2019-09-10: Social Media Postees

American Barbarity on the Border
Michael Nigro | truthdig.com | 2019-09-10
The United States' current immigration system is functioning exactly the way it is supposed to–it is designed to make people suffer. | The amount of violence the U.S. inflicts on people from around the world is all done in our name. It has become such a common occurrence that, like a fire alarm that blares randomly every day, it has lost all sense of urgency. We tune it out until it becomes white noise. | This is the case for the tens of thousands of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border who are the targets of Trump and his administration's dehumanizing, intentional cruelty. | The featured series of phot…

Yoel Alonso Leal Is Facing Deportation. Doctors Say He May Die on the Plane
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-10
| Yoel Alonso Leal, a Cuban asylum seeker who has a lung tumor and has been struggling with gout and pneumonia while being shuffled through immigration jails, is facing deportation. Doctors and advocates say Leal's health is quickly declining and he could die before his plane back to Cuba lands at the airport. | "There is a high chance that he would die from the flight itself. Deportation for him would be deadly," said Kiersta Kurtz-Burke of Louisiana State University's School of Medicine,…

NYC Community Groups Ask Judge to Halt "Public Charge" Immigration Rule Before It Takes Effect
commondreams.org | 2019-09-10

Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-10
| Hundreds of African migrants in Mexico are protesting the country's refusal to grant them transit visas to travel to the United States or Canada, where they want to apply for asylum. For months, thousands of African migrants have been forced by the Mexican government to stay in the southern state of Chiapas, on the Guatemalan border. Many of them have been sleeping in tent cities, cooking on the streets and bathing their children in buckets, without the promise of shelter, food or work permi…

Honduras Denies Negotiating 'Safe Third Country' Deal with US
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
In reaction to information disclosed by local outlet La Prensa on Monday, Honduras' Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales said Tuesday that President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) administration is not considering the "Safe Third Country" (STC) designation for migrants seeking refuge in the United States. | RELATED: | Panama to US: We Won't be Your 'Safe Third Country' | "Con…

Donald Trump Smears the Victims of Hurricane Dorian
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-10
Echoing the racist and dehumanizing rhetoric he has repeatedly deployed against Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and others, President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters–without offering a shred of evidence–that there may be "very bad gang members" and "drug dealers" among those fleeing the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. | The president's comments sparked outrage, with the Sierra Club responding that "Donald Trump's racism and cruelty knows no bounds." | "He needs to do his job and respond to the ongoing humanitarian…

Hezbollah shoots down Israeli drone
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-10
Washington DC — The progressive Lebanese political party Hezbollah announced early September 9 that its military forces had shot down an Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) over Lebanon. | In a statement, Hezbollah's media relations office said their forces "repelled with appropriate weapons an Israeli drone as it crossed the Palestinian-Lebanese border towards the southern town of Ramieh." | "The drone was downed in the outskirts of the town and now it is in the hands of the Resistance fighters," the statement added. | Israel frequently violates Lebanon's airspace and launched an August 25 drone attack o…

Mexico Will Never Accept Being 'Safe Third Country' For US: FM
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, stressed that Mexico will not bow to U.S. pressure in order to become a "safe third country". The comments come on the eve of Ebrard's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | RELATED: | Fight Corruption, Stop Impunity New Plan for Mexican Govt: AMLO | "I just heard statements from the CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] manager. I reiterate in the face of pressures: Mexico is not and will not accept being a…

'Victory': Federal judge reinstates nationwide injunction on Trump effort to block asylum seekers at southern border
Andrea Germanos | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-10
"Before today's decision, entire parts of this country had essentially become asylum-free zones, where people in search of safety would be arbitrarily barred from asylum based on where they happened to cross the border."

With Strikes Against Iran, Netanyahu Risks Jeopardising his Closest Alliance
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-10
Every Israeli prime minister — not least Benjamin Netanyahu — understands that a military entanglement with Hezbollah, Lebanon's armed Shia movement on Israel's northern border, is a dangerous wager, especially during an election campaign. It was Shimon Peres who lost to Mr Netanyahu in 1996, weeks after the former prime minister had incensed Israel's Palestinian …

Never Again, Except for Right Now
Jonathan Guyer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-10
It's frightening to consider that someone with so much power, occupying opinion journalism's premier perch, is unable to see what's before her eyes. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cages_0.jpeg

Netanyahu Announces Plans to Annex Over a Third of the West Bank
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday on Israeli TV that if he is to win the upcoming elections, then his government will formally annex the West Bank's Jordan Valley, along with the areas where there are currently illegal Israeli settlements. The annexation would mean that what remains around Jericho would be a small island within Israel. | RELATED: | Israeli Soldiers Kill 14, 17-Year-Old at Gaza Border, Wound 76 | "We haven't had such an opportunity sinc…

Damascus Strongly Condemns US-Turkish Joint Military Patrols in Northeastern Syria
Sarah Abed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-10
On Sunday, six military vehicles from Akcakale district in southeast Sanliurfa in Turkey, crossed the border into Syria and joined a US military convoy in carrying out joint military ground patrols from Tel Abyad, Al Raqqa governorate to Ras Al …

Netanyahu Risks Triggering an Unwinnable War to Avoid Losing Election
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-10
Every Israeli prime minister — not least Benjamin Netanyahu — understands that a military entanglement with Hezbollah, Lebanon's armed Shia movement on Israel's northern border, is a dangerous wager, especially during an election campaign. | It was Shimon Peres who lost …

In Dorian's Wake, Bahamian Refugees Are Greeted by Trump's Cruelty
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-10
| As the Bahamas' death toll rises and more than 70,000 residents are left homeless by Hurricane Dorian, the Trump administration is sowing confusion with its chaotic response to people seeking refuge in the U.S. | At first it appeared that citizens of the Bahamas, an archipelago nation just 110 miles from Florida, would be free to enter the United States, as has been the case in the past. Then an apparent decision by a private maritime operator to avoid trouble with U.S. Customs and Border Protectio…

An Uber Driver's Death Shows the Harms of Misclassifying Workers
Yasin Khan | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-10
In 2015, Waheed Etimad immigrated with his wife and their seven children to the United States from Afghanistan on the special immigrant visa he received after translating for the U.S. Army. Etimad began taking courses at Diablo Valley College, studying to become a computer engineer while driving full time for Uber at night. People who…

An Invisible Crisis: Thousands of African Migrants Are Stranded in Mexico Hoping to Head North
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
Hundreds of African migrants in Mexico are protesting the country's refusal to grant them transit visas to travel to the United States or Canada, where they want to apply for asylum. For months, thousands of African migrants have been forced by the Mexican government to stay in the southern state of Chiapas, on the Guatemalan border. Many of them have been sleeping in tent cities, cooking on the streets and bathing their children in buckets, without the promise of shelter, food or work permits. The long waits for African migrants began in June, when it was reported that Mexican immigration authorities were ignori…

From a Lebanese Refugee Camp to Harvard, Ismail Ajjawi Inspires Other Palestinian Students
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
Today marks a week since Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student who was denied entry into the United States, began classes with his fellow Harvard freshmen. Ajjawi was initially turned away at Boston's Logan Airport after immigration officials searched his phone and computer, and interrogated him about his religion and social media posts by friends that were critical of U.S. policy. He was then forced to return home to Lebanon, but his case provoked outrage on the Harvard campus and among some Palestinian rights and academic freedom groups. Ajjawi, who is attending Harvard on a full scholarship, was edu…

"They Need Our Help": Bahamian-American Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Let In Storm Survivors Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-10
The death toll in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit 50 Monday and is expected to keep rising exponentially. Many survivors of the Category 5 storm are now seeking refuge in the United States. At least 4,000 hurricane survivors have traveled to the U.S. since the hurricane hit, but many more are facing a struggle with paperwork and mounting confusion about what's necessary to gain entry. Over the weekend, more than 100 people seeking aid and refuge in the U.S. were turned away after boarding a ferry bound for Florida. Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan said that the U.S. is consi…

Parliament is suspended, so what is happening on Brexit with MPs gone?
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-10
Boris Johnson has sent MPs packing by suspending Parliament for five weeks in a controversial move as the Brexit deadline looms large.But politics does not stop when politicians depart Westminster — far from it.Here the PA news agency looks at what will happen before the current Brexit deadline of October 31.(PA Graphics)– EU negotiations ahead of the summitThe Prime Minister's team will continue negotiations with Brussels in an attempt to get a new deal.Johnson has long pledged to tear up the backstop to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland, which was a main sticking point for Theresa May dur…

Irish Reunification Is Only Solution To Brexit Chaos: Sinn Fein
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-10
Ireland's largest pro-independence party Sinn Fein has called for an all-Ireland referendum on reunification and independence as a solution to a possible Irish border following a no deal Brexit. They called on politicians across Ireland to begin planning for reunification and an end to British rule in Northern Ireland. | RELATED: | Belfast Man 'Kneecapped', Violence Grows Amid Irish Border Dispute | Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy spoke on Monday as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

Judge Reinstates Nationwide Halt on Trump Asylum Policy Plan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-09
OAKLAND, Calif. — A U.S. judge in California on Monday reinstated a nationwide halt on the Trump administration's plan to prevent most migrants from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. | U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in Oakland that an injunction blocking the administration's policy from taking effect should apply nationwide. | Tigar blocked the policy in July after a lawsuit by groups that help asylum seekers. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals limited the impact of Tigar's injunction to states within the area overseen by the appeals court. | That meant the policy was blocked in the bord…

FBI targets groups opposing Trump's concentration camps as "Extremists"
wsws.org | 2019-09-09
As the fascist in the White House continues his dictatorial measures on the border, a bipartisan group of politicians and intelligence agents is working to criminalize political opposition.

Trump's Remain in Mexico Program Condemns Refugees to Mortal Danger
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-09
Those seeking refugee status in the United States at the US-Mexico border are now forced to remain in Mexico while their refugee status is being processed. Laura Carlsen spoke to refugees and advocates on the Mexican side, in Tijuana…

"No Accountability": FBI Investigates ICE Shooting of Undocumented Man in Nashville Suburb
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-09
The FBI is investigating the shooting of an undocumented immigrant by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent during a traffic stop last week. The shooting occurred Thursday at a supermarket parking lot in Antioch, a suburb of Nashville, where workers often gather to be picked up for a day's work. ICE agents were attempting to detain an unnamed 39-year-old Mexican man, who reportedly attempted to flee in a white box truck, when one of the agents shot him twice. It has now been revealed that the ICE agent involved in the shooting is one of the officers who made headlines in July after community members blocke…

U.K.: Anti-immigrant leader Nigel Farage offers pact with Conservatives to 'destroy Labour'
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-09
LONDON–The Tories should give the anti-immigrant Brexit Party a free run at targeting traditional Labour Party heartlands in the North, Midlands, and Wales as part of an electoral pact, its leader Nigel Farage has said. Farage, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said the offer of a non-aggression pact was "100 percent sincere" and would help …

Isiah James Wants to Take Brooklyn's Fight for Affordable Housing to Congress
Aaron Freedman | theintercept.com | 2019-09-08
It's a hot, humid summer evening in Brooklyn, the kind that would keep most people inside with the air conditioner blasting. But not Isiah James. | The towering 32-year-old veteran who's running for Congress in New York's 9th District, in the heart of Brooklyn, is walking with me down Flatbush Avenue, talking a mile a minute as he points to the luxury developments that have sprouted up amid the modest row homes and small shops of the Prospect Heights neighborhood. | "These used to be apartments for Caribbean American immigrants," he says in a deep, booming voice, his arms sweeping across an intersection dotted wi…

Texas protest says "No kids in cages"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-07
Arlington, TX – 60 people showed up at a protest organized by the Progressive Student Union (PSU) at the University of Texas at Arlington, September 4, against the Trump administration's change to of policy on the detention of undocumented children. | Mark Napieralski, an organizer from the Progressive Student Union, spoke about how the Flores Agreement banned holding children indefinitely – and how the Trump administration is moving to keep children in indefinite detention in concentration camps along the southern border. | Speakers at the rally included Minister Katie Hays from the Galileo Church and Harold Ch…

Immigrant Song: 'I'm Leaving Now'
Michael Atkinson | progressive.org | 2019-09-06
A new documentary trains our focus on an underexposed slice of the immigration dynamic: the urge to return home.

Dossier 20: When you ill-treat the African people, i see you
The Tricontinental | mronline.org | 2019-09-06
The Industrial & Commercial Workers' Union (ICU)–a trade union, rural peasant movement, and urban squatters' movement–formed on the docks in Cape Town in 1919. Within a decade, the ICU had expanded across Southern Africa without regard for national borders and counted people from various African countries and the Caribbean in its leadership, as well as […] | Source…

Hungary: Europe's creeping fascism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-06
immigration Luke CooperIssue 1236 Hungary rise of the far right Refugees holocaustSeptember 6, 2019Just along from the Hungarian parliament buil…

The War Ahead: Netanyahu's Elections Gamble Will be Costly for Israel
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-05
On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab countries in the matter of two days. The Lebanese response, accompanied by jubilation throughout Lebanon, shows that Israeli …

Israeli Security Tech on US-Mexican Border Threatens Nation's Civil Liberties
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-05
The ACLU's Jay Stanley says that the Border Patrol's repurposing of surveillance technology and drones could open doors that put our liberty and privacy at risk…

Nearly 2 Million People in India Could Lose Citizenship in Biggest Disenfranchisement in History
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-05
Nearly 2 million people in the northeast state of Assam are at risk of being rendered stateless in India after the government published its National Register of Citizens list Saturday. The highly contested register was first created in 1951 and lists people who are able to prove they came to the state by March 24, 1971 — the day before neighboring Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, declared independence from Pakistan. The Indian government says the list helps identify Bangladeshi migrants who are not legal residents. Critics have denounced the register as an attempt to deport millions of Muslims. Residents sus…

Tohono O'odham Invaded By Border Patrol & Israeli Surveillance Tech
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-04
The Tohono O'odham nation sits on the US-Mexico border. Tribal member, activist, and scholar Nellie Jo David describes the threats to the Native American nation, including surveillance and physical harassment…

Max Blumenthal on the US legacy in Honduras: migrant crisis, political murders, narco-President
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-01
Back from Honduras, The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal discusses the impact of US meddling over the last decade: a narco-President, Juan…

Weekend Read: Trump's anti-immigrant campaign gets even crueler
splcenter.org | 2019-08-30
The list of cruelties that the Trump administration is inventing in its zeal to punish migrants and their children keeps getting longer and more extreme.

Counter-protesters outnumber 'Straight Pride' event crowd
Shant Jaltorossian | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-30
After failing to secure a city permit, a group organizing a so-called "Straight Pride" rally held a gathering Aug. 24 outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Modesto, California, holding signs with pro-Trump, anti-abortion, and anti-immigrant sentiments.

Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-28
Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.

Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty
splcenter.org | 2019-08-23
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.

Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-08-23

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…

SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-19
Faour Abdallah Fraihat, who ran a successful construction business for years in California, is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…