérrez Soto's case; Bill McCarren, executive director of the National Press Club; and Eduardo Beckett, Gutiérrez Soto's lawyer.

candice (2018-07-13). Activist: Piers Morgan Is Wrong for Criticizing British Anti-Trump Protests. truthout.org President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain — including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: We begin our show in Britain, where President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit"

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot" for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain. democracynow.org President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain—including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral.

Martha Mendoza, Larry Fenn (2018-07-13). Locking up immigrant children is now a billion-dollar industry. peoplesworld.org SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually—a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care, and other child welfare services for detained, unaccompanied, and separated children soared from $74.5 million […]…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum? democracynow.org Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits."

Ed Rampell (2018-07-13). Two South Seas cinema superstars open in 'Skyscraper' and 'Siberia'. peoplesworld.org Skyscraper It never fails to amaze (and amuse) how movies mirror reality as emanations of the collective psyche. Just days after the premiere of The First Purge, about a race war aimed at exterminating African Americans on Staten Island, a Black Staten Island resident, Congolese immigrant Patricia Okoumou, heroically climbed the Statue of Liberty on […]…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-07-13). Europe's Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen. counterpunch.org More>

Al Neal (2018-07-13). The World Cup runs on migrant workers. peoplesworld.org While the Trump 'baby blimp' floats in the London sky, casting a "bigly" shadow over this latest disastrous overseas diplomatic venture—do we expect anything else?—by Donald Trump, it comes as no surprise that as soon as Air Force One's wheels touched U.K soil, his foul mouth began spewing hate. It isn't enough that Trump's administration […]…

candice (2018-07-13). Will Parents at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum? truthout.org Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the US-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in…

CounterSpin (2018-07-13). Jacinta Gonzalez on Immigration Rights, Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti Uprising. fair.org Media…

RT (2018-07-13). Immigration is very bad, Europeans better watch themselves, says Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump used a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May to excoriate Europe's migrant problem, calling immigration "very negative" and saying that Europeans "better watch themselves." |

wsws.org (2018-07-13). Millions of refugees face harsh conditions across South Asia. wsws.org The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-07-12). Hatewatch Headlines 7/13/2018. splcenter.org Trump says UK 'losing its culture' to migrants; Facebook can't explain Infowars' presence; Masculinity a key to white supremacism; and more.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-12). Headlines for July 12, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Calls on NATO Allies to Vastly Increase Military Spending, Trump Claims Victory at NATO Summit, Boasts of U.S. Weapons Sales, Trump Admin Says It Will Speed Family Reunifications After Missing Deadline, Immigrant Detainees Sue ICE After Being Shackled for Hours in Hot Van, Ex-CIA Contractor MVM Admits Children Held Overnight in AZ Office Building, Judge to Consider Release of Detained Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, Trump Admin Argues It Can Hold Prisoners at Guantánamo for 100 Years, Yemen: Amnesty International Fears War Crimes Committed in UAE-Run Prisons, White House Touts Kavanaugh's Business-Friendly Rulings, Papa John's Founder Steps Down as Chairman After Using N-Word, House Speaker Ryan Backs Embattled Rep. Jordan over Sex Abuse Allegations, Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Boasts of VIP Treatment in Jail, Nevada Cancels Planned Execution as Drug Maker Objects to Use of Its Drug, Sri Lanka to Reinstate Death Penalty for First Time Since 1976, North Dakota: Water Protector Red Fawn Fallis Sentenced to 57 Months, Indigenous Camp on Canada-U.S. Border Takes Aim at "Line 3" Pipeline…

wsws.org (2018-07-12). Iraq war contractor ran US detention centre for immigrant children. wsws.org MVM, a private contractor that supplied guards for CIA prisons in Iraq, ran a secret detention site for immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona.

Peter Isbister (2018-07-12). Honduran father is reunited with son after days of uncertainty, confusion and secrecy. splcenter.org Several days after the Trump administration began separating children from their parents at the border, our Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) received one or two calls from fathers whose children had been taken.

Jane Regan (2018-07-12). Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom. fair.org I teach journalism. So, of course, I follow journalism closely. | On the immigration issue, many news outlets have been doing a great job covering the rallies and marches, the "baby jails" and rulings and (few) family reunifications. | But they lack context. | In the classroom, I emphasize that every news story—even a little one about a city sidewalk repair—must provide context. Why that sidewalk, why now? Who lives there and walks there? What sidewalks are not getting repaired? When was the sidewalk first built? What's the budget? And so on. | Recent news stories certainly provide some context and numbers. And many tell harrowing and important specific stories…but they mostly don't get into the structural causes, the deep history. I worry that readers and viewers are not getting the whole story. | What about specific references to international law, like to…

wsws.org (2018-07-12). German interior minister's "Master Plan" for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations. wsws.org With its "Migration Master Plan," the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

RT (2018-07-12). House Democrats introduce 'Abolish ICE' bill. rt.com The far left's calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took one step closer to reality, as progressive House Democrats introduced a bill that would disband the agency and shift its duties to other agencies. |

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-12). Thai Court Acquits Migrant Workers of Defamation. hrw.org A worker tends to chickens at a farm in Thailand. | © 2007 Sukree Sukplang / Reuters | In an important verdict for the protection of labor rights and freedom of expression in Thailand, a magistrates court in Bangkok on Wednesday acquitted 14 Burmese migrant workers of criminal defamation charges for filing a complaint against their employer with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT). | The court found the workers had filed their complaint in good faith in order to protect their rights, as guaranteed by the Thai constitution and international conventions. | In their complaint to the NHRCT in July 2016, the workers alleged that the Thammakaset chicken farm in Lopburi province had subjected them to grueling work conditions, including forced labor. Three months later Thammakaset responded with a…

Julianne Hing (2018-07-11). What Can $20 Million Buy? Activists Attempt to Post Bond for 2,500 Parents in Immigration Detention. thenation.com What Can $20 Million Buy? Activists Attempt to Post Bond for 2,500 Parents in Immigration Detention appeared first on The Nation.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-11). As Trump Admin Misses Deadline to Unite Families, HHS Head Calls Jailing Kids an Act of "Generosity" democracynow.org ‚Ä®The Trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. Only 38 of the 102 children under 5 have been reunited with their parents, some of whom say their young children did not even recognize them at first after the traumatic, protracted separation. ‚Ä®On Tuesday, Judge Dana Sabraw reiterated that all separated children—3,000 in total—must be reunited with their parents by July 26, saying, "These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals." On Tuesday night, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN that the United States was acting "generously" toward the migrant children. For more, we speak with Lomi Kriel, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and Barbara Hines, an immigration lawyer and founder of the University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic.

Renée Feltz (2018-07-11). For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits. thenation.com Facing a legal labyrinth, deported parents may be forced to leave their children behind so that they can seek asylum.

RT (2018-07-11). Illegal immigrant could not be Messiah, Trump's religious adviser says. rt.com A US televangelist and spiritual adviser to the US president has defended the Trump administration's immigration clampdown, arguing that baby Jesus' stay in Egypt was legal, otherwise he wouldn't have been the savior of humanity.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-11). Trump's Zero Tolerance Approach Goes Beyond the Border. hrw.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees arrive at FCI Victorville federal prison in Victorville, California, U.S. June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
| The Trump administration's separation of immigrant families at the border has provoked justifiable public outrage and widespread condemnation. But new data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows the crackdown on immigrants is likely wreaking additional havoc on families across the country, far from the border. | Under President Barack Obama, government policy was to target unauthorized immigrants with serious criminal offenses for deportation. President Donald Trump's approach, on the other hand, makes all unauthorized immigrants "priority" targets for deportation — and it's taking a toll. | According to the data obtained by the Huffington Post, one-quarter of the people taken into custody for deportation in 2017 had no criminal conviction at…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-10). Headlines for July 10, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, Trump Administration Will Miss Deadline to Reunite All Migrant Children Under 5, Federal Judge Rules Trump Administration Can't Indefinitely Jail Migrants, Britain: Theresa May's Government in Crisis After 2 Top Officials Resign, Ethiopia & Eritrea Sign Declaration of Peace, Ending Two Decades of Conflict, Afghanistan: Suicide Attack in Jalalabad Kills 19 People, Burma: Reuters Journalists Charged Under Official Secrets Act, Haiti: General Strike in Port-au-Prince as Protesters Call for President to Resign, Thailand: Rescuers Evacuate All 12 Boys & Coach from Underground Cave, India: Grassroots Environmental Movement Saves 16,000 Trees in New Delhi, "Callous Display of Unwarranted Privilege": Personal Driver Sues Trump for Back Wages, Trump's Mar-a-Lago Resort Seeks to Hire 61 Foreign Workers, Suit Moving Forward Against Neo-Nazi Organizers of Deadly Charlottesville Rally…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-10). ACLU vs. Trump: David Cole on the Fight to Reunite Children Separated from Parents at Border. democracynow.org The Trump administration will not meet today's deadline to reunite all migrant children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. The Justice Department says it will reunite only about half of the more than 100 migrant children under 5 today, after a federal judge in San Diego agreed to extend the deadline mandating the reunification of all of the youngest children. Today's secretive reunification operation will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security and will involve transporting the children hundreds of miles across the country to undisclosed locations. In total, about 3,000 children are still separated from their parents. For more, we speak with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-07-10). Hatewatch Headlines 7/11/2018. splcenter.org Trump blames immigrants for family separations; Hate crimes rise again in California; 'White genocide' is an old rallying cry for the far right; and more.

Ryan Lenz (2018-07-10). Trump has granted clemency to the Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inspired the 2016 Malheur occupation. splcenter.org The Oregon ranchers who inspired the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon will be let out of prison and cleared of all charges, the White House says.

RT (2018-07-10). Actress and potential NY governor Cynthia Nixon launches petition to abolish ICE. rt.com Former actress and left-wing New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has launched a Change.org petition calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). |

RT (2018-07-10). 'Come legally': Trump shares 'solution' to immigration crisis as reunification deadline to be missed. rt.com Donald Trump says the solution to the immigration crisis is simple – don't enter the country illegally. It comes after his administration admitted it would not be meeting a deadline to reunite separated families. |

Democracy Now! (2018-07-09). Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels' Victims—Not Their Members. democracynow.org A federal judge will hold a hearing today on whether to delay Tuesday's deadline that mandated the reunification of all children under the age of 5 whom the Trump administration separated from their parents at the border. The Trump administration is claiming it needs more time to match children with their parents, including at least 19 parents who have already been deported. The American Civil Liberties Union says less than half of separated children under the age of 5 will be reunited by the Tuesday deadline. As Trump's "zero tolerance" policy crackdown continues, we speak with human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury about how U.S. foreign policy has led to the violence that Central Americans are fleeing, and what happens when people follow the U.S. government's instructions and attempt to apply for political asylum at a legal port of entry. Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years. She works with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and has been active in the response to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-09). Headlines for July 9, 2018. democracynow.org Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight, North Korea Accuses U.S. of "Gangster-Like" Demands in Denuclearization Talks, Trump Heading to Brussels for NATO Summit, Judge to Rule Today Whether to Delay Deadline for Reuniting Migrant Children with Parents, U.S. Used Threats to Try to Derail Resolution on Breastfeeding at World Health Assembly, Record Rainfall Kills at Least 95 People in Japan, Turkish President Erdogan Sworn In for Another Term with Sweeping New Powers, Ethiopia and Eritrea Re-establish Diplomatic Ties After Nearly 2 Decades of Conflict, Anti-Austerity Protests in Haiti Force Gov't to Backtrack on IMF-Imposed Fuel Hike, Brazil: Legal Battle Erupts After Judge Rules Lula Should Be Freed from Prison, Thailand: More Boys Rescued from Underwater Cave, as Rescue Efforts Continue, Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Remaining #J20 Defendants…

RT (2018-07-09). 'We know where you live': Anti-Trump #resistance threatens Senate leader Mitch McConnell. rt.com Protesters heckled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he left a Kentucky restaurant on Saturday. Incensed at the Trump administration's immigration policy, they chanted "abolish ICE" and shouted "we know where you live." |

Democracy Now! (2018-07-09). From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America. democracynow.org Across the United States, thousands of migrant children remain detained alone after the Trump administration forcibly separated them from their parents at the border. Yet, despite the news about the United States' human rights abuses of migrants, asylum seekers keep risking the dangerous journey to the United States. Texas-based human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years and has long worked with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. She also knows intimately the U.S. roots of this conflict. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the U.S.-backed Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. We speak with Jennifer Harbury in Brownsville, Texas, about this history and this U.S. involvement in today's conflicts in Central America.

RT (2018-07-09). US police drag woman face-down by feet during arrest at Atlanta ICE protest. rt.com Atlanta police have released bodycam footage following anger over a viral video of a woman screaming and being dragged by her feet by officers during her arrest at an anti-ICE protest which officers claim was violent.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-09). CIA-Linked Military Contractor Used Arizona "Black Site" to Secretly Jail Dozens of Migrant Children. democracynow.org A major U.S. military and CIA contractor has been detaining dozens of migrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal learned about what some are calling the "black site" for migrant children after one local resident filmed children in sweatsuits being led into the building. The building was leased in March by MVM, a defense contractor that Reveal reports has received nearly $250 million in contracts to transport immigrant children since 2014. We speak with the lead reporter on this story, Aura Bogado, in Oakland, California. She is the immigration reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

RT (2018-07-08). Report reveals outdated NASA policy poses contamination risk for Earth, universe. rt.com As humans boldly go where no one has been before, the guidelines on how to prevent contamination of these destinations with earthly microbes and vice versa do not meet the reality, according to a new report.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). Headlines for July 6, 2018. democracynow.org EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Mounting Corruption Scandals, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Named Acting EPA Administrator, HHS Administrator Says "Under 3,000" Separated Children in U.S. Custody, Guatemalan Immigrant Mother Reunites with Daughter After 55 Days, U.S. Army Discharges Immigrants Promised a Path to Citizenship, Statue of Liberty Climber on Protest: "I Went as High as I Could", Bill Shine Named WH Comms Director Despite Fox News Sex Harassment Record, Trump Mocks Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," Attacks #MeToo, China Retaliates as U.S. Imposes $34 Billion in Tariffs on Chinese Goods, South Korean Peace Activists Call for Removal of THAAD Missiles, U.N. Envoy to Yemen Hopeful over Peace Talks, Trump Administration Extends TPS for Yemenis But Won't End Travel Ban, Thai Diver Dies Amid Effort to Rescue Boys Trapped in Cave, Fourth Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Failed to Stop Sexual Abuse, Ed Schultz, Longtime Liberal TV News Host, Dies at 64, British Columbia: Greenpeace Ends 35-Hour Blockade of Oil Tanker, London Mayor Approves "Trump Baby" Blimp at July 13 Protest…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). Headlines for July 5, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Administration Halts Obama-Era Affirmative Action Policies, Immigration Agents Taking DNA Samples from Separated Children, Trump Defends ICE Amid Furor over Anti-Immigrant Policies, Protesters Drop "Abolish ICE" Banner from Statue of Liberty, Migrant Ship Docks in Spain After Denial by Italy and Malta, Syria, Russia Press Offensive as Ceasefire Talks Collapse, Israeli Troops Assault Palestinians Ahead of Village Demolition, Britain: Scotland Yard Says Couple Poisoned by Russian Nerve Agent, Poland: Judges Defy Retirement Order as Former President Warns of "Civil War", AP: Donald Trump Pressed for Invasion of Venezuela in 2017, Wildfires Grow in Colorado, California Amid Drought Conditions, Heat Records Broken Globally, with 2018 Among the Hottest Years Ever, Indonesia: 34 Drown in Ferry Boat Disaster, Chile: 15-Year Sentences for Officers Who Killed Singer Víctor Jara…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration. democracynow.org The Department of Health and Human Services still has not disclosed how many migrant children they are holding who have been separated from their parents at the border. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers, even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents. Meanwhile, CNN is reporting the Department of Homeland Security has been taking DNA samples of immigrant children. Immigration officials have reportedly been swabbing DNA from the cheeks of children as young as 2 months old, without consent, ostensibly in a bid to later reunite children with their parents. Rights groups have condemned the move, saying it could allow the federal government to track young immigrants for the rest of their lives. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, an organization working with asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial. democracynow.org Has the Trump administration set up concentration camps in Texas for migrants? The answer is yes, according to at least one expert: Andrea Pitzer, the author of "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." In one of her latest articles, Pitzer writes, "While writing a book on camp history, I defined concentration camps as the mass detention of civilians without trial, usually on the basis of race, religion, national origin, citizenship, or political party, rather than anything a given individual has done. By this definition, the new child camp established in Tornillo, Texas, is a concentration camp." We speak with Andrea Pitzer in Washington, D.C.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). As Gov't Says 3,000 Migrant Children Are in Custody, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids. democracynow.org While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

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Russia and USA must use Putin-Trump summit to show they are responsible international players
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-14
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump must use their upcoming summit in Helsinki to tackle the world's most urgent human rights issues and restore their nations' credibility as responsible international players, Amnesty International said ahead of the meeting between the Russian and US presidents in Finland's capital on Monday. | The organization calls on the two leaders to put the international refugee situation and the war in Syria at the top of their agenda during the summit, as well as violations taking place in their own countries. | "Presidents Putin and Trump have been toxic for human rights. Their respective policies have resulted in broken families, children being held in cages, continuing atrocities in a prolonged war in Syria and the torture and killing of LGBTI people in Chechnya, to name just a few of the horrors that have unfolded under their watch," said…
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Lessons From a Nazi-Persecuted Philosopher on the Rights of Refugees
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-07-14
Facing a political revolt over immigration policies from the Christian Social Union partner in her coalition government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a compromise, which would create "transit zones" or refugee camps along Germany's southern border. | Under the agreement, migrants would be housed in designated transit areas, until German authorities determined their eligibility. If found to have registered in another EU country, immigrants would be turned back, assuming that country would accept them. | Merkel had earlier opposed this step, fearing it would trigger border closures. Already, Italy and Austria have refused to accept returnees. And these are not the only ones. In the United States, in Hungary, and in Italy, governments are justifying policies of expulsion and restrictive immigration. Inflammatory language is often being used to defend policies aimed against the most vulnerable peoples.
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Trump's Remarks About Changing European Culture Draw Ire
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-14
Historians and advocates on both sides of the Atlantic say the president's comments, which included calling immigration "a very negative thing for Europe," would encourage white nationalists. | The post Trump's Remarks About Changing European Culture Draw Ire appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-14
Children and parents were scattered nationwide including Maryland, Texas, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois.
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Two South Seas cinema superstars open in 'Skyscraper' and 'Siberia'
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-13
Skyscraper It never fails to amaze (and amuse) how movies mirror reality as emanations of the collective psyche. Just days after the premiere of The First Purge, about a race war aimed at exterminating African Americans on Staten Island, a Black Staten Island resident, Congolese immigrant Patricia Okoumou, heroically climbed the Statue of Liberty on …
peoplesworld.org/article/two-south-seas-cinema-superstars-open-in-skyscraper-and-siberia/

Activist: Piers Morgan Is Wrong for Criticizing British Anti-Trump Protests
candice | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain — including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: We begin our show in Britain, where President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit"
truthout.org/video/activist-piers-morgan-is-an-idiot-for-criticizing-british-anti-trump-protests/

In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London's Muslim Mayor
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit" will kill Britain's chances of a future trade deal with the United States. In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun in which Trump claimed that Britain is losing its culture due to immigration, Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations. We speak with Gary Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian and a columnist at The Nation.
democracynow.org/2018/7/13/in_uk_trump_insults_theresa_may

Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot" for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain–including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral.
democracynow.org/2018/7/13/meet_the_activist_who_called_piers

Judge Rules Trump Admin May Have Violated Free Speech Rights of Mexican Journalist Detained in U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
We turn now to a major development in the case of a jailed Mexican journalist that Democracy Now! has followed closely. In El Paso on Wednesday, a federal judge issued a 26-page ruling that questioned the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar, and ordered an August 1 hearing to examine whether immigration officials violated his First Amendment rights. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He's lived here in the U.S. for the past decade and has since won the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award. We speak with Penny Venetis, a Rutgers University law professor who filed the First Amendment challenge in Gutiérrez Soto's case; Bill McCarren, executive director of the National Press Club; and Eduardo Beckett, Gutiérrez Soto's lawyer.
democracynow.org/2018/7/13/judge_rules_trump_admin_may_have

Locking up immigrant children is now a billion-dollar industry
Martha Mendoza, Larry Fenn | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-13
SAN ANTONIO (AP)–Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually–a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care, and other child welfare services for detained, unaccompanied, and separated children soared from $74.5 million …
peoplesworld.org/article/locking-up-immigrant-children-is-now-a-billion-dollar-industry/

Will Parents at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
candice | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the US-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in…
truthout.org/video/will-parents-at-the-border-be-forced-to-separate-again-to-win-asylum/

Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits."
democracynow.org/2018/7/13/will_parents_separated_from_their_children

The World Cup runs on migrant workers
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-13
While the Trump 'baby blimp' floats in the London sky, casting a "bigly" shadow over this latest disastrous overseas diplomatic venture–do we expect anything else?–by Donald Trump, it comes as no surprise that as soon as Air Force One's wheels touched U.K soil, his foul mouth began spewing hate. It isn't enough that Trump's administration …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-world-cup-runs-on-migrant-workers/

Europe's Iron Curtain: The Refugee Crisis is about to Worsen
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/europes-iron-curtain-the-refugee-crisis-is-about-to-worsen/

Jacinta Gonzalez on Immigration Rights, Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti Uprising
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-07-13
Media…
fair.org/home/jacinta-gonzalez-on-immigration-rights-jocelyn-mccalla-on-haiti-uprising/

Immigration is very bad, Europeans better watch themselves, says Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-13
US President Donald Trump used a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May to excoriate Europe's migrant problem, calling immigration "very negative" and saying that Europeans "better watch themselves."
rt.com/usa/432994-trump-migrants-not-good-europe/

Millions of refugees face harsh conditions across South Asia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-13
The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/13/refu-j13.html

Hatewatch Headlines 7/13/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-07-12
Trump says UK 'losing its culture' to migrants; Facebook can't explain Infowars' presence; Masculinity a key to white supremacism; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/07/13/hatewatch-headlines-7132018

Iraq war contractor ran US detention centre for immigrant children
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-12
MVM, a private contractor that supplied guards for CIA prisons in Iraq, ran a secret detention site for immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/12/pris-j12.html

Honduran father is reunited with son after days of uncertainty, confusion and secrecy
Peter Isbister | splcenter.org | 2018-07-12
Several days after the Trump administration began separating children from their parents at the border, our Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) received one or two calls from fathers whose children had been taken.
splcenter.org/news/2018/07/12/honduran-father-reunited-son-after-days-uncertainty-confusion-and-secrecy

Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom
Jane Regan | fair.org | 2018-07-12
I teach journalism. So, of course, I follow journalism closely. | On the immigration issue, many news outlets have been doing a great job covering the rallies and marches, the "baby jails" and rulings and (few) family reunifications. | But they lack context. | In the classroom, I emphasize that every news story–even a little one about a city sidewalk repair–must provide context. Why that sidewalk, why now? Who lives there and walks there? What sidewalks are not getting repaired? When was the sidewalk first built? What's the budget? And so on. | Recent news stories certainly provide some context and numbers. And many tell harrowing and important specific stories…but they mostly don't get into the structural causes, the deep history. I worry that readers and viewers are not getting the whole story. | What about specific references to international law, like to…
fair.org/home/immigration-story-missing-context-of-hunger-and-freedom/

Thai Court Acquits Migrant Workers of Defamation
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-12
A worker tends to chickens at a farm in Thailand. | © 2007 Sukree Sukplang / Reuters | In an important verdict for the protection of labor rights and freedom of expression in Thailand, a magistrates court in Bangkok on Wednesday acquitted 14 Burmese migrant workers of criminal defamation charges for filing a complaint against their employer with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT). | The court found the workers had filed their complaint in good faith in order to protect their rights, as guaranteed by the Thai constitution and international conventions. | In their complaint to the NHRCT in July 2016, the workers alleged that the Thammakaset chicken farm in Lopburi province had subjected them to grueling work conditions, including forced labor. Three months later Thammakaset responded with a…
hrw.org/news/2018/07/12/thai-court-acquits-migrant-workers-defamation

House Democrats introduce 'Abolish ICE' bill
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-12
The far left's calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took one step closer to reality, as progressive House Democrats introduced a bill that would disband the agency and shift its duties to other agencies.
rt.com/usa/432901-abolish-ice-bill-introduced-democrats/

German interior minister's "Master Plan" for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-12
With its "Migration Master Plan," the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/12/mast-j12.html

What Can $20 Million Buy? Activists Attempt to Post Bond for 2,500 Parents in Immigration Detention
Julianne Hing | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
What Can $20 Million Buy? Activists Attempt to Post Bond for 2,500 Parents in Immigration Detention appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/can-20-million-buy-activists-attempt-post-bond-2500-parents-immigration-detention/

As Trump Admin Misses Deadline to Unite Families, HHS Head Calls Jailing Kids an Act of "Generosity"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-11
‚Ä®The Trump administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline Tuesday to reunite all of the children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. Only 38 of the 102 children under 5 have been reunited with their parents, some of whom say their young children did not even recognize them at first after the traumatic, protracted separation. ‚Ä®On Tuesday, Judge Dana Sabraw reiterated that all separated children–3,000 in total–must be reunited with their parents by July 26, saying, "These are firm deadlines; they are not aspirational goals." On Tuesday night, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told CNN that the United States was acting "generously" toward the migrant children. For more, we speak with Lomi Kriel, immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle, and Barbara Hines, an immigration lawyer and founder of the University of Texas Immigration Law Clinic.
democracynow.org/2018/7/11/as_trump_admin_misses_deadline_to

For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits
Renée Feltz | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Facing a legal labyrinth, deported parents may be forced to leave their children behind so that they can seek asylum. | The post For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/migrant-families-second-separation-awaits/

Trump's Zero Tolerance Approach Goes Beyond the Border
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-11
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees arrive at FCI Victorville federal prison in Victorville, California, U.S. June 8, 2018. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon | The Trump administration's separation of immigrant families at the border has provoked justifiable public outrage and widespread condemnation. But new data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows the crackdown on immigrants is likely wreaking additional havoc on families across the country, far from the border. | Under President Barack Obama, government policy was to target unauthorized immigrants with serious criminal offenses for deportation. President Donald Trump's approach, on the other hand, makes all unauthorized immigrants "priority" targets for deportation — and it's taking a toll. | According to the data obtained by the Huffington Post, one-quarter of the people taken into custody for deportation in 2017 had no criminal conviction at…
hrw.org/news/2018/07/11/trumps-zero-tolerance-approach-goes-beyond-border

Illegal immigrant could not be Messiah, Trump's religious adviser says
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-11
A US televangelist and spiritual adviser to the US president has defended the Trump administration's immigration clampdown, arguing that baby Jesus' stay in Egypt was legal, otherwise he wouldn't have been the savior of humanity.
rt.com/usa/432740-illegal-immigrant-not-messiah/

Hatewatch Headlines 7/11/2018
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-07-10
Trump blames immigrants for family separations; Hate crimes rise again in California; 'White genocide' is an old rallying cry for the far right; and…
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/07/11/hatewatch-headlines-7112018

ACLU vs. Trump: David Cole on the Fight to Reunite Children Separated from Parents at Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-10
The Trump administration will not meet today's deadline to reunite all migrant children under the age of 5 whom immigration officials took from their parents at the border and then sent to jails and detention centers across the country. The Justice Department says it will reunite only about half of the more than 100 migrant children under 5 today, after a federal judge in San Diego agreed to extend the deadline mandating the reunification of all of the youngest children. Today's secretive reunification operation will be overseen by the Department of Homeland Security and will involve transporting the children hundreds of miles across the country to undisclosed locations. In total, about 3,000 children are still separated from their parents. For more, we speak with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center.
democracynow.org/2018/7/10/aclu_vs_trump_david_cole_on

Trump has granted clemency to the Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment inspired the 2016 Malheur occupation
Ryan Lenz | splcenter.org | 2018-07-10
The Oregon ranchers who inspired the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon will be let out of prison and cleared of all charges, the White House says.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/07/10/trump-has-granted-clemency-oregon-ranchers-whose-imprisonment-inspired-2016-malheur

Actress and potential NY governor Cynthia Nixon launches petition to abolish ICE
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Former actress and left-wing New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has launched a Change.org petition calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
rt.com/usa/432478-cynthia-nixon-abolish-ice/

'Come legally': Trump shares 'solution' to immigration crisis as reunification deadline to be missed
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-10
Donald Trump says the solution to the immigration crisis is simple – don't enter the country illegally. It comes after his administration admitted it would not be meeting a deadline to reunite separated families.
rt.com/usa/432513-trump-enter-legally-immigration/

From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-09
Across the United States, thousands of migrant children remain detained alone after the Trump administration forcibly separated them from their parents at the border. Yet, despite the news about the United States' human rights abuses of migrants, asylum seekers keep risking the dangerous journey to the United States. Texas-based human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years and has long worked with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. She also knows intimately the U.S. roots of this conflict. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the U.S.-backed Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. We speak with Jennifer Harbury in Brownsville, Texas, about this history and this U.S. involvement in today's conflicts in Central America.
democracynow.org/2018/7/9/from_cia_backed_wars_to_cartel

'We know where you live': Anti-Trump #resistance threatens Senate leader Mitch McConnell
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-09
Protesters heckled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he left a Kentucky restaurant on Saturday. Incensed at the Trump administration's immigration policy, they chanted "abolish ICE" and shouted "we know where you live."
rt.com/usa/432396-mitch-mcconnell-threatened-restaurant/

US police drag woman face-down by feet during arrest at Atlanta ICE protest
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-09
Atlanta police have released bodycam footage following anger over a viral video of a woman screaming and being dragged by her feet by officers during her arrest at an anti-ICE protest which officers claim was violent.
rt.com/usa/432421-atlanta-ice-immigration-protest/

CIA-Linked Military Contractor Used Arizona "Black Site" to Secretly Jail Dozens of Migrant Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-09
A major U.S. military and CIA contractor has been detaining dozens of migrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal learned about what some are calling the "black site" for migrant children after one local resident filmed children in sweatsuits being led into the building. The building was leased in March by MVM, a defense contractor that Reveal reports has received nearly $250 million in contracts to transport immigrant children since 2014. We speak with the lead reporter on this story, Aura Bogado, in Oakland, California. She is the immigration reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
democracynow.org/2018/7/9/cia_linked_military_contractor_used_arizona

Report reveals outdated NASA policy poses contamination risk for Earth, universe
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-08
As humans boldly go where no one has been before, the guidelines on how to prevent contamination of these destinations with earthly microbes and vice versa do not meet the reality, according to a new report.
rt.com/usa/432345-nasa-space-aliens-report-threat/

From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-05
The Department of Health and Human Services still has not disclosed how many migrant children they are holding who have been separated from their parents at the border. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers, even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents. Meanwhile, CNN is reporting the Department of Homeland Security has been taking DNA samples of immigrant children. Immigration officials have reportedly been swabbing DNA from the cheeks of children as young as 2 months old, without consent, ostensibly in a bid to later reunite children with their parents. Rights groups have condemned the move, saying it could allow the federal government to track young immigrants for the rest of their lives. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, an organization working with asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
democracynow.org/2018/7/5/from_separating_families_to_jailing_asylum

Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-05
Has the Trump administration set up concentration camps in Texas for migrants? The answer is yes, according to at least one expert: Andrea Pitzer, the author of "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." In one of her latest articles, Pitzer writes, "While writing a book on camp history, I defined concentration camps as the mass detention of civilians without trial, usually on the basis of race, religion, national origin, citizenship, or political party, rather than anything a given individual has done. By this definition, the new child camp established in Tornillo, Texas, is a concentration camp." We speak with Andrea Pitzer in Washington, D.C.
democracynow.org/2018/7/5/concentration_camps_in_the_us_andrea

As Gov't Says 3,000 Migrant Children Are in Custody, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-05
While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.
democracynow.org/2018/7/5/as_govt_struggles_to_reunite_families

Asylum Seekers Win in Court as Federal Judge Rules Against Indefinite & Arbitrary Detention
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-05
A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. We speak with Eunice Lee, co-legal director at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
democracynow.org/2018/7/5/asylum_seekers_win_in_court_as

Mexico's Leftist President-elect AMLO Promises Sweeping Changes on Corruption, Poverty, Drug War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-03
In a landslide, voters have elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador to be Mexico's next president. The former mayor of Mexico City–who is known as AMLO–will become Mexico's first leftist president in decades. On Monday, López Obrador and President Donald Trump discussed immigration and trade in a phone call. Trump called on Mexico's president-elect to collaborate on border security and NAFTA, telling reporters, "I think he's going to try and help us with the border. We have unbelievably bad border laws, immigration laws, the weakest in the world, laughed at by everybody in the world. And Mexico has very strong immigration laws, so they can help us." We speak with John Ackerman and Irma Sandoval in Mexico City. Irma Sandoval is a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Corruption at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is set to become comptroller general in President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government. John Ackerman is the editor of the Mexican Law Review and a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is also a columnist for Proceso magazine and La Jornada newspaper.
democracynow.org/2018/7/3/mexicos_leftist_president_elect_amlo_promises

Asylum Seekers on U.S.-Mexico Border Are Waiting for Days in the Hot Sun, Told the U.S. Is "Full"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-03
As the Trump administration accuses migrants of illegally entering the United States, Democracy Now! went to the international bridge in Brownsville, Texas, and found asylum seekers waiting for days in the hot sun after being told the United States was full. We are guided by Christina Patiño Houle, director of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, and Michael Seifert of the ACLU. We also speak with Juanita Valdez-Cox, longtime farmworker organizer and executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), about the separation of families at the border, and attempt to interview an official at Case Padre, the Southwest Key detention center housed in a former Walmart.
democracynow.org/2018/7/3/asylum_seekers_on_us_mexico_border

Airport Worker "Heartbroken" Witnessing Waves of Migrant Children Silently Flown Around the Country
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-03
While reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border, Democracy Now! saw firsthand how migrant children separated from their parents are being sent around the country. We spoke with an airport worker who described children being brought in early in the morning in order to be flown out to other states, and raised concerns about how they are being treated. "The oldest I have seen is 10 or 11 years old. … The youngest is maybe 5," he says. "They are sitting there silently. … I feel kind of heartbroken. They are very, very young kids."
democracynow.org/2018/7/3/airport_worker_heartbroken_witnessing_waves_of

Thousands in New York March Against Family Separation, Immigration Crackdown at Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-02
In New York City Saturday, more than 10,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest the Trump administration's immigration crackdown and to demand the reunification of all migrant children separated from their parents during the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" crackdown.
democracynow.org/2018/7/2/thousands_in_new_york_march_against

"Families Belong Together": Tens of Thousands Across the U.S. Protest Trump's Zero Tolerance Policy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-02
Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday for a "Families Belong Together" rally to demand the Trump administration comply with a federal judge's ruling that all migrant children separated from their parents must be reunited. The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy led to the forcible separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents, some of whom have already been deported. The protests came 24 hours after the Trump administration said in a court filing on Friday that it has the right to hold children in detention with their parents for the duration of their immigration proceedings, which can take months or years. Current law prevents children from being held for more than 20 days. Democracy Now! was in the streets of Washington, D.C., where tens of thousands rallied.
democracynow.org/2018/7/2/families_belong_together_tens_of_thousands

"It's a Humanitarian Crisis": Texas Lawyer Describes Chaos, Terror of Family Separation at Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-02
At least 2,000 migrant children remain separated from their parents, after the families were forcibly separated by immigration officials under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy. A federal judge has ordered all these children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days–but immigration advocates say the administration does not have a clear plan for how to reunite the families. In McAllen, Texas, immigration lawyers are scrambling to help their clients find and reunite with their children. Attorney Efrén Olivares is director of the Racial and Economic Justice Program for the Texas Civil Rights Project.
democracynow.org/2018/7/2/its_a_humanitarian_crisis_texas_lawyer

Bust Frees Venezuelan Migrant Women from Human Trafficking Ring in Spain
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-06-28
Sexual exploitation and violent attacks against emigrating Venezuelan women are sharply on the rise.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13909

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