2019-02-08: News Headlines

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-08). #DefundHate: Progressives Tell Democrats Trump's Anti-Immigration Agenda 'Does Not Deserve a Dime' More. commondreams.org At a rally on Capitol Hill Thursday, two progressive freshman lawmakers whose own personal immigration experiences have helped inspire them to fight President Donald Trump's racist anti-immigration agenda, were among those demanding that Congress defund the agencies tasked with violating immigrants' and refugees' rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-02-07). In Zapata's shadow, Minneapolis says "Yes" to refugees. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A sizable crowd gathered at the base of the statue of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata at South Minneapolis's Plaza Centenario, February 2, for an event titled "Rally Against the Wall." The demonstration was initiated by Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana, a coalition of international solidarity and immigrants' rights groups in Minnesota's Twin Cities. About 90 demonstrators chanted in support of the refugees travelling in large groups from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and cond…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-06). Trump's State of Union Stokes Fear With Nationalist Rhetoric. therealnews.com The President's State of the Union speech demanded an end to investigations, while demonizing immigrants and Venezuela, and attacking abortion rights. Our panelists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, and Helena Olea discuss the speech

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Accommodating Asylum-Seekers and Migrants with Disabilities. hrw.org "If I stayed in Honduras, I was going to die," said José Medrano (not his real name), a 31-year-old man with a physical disability and a wheelchair user I met last week in a shelter for asylum seekers and migrants in Mexico City. He complained of his home country's lack of rehabilitation services and substandard medical treatment. | | | José Medrano (not his real name) a Honduran man with a disability on his way to the US border. | © 2019 Libertad Hernández | José is among hundreds of Central Americans heading to the Unit…

Jeff Abbott (2019-02-05). The Other Americans: Mexico Welcomes the Central American Exodus. progressive.org Since AMLO took over, migrants are finding much different environment than the previous caravans.

ACLU (2019-02-01). ICE Partners Again With a Sheriff It Once Severed Ties With Because of Racial Profiling. aclu.org Sheriff Terry Johnson is known for racial profiling. He just secured $2.8 million in taxpayer funding to do ICE's bidding. | Whether it's Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, or Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Trump administration has a real knack for empowering and absolving people who push discriminatory law enforcement and immigration policy. Now there's another name to add to that list: Sheriff Terry Johnson of Alamance County in North Carolina. Six years after the federal government severed ties with Sheriff Johnson for his office's discriminatory policing of Latinx residents, Uncle Sam and the Alamance County Sheriff's O…

ACLU (2019-02-01). Congress, Don't Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a 'Smart Wall'. aclu.org What Congress must do to ensure that border technology doesn't trample on the rights of border communities. | On Thursday, House Democrats unveiled their proposal for a $55 billion Department of Homeland Security budget. The proposal includes some strong provisions — including no funding for a border wall, no new Border Patrol agents, and a requirement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cut its detention of immigrants and phase out the jailing of immigrant families. But there are also a number of troubling elements, ch…

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