2019-04-18: Social Media Postees

Good Samaritans Punished for Offering Lifesaving Help to Migrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-18
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,…
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Immigration and the Shock Doctrine
Andrew Moss | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-18
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…
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'Borderland Citizenship' Could Bring Justice to Both Sides of Trump's Wall
Matthew Longo | thenation.com | 2019-04-18
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.
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The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-18
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 –…
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Canada's Liberal government attacks refugee rights
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-18
The Trudeau government is pursuing anti-refugee policies and collaborating with Washington in its anti-immigrant witch hunt.
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La Casa Blanca intensifica guerra criminal contra inmigrantes
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2019-04-17
En la actualidad, la Casa Blanca se comporta como una cuerda elástica, con proclamas de arriba a abajo que cambian día a día y las amenazas de grandes edictos que pueden no llegar a nada, aturdiendo a su público. Inmigrantes retenidos bajo un puente en El Paso por la Patrulla . . . | Continue reading La Casa Blanca intensifica guerra criminal contra inmigrantes at Workers.org
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Trump threatens more repression
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2019-04-17
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
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Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-17
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…
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Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-17
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.
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Empowering Border Patrol To Make Asylum Decisions Drastically Increases Danger For Immigrants
Natascha Elena Uhlmann | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-16
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.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/16/empowering-bo…

Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-16
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 — …
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A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico
Eileen Grench | theintercept.com | 2019-04-13
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…
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Chicago Teachers Union members vote to strike four operators at five charter schools
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-12
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…
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Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
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).
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The Other Americans: Trump and the Exodus He's Helped Create
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-04-11
U.S. humanitarian aid to Central America has long failed to achieve its goals. But ending it is likely to make matters worse.
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Trump visits Calexico
Frank Lara | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-05
Trump, anointed El Trompa by many of us Spanish-speakers, visited the small border town of Calexico, California April 5.
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