2019-04-08: News Headlines

James Phillips (2019-04-08). Pardon the Confusion! Aid to Central America and the "Crisis" at the Border. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration says there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico. The President is frustrated with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they have not done enough to stop emigration from their countries, despite U.S. aid. The State Department announced that it will stop some U.S. aid to these countries. News reports indicate that the aid to be cut is economic and humanitarian, but that "security"aid (to police and military) will be maintained. In fact, just before the State Department announcement, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary signed a joint agreement with the gover…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-04-08). The Political Left is Bigger Than Imagined: Ask the Feds. counterpunch.org There has always been official disdain for the political left in the U.S. The suppression of left movements began with the Palmer raids of 1919-1920 in the First Red Scare. Anarchists were deported in a manner similar to the removal of immigrants from the U.S. today, some of whom committed only minor offenses, and some of whom More

STAFF (2019-04-08). Secret Service Director Out in Latest White House Shake-Up. truthdig.com WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday she still shares President Donald Trump's goal of securing the Mexican border, a day after she resigned as Homeland Security secretary amid Trump's frustration and bitterness over a spike in Central American migration. | At the same time, the White House announced Monday that Trump was replacing Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles, the latest development in the shake-up in the upper echelon of Nielsen's department. Alles' departure, to be replaced by career Secret Service official James Murray, is unrelated to Nielsen's resignation, according to admini…

ACLU (2019-04-08). Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End. aclu.org She implemented some of the Trump administration's most vicious policies and repeatedly violated the law. | Late yesterday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. | Nielsen's tenure as head of one of the country's largest government agencies was a humanitarian catastrophe, consistently showing a clear disregard for civil rights and people's lives. Indeed, just over a week prior to her resignation, CBP age…

WSWS (2019-04-06). Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants. wsws.org Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-05). Trump's Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany, Beto O'Rourke Says, Accurately. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's defenders professed outrage on Friday at comments from Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, who accurately observed that the president's rhetoric on immigrants would not have been out of place in Nazi Germany. | Speaking at two campaign events in Iowa, O'Rourke said that Trump's policy of separating the children of asylum-seekers from their parents as they cross the border, "follows the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals, but as animals and an infestation.

Dennis J. Bernstein (2019-04-04). A Poet Gives Witness to War. progressive.org In her new book, Carolyn Forché recounts travels in El Salvador during some of its bloodiest days in the dark Reagan 1980s. "The refugees now coming from Central America are normal people," she says, "running away from something that we helped create…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump. democracynow.org As President Trump continues his threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of asylum seekers, we look at the response from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the first four months of his presidency. In Mexico City, we speak with Humberto Beck, professor at El Colegio de México and co-editor of "The Future Is Today: Radical Ideas for Mexico." He says that while López Obrador doesn't want to openly confront Trump on stopping immigration, "he knows that sending back migrants to Central America is sending back these people to unlivable situations."

Ben Norton (2019-04-02). VIDEO: Honduras has an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis — Thanks to a US-backed coup. thegrayzone.com While the Trump administration oversees a coup attempt in Venezuela, Honduras is suffering from an actual dictatorship and humanitarian crisis,…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces Aid Cuts to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border, Outrage as Border Patrol Holds Asylum Seekers Underneath El Paso Bridge, Sepsis Was Cause of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl's Death in U.S. Custody, Gov't Temporarily Extends Protected Immigration Status for Liberians, Judge Blocks Trump Order, Reinstates Arctic Drilling Ban, U.K.: Brexit Crisis Deepens as Lawmakers Fail to Back Deal, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 4 on Great March of Return Anniversary, Ukraine: Comedian Takes Hefty Lead in Presidential Vote Tally, Slovakia: Environmentalist Becomes First Female…