2019-05-07: News Headlines

Dolores Perez Heilbron (2019-05-07). Immigrant Mothers Vigil at San Francisco ICE office. indybay.org ICE Office | 630 Sansome Street | San Francisco, CA…

WSWS (2019-05-07). Democrats line up behind Trump's war on immigrants. wsws.org With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.

Andrew Moss (2019-05-07). Getting It Right on Immigration. counterpunch.org As the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies in the coming weeks and months, we'll see candidates and pundits airing a wide variety of proposals on immigration policy. We'll get recommendations on border security, asylum, detention, the status of the Dreamers, the status of the 11 million people living in the U.S. without documentation, and the role More

teleSUR (2019-05-06). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops. telesurenglish.net A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | RELATED: | Honduran Police Clashes with Protesters over Health and Education | The main mission of the troops is to train…

Staff (2019-05-06). Capitalism Has Failed Immigrants. Can Worker Cooperatives Do Better? truthout.org Long presumed to be dead, the once foundational ethos known as the " American Dream" is exhibiting new signs of life — except this time around it looks a little bit different. Less about the individual bootstrapping entrepreneur and more about cooperation and community, the reemerging American Dream looks remarkably anti-capitalist — and it's springing to life in unexpected places. | When Yuri Reyes first immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in 2009, he barely spoke a word o…

Fight Back (2019-05-06). Salt Lake City celebrates May Day 2019 with rally, march. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – The rally may have come a few days after May 1, but the working-class zeal and vigor was palpable as more than 60 people gathered to celebrate May Day at Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City, on May 4. | "What a beautiful day to fight for what we believe in," said organizer Ella Mendoza with Nopalera Artist Collective. "And what do we believe in? People power!" | The event was organized by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and the Rose Park Brown Berets. It focused on the struggle of immigrants and workers. Speakers emphasized again and again the need for collective action, unio…

Staff (2019-05-06). Missing School Is a Given for Children of Migrant Farmworkers. truthout.org In the summer of his junior year, Luis Miguel was struggling to stay in high school. He and his family of four — who work various agricultural jobs from picking blueberries and cherries to pruning grapes and canning tomatoes — live in one of California's 24 migrant family housing centers. | As a documentary filmmaker, I have been studying these housing centers and the rhythms of life for families who reside in them since I first arrived i…

Staff (2019-05-06). The Trump Administration Won't Stop Destroying Migrant Families. truthdig.com When they arrived at the U.S. border June 1 seeking asylum, 5-year-old Esdras and the woman he called his "mamita" were split up by immigration officers. | "I cried so much," Marta Alicia Mejia said. "I thought, 'My God, why would they separate me from the boy?' " | Three weeks later, a federal judge ruled that the government must reunify the migrant families it separated at the border under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy between April and June 2018. | Mejia watched for weeks at a Texas dete…

Fight Back (2019-05-06). Community forum regarding human trafficking held in Richardson, TX. fightbacknews.org Richardson, TX – About 60 people came together at Faith United Methodist Church here, May 3, for a community forum on the trafficking of Filipino teachers in the nearby suburb of Garland. The forum was hosted by Migrante USA, Malaya Movement Texas, United Federation of Fil-Am Educators Texas, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, North Texas Dream Team, Pilipino American Unity for Progress, and RAICES. | Three of the trafficked teachers, Adelaida Legaspi, Jamie Rivadelo and Josie Rivadelo, told their story. Starting in the early 2000s, about 60 or 70 teachers were recruited in the Philippines by unscrupulous r…

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced By CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-06). It's Crunch Time for China's Central American Strategy. globalresearch.ca Two recent electoral regime changes in Central America pose serious challenges for China's regional strategy since the incoming leaders of El Salvador and Panama have pledged to take a tougher stance towards the People's Republic than their predecessors and thus …

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-06). Julian Assange: An Opportunity for the US and the UK to Change Direction on Press Freedom. counterpunch.org May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The annual observance usually focuses on the World Press Freedom Index published each year by Reporters without Borders. Break out the champagne! The United States ranked 48th of 179 countries this year, falling three places from 2018. A day earlier, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in More

Fight Back (2019-05-05). May Day march and rally in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On the afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day, Boyle Heights families, workers and students protested the Trump anti-immigrant attacks and raised the demand "Legalization for all" and "No Wall on the Mexico border!" | The lead banner, with the red flag of Aztlan, called for fighting Trump. The organizers called for self-determination for Chicanos in Aztlan, the U.S. Southwest. The fifth annual May Day in Boyle Heights united hundreds of poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers, mostly Chicanos. Among the demands were respect and equality for Chicanos and Central America…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."

United Nations (2019-05-03). Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office. un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). We Can't Back People Who Hate Our Kids: Kentucky & Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting. democracynow.org We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students.

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr Grilled by Senate Judiciary over Mueller Report, Trump Administration Says It May Go to War to Oust Venezuelan President, Hundreds Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, at May Day Rallies, Haitians Mark May Day with Calls for Living Wages, Ouster of President MoàØse, Honduras Cancels Education and Healthcare Privatization Plans Amid Protests, Puerto Rico May Day Protesters Demand End to Austerity Measures, 10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages, New York Domestic Workers Join Protest at the Trump Building on Wall Street, 16-Year-Old Gu…

ACLU (2019-05-02). Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings. aclu.org The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…

Sam Biddle (2019-05-02). Peter Thiel's Palantir Was Used To Bust Relatives of Migrant Children, New Documents Show. theintercept.com Palantir, the CIA-funded data analysis company founded by billionaire Trump adviser Peter Thiel, provided software at the center of a 2017 operation targeting unaccompanied children and their families, newly released Homeland Security documents show. | The documents undercut prior statements from Palantir, in which the company tried to draw a clean line between the wing of ICE devoted strictly to deportations and the enforcement of immigration laws, and its $38 million contract with Homeland Security Investigations, or H…

splcenter (2019-04-30). Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration. splcenter.org A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

ACLU (2019-04-30). We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out. aclu.org ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…

Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-26). New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol. splcenter.org Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-26). Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants. shadowproof.com In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.

Bill Blum (2019-04-25). Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants? progressive.org The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.