2019-05-18: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-05-17). More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota. wsws.org Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-17). It's "Xenophobia and Racism," Says Sanders, as Trump Threatens "Removal Forces" for Immigrants. commondreams.org President's new tweet forshadowing "removal forces" comes on heels of reporting that his administration will invoke arcane law to use military force to drive out immgrants | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-05-17). 'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'. rt.com Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-17). Countering Trump's Inhumane Proposal, Ilhan Omar Presents 'Only Immigration Plan Worth Hearing About'. commondreams.org "We should be welcoming immigrants into our country and providing them a simple and accessible path to becoming documented, not treating them like criminals or dehumanizing them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

splcenter (2019-05-17). Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it. splcenter.org Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."

susan_p (2019-05-17). United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-17). Waiting for Your Asylum Number to Get Called. consortiumnews.com Colonel Ann Wright reports on the life in limbo for people along the southern border who are applying for refuge in the U.S. By Ann Wright Roots Action The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very… Read more →

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-17). Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations. theintercept.com When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…

Staff (2019-05-16). Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…

splcenter (2019-05-15). Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts. splcenter.org The Trump administration's recent "fact sheet" on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.

ACLU (2019-05-15). New Homeland Security Secretary, Same Anti-Immigrant Agenda. aclu.org Beware of walls, money grabs, and other sham solutions as DHS leadership shifts. | Kevin McAleenan, the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, abruptly assumed office in April because his predecessor reportedly wasn't tough enough for President Trump. Ironically, McAleenan claims that "you can be tough and compassionate at the same time." But actions speak louder than words., , Don't be fooled, McAleenan does not represent a new leaf. He is d…

Meghan Krausch (2019-05-15). Fighting to Protect the Forest in Honduras. progressive.org Many in the U.S. are unaware of the connection between refugees fleeing Honduras, and the struggle there for environmental justice.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-14). No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border. theintercept.com As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.

Fight Back (2019-05-14). Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…

ACLU (2019-05-13). I've Been to Guantanamo. It's No Place for Kids. aclu.org The Administration's proposal of sending immigrant children to Guantanamo Bay is dangerous and inhumane. | Over the last year, the country has been shocked by reports of the inhumane treatment of children and families in immigrant detention. Now, the Trump administration appears to be increasing the scope and severity of its immigrant detention scheme by potentially detaining immigrants at Guantanamo Bay. | News broke last week that the Defense Department awarded a $23 million dollar contract to construct a "Contingency Mass Migra…

Gabrielle Crosby and Dylan Citron (2019-05-12). Boston vigil demands end to criminalization of humanitarian aid to migrants. liberationnews.org "Humanitarian aid is never a crime."

splcenter (2019-05-10). SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum. splcenter.org After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

James Goodman (2019-05-08). Saying 'No' to Immigrant Detention. progressive.org Private companies want to build new immigrant detention facilities, but communities around Chicago are stopping them in their tracks.