2019-06-07: Social Media Postees

Day six of Arizona migrant aid trial sees RedForEd solidarity
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-07
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.
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Day six of Arizona migrant aid trial sees RedForEd solidarity
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-07
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.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/6/day-six-a…

TSA allows newly-arrived illegals to fly WITHOUT ID — report
rt.com | 2019-06-07
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. | …
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Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/chil…

General strike in Honduras protests gov't 'reforms'
Sam Ordóñez | workers.org | 2019-06-06
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
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From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises
John Buell | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
These exculpatory views survived even amidst the elevation of Elliott Abrams, the war criminal architect of brutal Central American policy late last century. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump's Mexico Tariff Ignores the Reality of Migration
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-06
Mexico has already deported thousands of Central Americans who are fleeing their homelands because of a century of U.S. interventionist policies…
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'Beautiful wall' indeed: US military deployed to Mexican border ordered to paint fence
rt.com | 2019-06-06
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. | …
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When a drink of water becomes a felony
Editor | workers.org | 2019-06-06
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
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US Sees Surge of African Migrants Along Southern Border
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
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…
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Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
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…
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Mexico, USA Talk on Immigration, But under Tariff Threats
plenglish.com | 2019-06-06
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.
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Open Borders Must Be Part of Any Response to the Climate Crisis
Ben Ehrenreich | thenation.com | 2019-06-06
Open Borders Must Be Part of Any Response to the Climate Crisis…
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Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/brco…

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

How ICE and other DHS agencies mine social media in the name of national security
Rachel Levinson-Waldman | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-06
Through its vast and deeply flawed social media monitoring, the Department of Homeland Security jeopardizes the rights of travelers, immigrants, refugees, and many others.
nationofchange.org/2019/06/06/how-ice-an…

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/immi…

Maltese military rescues hundreds of migrants from Mediterranean
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-06
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…
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SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail
splcenter.org | 2019-06-06
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/06/06/splc-sues-…

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

How ICE and other DHS agencies mine social media in the name of national security
Rachel Levinson-Waldman | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-06
Through its vast and deeply flawed social media monitoring, the Department of Homeland Security jeopardizes the rights of travelers, immigrants, refugees, and many others.
nationofchange.org/2019/06/06/how-ice-an…

Three immigrants die in US custody in three days
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/immi…

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

Trans Activist: ICE Must Be Held Accountable for Trans Salvadoran Asylum Seeker's Death
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-05
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…
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SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum
Liz Vinson | splcenter.org | 2019-06-05
Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.
splcenter.org/news/2019/06/05/splc-helps…

Walmart: A Study in Wretched Excess
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
"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,…
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Republicans Clash With Trump Over Tariffs on Mexican Imports
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
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…
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Trade Deal Not Reached Between US and Mexico, Talks Continue
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
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…
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Republicans Clash with Trump over Proposed Tariffs of Up to 25% on All Mexican Imports
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-05
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/5/republican…

Guatemala Calls For Unity in SICA Summit
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
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.
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This is What Donald Trump's Failed and Cruel Border Policy Looks Like
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-05
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…
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The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data
Matthew Longo | thenation.com | 2019-06-05
The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data…
thenation.com/article/borders-data-facia…

Pence and Mexican FM to Discuss Trump's Tariff Threat
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
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.
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Record 144,000 people detained at US-Mexico border in May
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
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Grand gesture: Dems pass migrant amnesty with zero hope of becoming law
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461096-house-democrats-pass-d…

US requiring visa applicants to reveal social media information
wsws.org | 2019-06-05
The implementation of the new "extreme vetting" policy is another step in the Trump administration's war against immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/05/immi…

EU Sued at International Criminal Court over Mediterranean Migration Policy — As More Die at Sea
Maurice Stierl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Trump says 'not nearly enough' progress in Mexico-US talks, tariffs due next week if no deal
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461175-mexico-us-talks-tariff…

'Straight-Up Cruel': Trump Admin Condemned for Canceling Education, Recreation, and Legal Services for Detained Migrant Children
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
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…
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What Mount Everest Climbers and Migrants Have in Common
Daniel M. Goldstein | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
"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…
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ICE Must Be Held Accountable for Trans Salvadoran Asylum Seeker's Death
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
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…
truthout.org/video/ice-must-be-held-acco…

Workers Struggles: The Americas
wsws.org | 2019-06-04
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/04/wrkr…

13 civilians killed in Ebola zone after rebel attack in Congo
Sarah Mukabana | cgtn.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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Judge throws out House Dems' attempts to block Trump's border wall
rt.com | 2019-06-04
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. | …
rt.com/usa/460999-judge-denies-border-wa…

In Scott Warren's No More Deaths Trial, Prosecutors Attempt to Paint a Web of Conspiracy
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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Judge Blocks House Democrats' Right to Block Funds for Trump's Border Wall
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-04
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…
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A Call to Arms: Friends, voters, countrymen
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-04
[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…
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SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-06-04
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.
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The Countdown: Trump Regime's Census Ploys Will Promote Gerrymandering And Resource Diversion from Blacks and Latinos
Marc Morial | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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America's Voice Recommends Passage Of American Dream And Promise Act With No Damaging Amendments
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-04
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…
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