2019-04-14: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Candidate-Hopeful Aldana Denounces Arbitrary Arrest in Honduras. telesurenglish.net Guatemalan presidential hopeful, Thelma Aldana, whose tenure as attorney general was key to reveal important corruption cases in the country, was reportedly arbitrarily arrested by Honduran authorities at a Tegucigalpa airport. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Thelma Aldana Appeals Ruling Blocking Her Candidacy | Aldana was traveling to Honduras for a work meeting with private consultants to discuss cooperation projects detailed in her government plan when, on landing at the airport Thur…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Ontario Makes Legal Aid Less Accessible to Marginalized Groups. telesurenglish.net The government of Ontario, Canada has announced budget cuts to legal aid by nearly 30%, for individuals in the justice system, which many criticize for disproportionately impacting communities already facing marginalization. | RELATED: | Trudeau Admin Hides Asylum-Limiting Policy in Budget Bill | Legal Aid Ontario can no longer allocate provincial funds to assist the ever-growing amount of refugees and immigrants with legal cases, due to the $133 million (about US$100 million) budge…

teleSUR (2019-04-13). Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities. telesurenglish.net Armed with a new measure to pressure Democrats into supporting stricter immigration policies, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed sending undocumented immigrants to Democratic-held "sanctuary cities." | RELATED: | Trump's Court Ordered Deportation of 11-Year Old Without Family | Cities in the United States are classified as sanctuary cities when the…

Eileen Grench (2019-04-13). A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico. theintercept.com Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. "We have a present for you waiting outside," read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa's cellphone during Saturday worship. "Mom, they're threatening me," said Rosa, eyes wide. | Teresa, whose family members' names have been changed for their protection, had gone to worship at her church in central Tegucigalpa, bringing Rosa, 16, along with her. Teresa — a short, sturdy woman with round cheeks and tightly curled, black hair — tried to attend service with her family on a dai…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-12). As Trump Threatens to Ship Undocumented Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities, Those Cities Say: We Will Welcome Them. commondreams.org Confirming on Friday that his administration is considering a plan in which undocumented immigrants would be sent en masse to sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump framed the announcement as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in the cities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-12). Like immigrants? Here's an 'unlimited supply': Trump threatens to dump illegals in sanctuary cities. rt.com US President Donald Trump once again called on Democrats to support tighter immigration laws, threatening to dump "an unlimited supply" of illegal immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities to force a change.

Jeff Abbott (2019-04-11). The Other Americans: Trump and the Exodus He's Helped Create. progressive.org U.S. humanitarian aid to Central America has long failed to achieve its goals. But ending it is likely to make matters worse.

ACLU (2019-04-09). Utah Passed a Law to Protect Noncitizens From Automatic Deportation. aclu.org By reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, lawmakers reduced the harm of an unfair federal immigration law | Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor. | The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravate…

ACLU (2019-04-09). Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. aclu.org By elevating McAleenan, the president has signaled that he seeks to maximize cruelty. | With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration's disastrous policy of separating families. | McAleenan was one of the three DHS officials to recommend the cruel and inhumane policy to outgoing Secretary Kirstjen…

Maryam Saleh (2019-04-09). ICE Set to Deport Somalis Who Were Returned to U.S. on Infamous Botched Flight. theintercept.com ICE is planning to deport some Somali immigrants who said they experienced abuse on board a December 2017 deportation flight that was returned to the U.S.

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…

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…

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,…