2019-06-07: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-06-07). Day six of Arizona migrant aid trial sees RedForEd solidarity. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On June 6, nearly 150 people gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Tucson to demonstrate solidarity with humanitarian activist Scott Warren. Warren, an Arizona State University geography professor from the border town of Ajo, is facing 20 years in federal prison for providing humanitarian aid to crossing immigrants. | "It is clear that this is an attack by the Trump administration on not just migrants and undocumented immigrants but organizers and aid providers. It is gross political repression. And we are here to protest that attack," said immigrant rights organizer Jessica Rodriguez.

RT (2019-06-07). TSA allows newly-arrived illegals to fly WITHOUT ID — report. rt.com The Transportation Security Administration has been allowing illegal immigrants to fly without legal ID papers for months, bringing a new meaning to the term "undocumented," according to a report citing Homeland Security sources.

WSWS (2019-06-07). Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers. wsws.org The Office of Refugee Settlement has halted the flow of funding for any activities they consider "not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety," including legal aid and recreation.

Sam Ordóñez (2019-06-06). General strike in Honduras protests gov't 'reforms'. workers.org June 3 — A national strike began in Honduras on May 30 protesting a series of reforms announced by the government. The strike was called in response a series of decrees signed by the president on May 28 aimed at restructuring the health and education sectors. The demonstrations, which continued . . . | Continue reading General strike in Honduras protests gov't 'reforms' at Workers.org

Staff (2019-06-06). Trump's Mexico Tariff Ignores the Reality of Migration. therealnews.com Mexico has already deported thousands of Central Americans who are fleeing their homelands because of a century of U.S. interventionist policies…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs. telesurenglish.net Up to 6,000 members of Mexico's national guard may be sent to "protect" its southern border in order to quell the flow of Guatemalan migrants, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday as bilateral talks with the United States (U.S.) government continue, according to the Washington Post. | RELATED: | Trade Deal Not Reached Between US and Mexico, Talks Continue | As one of the newest developments in trade and migration talks with the U.S., Mexico has offered to send its mil…

RT (2019-06-06). 'Beautiful wall' indeed: US military deployed to Mexican border ordered to paint fence. rt.com US troops deployed to the Mexican border have been tasked with painting parts of the existing barrier structures to improve their "aesthetic appearance," triggering the righteous anger of the #Resistance.

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-06-06). Open Borders Must Be Part of Any Response to the Climate Crisis. thenation.com Open Borders Must Be Part of Any Response to the Climate Crisis…

MAIL (2019-06-06). Headlines for June 6, 2019. democracynow.org U.S.-Mexico Immigration Talks Continue as Trump's Tariff Deadline Nears, Trump Admin to Cut School, Legal Aid and Recreation for Migrant Children, Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists Cristóbal Sánchez and Irineo Mujica, Trump Visits Normandy, France, on 75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion, Trump Compares Future Irish Border to U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Irish Protesters Decry Trump's Racism, Misogyny and Climate Denial, Pressed on Climate Change, Trump Says Weather "Changes Both Ways", Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim They've Seized Territory in Saudi Arabia, CNN: Trump Admin Withheld Intelligence on China-Backed…

plenglish (2019-06-06). Mexico, USA Talk on Immigration, But under Tariff Threats. plenglish.com Washington, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) Delegations from the United States and Mexico are continuing on Thursday their talks in Washington in order to find some alternatives to reduce the flow of immigrants to the common border.

Editor (2019-06-06). When a drink of water becomes a felony. workers.org Many people hike for pleasure through the beauty of the Sonoran Desert near Ajo, Ariz., as you might visit a state park near where you live. While hiking in the desert, Scott Warren discovered the brutal reality facing migrants at the U.S. border as he began to run into people . . . | Continue reading When a drink of water becomes a felony at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-06-06). US Sees Surge of African Migrants Along Southern Border. telesurenglish.net There has been a drastic increase of African migrants at the United States (U.S.) border, migration agents report, as citizens of various African countries flee "humanitarian crisis" in their homelands. | RELATED: | Mexico Deported Over 80,000 Migrants So Far This Year | Since May 30, over 500 African migrants have registered along the Del Rio border in Texas, arriving from Angola, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo, the U.S Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) informed. | "We are conti…

WSWS (2019-06-06). Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Columbia less than a month after being detained by ICE. wsws.org Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

WSWS (2019-06-06). Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE. wsws.org Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.

splcenter (2019-06-06). SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies sued the Trump administration today for holding people in Georgia immigration prisons just because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Maltese military rescues hundreds of migrants from Mediterranean. cgtn.com REUTERS FILE PHOTO | Malta's armed forces rescued nearly 400 migrants in four separate sea operations on Wednesday and brought them all ashore to the small Mediterranean island, the military said. | A government official said it was one of the largest number of arrivals to Malta in many months. | An army source said other migrant boats were being monitored in the central Mediterranean, and it was not immediately clear if the Maltese authorities planned to intervene. | NGOs have reported that several boats are trying to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe. | Sea Watch International said on Twitter that a rubb…

WSWS (2019-06-06). Three immigrants die in US custody in three days. wsws.org Immigrants are being subjected to inhumane treatment all along the line, guaranteeing that there will be more deaths in federal detention centers across the US.

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.

MAIL (2019-06-05). Trans Activist: ICE Must Be Held Accountable for Trans Salvadoran Asylum Seeker's Death. democracynow.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 Honduran tran…

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

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…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Trade Deal Not Reached Between US and Mexico, Talks Continue. telesurenglish.net No deal was reached on Wednesday as top government officials from Mexico and the United States (U.S.) met in Washington for bilateral talks regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on Mexican goods. | RELATED: | Mexico: Tariffs Could Worsen Central American Migration | According to Trump, talks will resume on Thursday but the head of state warned that if no agreement is reached by Monday, the five percent tariffs on Mexican goods will take effect. | The U.S. the presid…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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). Trump says 'not nearly enough' progress in Mexico-US talks, tariffs due next week if no deal. rt.com US President Donald Trump is not satisfied with the pace of Mexico's compliance with his ultimatum to stop the migrant flow north. He reminded Mexico that he is serious about imposing a blanket tariff on all its goods within days.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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."

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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