Monthly Archives: April 2019

2019-04-30: News Headlines

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-30). 'The Statue of Liberty Is Not a Toll Booth': Outrage as Trump Moves to Impose Fees on Asylum Seekers. commondreams.org "Charging asylum application fees puts a dollar amount on helping migrants escape persecution. It is pure villainy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-04-30). Dallas celebrates May Day 2019. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – About 50 people gathered in Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, Dallas to celebrate International Workers Day. The theme of the celebration was the resurgence of the strike in labor organizing, and recent victories for workers, such as the teachers' strikes. | Organizations present at the celebration included Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Migrante USA, Communist Party USA, Trans Pride Initiative, Communications Workers of America, International Marxist Tendency, and Workers World Party. Jo Hargis was the emcee of the celebration. The celebration opened with D…

WSWS (2019-04-30). Syriza government authorises mass evictions of refugees and asylum seekers. wsws.org The Syriza government has been at the forefront of cracking down on refugees as part of the European Union's anti-immigrant agenda.

Andrew Korybko (2019-04-30). Demographic Crisis: Russia to Facilitate the Granting of Russian Citizenship to Ukrainians. globalresearch.ca President Putin's proposal to make it easier for all Ukrainians to receive Russian citizenship represents a bold effort to court his country's civilizationally similar neighbors as "replacement migrants" and will lead to a competition with Russia's historical rival Poland for …

splcenter (2019-04-30). Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration. splcenter.org A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

Nick Alexandrov (2019-04-30). Trump on the Border: More of the Same. counterpunch.org Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history. This border policy, as spelled out this month, More

ACLU (2019-04-30). We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out. aclu.org ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…

plenglish (2019-04-30). Venezuela Activates Plan against Irregular Groups in Tachira. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The political protector of the Venezuelan State in Tachira, Freddy Bernal, on Tuesday announced the implementation of a plan to neutralize and dismantle active criminal groups on the border with Colombia.

WSWS (2019-04-30). US government tries to distance itself from border militia. wsws.org The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-04-29). Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests. theintercept.com The calls for action were mounting. It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage. By the end of the month, hundreds of protests were planned in towns and cities across the country. As the plans moved forward, others took notice. | In the days leading up to the protests, a private intelligence company that works with the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the activity on the ground. Documents shared with The Intercept by the American Immigration Council, obtained through a fr…

United Nations (2019-04-29). Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding. un.org Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.

teleSUR (2019-04-29). Justin Trudeau Refers to Japan as China Twice. telesurenglish.net Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confused Japan with China two times in front of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. | RELATED: | Video: Pro-Trump Fox News Refers to 3 Central American Nations as 'Mexican Countries' | "What a pleasure it is to welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of di…

Bryan Wall (2019-04-29). Jacob Rees-Mogg 'had no idea' about the border in Ireland, according to former Irish prime minister. thecanary.co Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg doesn't understand the Irish border. Ahern was speaking at a Women in Media conference when he made the comments.

Nick Alexandrov (2019-04-29). Trump on the Border: More of the Same. counterpunch.org Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history. More

Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-26). New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol. splcenter.org Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-26). Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants. shadowproof.com In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.

Bill Blum (2019-04-25). Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants? progressive.org The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Student migrant faces deportation. greenleft.org.au Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions. democracynow.org The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…

CJ Baker (2019-04-24). Protest Song Of The Week: 'All Some Kind Of Dream' By Josh Ritter. shadowproof.com Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In "All Some Kind Of Dream," addressing Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

splcenter (2019-04-23). SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. splcenter.org In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Charges Dropped for U. of Arizona Students Who Called Border Patrol "Murder Patrol" at Campus Event. democracynow.org Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents "Murder Patrol" and an "extension of the KKK." All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the "Arizona Three." She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and an…

Bonpane Family (2019-04-22). Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing. liberationnews.org Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.

splcenter (2019-04-19). Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana. splcenter.org Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities.

Joshua Cho (2019-04-18). Outlets Denounced as 'Enemies of People' Still Promote Trump's Anti-Immigrant Narratives. fair.org If you keep up with all the various xenophobic "crises" and "threats" propagated by corporate media—depicting the United States as an overwhelmed nation, besieged by teeming swarms of scheming foreigners intent on stealing jobs and seizing scarce public benefits from across the southern border—you'll recall that the United States has apparently been under "invasion" …

2019-04-30: Social Media Postees

Syriza government authorises mass evictions of refugees and asylum seekers
wsws.org | 2019-04-30
The Syriza government has been at the forefront of cracking down on refugees as part of the European Union's anti-immigrant agenda.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/30/gree…

'The Statue of Liberty Is Not a Toll Booth': Outrage as Trump Moves to Impose Fees on Asylum Seekers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-30
"Charging asylum application fees puts a dollar amount on helping migrants escape persecution. It is pure villainy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/30/statue-…

Demographic Crisis: Russia to Facilitate the Granting of Russian Citizenship to Ukrainians
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-30
President Putin's proposal to make it easier for all Ukrainians to receive Russian citizenship represents a bold effort to court his country's civilizationally similar neighbors as "replacement migrants" and will lead to a competition with Russia's historical rival Poland for …
globalresearch.ca/russia-competing-polan…

Dallas celebrates May Day 2019
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-30
Dallas, TX – About 50 people gathered in Lake Cliff Park in Oak Cliff, Dallas to celebrate International Workers Day. The theme of the celebration was the resurgence of the strike in labor organizing, and recent victories for workers, such as the teachers' strikes. | Organizations present at the celebration included Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Migrante USA, Communist Party USA, Trans Pride Initiative, Communications Workers of America, International Marxist Tendency, and Workers World Party. Jo Hargis was the emcee of the celebration. The celebration opened with D…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/29/dallas-celeb…

Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration
splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/30/court-cert…

Venezuela Activates Plan against Irregular Groups in Tachira
plenglish.com | 2019-04-30
Caracas, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The political protector of the Venezuelan State in Tachira, Freddy Bernal, on Tuesday announced the implementation of a plan to neutralize and dismantle active criminal groups on the border with Colombia.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

US government tries to distance itself from border militia
wsws.org | 2019-04-30
The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/30/hopk…

We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out
aclu.org | 2019-04-30
ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…
aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/privacy…

Trump on the Border: More of the Same
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-30
Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history. This border policy, as spelled out this month,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/30/trump-on-the…

Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-29
Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The calls for action were mounting. It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage. By the end of the month, hundreds of protests were planned in towns and cities across the country. As the plans moved forward, others took notice. | In the days leading up to the protests, a private intelligence company that works with the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the activity on the ground. Documents shared with The Intercept by the American Immigration Council, obtained through a fr…
theintercept.com/2019/04/29/family-separ…

Justin Trudeau Refers to Japan as China Twice
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-29
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confused Japan with China two times in front of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. | RELATED: | Video: Pro-Trump Fox News Refers to 3 Central American Nations as 'Mexican Countries' | "What a pleasure it is to welcome Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of di…
telesurenglish.net/news/Video-Justin-Tru…

Trump on the Border: More of the Same
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-29
Trump's critics call him a liar, immoral, authoritarian, someone who rejects American traditions. And he is all of these but the last, his border policy makes clear. His proposed measures are not innovative in their cruelty. They both echo established practice in the border zone, and reinforce trends ingrained in U.S. history.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/29/trump-on-the…

Jacob Rees-Mogg 'had no idea' about the border in Ireland, according to former Irish prime minister
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-29
Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg doesn't understand the Irish border. Ahern was speaking at a Women in Media conference when he made the comments.
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/04/29/jacob-rees-mogg-had-no-idea-about-the-border-in-ireland-according-to-former-irish-prime-minister/

New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol
Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-04-26
Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/26/new-m…

Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-26
In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/26/appeals-court…

Student migrant faces deportation
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Students, unionists and community members protested outside the immigration department on April 11 against the threatened deportation of Kinley Wangchuck, an 18-year-old hearing-impaired student who lives in Queanbeyan, NSW. | Wangchuck's family, who have lived in Australia for 7 years and are seeking permanent residency, was told in early April that their son did not meet Australia's migration health requirements and had to be deported as otherwise he would be a "financial burden" on the country. | Will Edwards from the National Union of Students (NUS) Disabilities Department called the protest, which als…
greenleft.org.au/content/student-migrant-faces-deportation

Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants?
Bill Blum | progressive.org | 2019-04-25
The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.
progressive.org/dispatches/unequal-justi…

Protest Song Of The Week: 'All Some Kind Of Dream' By Josh Ritter
CJ Baker | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In "All Some Kind Of Dream," addressing Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/protest-song-…

Supreme Court Appears Set to OK Census Citizenship Question Despite Risk of Undercounting Millions
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Voting rights activists fear that adding the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census and lead to a vast undercount in states with large immigrant communities. Census officials have estimated 6.5 million people will not respond to the census if the citizenship question is added. This undercount could affect everything from the redrawing of congressional maps to the allocation of federal funding. The case centers on whether Commerce Secre…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/a_threat_…

Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/right_win…

SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border
splcenter.org | 2019-04-23
In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/23/splc-answe…

Charges Dropped for U. of Arizona Students Who Called Border Patrol "Murder Patrol" at Campus Event
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
Authorities at the University of Arizona in Tucson have dropped charges against three students who held a nonviolent protest against Border Patrol agents speaking on their campus. During the March 19 protest, the students called border agents "Murder Patrol" and an "extension of the KKK." All three students were charged with misdemeanors. On Friday, motions to dismiss the charges were granted after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups led a campaign on behalf of the students. We speak with Mariel Bustamante, one of the "Arizona Three." She is a graduating senior who is double-majoring in law and an…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/charges_d…

Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing
Bonpane Family | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.
liberationnews.org/statement-of-the-fami…

Weekend Read: Cuban asylum seekers detained in Louisiana
splcenter.org | 2019-04-19
Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants are locked behind bars in the United States. Many are detained for months, even years, far from their loved ones and communities.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/20/weekend-re…

Outlets Denounced as 'Enemies of People' Still Promote Trump's Anti-Immigrant Narratives
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-04-18
If you keep up with all the various xenophobic "crises" and "threats" propagated by corporate media–depicting the United States as an overwhelmed nation, besieged by teeming swarms of scheming foreigners intent on stealing jobs and seizing scarce public benefits from across the southern border–you'll recall that the United States has apparently been under "invasion" …
fair.org/home/outlets-denounced-as-enemi…