2019-06-11: Social Media Postees

Tony Award for refugees rights musical
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-11
The highly topical musical Hadestown won eight awards at this year's annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 9. The Tony's recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre. | The stage adaption is of the 2010 concept album by US singer Anais Mitchell. It uses the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus in the underground as a template for ripping open contemporary US life, particularly the racist treatment of Central American refugees. | The most powerful political and musical piece in the show is The Wall, which demonstrates the hypocrisy and shallowness of US demagogy about refugees. | While it is perfectly in…
greenleft.org.au/content/tony-award-refugees-rights-musical

Private Border Wall Expands Onto Federal Land, Blocking Access to Historic Site
Debbie Nathan | theintercept.com | 2019-06-11
We Build the Wall has expanded its private border wall to land owned by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, a federal agency.
theintercept.com/2019/06/11/private-bord…

Kenya closes part of its border with Somalia
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-11
The Kenyan government says it closed part of its border with Somalia. | Kenya says the decision was reached as security operations against Al Shabaab militants in the area intensified. The country is also trying to crack down on human trafficking as well as the trafficking of contraband goods and drugs. | The closing affects the area of the border in Lamu county. Residents living in border villages have been prohibited from any cross-border trade. | This comes barely a week after fishing activities off the coast near the Somalia border were outlawed. | The county officer says they are taking action by deployin…
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U.S. activist faces federal charges for providing aid to migrants
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-11
Scott Warren was arrested in 2018 for allegedly having "harbored" two fatally weakened undocumented migrants in a facility run by No More Deaths | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/11/u-s-activist-fac…

Trump expands network of immigrant concentration camps
wsws.org | 2019-06-11
The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump's escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/11/pers…

'No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle'
Workers World Boston bureau | workers.org | 2019-06-10
Workers' Solidarity Day was marked by a May 31 meeting titled "No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle," sponsored by Stonewall Warriors, International Workers' Solidarity Network and Workers World Party. The meeting was dedicated to Roxanna Hernandez, a Honduran trans woman who died in detention at the border. Speaking about the . . . | Continue reading 'No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle' at Workers.org
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Two Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Northeastern Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-10
A military patrol in northeastern Colombia came under attack on Sunday, resulting in the death of at least two soldiers in the Arauca region. | RELATED: | Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure | According to the Colombian military, the attack took place on one of their army patrols that was moving through the village of Zaparav in the Tame municipality. | The soldiers were reportedly killed when several explosive devices were detonated as the Colombian military co…
telesurenglish.net/news/Two-Soldiers-Kil…

Mexico Denies Trump's Claim of Secret Concessions in Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
STERLING, Va. — Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear unable to agree on exactly what's in it. | Stung by criticism that the agreement mostly ramps up border protection efforts already underway, Trump on Monday hinted at other, secret agreements he says will soon be revealed. | "We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years," Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be r…
truthdig.com/articles/mexico-denies-trum…

US signed 'another very important part' of immigration deal with Mexico — Trump
rt.com | 2019-06-10
US President Donald Trump has announced signing an "important" part of an agreement on immigration with Mexico. The news comes a week into the neighbors' row over tariffs and border security. | …
rt.com/news/461504-trump-immigration-dea…

Trump "Created a Fake Crisis and Has Announced a Fake Solution" With Mexico
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-10
Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5 percent tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25 percent by October. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the U.S. Under the deal, they…
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Deal or No Deal, Asylum Seekers Wait It Out at the Southern Border
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
A U.S.-Mexico pact announced Friday may mean that more migrants will be sent back to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum claims.
truthdig.com/articles/deal-or-no-deal-as…

Amid Venezuela exodus, UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie visits camps on Colombian border, appeals for humanity, more support
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-10
As the United Nations announced four million Venezuelans have fled their country, Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the world body's refugee agency, visited camps along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where on Saturday she appealed for more leadership, more humanity and more support to countries bearing the brunt of the crisis.
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US: 24 Migrants Have Died in ICE Custody Under Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-10
A total of 24 migrants have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody according to an NBC News analysis of federal data. | RELATED: Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates | The findings are based on a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which found "egregious viola…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-24-Migrants-H…

Venezuela Partially Reopens Colombia Border, Closes Canadian Consulates
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-10
The move comes as a riot over fuel shortages in Merida leaves one dead.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14536

Tariff Temper Tantrum: Trump "Created a Fake Crisis & Has Announced a Fake Solution" with Mexico
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-10
Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25% by October. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the US. Under the deal, they said Mexico also…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/10/tariff_te…

DHS Agents Treat Undocumented Immigrants as Criminals in Hospitals, Shackling Them to Beds and Impeding Care, Study Finds
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-10
Doctors at hospitals near the U.S.-Mexico border report that border patrol agents regularly treat undocumented immigrants like convicted criminals when taking them to receive medical care after apprehending them, according to a new report. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/10/dhs-age…

Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-10
Guatemala will hold a presidential election next Sunday while the country is facing many difficulties including widespread corruption and an unpopular president have set the stag for an election characterized by a huge number of mostly unknown presidential candidates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | With around 18 presidential aspirants participating in the race, many Guatemalans are undecided, and a lot of them do not know the p…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemalas-Elect…

Mexico Denies Trump's Claim of Secret Concessions in Deal
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
STERLING, Va. — Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear unable to agree on exactly what's in it. | Stung by criticism that the agreement mostly ramps up border protection efforts already underway, Trump on Monday hinted at other, secret agreements he says will soon be revealed. | "We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years," Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be r…
truthdig.com/articles/mexico-denies-trum…

A Peek Into a Future When the Border Wall Is Built and the 1 Percent Get Away With More Than Just Murder
Joshua Rivera | thenation.com | 2019-06-10
A Peek Into a Future When the Border Wall Is Built and the 1 Percent Get Away With More Than Just Murder…
thenation.com/article/fernando-a-flores-…

Community protests deaths of migrant refugee children at southern border
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-10
peoplesworld.org/article/community-prote…

Democrats, Mexican president collaborate with Trump's anti-immigrant crackdown
wsws.org | 2019-06-10
The US also announced it will house 3,000 to 4,000 immigrant children at army base internment camps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/10/immi…

Migrant Children Cutbacks
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-10
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'"Are You Illegal?" I Will Never Forget Those Words.'
John Washington | thenation.com | 2019-06-10
'"Are You Illegal?" I Will Never Forget Those Words.'…
thenation.com/article/migrant-voices-imm…

'We can always go back to tariffs': Trump roasts 'failing New York Times' over Mexico deal report
rt.com | 2019-06-09
The newspaper of record tried to rain on Donald Trump's parade over his much-hyped border deal with Mexico. The president retaliated with a barrage of angry tweets, branding the New York Times as "truly The Enemy of the People!" | …
rt.com/usa/461448-trump-nyt-mexico-deal/

US & Mexico reach signed agreement, tariffs 'indefinitely suspended'
rt.com | 2019-06-08
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." | …
rt.com/usa/461350-trump-mexico-border-ag…

Trump Admin Prioritizes Border Wall Makeover As Children Lose Resources & Detention Conditions Worsen
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-08
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…
www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/news/t…

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/immi…

Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Reopen…

86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal
Christine Maema | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
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…
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Trump's Tariff Deal Will Be 'Disaster' for Thousands of Immigrants Deported to Mexico, Rights Groups Say
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-08
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…
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Trump's Threatened Tariffs on Hold After Deal With Mexico
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-08
The agreement aims to have Mexico take measures to stem the flow of migrants but excludes some dramatic overhauls sought by the president.
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-threatened-…

300 US Southcom Troops Arrive in Honduras
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/300-US-Southcom-…

Under Tariff Pressure From the US, Mexico Detains Migrant Activists
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-07
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…
truthout.org/articles/under-tariff-press…

Tariffs Are a Bad Response to an Imaginary Border Crisis
Mark Weisbrot | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
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…
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For Immigrants at the Border, It's About the Children
Gabrielle Oliveira | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
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…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/immigr…

Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Mexico is strengthing 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 Ebra…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Confirms-…

Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Confirms-…

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…

Trans Rights Have No Borders. Johana and Roxsana's Lives Matter
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-07
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…
truthout.org/articles/trans-rights-have-…

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.
fightbacknews.org/2019/6/6/day-six-arizo…

Mexico's López Obrador indicts Trump: Tariffs and border walls won't work
Andrés Manuel López Obrador | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/mexicos-lopez-o…

Trump administration: No school, no soccer, no legal help for immigrant kids
Astrid Galván, Adriana Gómez Licón | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-administr…

Washington 'encouraged' by Mexican migrant clampdown, but will move ahead with tariff plan
rt.com | 2019-06-07
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461318-mexico-immigration-tar…

Overwhelmed immigration facilities already have 'egregious' safety violations — DHS
rt.com | 2019-06-07
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461344-dhs-egregious-violatio…

Assemblyman Weprin, State Senator Liu, and Amnesty International Introduce Immigration Customs Oversight Bill
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-07
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…
www.blackstarnews.com/ny-watch/politics/…

Predicting Even More Horrifying Conditions, Historical Journalist Describes Parallels Between Trump Migrant Detention and Concentration Camps
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/07/predict…

Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are About White Nationalism, Not Trade
Laura Carlsen | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
It should come as a relief to know that the number of migrants today is neither unprecedented nor unmanageable, that there is no basis for considering desperate families a security threat, and that this wave of migration is mostly not, in legal terms, illegal—it's asylum seekers immediately reporting to authorities for processing. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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. | …
rt.com/usa/461261-tsa-allows-migrants-fl…

The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn
Karina Piser | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn…
thenation.com/article/denmark-social-dem…

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…

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