2019-06-05: News Headlines

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-05). 'Straight-Up Cruel': Trump Admin Condemned for Canceling Education, Recreation, and Legal Services for Detained Migrant Children. commondreams.org Human rights advocates responded with outrage Wednesday to the Trump administration's decision to start canceling education, recreation, and legal services for unaccompanied migrant children in federal shelters across the country, purportedly because of high detention rates and low funds. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MAIL (2019-06-05). Republicans Clash with Trump over Proposed Tariffs of Up to 25% on All Mexican Imports. democracynow.org Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump's plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods. Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico's failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States. Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs. We speak with Laura Carlsen, director of the M…

plenglish (2019-06-05). Guatemala Calls For Unity in SICA Summit. plenglish.com 05 de junio de 2019, 18: 00Guatemala, June 5 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales called today for SICA members to fulfill the dream of a more prosperous and united Central America, when opening the 53rd meeting of Heads of State and Government of the region.

Staff (2019-06-05). Republicans Clash With Trump Over Tariffs on Mexican Imports. truthout.org Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump's plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods. Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico's failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States. Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs. We speak with Laura Carlsen, director of th…

Liz Vinson (2019-06-05). SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum. splcenter.org Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.

David Macaray (2019-06-05). Walmart: A Study in Wretched Excess. counterpunch.org "The dogs bark, but the caravan passes." —Arab proverb Years ago, when I first began writing indignant and wildly emotional polemics about Walmart, Inc., attacking the mega-retailer for its virulent, unethical and borderline illegal anti-union policies, the corporation (with headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas) had roughly 8,500 stores in 15 countries, a figure that, even then, More

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-05). This is What Donald Trump's Failed and Cruel Border Policy Looks Like. blackstarnews.com The Trump Administration's polices have everything to do with racism not border security… | On Friday, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a management alert requiring "immediate attention and action…to alleviate dangerous overcrowding at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center (PDT)." | In unannounced visits to the PDT, the IG observed that DHS was housing 6 to 7 times the maximum capacity of detainees, including: some detainees "in standing-room-only conditions for days or weeks…;" with other "detainees standing on toilets in the cells to make room and ga…

plenglish (2019-06-05). Pence and Mexican FM to Discuss Trump's Tariff Threat. plenglish.com Washington, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) US Vice President Mike Pence is discussing on Wednesday with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard President Donald Trump"s threat to impose tariffs on products from the Latin American country due to the flow of migrants crossing the southern border.

RT (2019-06-05). Record 144,000 people detained at US-Mexico border in May. rt.com The number of people entering the US from Mexico illegally has skyrocketed, with more than 144,000 detained or turned away just last month. Overwhelmed US authorities are cutting back on non-essential services at migrant shelters.

Matthew Longo (2019-06-05). The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data. thenation.com The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data…

Sarah Mukabana (2019-06-04). 13 civilians killed in Ebola zone after rebel attack in Congo. cgtn.com Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) look at the distant hills near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out. | REUTERS | Authorities in eastern Congo say at least 13 civilians are dead after rebels attacked a town affected by the Ebola virus outbreak. | Residents on Tuesday blamed the overnight violence near Beni on rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces group. | Beni's interim Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha said two Congolese soldiers also were killed. Spokesman Zachee Mathima said one attacker was killed and a teenage girl was taken away as hostage. | Calm returned by…

Daniel M. Goldstein (2019-06-05). What Mount Everest Climbers and Migrants Have in Common. commondreams.org "Like Everest mountaineers, many desert migrants will die on their journey, succumbing to the extreme conditions and brutal landscapes through which they travel," Goldstein writes. "Their bodies will remain out in the open, their bones polished by the hot desert sun or the cold mountain wind, harrowing road marks for all who subsequently travel those paths." (Photo: Screenshot/CBSN) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Maurice Stierl (2019-06-05). EU Sued at International Criminal Court over Mediterranean Migration Policy — As More Die at Sea. globalresearch.ca In the same week that more migrant lives were lost at sea, the EU's migration policy in the Mediterranean has been brought to the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC). | It emerged on June 3 that the ICC had …

RT (2019-06-05). Grand gesture: Dems pass migrant amnesty with zero hope of becoming law. rt.com House Democrats have passed an immigration bill creating a path to citizenship for 'dreamers' — illegals brought into the country as children. Like its numerous forbears, the bill is effectively doomed to never become law.

WSWS (2019-06-05). US requiring visa applicants to reveal social media information. wsws.org The implementation of the new "extreme vetting" policy is another step in the Trump administration's war against immigrants.

Staff (2019-06-05). ICE Must Be Held Accountable for Trans Salvadoran Asylum Seeker's Death. truthout.org Johana Medina, a 25-year-old transgender asylum seeker from El Salvador, died at an El Paso, Texas, hospital this weekend after spending seven weeks in immigration jail, according to several LGBTQ groups and advocates who knew her. Medina had sought medical treatment for nearly two months for complications related to HIV/AIDS before finally being transferred to the hospital last week. She died four days later. Medina is believed to be the second transgender migrant to die in or after being released from ICE custody since Trump became president. The other is Roxsana Hernández Rodriguez, a 33-year-old Hon…

WSWS (2019-06-04). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.

Staff (2019-06-04). Judge Blocks House Democrats' Right to Block Funds for Trump's Border Wall. truthout.org A judge has ruled against House Democrats in a federal lawsuit, which attempted to block President Donald Trump's ability to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. | "While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress' legislative authority," U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden wrote in a 24-page decision regarding the Democrats' lawsuit to block the transfer of funds appropriated for other means to Trump's wall. "The court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the Hou…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-04). In Scott Warren's No More Deaths Trial, Prosecutors Attempt to Paint a Web of Conspiracy. theintercept.com For nearly a year and a half, U.S. government prosecutors in Arizona have sought to make an example out of Scott Warren. The 36-year-old geographer and border-based humanitarian aid volunteer was arrested with two undocumented migrants on January 17, 2018, and accused of providing the men with food, water, and a place to sleep over three days. A month later, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy, bringing the total amount time he could spend in prison — if convicted on all counts and sentenced to consecutive terms — to 20 years. | Warren's trial began in Tucs…

RT (2019-06-04). Judge throws out House Dems' attempts to block Trump's border wall. rt.com A federal judge has denied House Democrats' efforts to block President Donald Trump's use of Pentagon funds for his promised wall on the border with Mexico, arguing they lacked constitutional standing to challenge the move.

Robert S. Becker (2019-06-04). A Call to Arms: Friends, voters, countrymen. nationofchange.org [inspired by Antony's famous funeral oration from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar] | Friends, voters, countrymen, lend me your ears; | I come to bury Trump, hardly praise him. | The evil yahoos do is limitless — | While goodness, like truth, has robust borders. | So where are we today? The noble Barr | Says Trump has shredded no institutions; | That would qualify as a grievous fault. | And is not Barr an honorable man? | So are all the king's men honorable. | This mouthpiece of Trump obscures collusion | For that would indeed be a grievous fault; | Neither conspiracy nor obstruction — | Those crimes de…

splcenter (2019-06-04). SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants. splcenter.org As the immigrants stepped off a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus to receive assistance from a local Arizona church, a woman stood on church property and began shouting "fuera" ("get out" in Spanish) and "criminals" at them.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-04). America's Voice Recommends Passage Of American Dream And Promise Act With No Damaging Amendments. blackstarnews.com Congress Should Act on the Will of the American People and Pass Permanent Protections for Dreamers and TPS and DED Holders. | On Tuesday, June 4th, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide permanent protections for immigrant youth — Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. America's Voice recommends a vote for the rule, against the Motion to Recommit, and for the final passage of the bill without damaging amendments. | The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director for Ame…

Ilana Novick (2019-06-04). Migrant Children Waiting for Reunification Were Held in Vans Up to 39 Hours. truthdig.com Emails obtained by NBC News reveal that the government had no clear plan for returning the children to their parents, resulting in "chaos."

Marc Morial (2019-06-04). The Countdown: Trump Regime's Census Ploys Will Promote Gerrymandering And Resource Diversion from Blacks and Latinos. blackstarnews.com Marc Morial. Photo: Facebook | | A leadership gap, inadequate funding and staffing and a deliberate campaign to intimidate immigrants and communities of color all make the 2020 Census among the most challenging in American history. | | This was my testimony last week before a special field hearing of the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties regarding the upcoming Census. | | The hearing, entitled "Getting Counted: The Importance of the Census to State and Local Communities," was held at Queens Community College at the request of Congress Members Caroly…

Satya Vatti (2019-06-04). Proof of Census conspiracy against Latino vote: gerrymanderer dies, daughter tells all. 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.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Mexico: Tariffs Could Worsen Central American Migration. telesurenglish.net Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard warned on Monday that United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's threat to impose punitive five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods would be "counterproductive" and could worsen overall migration from Central America. | RELATED: | Mexico, US Brace for Tariff Talks, Trump Doubles Down on Threat | Trump's tar…

teleSUR (2019-06-03). US Troops Deployed in Guatemala to 'Halt Migration'. telesurenglish.net Guatemalan Defense Minister, Luis Miguel Ralda, confirmed on Monday that United States (U.S.) troops are already in the country, specifically in the Guatemala-Mexico border department of Huehuetenango. | RELATED: | Mexico: Tariffs Could Worsen Central American Migration | "The troops are already here, as has happened in the last 15 years, with programs such as 'Strong Roads' and now [with] the one that is being developed, 'Beyond the Horizon'," Ralda told reporters after a cabinet meet…

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Honduras Gov't Backtracks on Neoliberal Laws Amid Large Strike. telesurenglish.net President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) announced Sunday that two decrees related to education and health will be repealed. The decrees have been rejected by the teachers and public sector doctors who are in an indefinite strike since Thursday. | RELATED: | Masked Men Set US Embassy in Honduras Ablaze, Teacher Blamed | "The repeal o…

Ruth Milka (2019-06-03). Fox News is defending white supremacy. nationofchange.org Late last week Fox News' Laura Ingraham ignited the internet when she defended white supremacist extremists during her prime time Fox Show "The Ingraham Angle." | During a segment of the show that was centered around social media censorship, Ingraham showed graphics of people she said were "prominent voices censored on social media" that Facebook has "shunned." | Ingraham went on to characterize the people in the graphic as "people who believe in border enforcement, people who believe in national sovereignty." | , Paul Nehlen is not being censored because he's a conservative. He was kicked off social media for…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-06-03). New government powers are 'a serious abuse of civil liberties', according to rights groups. thecanary.co A frightening new law is now in force in the UK. It literally criminalises people simply for travelling to a specific area on the planet. And rights groups have called it "a serious abuse of civil liberties". | A presumption of guilt: | The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 (CTS) passed in February. It…

Chris Hedges (2019-06-03). Manufacturing War With Russia. truthdig.com Despite the Robert Mueller report's conclusion that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the new Cold War with Moscow shows little sign of abating. It is used to justify the expansion of NATO to Russia's borders, a move that has made billions in profits for U.S. arms manufacturers. It is used to demonize domestic critics and alternative media outlets as agents of a foreign power. It is used to paper over the Democratic Party's betrayal of the working class and the party's subservience to corporate power. It is used to discredit détente between the world's tw…

Fernando Herrera Calderón (2019-06-03). Mexican workers on both sides of border pay the cost of immigration crackdown. peoplesworld.org The crackdown on immigration at the southern border and the increase in deportations are taking a toll on Mexican workers in the United States and Mexico. While strict immigration policy is not a new phenomenon, Trump's hardline anti-immigration policies and incendiary rhetoric exacerbate the situation. With support from the conservative media, Trump has framed immigration …

unitedEditor (2019-06-03). Trump VS Mexico, EU leaders meet in Brussels, Sudan protests. uwidata.com Trump VS Mexico US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of 5% duties on all products from Mexico on Sunday, threatening to increase the number if the problem of illegal immigrantion continues. Mexican Deputy Foreign Minister Jesus Sead promised a "vigorous" response to the new duties on Thursday. On March 29, Trump threatened to close …

Azadeh Shahshahani (2019-06-03). How We Beat Anti-Immigrant Fervor. progressive.org In an era in which states are implementing anti-immigrant measures and the federal government is caging and deporting immigrants, Georgia provides a hopeful example.

plenglish (2019-06-03). Cuba's Migrants in the US Address Violent Washington Policies. plenglish.com Washington, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Members of Marti Alliance reportedly analyzed on Monday the US aggressive policies against Cuba and Venezuela.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-03). Family Services Counselor Fired After Speaking Out Against Surveillance of Unaccompanied Migrant Children. theintercept.com Sarah DeYoreo, who was fired from Morrison Child and Family Services, said that staff were being encouraged to act as an extension of law enforcement.

Staff (2019-06-03). Lawyers Deem European Union Migrant Policy a Crime Against Humanity. truthdig.com A request filed with the International Criminal Court alleges that EU officials are knowingly responsible for deaths of migrants at land and sea.

Staff (2019-06-02). "Public Charge" Raises Concerns About Poverty for Families. truthout.org As anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric increase in the U.S., more immigrant families — especially ones with at least a member who is undocumented — are shying away from applying for any form of public benefits. With the Trump administration pushing rule changes to expand the definition of who is a "public charge" and ineligible for permanent residency, a mix of fact and rumor is pushing families away from accessing the help they need for stability — and often when they are entitled to the support. | "I missed the opportunity of getting housing at one point," says Laura, a 35-year-old Boulder, C…

Staff (2019-06-02). U.S. Begins Vastly Expanded Visa Screening. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It's a vast expansion of the Trump administration's enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. | In a move that's just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including "social media identifiers," from almost all U.S. app…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-02). Man found hiding behind car glove box in desperate attempt to enter Europe. cgtn.com An African man was found crammed behind the glove box of a car in a bid to get to Europe. | He was one of four people spotted in vehicles on the same day by authorities in Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, North Africa. | Three people including a 15-year-old girl were found in separate cars at the Beni-Enzar border between Morocco and Melilla on May 24. | Two hid in special compartments behind the dashboard and a third was under a rear seat. | Two were treated by medics for asphyxia, disorientation and joint pain. | A fourth person was also found on May 24 under a truck in the Melilla port. | In rece…

Cora Currier (2019-06-01). How a California Community Helped Hundreds of Migrants the Border Patrol Dropped at a Greyhound Station. theintercept.com In San Bernardino, volunteers scrambled to provide the mostly Guatemalan arrivals with the help and logistical support that Border Patrol did not.

WSWS (2019-06-01). US uses solitary confinement as weapon against detained immigrants. wsws.org An International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report documents the widespread use of solitary confinement by the US government against detained immigrants.

WSWS (2019-06-01). US watchdog finds 900 immigrants jammed into jail designed for 125. wsws.org The inspector general found detainees "standing on toilets in the cells to make room and gain breathing space, thus limiting access to the toilets."

By Amy Liu (2019-06-01). Trial begins for Scott Warren, facing 20 years for aiding migrants crossing desert. liberationnews.org We demand that all charges be dropped immediately!

Jake Johnson (2019-06-01). 'Beyond Barbaric': Internal Government Report Reveals Migrants Forced to Stand on Toilets for Breathing Space at Overcrowded US Detention Center. globalresearch.ca "This is insane. Not only can they not move, they can't breathe, they can't eat, they can't do anything like this. Children have died and will continue to die if this is not stopped now." | *** | A federal immigrant detention …

A.C. Thompson (2019-06-01). Over 200 allegations of abuse of migrant children; 1 case of Homeland Security disciplining someone. nationofchange.org A federal judge found the department's own records disturbing and ordered the names of the accused agents made public. Now, DHS has taken its fight against doing so to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Christian Christensen (2019-06-01). Dear John Cleese: Why Was My White, Nordic Immigrant Family Never Accused of Making England Less English? commondreams.org John Cleese at the Byline Festival in England, 2017. (Photo: Rahael Moran, cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rajit Iftikhar (2019-06-01). Amazon refuses to act on climate change. So we employees are speaking out. nationofchange.org My parents moved to the United States from Bangladesh to try to have a better life and eventually settled in New York, where I was born and raised. During my childhood, I saw myself as just another American. Over time, however, I now see that being the child of Bangladeshi immigrants changes my perspective. | That is especially true on matters surrounding the climate crisis. | I see clearly the inequities of its causes and effects. Despite emitting greenhouse gases at lower rates than richer countries, poorer countries like Bangladesh will bear its worst consequences. Yet, the U.N. now estimates 1 in 3 childre…

Debbie Nathan (2019-05-31). Vigilantes Helped Steve Bannon's Group With Private Border Wall Near El Paso. theintercept.com People in the El Paso area were stunned to learn on Memorial Day that a new segment of border wall had just sprung up in their midst, seemingly out of nowhere. Though it is already hundreds of feet long and snakes up a high mountain, it was initiated secretly, in just a few days, on private property that for long has been so off-limits to the public that even reporters have feared going near. | The massive, imposing barrier is planned to be about a half-mile long. It's being erec…

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