2019-06-09: News Headlines

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-08). Trump's Tariff Deal Will Be 'Disaster' for Thousands of Immigrants Deported to Mexico, Rights Groups Say. commondreams.org Immigrant rights groups decried the deal reached Friday night by President Donald Trump and Mexican officials, in which Trump called off his plan to impose tariffs on all imports from Mexico in exchange for an expansion of his policy deporting asylum-seekers to the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-08). Trump Admin Prioritizes Border Wall Makeover As Children Lose Resources & Detention Conditions Worsen. blackstarnews.com Trump immigration detention policy is inhumane says America's Voice… | This week, the Trump administration announced the gutting of resources for migrant children in detention while at the same time continuing to unconstitutionally direct money to the ineffective border wall. | This is only one of the many attacks the Trump administration has carried out on migrant children, as DHS Watch, a project of America's Voice, laid out in detail today. And while these children stand to lose schooling, legal aid, access to sports and outside activities, active-duty troops are assigned a border wall makeover to "impr…

Staff (2019-06-08). Trump's Threatened Tariffs on Hold After Deal With Mexico. truthdig.com The agreement aims to have Mexico take measures to stem the flow of migrants but excludes some dramatic overhauls sought by the president.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs. wsws.org No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

RT (2019-06-08). US & Mexico reach signed agreement, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'. rt.com US President Donald Trump says a deal has been struck with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants into the US. Punitive tariffs on Mexican goods that were due to come into effect Monday have been "suspended indefinitely."

teleSUR (2019-06-08). Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the government is opening several bridges along its border with Colombia. The Simon Bolivar, Union and Santander bridges in Venezuela had been ordered closed to traffic since Feb. 22 when the Colombian government tried to allow 'humanitarian aid' from the United States to illegally enter the country from its border city of Cucuta. | RELATED: | US Sanctions on Venezuela Illegal Under UN, OAS and US Law | "In full exercise of our sovereignt…

Christine Maema (2019-06-08). 86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal. cgtn.com The group comprising of 86 women and children at the UN's air terminal ready to return to their homes (UNMISS) | Thousands of families who were displaced after a civil war broke out in South Sudan finally returned home to rebuild their lives after leaving a special protection site at the United Nations base in Wau. | The families were in the protection site in the capital of South Sudan for almost six years after seeking sanctuary from the violent conflict that erupted during the outbreak of civil war. Some of the children were even born in the camp and have never experienced life outside. | With a reduction in v…

Karina Piser (2019-06-07). The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn. thenation.com The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn…

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.

Astrid Galván, Adriana Gómez Licón (2019-06-07). Trump administration: No school, no soccer, no legal help for immigrant kids. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX (AP)—The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving at the border. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is blasting the government's cuts. "By eliminating …

Gabrielle Oliveira (2019-06-07). For Immigrants at the Border, It's About the Children. commondreams.org The very values that America upholds are the ones that they use to break up immigrant families and asylum seekers, both physically and emotionally. (Photo: @ajplus/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Staff (2019-06-07). Under Tariff Pressure From the US, Mexico Detains Migrant Activists. truthout.org Mexico City—Mexican authorities arrested two migrant activists Wednesday on suspicion of human smuggling in connection with the pair's efforts to provide support for Central American migrants traveling to the United States. However, supporters believe the arrests are due to the ongoing dispute between Mexico and the United States over the potential imposition of tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. | President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods, rising steadily to 25 percent, unless Mexico takes measures to stop migration from Central America through the co…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-07). Assemblyman Weprin, State Senator Liu, and Amnesty International Introduce Immigration Customs Oversight Bill. blackstarnews.com Assemblyman David Weprin, at the microphones, with immigration advocates seeking proper treatement of detained immigrants… | Assemblyman David I. Weprin (D-Queens) and Senator John C. Liu (D-Queens), with support from Amnesty International, have introduced the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Oversight Act, A 7853 / S 6107. The law's purpose is to ensure that immigrants detained in county jails in New York are held in accordance with legal detention standards and to limit the expansion of immigration detention facilities in New York unless approval can be gained from the legislature. | This action was s…

RT (2019-06-07). Washington 'encouraged' by Mexican migrant clampdown, but will move ahead with tariff plan. rt.com US officials are pleased with the Mexican government's recent moves to curb the flow of migrants through the country to the American border. However, negotiations are ongoing, and a tariff deadline still looms. |

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.

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates. telesurenglish.net Mexico is beefing up its migration enforcement at its border with Guatemala by sending up to 6,000 National Guard troops, Minister of the Interior Olga Sanchez announced Friday afternoon after meetings between Mexican and White House delegates in Washington. Meanwhile, the country is cracking down on human rights and migrant advocates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | The Mexican delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrar…

RT (2019-06-07). Overwhelmed immigration facilities already have 'egregious' safety violations — DHS. rt.com The Department of Homeland Security found "egregious" health and safety violations last year, during inspections of overwhelmed immigration facilities where detainees live under squalid conditions without access to healthcare.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (2019-06-07). Mexico's López Obrador indicts Trump: Tariffs and border walls won't work. peoplesworld.org The following is the open letter from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to U.S. President Donald Trump of May 30, 2019, discussing immigration policy and the need for honest dialogue. The letter reminds Trump of the positive relations the two countries enjoyed at various times in the past, condemns the U.S. president's approach to …

MAIL (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami…

Mark Weisbrot (2019-06-07). Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis. commondreams.org Washington's nefarious War on Drugs, meanwhile, remains a cesspit of violence and U.S.-sponsored militarization that brings misery to those countries unfortunate enough to be located between the Colombian and Pervuian cocaine producers and U.S. consumers. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-07). 300 US Southcom Troops Arrive in Honduras. telesurenglish.net Another Southern Command brigade of U.S. Navy and Marine soldiers arrived in Honduras this week as part of what the U.S. Embassy in Honduras has called "a multi-national disaster response task force" released Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | Some 300 members of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC), more widely known as Southcom (or in Latin America as Comando Sur), will work toge…

Staff (2019-06-07). Trans Rights Have No Borders. Johana and Roxsana's Lives Matter. truthout.org On the first day of LGBTQ+ Pride month, a trans woman died four days after being released from ICE custody, where she had been held for seven weeks. Her name was Johana Medina Leon, and she was just 25 years old. She came to the U.S. from El Salvador in hopes of being granted asylum. Before being detained in the U.S., she spent three months in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, waiting her turn to request asylum. | Leon presented herself to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Paso Del Norte port of entry in El Paso on April 11. Three days after entering the country, she was taken to Otero County Processing Ce…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-07). Predicting Even More Horrifying Conditions, Historical Journalist Describes Parallels Between Trump Migrant Detention and Concentration Camps. commondreams.org The administration's treatment of migrants is part of a pattern of dehumanization that has disturbing precedent for what could come next | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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). 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.

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

John Buell (2019-06-06). From Guatemala to Moscow to Washington, Neoliberalism and Privatization Driving Our Crises. commondreams.org 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…

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…

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…

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

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). 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.

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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). 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…

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.

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…

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.

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