2019-07-19: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2019-07-19). Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis. counterpunch.org History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be More

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-19). Community Discussion on Attacks on Immigrants. indybay.org 1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley…

WSWS (2019-07-19). US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups. wsws.org The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-19). Speak out for immigrant rights! indybay.org 16th & Mission BART Plaza…

susan_p (2019-07-19). Venezuela: Trump diverts Central America aid to Guaido as EU threatens more sanctions. greenleft.org.au United States President Donald Trump's administration is reportedly diverting more than US$40 million in aid destined for Central America to the Venezuelan opposition. | According to the Los Angeles Times, a memo from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was handed to Congress on July 11 saying that $41.9 million was being handed to self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido and his team. The memo argued that there is an "exigent" crisis involving US "national…

WSWS (2019-07-19). Socialism 2019: The ex-International Socialist Organization embraces the Democratic Party. wsws.org Amid Trump's threats of war, unprecedented assaults on immigrants and attacks on democratic rights, Jacobin and the ex-leaders of the ISO hosted an event promoting the Democratic Party and American imperialism.

James L Cowan (2019-07-19). The Immigrant Crisis and the Democratic Party. indybay.org Redstone Building (room TBA) 2940 16th St., San Francisco…

pip.hinman (2019-07-19). Dutton's war on democracy. greenleft.org.au With the re-election of the Coalition government, conservatives have become emboldened to intensify their agenda of transferring even more wealth and power to the already dominant at the expense of the rest of us. | One sign of this is the rise in prominence of one the most hard-right figures in the Coalition: home affairs minister Peter Dutton. | Dutton has been at the centre of the Coalition government's efforts to whip up racist scapegoating and strengthen the state's repressive powers, a task for which he was well-prepared by his time in the Queensland police. | In 2014, he was appointed immigration minister…

teleSUR (2019-07-18). 4 Sentenced For Murder of Bolivian Government Minister. telesurenglish.net 4 cooperative miners have been handed jail sentences for their involvement in the murder of Bolivian government minister Rodolfo Illanes in 2016. The 4 were part of anti-government protests against a mining law which they say benefited union miners over 'cooperative' ones. | RELATED: | Evo Gives Free Modern Farming Equipment to Bolivian Campesinos | On Thursday, Rene Cochi Trujillo, Silvestre Flores Ruiz, Carlos Castro Manuel y Julián Pinto Condori were each handed 5 y…

Albert Bender (2019-07-18). Nashville: Hundreds demand immediate closing of concentration camps. peoplesworld.org NASHVILLE, Tenn.—It was a hot, muggy Southern evening as some 500 supporters gathered on June 12 to protest the concentration camps holding children and adult men and women in unspeakable conditions on the border. The national protest was spearheaded by Lights for Liberty, a coalition of progressive forces—many of whom are mothers—dedicated to the fundamental …

Staff (2019-07-18). Saving the Vaquita Porpoise. truthdig.com Crossing the border into Mexicali is like entering a mosh pit of battered vehicles. There are no lanes, no order, drivers seem to merge on faith. My friend Vero and I are searching for an address to pick up something that we are to deliver to the crew of Sea Shepherd, the notorious defenders of the world's oceans. But our GPS is not up to speed; it's only telling us where to go after we've passed our turnoff. A man pushing a food cart motions for me to back up—I'm going down a one-way street the wrong way! | After much circling, reversing and dropped phone calls, someone's tio nods at us, then scans the sid…

Swathi Shanmugasundaram (2019-07-18). John Tanton's Legacy. splcenter.org John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, has left behind a legacy that spawned more than a dozen nativist organizations, driven an anti-immigrant agenda for four decades, and found friends in the White House.

Staff (2019-07-18). Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Are a Voter Suppression Strategy. truthout.org | | Republicans lose when the vote expands. We saw this with the record turnout in the 2018 midterms, and we've seen it in the drop in Republican Party affiliation over time. This is why Republicans are tirelessly devoted to voter ID laws, disenfranchising people caught in the criminal punishment…

United Nations (2019-07-18). Thursday's Daily Brief: Mandela Day, war waning in Yemen? Deadly monsoon rains, zero hunger hopes fade, fifth anniversary of MH17 crash. un.org In today's Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned 'upside down' by monsoon rains; world 'off track' to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues…

Ryan Grim (2019-07-18). Chuck Schumer, in Meeting With Progressive Caucus, Said He Was Surprised House Democrats Waved Through the Senate Border Bill. theintercept.com The Senate minority leader said he had expected the House to pass a stronger bill, after which the two chambers would negotiate a compromise.

Staff (2019-07-18). Democratic Leaders Rake in Corporate Cash as "Squad" Sticks With Small Donors. truthout.org | | This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.In late June, 95 House Democrats voted against a bipartisan bill, supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to fund President Donald Trump's border enforcement operation wi…

Staff (2019-07-18). Jewish Activists of 'Never Again' Action Oppose Immigrant Detention Centers. therealnews.com Molly Amster of Jews United for Justice explains why the concentration camp analogy is more than just rhetoric when it comes to Trump's detention camps and policies…

RT (2019-07-18). 'Crisis in Queens': Immigrant from Jamaica announces Republican challenge to AOC in 2020. rt.com A new contender has entered the ring for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's House seat in New York, vowing to take the young congresswoman's spot in 2020 and condemning her for seeking self-promotion over public service.

Ryan Grim (2019-07-17). Maureen Dowd Asked Rahm Emanuel to Weigh In on an Immigration Debate. His Record Is Abysmal. theintercept.com When it comes to immigration, both the politics and the policy, perhaps no Democrat has been more destructive over the past 25 years than Rahm Emanuel.

Janine Jackson (2019-07-17). 'Journalism Is Helping to Normalize the Concentration Camps' – CounterSpin interview with Arun Gupta on immigration abuses. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Arun Gupta on Trump's concentration camps for the July 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

United Nations (2019-07-17). Wednesday's Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant 'crisis' in Hungary. un.org In today's Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an 'exciting and potentially defining' moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation's needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant 'crisis' in Hungary…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-07-17). Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis. dissidentvoice.org History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be understood …

Staff (2019-07-17). Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals. democracynow.org While online shoppers around the world flocked to Amazon's mega-sale "Prime Day" this week, the retail giant faced growing outrage from protesters, workers and lawmakers for its unsafe working conditions and collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators in Seattle delivered a petition with over 270,000 signatures to Amazon headquarters demanding it stop exploiting workers and cooperating with ICE. Lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilhan Omar, co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration demanding a full investigation into Amazon's wor…

United Nations (2019-07-17). Politicization of migrant 'crisis' in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns. un.org Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its "crisis" approach to the issue.

Ed Sykes (2019-07-17). Places of worship seek to protect people from 'terror' raids launched by Trump. thecanary.co Places of worship across the US are standing up to Donald Trump. In recent days, many have given sanctuary to people at risk from Trump's latest anti-immigration raids. These are targeting roughly 2,000 people without official documentation. Numerous religious figures have criticised Trump for 'terrorising' these people. | Synagogues oppose "cruel, immoral, and inhumane" raids: | On 14 July, New York's Jewish community united to defend families…

splcenter (2019-07-17). SPLC sues Trump administration over new rule that makes migrants who pass through other countries ineligible for asylum. splcenter.org The SPLC and its partners filed a lawsuit and an emergency motion this week seeking to block a new Trump administration rule that categorically bars asylum for migrants who cross the southern border without applying for and being denied asylum in any country that they pass through on their way to the U.S.

Al Neal (2019-07-17). "We need to do more": On the border in Brownsville, Texas. peoplesworld.org People's World correspondent Al Neal is in the field reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you will get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." You will see the women, men, and children impacted by the administration's immigration policies as well as U.S. foreign …

John Washington (2019-07-17). The Migrant Crisis, Through the Eyes of Human Traffickers. thenation.com The Migrant Crisis, Through the Eyes of Human Traffickers…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-17). Venezuelan Campesinos Released After Security Forces Raid. venezuelanalysis.com A prompt mobilization from popular movements managed to secure their release.

RT (2019-07-17). Pentagon to send 2,100 additional troops to Mexican border. rt.com The US Department of Defense will send 2,100 troops to the Mexican border, to bolster the 4,500 military personnel already there. The move comes amid Democratic Party criticism of President Trump's immigration policies. |

Liberation Staff (2019-07-17). Free the children, close the camps. liberationnews.org Trump's racist statements against Mexicans and Central Americans is intended for one purpose: To stir up hatred of immigrants, to mobilize his base and deflect blame away from millionaires and billionaires, who are the real cause of the economic crisis and unemployment.

Staff (2019-07-16). Headlines for July 16, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces Radical Plan to Bar Almost All Migrants from Seeking Asylum at U.S. Border, Squad Rejects Trump's Racist Attacks & Calls for Impeachment as House Plans Resolution to Condemn, Protesters Call for Exit of Puerto Rican Gov. Rosselló After Leaked Text Messages, El Salvador Rape Survivor Being Retried for Homicide for Having Stillbirth, U.N. Report Accuses Venezuela's Special Forces of 1000s of Extrajudicial Killings, Workers and Activists Protest Amazon, Calling for an End to Labor Abuses, Collaboration with ICE, Washington Activist Protesting Immigrant Detention Shot Dead, Historian and Civil Rights…

Staff (2019-07-16). Julián Castro Is Running for President & Supporting Striking Amazon & McDonald's Workers. democracynow.org Amid labor strikes against poor working conditions and low wages for Amazon and McDonald's workers, we speak with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about workers' rights, fair pay and where he stands on foreign policy, from China to Israel.

Megan Klein (2019-07-16). Migrants Are Fleeing Something Worse. progressive.org Clearly, if the appalling conditions in detention centers are an improvement from what they are fleeing, these migrants have a sufficient basis for seeking asylum in the United States.

Fight Back (2019-07-16). Denver marches to close Trump's concentration camps. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Hundreds of protestors marched from the Peoria transit station to the corporate-run GEO Group ICE Processing Center on July 12. The march was led by the Coalition to Close Concentration Camps. The coalition is composed of many local immigrant rights groups and community activists demanding President Trump close the camps. | Marchers chanted, "Close the camps! "Shut it down!" and "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!" They also proudly displayed signs reading "Abolish ICE," "Don't look away" and "Never again is now." One leader spoke about U.S. government intervention in Central Am…

splcenter (2019-07-16). SPLC sues Florida officials over law requiring police to act as ICE agents. splcenter.org The SPLC and its partners sued top Florida officials today over a new state law that requires local police to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Staff (2019-07-16). 2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional. democracynow.org As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border—including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…

United Nations (2019-07-16). UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending 'harrowing migration ordeal'. un.org With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.

John Washington (2019-07-16). "Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule": Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border. theintercept.com A new rule bars asylum for people who passed through another country on the way to the U.S. Advocates call it "plainly illegal."

United Nations (2019-07-16). 'Severe' new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says. un.org Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the 'severe' measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.

Staff (2019-07-16). "What Can We Do About America's Immigration Crisis?" therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (8/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). "Frecia's Story is Very Common in Baltimore" therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (3/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). "What Was the Hardest Part of Leaving Your Home Country?" therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (7/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). After Finding Refuge in the US, Asylum Seekers Now Fear Deportation. therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (2/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). Real Talk Tho: How will Baltimore Respond to Immigration Policy" therealnews.com As Trump Ratchets Up Anti-immigrant Rhetoric, How Will Baltimore Respond? Images of children at the border locked in cages and starving have sparked protests across the country. Meanwhile, President Trump's threats to carry out raids in cities like Baltimore have immigrant communities living in fear of being detained or deported. Do these harsh immigration policies…

Staff (2019-07-16). 'It Requires a Lot of Courage to Share Your Story'. therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (10/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). How Can We Support Migrants at the Border and in Our Communities? therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (6/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). "I Was One of Them" Asylum Seeker Reflects on Her Journey to the US. therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (1/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). Undocumented Workers Have Rights & How the US Destabilized Honduras. therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (9/10)…

Staff (2019-07-16). Migrants Are Escaping Conditions the US Helped Create. therealnews.com Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (4/10)…

2019-07-19: Social Media Postees

Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-19
History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be…
counterpunch.org/2019/07/19/who-killed-oscar-and-valeria-the-inconvenient-history-of-the-refugee-crisis/

The Immigrant Crisis and the Democratic Party
James L Cowan | indybay.org | 2019-07-19
Redstone Building (room TBA) 2940 16th St., San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/18/18824838.php

Dutton's war on democracy
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-19
With the re-election of the Coalition government, conservatives have become emboldened to intensify their agenda of transferring even more wealth and power to the already dominant at the expense of the rest of us. | One sign of this is the rise in prominence of one the most hard-right figures in the Coalition: home affairs minister Peter Dutton. | Dutton has been at the centre of the Coalition government's efforts to whip up racist scapegoating and strengthen the state's repressive powers, a task for which he was well-prepared by his time in the Queensland police. | In 2014, he was appointed immigration minister…
greenleft.org.au/content/resist-duttons-war-democracy

Socialism 2019: The ex-International Socialist Organization embraces the Democratic Party
wsws.org | 2019-07-19
Amid Trump's threats of war, unprecedented assaults on immigrants and attacks on democratic rights, Jacobin and the ex-leaders of the ISO hosted an event promoting the Democratic Party and American imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/19/soci-j19.html

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups
wsws.org | 2019-07-19
The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/19/bord-j19.html

Community Discussion on Attacks on Immigrants
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-07-19
1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/17/18824816.php

Speak out for immigrant rights!
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-07-19
16th & Mission BART Plaza…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/16/18824790.php

Nashville: Hundreds demand immediate closing of concentration camps
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-18
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–It was a hot, muggy Southern evening as some 500 supporters gathered on June 12 to protest the concentration camps holding children and adult men and women in unspeakable conditions on the border. The national protest was spearheaded by Lights for Liberty, a coalition of progressive forces–many of whom are mothers–dedicated to the fundamental …
peoplesworld.org/article/nashville-hundreds-demand-immediate-closing-of-concentration-camps/

4 Sentenced For Murder of Bolivian Government Minister
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-18
4 cooperative miners have been handed jail sentences for their involvement in the murder of Bolivian government minister Rodolfo Illanes in 2016. The 4 were part of anti-government protests against a mining law which they say benefited union miners over 'cooperative' ones. | RELATED: | Evo Gives Free Modern Farming Equipment to Bolivian Campesinos | On Thursday, Rene Cochi Trujillo, Silvestre Flores Ruiz, Carlos Castro Manuel y Julián Pinto Condori were each handed 5 y…
telesurenglish.net/news/4-Sentenced-For-Murder-of-Bolivian-Government-Minister-20190718-0013.html

Thursday's Daily Brief: Mandela Day, war waning in Yemen? Deadly monsoon rains, zero hunger hopes fade, fifth anniversary of MH17 crash
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-18
In today's Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned 'upside down' by monsoon rains; world 'off track' to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1042801

John Tanton's Legacy
Swathi Shanmugasundaram | splcenter.org | 2019-07-18
John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, has left behind a legacy that spawned more than a dozen nativist organizations, driven an anti-immigrant agenda for four decades, and found friends in the White House.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/07/18/john-tantons-legacy

Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Are a Voter Suppression Strategy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-18
| Republicans lose when the vote expands. We saw this with the record turnout in the 2018 midterms, and we've seen it in the drop in Republican Party affiliation over time. This is why Republicans are tirelessly devoted to voter ID laws, disenfranchising people caught in the criminal punishment…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-anti-immigrant-policies-are-a-voter-suppression-strategy/

Democratic Leaders Rake in Corporate Cash as "Squad" Sticks With Small Donors
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-18
| This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge.In late June, 95 House Democrats voted against a bipartisan bill, supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to fund President Donald Trump's border enforcement operation wi…
truthout.org/articles/democratic-leaders-rake-in-corporate-cash-as-squad-sticks-with-small-donors/

Saving the Vaquita Porpoise
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-18
Crossing the border into Mexicali is like entering a mosh pit of battered vehicles. There are no lanes, no order, drivers seem to merge on faith. My friend Vero and I are searching for an address to pick up something that we are to deliver to the crew of Sea Shepherd, the notorious defenders of the world's oceans. But our GPS is not up to speed; it's only telling us where to go after we've passed our turnoff. A man pushing a food cart motions for me to back up–I'm going down a one-way street the wrong way! | After much circling, reversing and dropped phone calls, someone's tio nods at us, then scans the sid…
truthdig.com/articles/saving-the-vaquita-porpoise/

Chuck Schumer, in Meeting With Progressive Caucus, Said He Was Surprised House Democrats Waved Through the Senate Border Bill
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-07-18
The Senate minority leader said he had expected the House to pass a stronger bill, after which the two chambers would negotiate a compromise.
theintercept.com/2019/07/18/border-bill-chuck-schumer-congressional-progressive-caucus/

'Crisis in Queens': Immigrant from Jamaica announces Republican challenge to AOC in 2020
rt.com | 2019-07-18
A new contender has entered the ring for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's House seat in New York, vowing to take the young congresswoman's spot in 2020 and condemning her for seeking self-promotion over public service. | …
rt.com/usa/464428-immigrant-republican-challenge-aoc/

Jewish Activists of 'Never Again' Action Oppose Immigrant Detention Centers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-18
Molly Amster of Jews United for Justice explains why the concentration camp analogy is more than just rhetoric when it comes to Trump's detention camps and policies…
therealnews.com/stories/jewish-activists-of-never-again-action-oppose-immigrant-detention-centers

Maureen Dowd Asked Rahm Emanuel to Weigh In on an Immigration Debate. His Record Is Abysmal
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-07-17
When it comes to immigration, both the politics and the policy, perhaps no Democrat has been more destructive over the past 25 years than Rahm Emanuel.
theintercept.com/2019/07/17/rahm-emanuel-immigration/

San Diego residents demand end to migrant concentration camps
Michaela Malone | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-17
Thousands of protesters filled the field, located just a half mile away from the U.S./ Mexico border.
liberationnews.org/san-diego-residents-demand-end-to-migrant-concentration-camps/

Wednesday's Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant 'crisis' in Hungary
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-17
In today's Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an 'exciting and potentially defining' moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation's needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant 'crisis' in Hungary…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1042701

Free the children, close the camps
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-17
Trump's racist statements against Mexicans and Central Americans is intended for one purpose: To stir up hatred of immigrants, to mobilize his base and deflect blame away from millionaires and billionaires, who are the real cause of the economic crisis and unemployment.
liberationnews.org/free-the-children-close-the-camps/

Places of worship seek to protect people from 'terror' raids launched by Trump
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-07-17
Places of worship across the US are standing up to Donald Trump. In recent days, many have given sanctuary to people at risk from Trump's latest anti-immigration raids. These are targeting roughly 2,000 people without official documentation. Numerous religious figures have criticised Trump for 'terrorising' these people. | Synagogues oppose "cruel, immoral, and inhumane" raids: | On 14 July, New York's Jewish community united to defend families…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2019/07/17/places-of-worship-seek-to-protect-people-from-terror-raids-launched-by-trump/

SPLC sues Trump administration over new rule that makes migrants who pass through other countries ineligible for asylum
splcenter.org | 2019-07-17
The SPLC and its partners filed a lawsuit and an emergency motion this week seeking to block a new Trump administration rule that categorically bars asylum for migrants who cross the southern border without applying for and being denied asylum in any country that they pass through on their way to the U.S.
splcenter.org/news/2019/07/17/splc-sues-trump-administration-over-new-rule-makes-migrants-who-pass-through-other

Amazon Workers Demand Fair Pay & Conditions as Company Continues Undercutting Rivals
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-17
While online shoppers around the world flocked to Amazon's mega-sale "Prime Day" this week, the retail giant faced growing outrage from protesters, workers and lawmakers for its unsafe working conditions and collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators in Seattle delivered a petition with over 270,000 signatures to Amazon headquarters demanding it stop exploiting workers and cooperating with ICE. Lawmakers, including Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Ilhan Omar, co-signed a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration demanding a full investigation into Amazon's wor…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/17/amazon_workers_prime_day_strike

"We need to do more": On the border in Brownsville, Texas
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-17
People's World correspondent Al Neal is in the field reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you will get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." You will see the women, men, and children impacted by the administration's immigration policies as well as U.S. foreign …
peoplesworld.org/article/we-need-to-do-more-on-the-border-in-brownsville-texas/

Who Killed Oscar and Valeria: The Inconvenient History of the Refugee Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-17
History never truly retires. Every event of the past, however inconsequential, reverberates throughout and, to an extent, shapes our present, and our future as well The haunting image of the bodies of Salvadoran father, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria, who were washed ashore at a riverbank on the Mexico-US border cannot be understood …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/who-killed-oscar-and-valeria-the-inconvenient-history-of-the-refugee-crisis/

'Journalism Is Helping to Normalize the Concentration Camps' – CounterSpin interview with Arun Gupta on immigration abuses
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-07-17
Janine Jackson interviewed Arun Gupta on Trump's concentration camps for the July 12, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/journalism-is-helping-to-normalize-the-concentration-camps/

Politicization of migrant 'crisis' in Hungary making them scapegoats, independent UN human rights expert warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-17
Expressing deep concern over how migration and migrants themselves are being politicized and scapegoated in Hungary, an independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged the Government to immediately end its "crisis" approach to the issue.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1042661

The Migrant Crisis, Through the Eyes of Human Traffickers
John Washington | thenation.com | 2019-07-17
The Migrant Crisis, Through the Eyes of Human Traffickers…
thenation.com/article/emiliano-monge-among-the-lost-interview-novel-migrant-crisis-mexico-central-america/

Venezuelan Campesinos Released After Security Forces Raid
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-07-17
A prompt mobilization from popular movements managed to secure their release.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14590

Pentagon to send 2,100 additional troops to Mexican border
rt.com | 2019-07-17
The US Department of Defense will send 2,100 troops to the Mexican border, to bolster the 4,500 military personnel already there. The move comes amid Democratic Party criticism of President Trump's immigration policies. | …
rt.com/usa/464417-trump-deploys-more-troops-border/

2020 Hopeful Julián Castro Vows to Break Up ICE & Calls Trump's New Asylum Rule Unconstitutional
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
As Trump faced national rebuke for his racist comments against four progressive congresswomen, his administration announced a new rule essentially banning most immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The rule, which the ACLU has already vowed to challenge in court, would deny asylum to any migrant who failed to apply for protection in another country they passed through on the way to the U.S. border–including children traveling alone. If enacted, the law would effectively block people from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, as well as Haitians, Cubans and many people from African countries, who…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/julian_castro_trump_racist_attacks

Migrants Are Fleeing Something Worse
Megan Klein | progressive.org | 2019-07-16
Clearly, if the appalling conditions in detention centers are an improvement from what they are fleeing, these migrants have a sufficient basis for seeking asylum in the United States.
progressive.org/op-eds/migrants-are-fleeing-something-worse-Klein-190516/

SPLC sues Florida officials over law requiring police to act as ICE agents
splcenter.org | 2019-07-16
The SPLC and its partners sued top Florida officials today over a new state law that requires local police to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
splcenter.org/news/2019/07/16/splc-sues-florida-officials-over-law-requiring-police-act-ice-agents

Denver marches to close Trump's concentration camps
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-16
Aurora, CO – Hundreds of protestors marched from the Peoria transit station to the corporate-run GEO Group ICE Processing Center on July 12. The march was led by the Coalition to Close Concentration Camps. The coalition is composed of many local immigrant rights groups and community activists demanding President Trump close the camps. | Marchers chanted, "Close the camps! "Shut it down!" and "Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!" They also proudly displayed signs reading "Abolish ICE," "Don't look away" and "Never again is now." One leader spoke about U.S. government intervention in Central Am…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/16/denver-marches-close-trump-s-concentration-camps

Julián Castro Is Running for President & Supporting Striking Amazon & McDonald's Workers
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-16
Amid labor strikes against poor working conditions and low wages for Amazon and McDonald's workers, we speak with 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro about workers' rights, fair pay and where he stands on foreign policy, from China to Israel.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/16/julian_castro_immigration

UN agency helps stranded Ethiopians return home, ending 'harrowing migration ordeal'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-16
With the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), some 280 Ethiopians returned home on 10-11 July, after being facing traumatic experiences in Yemen.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1042591

"Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule": Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border
John Washington | theintercept.com | 2019-07-16
A new rule bars asylum for people who passed through another country on the way to the U.S. Advocates call it "plainly illegal."
theintercept.com/2019/07/16/trump-new-rule-asylum-eligibility/

'Severe' new US asylum restrictions will put vulnerable families at risk, UN refugee agency says
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-16
Deeply concerned about the new rule barring from asylum the majority of people crossing the southern land border of the United States, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned that the 'severe' measure will endanger vulnerable people in need of international protection from violence or persecution.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1042571

How Can We Support Migrants at the Border and in Our Communities?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (6/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/how-can-we-support-migrants-at-the-border-and-in-our-communities

Baltimore Says No To Trump's ICE Raids
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (5/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/baltimore-says-no-to-trumps-ice-raids

Undocumented Workers Have Rights & How the US Destabilized Honduras
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (9/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/undocumented-workers-have-rights-how-the-us-destabilized-honduras

"Frecia's Story is Very Common in Baltimore"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (3/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/frecias-story-is-very-common-in-balti

Migrants Are Escaping Conditions the US Helped Create
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (4/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/migrants-are-escaping-conditions-the-us-helped-create

"What Can We Do About America's Immigration Crisis?"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (8/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/what-can-we-do-about-americas-immigration-crisis

'It Requires a Lot of Courage to Share Your Story'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (10/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/it-requires-a-lot-of-courage-to-share-your-story

"What Was the Hardest Part of Leaving Your Home Country?"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (7/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/what-was-the-hardest-part-of-leaving-your-home-country

Real Talk Tho: How will Baltimore Respond to Immigration Policy"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
As Trump Ratchets Up Anti-immigrant Rhetoric, How Will Baltimore Respond? Images of children at the border locked in cages and starving have sparked protests across the country. Meanwhile, President Trump's threats to carry out raids in cities like Baltimore have immigrant communities living in fear of being detained or deported. Do these harsh immigration policies…
therealnews.com/stories/real-talk-tho-how-will-baltimore-respond-to-immigration-policy

After Finding Refuge in the US, Asylum Seekers Now Fear Deportation
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (2/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/after-finding-refuge-in-the-us-asylum-seekers-now-fear-deportation

"I Was One of Them" Asylum Seeker Reflects on Her Journey to the US
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-16
Episode 8 of Real Talk Tho: As Trump threaten immigration raids, how will Baltimore respond? (1/10)…
therealnews.com/stories/i-was-one-of-them-asylum-seeker-reflects-on-her-journey-to-the-us