Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

2019-05-14: News Headlines

Fight Back (2019-05-14). Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-14). No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border. theintercept.com As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.

Staff (2019-05-14). The US Is Making Immigrants Pay for Its Red Tape With Asylum Application Fees. truthout.org The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they've long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States. | As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has represented people seeking asylum for over a decade, I believe this change, which could go into effect as soon as the summer of 2019,…

WSWS Repost (2019-05-14). Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing. indybay.org Under a fascistic government rule targeting immigrants, 108,000 people in the United States face eviction and homelessness.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-14). Objections by Nielsen and Others to Trump Plan for Mass Arrests Were 'Logistical and Technical,' Report Shows, Not Moral or Ethical. commondreams.org "To be clear, the heads of DHS/ICE had no issue with the depravity of the plan, they just wanted it to be better organized." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty. telesurenglish.net Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic head the list of countries in Latin American and the Caribbean facing urban-rural gaps and deep rural inequalities that generate extreme poverty and hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO). | RELATED: | UN Food Org Praises Bolivia's Progress on Poverty, Hunger | The five nations are a priority group that will be part of the fi…

ACLU (2019-05-13). I've Been to Guantanamo. It's No Place for Kids. aclu.org The Administration's proposal of sending immigrant children to Guantanamo Bay is dangerous and inhumane. | Over the last year, the country has been shocked by reports of the inhumane treatment of children and families in immigrant detention. Now, the Trump administration appears to be increasing the scope and severity of its immigrant detention scheme by potentially detaining immigrants at Guantanamo Bay. | News broke last week that the Defense Department awarded a $23 million dollar contract to construct a "Contingency Mass Migra…

Murtaza Hussain (2019-05-13). His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force. theintercept.com Abdikadir Mohamed has been in ICE custody for 17 months, ever since he was flagged by a little known entity called the Tactical Terrorism Response Team.

Gabrielle Crosby and Dylan Citron (2019-05-12). Boston vigil demands end to criminalization of humanitarian aid to migrants. liberationnews.org "Humanitarian aid is never a crime."

Staff (2019-05-12). Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum. therealnews.com Having failed to force the courts to bend to his will, Trump has now resorted to backdoor and covert measures outside of legislation to keep asylum seekers from crossing the border. We speak to Helena Olea of Alianza Americas about the new tactics…

Dan Lieberman (2019-05-12). Does Capitalism Mean War? dissidentvoice.org During the Cold war, the major antagonists, United States and Soviet Union, faced one another at European borders. No military confrontations occurred between them. Their cooperation, in a war to end all wars, had a brief interlude, and succeeding years detected huge losses of lives in endless conflicts. The Cold War atmosphere became a testing …

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-11). We have stolen his land. Now we must steal his limb. mronline.org When the late South African artist Tito Zungu wanted to depict the world of the migrant labourer, he settled on the envelope. It was by infrequent letters that the migrant would be able to be in touch with family — letters dictated to professional letter writers at one end, which would be read out by […] | Source

Zach Campbell (2019-05-11). Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders. theintercept.com The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.

splcenter (2019-05-10). SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum. splcenter.org After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

United Nations (2019-05-10). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more. un.org This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-09). "The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer. theintercept.com U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

James Goodman (2019-05-08). Saying 'No' to Immigrant Detention. progressive.org Private companies want to build new immigrant detention facilities, but communities around Chicago are stopping them in their tracks.

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."

2019-05-14: Social Media Postees

Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-14
Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/13/minneapo…

Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
Under a fascistic government rule targeting immigrants, 108,000 people in the United States face eviction and homelessness.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/13/1882340…

No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/no-more-deat…

The US Is Making Immigrants Pay for Its Red Tape With Asylum Application Fees
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-14
The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they've long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States. | As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has represented people seeking asylum for over a decade, I believe this change, which could go into effect as soon as the summer of 2019,…
truthout.org/articles/the-us-is-making-i…

Objections by Nielsen and Others to Trump Plan for Mass Arrests Were 'Logistical and Technical,' Report Shows, Not Moral or Ethical
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
"To be clear, the heads of DHS/ICE had no issue with the depravity of the plan, they just wanted it to be better organized." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/14/objecti…

Rural Colombia and Central America Facing Hunger and Poverty
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic head the list of countries in Latin American and the Caribbean facing urban-rural gaps and deep rural inequalities that generate extreme poverty and hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO). | RELATED: | UN Food Org Praises Bolivia's Progress on Poverty, Hunger | The five nations are a priority group that will be part of the fi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Rural-Colombia-a…

I've Been to Guantanamo. It's No Place for Kids
aclu.org | 2019-05-13
The Administration's proposal of sending immigrant children to Guantanamo Bay is dangerous and inhumane. | Over the last year, the country has been shocked by reports of the inhumane treatment of children and families in immigrant detention. Now, the Trump administration appears to be increasing the scope and severity of its immigrant detention scheme by potentially detaining immigrants at Guantanamo Bay. | News broke last week that the Defense Department awarded a $23 million dollar contract to construct a "Contingency Mass Migra…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/detentio…

His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
Abdikadir Mohamed has been in ICE custody for 17 months, ever since he was flagged by a little known entity called the Tactical Terrorism Response Team.
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/customs-bord…

Boston vigil demands end to criminalization of humanitarian aid to migrants
Gabrielle Crosby and Dylan Citron | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-12
"Humanitarian aid is never a crime."
liberationnews.org/boston-vigil-demands-…

Does Capitalism Mean War?
Dan Lieberman | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
During the Cold war, the major antagonists, United States and Soviet Union, faced one another at European borders. No military confrontations occurred between them. Their cooperation, in a war to end all wars, had a brief interlude, and succeeding years detected huge losses of lives in endless conflicts. The Cold War atmosphere became a testing …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/does-capitali…

Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Having failed to force the courts to bend to his will, Trump has now resorted to backdoor and covert measures outside of legislation to keep asylum seekers from crossing the border. We speak to Helena Olea of Alianza Americas about the new tactics…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-new-polic…

We have stolen his land. Now we must steal his limb
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-11
When the late South African artist Tito Zungu wanted to depict the world of the migrant labourer, he settled on the envelope. It was by infrequent letters that the migrant would be able to be in touch with family — letters dictated to professional letter writers at one end, which would be read out by […] | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/11/we-have-stolen-h…

Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders
Zach Campbell | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/drones-artif…

SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/10/splc-argue…

Workers rally around the world for May Day
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-rally-around-world-may-day

Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1…

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

"The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/asylum-borde…

Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-ratchets-anti-immigrant-campaign

Saying 'No' to Immigrant Detention
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2019-05-08
Private companies want to build new immigrant detention facilities, but communities around Chicago are stopping them in their tracks.
progressive.org/dispatches/saying-no-to-…

Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/03/splc-actio…