2019-04-18: News Headlines

Matthew Longo (2019-04-18). 'Borderland Citizenship' Could Bring Justice to Both Sides of Trump's Wall. thenation.com Border dwellers in the US and Mexico are subject to two authorities. It's only fair to give them the cross-border rights and permissions to match.

Staff (2019-04-18). Good Samaritans Punished for Offering Lifesaving Help to Migrants. truthout.org Just before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in February, Teresa Todd was driving near Marfa, Texas, when she saw two figures waving at her to stop. She did stop, and she discovered that the people asking for help were undocumented brothers in their early 20s, from Central America. They pointed to their 18-year-old sister, Esmeralda. She was on the ground and could barely walk. | Todd is the county attorney for Jeff Davis County, a vast expanse of mountains, cactus, and 2,500 residents — as well as undocumented migrants hiking and stumbling north from the U.S.-Mexico border. She's also the city attorney for Marfa,…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-18). The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. counterpunch.org The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea — More

Andrew Moss (2019-04-18). Immigration and the Shock Doctrine. counterpunch.org If you look back over the Trump administration's handling of immigration during the past two-and-a-half years, you'll see a pattern of chronic tension and dysfunction. Like many people, you may have apprehended the pattern as a series of specific emergencies and dramatic events: the declaration of an "invasion" at our borders; the shutdown, or threatened More

WSWS (2019-04-18). Canada's Liberal government attacks refugee rights. wsws.org The Trudeau government is pursuing anti-refugee policies and collaborating with Washington in its anti-immigrant witch hunt.

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-04-17). Trump threatens more repression. workers.org On April 5, during a presidential visit to the southern border in Calexico, Calif., President Donald Trump told migrants and the world: "Our country is full. We can't take you anymore." Indeed, the U.S. is full: Full of s—t. More precisely, it is full of white supremacists in the White . . . | Continue reading Trump threatens more repression at Workers.org

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Vetoes Resolution Ending U.S. Support for War on Yemen, DOJ Orders Denial of Bond to Migrants, Allowing for Indefinite Detention, Trump Admin Resumes "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Dems Probing Report of Trump Pardon for Blocking Entry to Migrants, U.K.: Police Arrest 200+ Climate Activists Occupying Central London, D.C.: Extinction Rebellion Stages Protest in Front of RNC, French President Macron Vows to Rebuild Notre-Dame in 5 Years, Sudan: Al-Bashir Moved to Prison as African Union Sets Deadline to Install Civilian Gov't, Egypt: MPs Vote to Extend President Sisi's Rule to 2030, Indonesia: President Joko Wido…

Rev. William Alberts (2019-04-17). Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives. counterpunch.org Easter is about opening tombs and resurrecting lives. Today's tombs include the Trump administration's walls and bans and lies that confine people, threaten their safety, and block their aspirations and fulfillment. Thus, in this life, Easter is celebrated whenever people, fleeing such oppression, are offered the safety of sanctuary. Here, people of faith not only More

WSWS (2019-04-17). Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela. wsws.org The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

Natascha Elena Uhlmann (2019-04-16). Empowering Border Patrol To Make Asylum Decisions Drastically Increases Danger For Immigrants. shadowproof.com Department of Homeland Security is placing migrants in harms way with plans to task Border Patrol with facilitating the early stages of the asylum process.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-16). Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. dissidentvoice.org The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea — …

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…

Fight Back (2019-04-12). Chicago Teachers Union members vote to strike four operators at five charter schools. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Five charter schools could face strikes in coming weeks, as educators battle for living wages, adequate student supports, pension rights and protections for immigrant and diverse learners. | After two historic strikes against charter operators, including the first in the nation's history last December, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members who work at five charter schools announced strike vote results April 9, at Instituto del Progreso Latino, one of the charter operators with which union members are bargaining. The five schools employ 134 CTU members who educate almost 1800 students. | 94% of…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

United Nations (2019-04-12). Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency. un.org The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern", according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

Frank Lara (2019-04-05). Trump visits Calexico. liberationnews.org Trump, anointed El Trompa by many of us Spanish-speakers, visited the small border town of Calexico, California April 5.