2019-01-17: News Headlines

splcenter (2019-01-17). SPLC criticizes judge's denial of bond for journalist whose work challenged ICE. splcenter.org The SPLC criticized an immigration judge's decision today to deny bond for Spanish-language journalist Manuel Duran.

Paige Corich-Kleim (2019-01-17). Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving. zcomm.org An interview on how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border…

STAFF (2019-01-17). Government Mistakenly Wanted to Deport U.S. Veteran, Says ACLU. truthdig.com DETROIT — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. | Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. | "Why did they think he was a noncitizen? Did they get him confused with someone else? Who knows," ACLU attorney Miriam Aukerman sai…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Car Bomb Explodes in Colombia Police Barracks, 10 Dead. telesurenglish.net A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota Thursday, killing at least ten people and wounding about 65, authorities said. | RELATED | Colombia: Campesino Boy Killed, Locals Point to Paramilitary | The bomb went off at the General Santander Police Academy in the south of the capital, Mayor Enrique Penalosa told reporters. | The Defense Ministry put the death toll at nine. Authorities did not immediately say if the dead and wounded were police or civilians.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). US gov't shutdown: How long? Who is affected? Why did it begin?>. aljazeera.com The partial gov't shutdown centres on Trump's request for over $5bn in border wall funding, a demand Democrats oppose.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Undeterred by tightened borders, Honduran caravan continues to US. aljazeera.com More than 1,800 Central Americans continue to make their way through Guatemala in search of better life in the US.

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Honduran refugees await papers in Mexico as new caravan arrives. aljazeera.com Thousands, many fleeing political persecution and violence, wait for refugee papers as new caravan crosses Mexico border…

STAFF (2019-01-17). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Condemns Shutdown in Stirring Address. truthdig.com Using her first floor speech as a member of Congress to highlight the severe financial pain and insecurity the government shutdown has caused for millions of ordinary Americans, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday castigated President Donald Trump for holding "800,000 workers' paychecks hostage" and argued that the record-long lapse in federal funding…

Matt Johnson (2019-01-17). The Wall Already Exists — In Our Hearts and Minds. counterpunch.org My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd's The Wall. It should be re-released given the current (manufactured) crisis. I'm not surprised that Roger Waters is planning a show on the border to protest Trump's continued government shutdown over funding for an ill-defined barrier that has come to represent everything wrong with his presidency: More

STAFF (2019-01-17). Trump Administration Likely Split Up Thousands More Migrant Families. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — It seems likely that thousands more migrant children were split from their families than the Trump administration has acknowledged, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday. | It's unclear just how many family separations occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border. Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with caring for migrant children, did not adequately track them until after a judge ruled that children must be reunited with their families, according to the…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Thousands of Hondurans, Salvadorans En Route to United States. telesurenglish.net At least 150 Salvadoran migrants departed in a group for the United States Wednesday, the latest in a string of such 'caravans that U.S. President Donald Trump has used to build his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. | RELATED | Trump Gov't Separated 'Thousands' More Immigrant Children Than Originally Reported: Watchdog | The group, organized through social media, is following in the wake of a larger caravan that departed from Honduras this w…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). US Separated 'Thousands' More Immigrant Children: Watchdog. telesurenglish.net The U.S. government may have separated "thousands" more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | US Authorities Blame Parents For Migrant Kids' Deaths | The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 that were included as part of a c…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-01-17). The Left Needs to Resist Anti-Immigrant Initiatives From Within its Ranks. thenation.com The Left Needs to Resist Anti-Immigrant Initiatives From Within its Ranks…

Robert C. Koehler (2019-01-17). What About Open Borders? commondreams.org While borders, just as any lines of definition, have a purpose, I fear that purpose is trivialized, mocked and ultimately obliterated by their militarized overprotection, which comes at a cost that we pay and a cost that we do not pay. (Photo: Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Palestine Rejects US Peace Draft on Shared Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) responding to multiple reports of a United States-drafted Peace Plan, said that "any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state — with all of East Jerusalem as its capital — on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail." | RELATED: | Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership | The U.S. Israel-Palestinian plan will reportedly propose that Jerusalem be divided into territories, designating some annexed Palestine regio…

aljazeera (2019-01-17). US may have separated 'thousands more' migrant children: Audit. aljazeera.com Owing to inadequate record-keeping, the exact number of children separated from families is still unknown.

Bill Bigelow (2019-01-17). Tax the Rich, Fight the Climate Crisis. commondreams.org Khanh Pham, manager of immigrant organizing at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, speaks at a Portland Clean Energy Initiative rally in 2018. (Photo: Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Initiative) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Colombia: Campesino Boy Killed, Locals Point to Paramilitary. telesurenglish.net Gruesome images coming out of Colombia show a child in the rural area of San Jose de Apartado in the north of Colombia in the department of Antioquia lying dead, another in a long string of murders that continues to shake Colombia's rural areas increasingly victimized by violent paramilitary groups. | RELATED | Duque: Colombia Will Create Prosur To Replace Unasur | The child, Deimer Usuga, was found dead in the afternoon of Jan. 16, lying by a sidewalk in front of a military base in the com…

Julia Conley (2019-01-17). "Monsters Leading America": Thousands More Children Locked Up Than Reported. theantimedia.com (CD) — Confirming the fears of human rights groups, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Thursday that thousands more children were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration, long before it first publicly unveiled the family separation policy last spring. "The total …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-01-17). As Trial Starts for Border Humanitarian Volunteers, New Documents Reveal Federal Bureaucrats' Obsession With Stopping Activists. theintercept.com The activists are on trial for leaving lifesaving supplies along a deadly migrant route — or what the government considers "littering."

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). US: Central Americans Have a Legal Right to Seek Asylum. hrw.org | | Honduran migrants rest in the main square of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. | © 2018 Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images | (Washington, DC) — Central American refugees fleeing for their lives have a right to seek asylum in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. The Trump administration uses fearmongering to…

WSWS (2019-01-17). Yellow vest protests expose right-wing politics of Germany's Left Party. wsws.org After initially denouncing the "yellow vest" protests, Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht has sought to stamp her right-wing, anti-immigrant policies on the movement.

WSWS (2019-01-17). Pentagon extends troop deployment at Mexican border until September. wsws.org The Trump administration is increasing its repressive measures against immigrants, including doubling the capacity of an immigrant detention center for youth in Homestead, Florida.

WSWS (2019-01-17). Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border. wsws.org At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism—the capitalist class and the working class—are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-17). 'We Have Monsters Leading America': Trump's DHS Locked Up More Children Than Previously Known. commondreams.org Confirming the fears of human rights groups, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Thursday that thousands more children were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration, long before it unveiled its official family separation policy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Janine Jackson (2019-01-16). 'US Administrations Have Been Intervening in Venezuela Since at Least the Early 2000s' – CounterSpin interview with Alexander Main on Maduro's reelection. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Alexander Main about the Nicolás Maduro re-election for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2019-01-16). How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes? counterpunch.org "Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal'sdysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million— either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) Those workers are migrants to Arab Gulf States, Malaysia and India. Their remittances, supporting millions of families More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-16). The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba. zcomm.org For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…

pip.hinman (2019-01-16). #SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee. greenleft.org.au Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving Aid to Migrants Crossing Sonoran Desert. democracynow.org As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history heads into its 25th day and President Trump continues to crack down on immigrants, we look at how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border. In Tucson, Arizona, activists with the humanitarian group No More Deaths go to trial today facing charges for a slew of federal crimes, all due to their efforts to leave water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. The charges were filed last year in January, just a week after No More Deaths published a report accusi…

Yohuru Williams (2019-01-15). Martin Luther King and 'God's Children' on Both Sides of the Border Wall. progressive.org What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of Donald Trump's border wall? King's visit to the Berlin Wall in 1964 makes it clear.

Janine Jackson (2019-01-15). 'DC Has Been Consistently Out of Touch With the Reality of the Borderlands' – CounterSpin interview with Debbie Weingarten on the already existing border wall. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Debbie Weingarten about the already existing border wall for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

ACLU (2019-01-15). Court Blocks Trump's Plan to Add a Citizenship Question to 2020 Census. aclu.org A federal judge has ruled that the citizenship question violated federal law. | A federal court has blocked the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, stating that it constitutes an "egregious" violation of federal law. The ruling deals a serious blow to the administration's plan to use the 2020 census to attack the financial and political resources of immigrants and communities of color. | In a decision released Tuesday, Judge Jesse M. Furman deter…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Headlines for January 15, 2019. democracynow.org Over 30,000 Los Angeles Teachers Walk Out in First Strike in 30 Years, Barr Pledges to Protect Mueller Probe as He Faces Senate AG Hearings, NYC Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike, Feel Effect of Gov't Shutdown, Poland Mayor, Defender of Immigrant Rights, Dies After Public Stabbing, Afghanistan: Taliban Car Bomb Kills 5, Injures Over 100, Afghanistan: New Defense Minister Accused of War Crimes, Human Rights Abuses, Brexit: Lawmakers Set to Vote on Contested Brexit Deal, Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Trump's Birth Control Restrictions Nationwide, Justice Ginsburg Declared Cancer-Free, Reviews SCOTUS Cases from Home, SCOTUS…

kathy_f (2019-01-15). Trump pushes racist wall, but Democrats push racist cruelty too. greenleft.org.au When Donald Trump first announced he was running in the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, he signaled that his campaign would rely heavily on anti-Mexican racism, racism against all non-whites, anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia. | Part of this was his oft-repeated pledge to "build a wall" between the US and Mexico to keep out immigrants from Central America and Mexico. He slandered these migrants as rapists, murderers, thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers and more. | That a person with such open racism was even able to be a candidate for the most powerful post in Washington is testimony to ho…

John Washington (2019-01-15). William Barr May Be Worse on Immigration Than Jeff Sessions. theintercept.com Though a lot of attention will be on attorney general nominee William Barr's stance on executive power, and how it could affect the Mueller investigation, during the Senate confirmation hearings starting today, his legacy on immigration also merits strict scrutiny. Since he likely will be confirmed, Barr's hard-line immigration stance, which runs lockstep with President Donald Trump's, may set the stage for a new volley of attacks against immigrants and asylum-seekers. Migrants, attorneys, and advocates should be prepared. | Although former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a hawk as well, Barr has a history of…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum…

ACLU (2019-01-14). William Barr Has a Long History of Abusing Civil Rights and Liberties in the Name of 'National Security'. aclu.org Barr's ideas of secret trials, profiling, and discrimination must face congressional scrutiny during his confirmation hearings. | On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on William Barr's nomination to be the next attorney general of the United States, offering senators an opportunity to scrutinize his record and views. | Such scrutiny is especially crucial in the Trump era. As we've seen throughout his time in office, from imposing the Muslim ban to the recent shutdown fight over border wall funding, President Trump has tried to use "national security" as a pretext to justify discriminator…

Eoin Higgins (2019-01-14). A Shutdown for the 99 Percent, Concierge Government for the 1 Percent. theintercept.com The government shutdown is into its fourth week with no end in sight. President Donald Trump started the crisis on December 22 by refusing to sign a funding bill unless it contained money for his southern border wall. | A wide range of interests across the economic spectrum are jeopardized. But not all interests are suffering equally: Wealthier and more powerful interest groups have been granted preference by the government. | Over Christmas, the shutdown threatened to stop the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, from issuing flood insurance certificates. According to federal law, FEMA must provide floo…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-13). Migrant Caravan refugees respond to Trump's wall speech. therealnews.com After Trump's speech about the government shut down and funding for the wall, The Real News spoke with refugees waiting in Tijuana. Here's what they said

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Headlines for January 11, 2019. democracynow.org Protests Target Shutdown as Federal Employees Miss First Paycheck, Trump May Raid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Wall, Protesters Gather on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border as Trump Visits, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill to Fund Government, Study Finds Oceans Are Absorbing Far More Heat Than Previously Known, Pentagon Says It's Withdrawing from Syria as Turkey Readies Invasion, In Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State Rebukes Obama and Threatens Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder an "Atrocity", Protests Outside Supreme Court Demand Closure of Guantánamo Prison…

James Goodman (2019-01-11). The Scott Warren Case is Part of a Crackdown on Aid to Migrants. progressive.org He offered food, water, and clothing to migrants on a deadly stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. Now he's facing twenty years in prison. Humanitarian groups fear the situation will only get worse.

Mark Fiore (2019-01-11). An Address from the Xenophobe in Chief. progressive.org Trump has proved a master at conflating illegal immigration (which is way down) with asylum claims made by families escaping violence in Central America.

CounterSpin (2019-01-11). Debbie Weingarten on the Borderlands, Alexander Main on Maduro's Reelection. fair.org Media…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Out of Shutdown Negotiations After "Temper Tantrum", Unions for Federal Workers to Protest as Shutdown Enters 20th Day, Donald Trump Jr. Compares Immigrants to Zoo Animals, Trump Nominates Ex-Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as Permanent EPA Head, Congo: Felix Tshisekedi Declared Provisional President-Elect, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets Egyptian Leader el-Sisi, Campaigners Mark 100 Days Since Jamal Khashoggi's Assassination, After Weeks Stranded at Sea, Asylum Seekers Granted Access to Malta, Lebanon: Winter Storms Bring Death and Misery to Syrian Refugees, Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Ex-Manag…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). From EPA to TSA, Agencies Devoted to Nation's Health and Safety Are Going Unfunded During Shutdown. democracynow.org The partial government shutdown has entered its 20th day. On Saturday, it will become the longest shutdown in U.S. history if a deal is not reached. President Trump reportedly stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday after they refused to back a deal to fund a wall on the southern border. Schumer accused Trump of throwing a temper tantrum. Trump described the meeting as a "total waste of time." We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. The group just released a report titled "As Shutdown Drags On, Agencies Devoted to Consumer and…

Reed Richardson (2019-01-10). Corporate Press Stoops to Absurdity to Balance Trump's Border Wall Lies – Factcheck false equivalence, the sequel. fair.org Last month, FAIR ( 12/7/18) examined the absurd false equivalence that some factchecking sites, including the Washington Post's Fact-Checker, sometimes engage in by comparing imprecise or accidental misstatements by left-wing politicians with the unprecedented and willful lies and conspiracy theories emanating from the current occupant of the Oval Office. | Coincidentally, the Post rolled out a new, even more extreme "Bottomless Pinocchios" rating ( 12/10/18)—which only…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Public Citizen: Frightening Prospect If an Authoritarian Like Trump Declares State of Emergency. democracynow.org President Trump says that he will likely declare a national emergency over the border wall if negotiations over the government shutdown continue. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The Congress has given the president quite a bit of authority to declare emergencies with terms that are almost unbounded," Weissman says. "Congress has always expected, and society has always expected, that presidents wouldn't abuse that authority recklessly, declaring emergencies just because they want to. We obviously have a president now who has no such constraints."

splcenter (2019-01-08). In speech tonight, Trump won't talk about the real crisis — asylum seekers being denied rights under U.S. law. splcenter.org We expect President Trump's speech tonight to be filled with more falsehoods demonizing migrants who are seeking refuge.

Nick R. Martin (2019-01-02). Patriot Movement AZ founder: Yes, I'm 'pretty hateful'. splcenter.org Lesa Antone, the founder of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ), said this weekend on an internet radio show that she's "feeling pretty hateful right now."

2019-01-17: Social Media Postees

Undeterred by tightened borders, Honduran caravan continues to US
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
More than 1,800 Central Americans continue to make their way through Guatemala in search of better life in the US.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/undeterred-ti…

Trump Administration Likely Split Up Thousands More Migrant Families
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
WASHINGTON — It seems likely that thousands more migrant children were split from their families than the Trump administration has acknowledged, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government watchdog said Thursday. | It's unclear just how many family separations occurred at the U.S.-Mexico border. Health and Human Services, the agency tasked with caring for migrant children, did not adequately track them until after a judge ruled that children must be reunited with their families, according to the…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-administrati…

Tax the Rich, Fight the Climate Crisis
Bill Bigelow | commondreams.org | 2019-01-17
Khanh Pham, manager of immigrant organizing at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, speaks at a Portland Clean Energy Initiative rally in 2018. (Photo: Rick Rappaport / Portland Clean Energy Initiative) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/17/tax-ri…

US gov't shutdown: How long? Who is affected? Why did it begin?>
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
The partial gov't shutdown centres on Trump's request for over $5bn in border wall funding, a demand Democrats oppose.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/gov-shutdown-…

Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving
Paige Corich-Kleim | zcomm.org | 2019-01-17
An interview on how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/arizona-activists-…

Government Mistakenly Wanted to Deport U.S. Veteran, Says ACLU
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
DETROIT — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. | Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun County after personal records were provided to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. | "Why did they think he was a noncitizen? Did they get him confused with someone else? Who knows," ACLU attorney Miriam Aukerman sai…
truthdig.com/articles/government-mistake…

Colombia: Campesino Boy Killed, Locals Point to Paramilitary
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Gruesome images coming out of Colombia show a child in the rural area of San Jose de Apartado in the north of Colombia in the department of Antioquia lying dead, another in a long string of murders that continues to shake Colombia's rural areas increasingly victimized by violent paramilitary groups. | RELATED | Duque: Colombia Will Create Prosur To Replace Unasur | The child, Deimer Usuga, was found dead in the afternoon of Jan. 16, lying by a sidewalk in front of a military base in the com…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Campesi…

The Wall Already Exists — In Our Hearts and Minds
Matt Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
My favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd's The Wall. It should be re-released given the current (manufactured) crisis. I'm not surprised that Roger Waters is planning a show on the border to protest Trump's continued government shutdown over funding for an ill-defined barrier that has come to represent everything wrong with his presidency:…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/the-wall-alr…

Car Bomb Explodes in Colombia Police Barracks, 10 Dead
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota Thursday, killing at least ten people and wounding about 65, authorities said. | RELATED | Colombia: Campesino Boy Killed, Locals Point to Paramilitary | The bomb went off at the General Santander Police Academy in the south of the capital, Mayor Enrique Penalosa told reporters. | The Defense Ministry put the death toll at nine. Authorities did not immediately say if the dead and wounded were police or civilians.
telesurenglish.net/news/Car-Bomb-Explode…

What About Open Borders?
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2019-01-17
While borders, just as any lines of definition, have a purpose, I fear that purpose is trivialized, mocked and ultimately obliterated by their militarized overprotection, which comes at a cost that we pay and a cost that we do not pay. (Photo: Reuters) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/17/what-a…

US may have separated 'thousands more' migrant children: Audit
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Owing to inadequate record-keeping, the exact number of children separated from families is still unknown.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/separated-tho…

Honduran refugees await papers in Mexico as new caravan arrives
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Thousands, many fleeing political persecution and violence, wait for refugee papers as new caravan crosses Mexico border…
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/hondurans-ref…

Thousands of Hondurans, Salvadorans En Route to United States
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
At least 150 Salvadoran migrants departed in a group for the United States Wednesday, the latest in a string of such 'caravans that U.S. President Donald Trump has used to build his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. | RELATED | Trump Gov't Separated 'Thousands' More Immigrant Children Than Originally Reported: Watchdog | The group, organized through social media, is following in the wake of a larger caravan that departed from Honduras this w…
telesurenglish.net/news/Thousands-of-Hon…

SPLC criticizes judge's denial of bond for journalist whose work challenged ICE
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-17
The SPLC criticized an immigration judge's decision today to deny bond for Spanish-language journalist Manuel Duran.
splcenter.org/news/2019/01/17/splc-criti…

Palestine Rejects US Peace Draft on Shared Jerusalem
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) responding to multiple reports of a United States-drafted Peace Plan, said that "any peace plan that does not include an independent Palestinian state — with all of East Jerusalem as its capital — on the 1967 borders, is destined to fail." | RELATED: | Palestinians Launch Bid for Full UN Membership | The U.S. Israel-Palestinian plan will reportedly propose that Jerusalem be divided into territories, designating some annexed Palestine regio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Palestine-Reject…

US Separated 'Thousands' More Immigrant Children: Watchdog
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
The U.S. government may have separated "thousands" more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | US Authorities Blame Parents For Migrant Kids' Deaths | The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 that were included as part of a c…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Govt-Separ…

The Left Needs to Resist Anti-Immigrant Initiatives From Within its Ranks
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-01-17
The Left Needs to Resist Anti-Immigrant Initiatives From Within its Ranks…
thenation.com/article/left-immigration-l…

"Monsters Leading America": Thousands More Children Locked Up Than Reported
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(CD) — Confirming the fears of human rights groups, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Thursday that thousands more children were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration, long before it first publicly unveiled the family separation policy last spring. "The total …

"Monsters Leading America": Thousands More Children Locked Up Than Reported

As Trial Starts for Border Humanitarian Volunteers, New Documents Reveal Federal Bureaucrats' Obsession With Stopping Activists
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-01-17
The activists are on trial for leaving lifesaving supplies along a deadly migrant route — or what the government considers "littering." | The post As Trial Starts for Border Humanitarian Volunteers, New Documents Reveal Federal Bureaucrats' Obsession With Stopping Activists appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/17/no-more-deat…

US: Central Americans Have a Legal Right to Seek Asylum
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Honduran migrants rest in the main square of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. | © 2018 Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images | (Washington, DC) — Central American refugees fleeing for their lives have a right to seek asylum in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. The Trump administration uses fearmongering to…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/us-central-ameri…

Yellow vest protests expose right-wing politics of Germany's Left Party
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
After initially denouncing the "yellow vest" protests, Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht has sought to stamp her right-wing, anti-immigrant policies on the movement.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/17/left…

Pentagon extends troop deployment at Mexican border until September
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
The Trump administration is increasing its repressive measures against immigrants, including doubling the capacity of an immigrant detention center for youth in Homestead, Florida.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/17/bord…

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism–the capitalist class and the working class–are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.
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'We Have Monsters Leading America': Trump's DHS Locked Up More Children Than Previously Known
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-17
Confirming the fears of human rights groups, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Thursday that thousands more children were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by the Trump administration, long before it unveiled its official family separation policy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…
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Brief History Notes on Mexican Immigration to the U.S
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
The historical ties of Mexican immigrants to the U.S., specifically the Southwest, distinguishes people of Mexican origin from other immigrant groups, especially those from Europe. While Mexican immigrants continue to be demonized and characterized as "criminals," "drug dealers," "rapists," "illegal aliens" and "invaders" by American leaders and millions of white citizens, they have essentially become "foreigners in their own land."
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How Long Can Nepal Blame Others for Its Woes?
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
"Every family has someone outside." Conversations about Nepal'sdysfunctional economy invariably lead to its four million citizens, mainly young men, working abroad. (Some say they number seven million– either way, a sizable slice in a population of 28 million.) Those workers are migrants to Arab Gulf States, Malaysia and India. Their remittances, supporting millions of families…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/how-long-can…

#SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…
greenleft.org.au/content/savehakeem-stop-deportation-bahraini-refugee-0

'DC Has Been Consistently Out of Touch With the Reality of the Borderlands' – CounterSpin interview with Debbie Weingarten on the already existing border wall
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-01-15
Janine Jackson interviewed Debbie Weingarten about the already existing border wall for the January 11, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/dc-has-been-consistently-o…

Court Blocks Trump's Plan to Add a Citizenship Question to 2020 Census
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-15
A federal judge has ruled that the citizenship question violated federal law. | A federal court has blocked the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, stating that it constitutes an "egregious" violation of federal law. The ruling deals a serious blow to the administration's plan to use the 2020 census to attack the financial and political resources of immigrants and communities of color. | In a decision released Tuesday, Judge Jesse M. Furman deter…
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Martin Luther King and 'God's Children' on Both Sides of the Border Wall
Yohuru Williams | progressive.org | 2019-01-15
What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of Donald Trump's border wall? King's visit to the Berlin Wall in 1964 makes it clear.
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Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving Aid to Migrants Crossing Sonoran Desert
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-15
As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history heads into its 25th day and President Trump continues to crack down on immigrants, we look at how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border. In Tucson, Arizona, activists with the humanitarian group No More Deaths go to trial today facing charges for a slew of federal crimes, all due to their efforts to leave water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. The charges were filed last year in January, just a week after No More Deaths published a report accusi…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/15/arizona_a…

Trump pushes racist wall, but Democrats push racist cruelty too
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-15
When Donald Trump first announced he was running in the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, he signaled that his campaign would rely heavily on anti-Mexican racism, racism against all non-whites, anti-immigrant xenophobia and Islamophobia. | Part of this was his oft-repeated pledge to "build a wall" between the US and Mexico to keep out immigrants from Central America and Mexico. He slandered these migrants as rapists, murderers, thieves, drug dealers, sex traffickers and more. | That a person with such open racism was even able to be a candidate for the most powerful post in Washington is testimony to ho…
greenleft.org.au/content/trump-pushes-racist-wall-democrats-push-racist-cruelty-too

William Barr May Be Worse on Immigration Than Jeff Sessions
John Washington | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Though a lot of attention will be on attorney general nominee William Barr's stance on executive power, and how it could affect the Mueller investigation, during the Senate confirmation hearings starting today, his legacy on immigration also merits strict scrutiny. Since he likely will be confirmed, Barr's hard-line immigration stance, which runs lockstep with President Donald Trump's, may set the stage for a new volley of attacks against immigrants and asylum-seekers. Migrants, attorneys, and advocates should be prepared. | Although former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a hawk as well, Barr has a history of…
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William Barr Has a Long History of Abusing Civil Rights and Liberties in the Name of 'National Security'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-14
Barr's ideas of secret trials, profiling, and discrimination must face congressional scrutiny during his confirmation hearings. | On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on William Barr's nomination to be the next attorney general of the United States, offering senators an opportunity to scrutinize his record and views. | Such scrutiny is especially crucial in the Trump era. As we've seen throughout his time in office, from imposing the Muslim ban to the recent shutdown fight over border wall funding, President Trump has tried to use "national security" as a pretext to justify discriminator…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/william-…

A Shutdown for the 99 Percent, Concierge Government for the 1 Percent
Eoin Higgins | theintercept.com | 2019-01-14
The government shutdown is into its fourth week with no end in sight. President Donald Trump started the crisis on December 22 by refusing to sign a funding bill unless it contained money for his southern border wall. | A wide range of interests across the economic spectrum are jeopardized. But not all interests are suffering equally: Wealthier and more powerful interest groups have been granted preference by the government. | Over Christmas, the shutdown threatened to stop the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, from issuing flood insurance certificates. According to federal law, FEMA must provide floo…
theintercept.com/2019/01/14/government-s…

Migrant Caravan refugees respond to Trump's wall speech
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-13
After Trump's speech about the government shut down and funding for the wall, The Real News spoke with refugees waiting in Tijuana. Here's what they said | The post Migrant Caravan refugees respond to Trump's wall speech appeared first on The Real News Network.
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An Address from the Xenophobe in Chief
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2019-01-11
Trump has proved a master at conflating illegal immigration (which is way down) with asylum claims made by families escaping violence in Central America.
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Debbie Weingarten on the Borderlands, Alexander Main on Maduro's Reelection
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-01-11
Media…
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The Scott Warren Case is Part of a Crackdown on Aid to Migrants
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2019-01-11
He offered food, water, and clothing to migrants on a deadly stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. Now he's facing twenty years in prison. Humanitarian groups fear the situation will only get worse.
progressive.org/dispatches/crackdown-on-…

Corporate Press Stoops to Absurdity to Balance Trump's Border Wall Lies – Factcheck false equivalence, the sequel
Reed Richardson | fair.org | 2019-01-10
Last month, FAIR ( 12/7/18) examined the absurd false equivalence that some factchecking sites, including the Washington Post's Fact-Checker, sometimes engage in by comparing imprecise or accidental misstatements by left-wing politicians with the unprecedented and willful lies and conspiracy theories emanating from the current occupant of the Oval Office. | Coincidentally, the Post rolled out a new, even more extreme "Bottomless Pinocchios" rating ( 12/10/18)–which only…
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From EPA to TSA, Agencies Devoted to Nation's Health and Safety Are Going Unfunded During Shutdown
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-10
The partial government shutdown has entered its 20th day. On Saturday, it will become the longest shutdown in U.S. history if a deal is not reached. President Trump reportedly stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday after they refused to back a deal to fund a wall on the southern border. Schumer accused Trump of throwing a temper tantrum. Trump described the meeting as a "total waste of time." We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. The group just released a report titled "As Shutdown Drags On, Agencies Devoted to Consumer and…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/10/from_epa_…

Public Citizen: Frightening Prospect If an Authoritarian Like Trump Declares State of Emergency
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-10
President Trump says that he will likely declare a national emergency over the border wall if negotiations over the government shutdown continue. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The Congress has given the president quite a bit of authority to declare emergencies with terms that are almost unbounded," Weissman says. "Congress has always expected, and society has always expected, that presidents wouldn't abuse that authority recklessly, declaring emergencies just because they want to. We obviously have a president now who has no such constraints."
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/10/public_ci…

In speech tonight, Trump won't talk about the real crisis — asylum seekers being denied rights under U.S. law
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-08
We expect President Trump's speech tonight to be filled with more falsehoods demonizing migrants who are seeking refuge.
splcenter.org/news/2019/01/08/speech-ton…

Patriot Movement AZ founder: Yes, I'm 'pretty hateful'
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-01-02
Lesa Antone, the founder of the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ), said this weekend on an internet radio show that she's "feeling pretty hateful right now."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/02/patri…

SPLC statement on Supreme Court's denial of Trump administration's request to immediately enforce asylum ban
Melissa Crow, Senior Supervising Attorney of the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project | splcenter.org | 2018-12-21
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