Monthly Archives: July 2019

2019-07-31: News Headlines

Staff (2019-07-31). "We Don't Want Another President Obama": Activist Urges Democrats to Reframe Immigration Debate. democracynow.org Democratic candidates also sparred on immigration policy, from decriminalizing border crossing to providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. We hear excerpts of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Plus we speak to Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

teleSUR (2019-07-31). EU Countries to Host 116 Africans Migrants Rejected by Italy. telesurenglish.net Germany, France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland agreed to take 116 African migrants who were rescued at sea by the Italian coastguard boat "Gregoretti" but denied permission to go ashore by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Salvini Orders Italian Coast Guard Not to Rescue 135 Migrants | After being disembarked at the Augusta port in Sicil…

Editor (2019-07-31). Food security vs. 'border security'. workers.org As the whole world knows by now, Trump has launched major racist attacks on four congress members known as the "Squad" over the past couple of weeks. He ordered the women to "go back where they came from." Trump targeted the four because of their courageous and outspoken public criticism . . . | Continue reading Food security vs. 'border security' at Workers.org

Staff (2019-07-31). On Direct Action and Trump's Immigration Agenda. truthout.org | | We are nearing the tail end of the latest round of reports of (and subsequent righteous uproar at) the ongoing crisis at the U.S./Mexico border and all things immigration. At different points over the last several weeks, folks have wondered aloud online about where was the immigrant rights movement? What could be done? | Speaking for myself, it's been difficult to produce a convenient answer (or even an inconvenient one that will work). I have felt pena ajena when I see that the only action step for people is to do…

teleSUR (2019-07-31). 81 Venezuelans Return Home From Ecuador With Gov't Program. telesurenglish.net A total of 81 Venezuelans returned from Ecuador Tuesday, as part of the 'Return to the Homeland' program that has been promoted by President Nicolas Maduro's administration. | RELATED: | 180 Venezuelans Return Home from Peru | According to the Venezuelans returning their decision is mainly based on the unfulfilled expectations when migrating, lack of opportunities in the host countries, suffering from xenophobia and/or not having the resources to return by their own means. | The migrants were residing…

Staff (2019-07-31). The Inconvenient Truth About Migration the Media Brush Off. truthdig.com Washington Post ( 4/16/19) | Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a " flood" or " deluge." But while migration has always been a natu…

Staff (2019-07-31). "We Don't Want Another Obama": Immigration Activist Urges Democrats to Be Bold. truthout.org | | Democratic candidates sparred on immigration policy, from decriminalizing border crossing to providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. We hear excerpts of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Plus we speak to Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We're also joined by Erika Andiola of RAICES. Erika, I wanted to…

San Francisco-Bay Area Veterans For Peace (2019-07-31). Vigil to Expose Monsanto. indybay.org Union Square, Downtown San Francisco. Bordered by Geary Blvd. and Post Street; and Powell and Stockton Street.

No Coal in Oakland (2019-07-31). Migrant Justice is Climate Justice: Protest at ICE Office in SF. indybay.org ICE Office | 630 Sansome St | San Francisco, CA 94111…

Staff (2019-07-31). 2nd Democratic Debate, Pt 1: Battle Over Medicare for All and Fixing Immigration (2/3). therealnews.com The debate allowed candidates to show how support for Medicare for All and humanity at the U.S. border are key issues in 2020. With guests Kimberly Moffit and Jeet Heer, hosted by Marc Steiner…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-07-31). Socialist Analysis & Discussion – The War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose…

To the Streets! (2019-07-31). Day 6 of Daily Vigil for Compassion at Our Borders. indybay.org On July 26 concerned citizens protested at lunch time at the busy intersection of Page Mill and El Camino Real in Palo Alto pleading for compassion at the southern border. No Kids in Cages! | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-07-31). Actions Against ICE Are Ongoing. indybay.org Block party to abolish Ice ends month of many anti-ICE events. | Photos and text: Leon Kunstenaar…

Norma Smith (2019-07-31). Poetry to Close the Camps. indybay.org 630 Sansome St (Immigration and Customs Enforcement HQ)…

The Canary (2019-07-31). Failure to hold Irish reunification vote after no-deal Brexit 'unthinkable'. thecanary.co A failure to hold a vote on Irish reunification in the event of a no-deal Brexit is "unthinkable", Sinn Féin has told Boris Johnson.Party president Mary Lou McDonald and senior colleagues pressed the case for a border poll during a bilateral meeting with the prime minister at Stormont.Under the terms of the Good Friday peace accord of 1998, the incumbent Northern Ireland secretary must call a referendum on ending partition if there is evidence of a shift of public opinion in the region in favour of Irish unity.Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill after speaking to…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). Greece: Students Protest to Keep Universities Police Free. telesurenglish.net Greek students are protesting against a proposal to scrap academic sanctuary, a law that was designed to protect protesting students and freedom of ideas but which the new government says is used as a cover for lawlessness. | RELATED: | Greece: Refugees, Activists on Alert Amid New Migration Acts | A couple of thousand students marched through Athens against repealing asylum last week. "I personally believe the free movement of ideas means that no institution of the state can inter…

Joshua Cho (2019-07-30). Media Downplay Climate Disruption's Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration. fair.org Washington Post ( 4/16/19) | Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a " flood" or " deluge." But while migration has always been a natural…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). Costa Rica and Panama Bust Migrant-Smuggling Network. telesurenglish.net Costa Rican and Panamanian officials arrested Tuesday nearly 49 people linked to an international human smuggling network that would charge migrants thousands of dollars to take them through Central America en route to the United States. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Top Court to Rule on 'Safe Third Country' Agreement with US | The operation constitutes one of the largest ever launched against human smugglers in Costa Rica. Migration police and prosecutors raided 36 locations…

Staff (2019-07-30). Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Jail in Georgia. Advocates Want It Shut Down. democracynow.org A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart on July 10 as his removal proceedings continued. Two weeks later he was pronounced dead at a Georgia hospital.

Calvin Trillin (2019-07-30). Go Back Where You Came From: A Coincidence. thenation.com Go Back Where You Came From: A Coincidence…

Staff (2019-07-30). Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Facility in Georgia. truthout.org | | A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart…

Al Neal (2019-07-30). "It's nothing but intimidation tactics": On the border in El Paso, Texas. peoplesworld.org "I come from Honduras, I left on April 22nd, I brought my daughter with me, because in Honduras they killed my brother, they had already killed my dad, there is no safety, two years later they killed my cousin just because. My daughter was studying and already those of the organized crime had told us …

Amy Goodman (2019-07-30). Baltimore residents: Trump's attacks on the city are rooted in "racism and white supremacy" nationofchange.org President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Ba…

Staff (2019-07-30). Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Facility in Georgia. Advocates Want It Shut Down. democracynow.org A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart on July 10 as his removal proceedings continued. Two weeks later he was pronounced dead at a Georgia hospital.

Albert Bender (2019-07-30). Standing room only at Nashville immigrant and refugee rights forum. peoplesworld.org "I am a woman. I am a Mexican. My family lives in fear every single day"- Veronica Zavaleta NASHVILLE — Veronica Zavaleta, a homeowner, a business owner, mother, and immigrant gave a moving account of her feelings of terror at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her narrative was given at a public …

Staff (2019-07-30). DOJ Guts Asylum Protections for Members of Families Threatened With Violence. truthout.org | | In a decision immigrant rights advocates said could have horrific consequences for thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America, Attorney General William Barr ruled Monday that being an immediate member of a persecuted family is not sufficient grounds to seek asylum in the United States. | According to immigration experts, Barr's move rewrites years of law and represents the Trump administration's…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). Venezuela: Six Farmers Killed by Colombian Paramilitary Forces. telesurenglish.net Diosdado Cabello, the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), lamented Monday the killing of six Campesinos by far-right paramilitaries in the Barinas state at the Colombia-Venezuela border area. | RELATED: | Colombian Cartel Kills Woman Community Leader, Son Witnesses | "We want to alert you to what happened in the Bari…

The Canary (2019-07-30). Seesaws on US-Mexico border allow citizens to connect through the wall. thecanary.co Seesaws have been constructed on the border wall between the United States and Mexico encouraging children in the two countries to play together. | The event was the brainchild of two professors of architecture and design, who came up with the idea back in 2009 as a way to represent the fact that "actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side". | Ten years later, Ronald Rael (professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley) and Virginia San Fratello (associate professor of interior design at San Jose University) were present as their concept was brought to lif…

Jenna McGuire, newsroom staff (2019-07-30). In Joyful Act of Resistance, Pink Seesaws Installed at Border Fence. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/borderwall.jpeg

Larissa Pham (2019-07-30). Chia-Chia Lin's Haunting Immigrant Novel. thenation.com Chia-Chia Lin's Haunting Immigrant Novel…

teleSUR (2019-07-30). Guatemala's Top Court to Rule on Migration Agreement with US. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Human Rights Prosecutor Jordan Rodas Monday filed an urgent appeal to the Constitutional Court to curb the "Safe Third Country" (STC) agreement signed by President Jimmy Morales administration in Washington, D.C., on July 26. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Enacts Another Restriction for Asylum-Seekers | "The agreement contradicts not only the Guatemalan Constitutio…

WSWS (2019-07-30). US Marines arrested for human trafficking and drug offenses. wsws.org Nineteen active-duty soldiers stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California were arrested following an earlier investigation that revealed Marines smuggling immigrants near the US-Mexico border.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-07-30). 'No Limit to the Depths of the Cruelty of the Trump Regime': Admin Spurns Court Order to Stop Separating Families. commondreams.org "Where are they? How are they treated? When will they be reunited? Why were they still separated?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child_migrant_1.jpg

The Canary (2019-07-30). Sinn Féin president: PM must call Irish border poll in the event of hard border. thecanary.co The Prime Minister must call a border poll in the event of a hard border following Brexit, the Sinn Féin president has said. | Mary Lou McDonald is due to meet Boris Johnson and said she will remind him of his "obligations under the Good Friday and subsequent agreements including the provision for a unity referendum". | "If the British Government have factored into their calculations a hard border, then they must factor in a unity referendum as laid out in the Good Friday Agreement," she said. | "The route back for the North into the EU is clear. Irish unity is the route back to the EU. | "We will be meeting Bori…

Timothy Wise (2019-07-30). Dear Democrats: We Owe Migrants More Than "Decriminalization" commondreams.org Migrants certainly are not criminals for fleeing conditions the U.S. government helped create. They are victims. (Photo: Ryan/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/refugees_0.png

Bryan Ellis (2019-07-29). Protesters in Bradenton defend the rights of immigrants and refugees. liberationnews.org On Sunday, seventeen people gathered at the Manatee County Courthouse in downtown Bradenton to demand an end to US concentration camps for refugees and mass deportations of immigrants.

Staff (2019-07-29). Headlines for July 29, 2019. democracynow.org Baltimore Pushes Back After Trump Calls City "Rodent Infested Mess" and Attacks Rep. Cummings, Gunman Kills 3, Injures 15 at Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, Shooting at Brownsville, Brooklyn, Block Party Kills 1, Injures 11, SCOTUS OKs Trump Plan to Use Military Funds for Border Wall, U.S. and Guatemala Sign Controversial Immigration Deal Despite Widespread Opposition, Dir. of National Intelligence Dan Coats Resigns, Brazilian President Bolsonaro Threatens Glenn Greenwald with Imprisonment, Miners Raid Tribe in Brazil, Killing Leader as Amazon Suffers Mass Deforestation by Illegal Loggers, Russian…

Staff (2019-07-29). Baltimore Residents: Trump's Attacks on the City Are Rooted in "Racism and White Supremacy" democracynow.org President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Balti…

ACLU (2019-07-29). Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues. aclu.org The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, or given Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval. | Late Friday evening, the Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a temporary green light to begin construction of the border wall using military funds Congress denied. The order, while temporary and limited to specific wall projects where fencing already exists, threatens to permanently damage border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers. | But it's not the "big victory" President Trump q…

Max Blumenthal (2019-07-28). How Joe Biden's privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis. thegrayzone.com On the campaign trail, Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic…

Turkish Minute (2019-07-28). Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

Staff (2019-07-26). Judge Halts Trump's Asylum Ban That Represents a "Relentless Attack on the Very Idea of Asylum" democracynow.org A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked President Trump's plan to bar nearly all migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of California ordered Trump to continue accepting asylum claims, issuing a preliminary injunction against a rule that would block anyone who passes through a third country before arriving in the U.S. from applying for asylum. The rule would effectively stop people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala from seeking refuge in the United States. The preliminary injunction came just hours after a federal judge in Washington…

Ryan Gallagher (2019-07-26). We Tested Europe's New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive. theintercept.com 4.5 million euros have been pumped into the virtual policeman project meant to judge the honesty of travelers. An expert calls the technology "not credible."

Staff (2019-07-26). Headlines for July 26, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration to Bring Back Federal Executions After 16-Year Hiatus, 44-Year-Old Mexican Immigrant Dies in ICE Custody, Trump Threatens to Impose Travel Ban on Guatemalans, Oklahoma Suspends Plans to Jail 1,600 Migrant Children at Fort Sill, 150 Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwrecks Off Libyan Coast, Five Dead as Europe Swelters Under Record-Setting Heat, "Unprecedented" Wildfires Scorch Over 1 Million Acres of Alaskan Forest, California and Automakers Agree to Fuel Efficiency Targets Opposed by Trump, Rep. Ilhan Omar Introduces Zero Waste Act as Part of Green New Deal, GOP Blocks Election Security Bills as S…

Aaron Maté (2019-07-25). Trump openly terrorizes Central American migrants, whereas Democrats did it quietly. thegrayzone.com Roberto Lovato argues that while Trump's racist anti-immigrant rhetoric is unprecedented, US cruelty towards Central American refugees is longstanding, and…

Nausicaa Renner (2019-07-25). As Immigrants Become More Aware of Their Rights, ICE Steps Up Ruses and Surveillance. theintercept.com "ICE's mission is to apprehend people that it believes shouldn't be in our communities and it will go to great lengths to do that, particularly in the face of increased knowledge of rights."

Staff (2019-07-24). Headlines for July 24, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Testifies Before Congress, Trump Rails Against Squad, Mueller Report in Speech to Teenagers, Disgraced Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Expected to Step Down, ORR Says Unaccompanied Migrant Children Could Be Detained for Years, Immigration Agents Detain Texas Teen for 3+ Weeks Despite Being a U.S. Citizen, Tennessee Community Blocks ICE from Taking Neighbor by Forming Human Chain, Trump Threatens Guatemala with Tariffs and Other Penalties After Failure of Immigration Deal, DOJ Pursues Antitrust Probe into Big Tech, Reports: FTC to Accuse Facebook of Misleading Consumers on Personal Data Use, F…

Ai-jen Poo (2019-07-24). The Soft Power of Héctor Figueroa. progressive.org Wherever working people were hurting, he was ready to organize. From immigrant rights to taxi workers, he believed in the power of everyday people, when organized, to change everything.

Fight Back (2019-07-23). San Francisco protest: Oust Duterte! Stop the killings in the Philippines! fightbacknews.org San Francisco, CA – On July 22, more than 300 people packed the street in front of the Philippine consulate in San Francisco. Chants of "People power now!" and "No justice, no peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" rang out as protestors called for the ousting of Philippine President Duterte, who has killed thousands in his so-called 'war on drugs.' The occasion was the "Peoples' SONA" on the occasion of the official State of the Nation Address given by the Philippine president each year. | Speakers from the BAYAN/Anakbayan of San Francisco, Migrante, and other organizations including the Arab Resource and…

Staff (2019-07-23). Headlines for July 23, 2019. democracynow.org Half a Million Puerto Ricans Take Over San Juan Streets to Call for Gov. Rosselló to Resign, Boris Johnson Becomes New British Prime Minister, Trump Admin Expands Deportation Powers, Putting 100,000s of Undocumented Immigrants at Risk, ICE Now Using DNA Testing on Asylum-Seeking Families, DOJ Tells Mueller His Testimony Must "Remain Within Boundaries" of Redacted Report, Trump Says He Can "Wipe Afghanistan Off the Face of the Earth" as He Meets Pakistani PM Imran Khan, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte Calls for the Death Penalty for Drug Offenders, Syrian Airstrikes Kill At Least 50, Amid Ongoing Violence in Id…

2019-07-31: Social Media Postees

On Direct Action and Trump's Immigration Agenda
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-31
| We are nearing the tail end of the latest round of reports of (and subsequent righteous uproar at) the ongoing crisis at the U.S./Mexico border and all things immigration. At different points over the last several weeks, folks have wondered aloud online about where was the immigrant rights movement? What could be done? | Speaking for myself, it's been difficult to produce a convenient answer (or even an inconvenient one that will work). I have felt pena ajena when I see that the only action step for people is to do…
truthout.org/articles/on-direct-action-and-trumps-immigration-agenda/

81 Venezuelans Return Home From Ecuador With Gov't Program
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-31
A total of 81 Venezuelans returned from Ecuador Tuesday, as part of the 'Return to the Homeland' program that has been promoted by President Nicolas Maduro's administration. | RELATED: | 180 Venezuelans Return Home from Peru | According to the Venezuelans returning their decision is mainly based on the unfulfilled expectations when migrating, lack of opportunities in the host countries, suffering from xenophobia and/or not having the resources to return by their own means. | The migrants were residing…
telesurenglish.net/news/81-Venezuelans-Return-Home-From-Ecuador-With-Government-Program-20190731-0014.html

EU Countries to Host 116 Africans Migrants Rejected by Italy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-31
Germany, France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland agreed to take 116 African migrants who were rescued at sea by the Italian coastguard boat "Gregoretti" but denied permission to go ashore by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Salvini Orders Italian Coast Guard Not to Rescue 135 Migrants | After being disembarked at the Augusta port in Sicil…
telesurenglish.net/news/EU-Countries-to-Host-116-Africans-Migrants-Rejected-by-Italy-20190731-0004.html

On Direct Action and Trump's Immigration Agenda
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-31
| We are nearing the tail end of the latest round of reports of (and subsequent righteous uproar at) the ongoing crisis at the U.S./Mexico border and all things immigration. At different points over the last several weeks, folks have wondered aloud online about where was the immigrant rights movement? What could be done? | Speaking for myself, it's been difficult to produce a convenient answer (or even an inconvenient one that will work). I have felt pena ajena when I see that the only action step for people is to do…
truthout.org/articles/on-direct-action-and-trumps-immigration-agenda/

"We Don't Want Another Obama": Immigration Activist Urges Democrats to Be Bold
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-31
| Democratic candidates sparred on immigration policy, from decriminalizing border crossing to providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. We hear excerpts of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Plus we speak to Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. | TRANSCRIPT: | JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We're also joined by Erika Andiola of RAICES. Erika, I wanted to…
truthout.org/video/we-dont-want-another-obama-immigration-activist-urges-democrats-to-be-bold/

"We Don't Want Another President Obama": Activist Urges Democrats to Reframe Immigration Debate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-31
Democratic candidates also sparred on immigration policy, from decriminalizing border crossing to providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. We hear excerpts of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Plus we speak to Erika Andiola, chief advocacy officer for RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/31/cnn_democratic_debate_immigration_erika_andiola

EU Countries to Host 116 Africans Migrants Rejected by Italy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-31
Germany, France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland agreed to take 116 African migrants who were rescued at sea by the Italian coastguard boat "Gregoretti" but denied permission to go ashore by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. | RELATED: | Salvini Orders Italian Coast Guard Not to Rescue 135 Migrants | After being disembarked at the Augusta port in Sicil…
telesurenglish.net/news/EU-Countries-to-Host-116-Africans-Migrants-Rejected-by-Italy-20190731-0004.html

The Inconvenient Truth About Migration the Media Brush Off
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-31
Washington Post ( 4/16/19) | Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a " flood" or " deluge." But while migration has always been a natu…
truthdig.com/articles/the-inconvenient-truth-about-migration-media-brushes-off/

Food security vs. 'border security'
Editor | workers.org | 2019-07-31
As the whole world knows by now, Trump has launched major racist attacks on four congress members known as the "Squad" over the past couple of weeks. He ordered the women to "go back where they came from." Trump targeted the four because of their courageous and outspoken public criticism . . . | Continue reading Food security vs. 'border security' at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/07/30/food-security-vs-border-security/

Poetry to Close the Camps
Norma Smith | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
630 Sansome St (Immigration and Customs Enforcement HQ)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/29/18825055.php

2nd Democratic Debate, Pt 1: Battle Over Medicare for All and Fixing Immigration (2/3)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-31
The debate allowed candidates to show how support for Medicare for All and humanity at the U.S. border are key issues in 2020. With guests Kimberly Moffit and Jeet Heer, hosted by Marc Steiner…
therealnews.com/stories/2nd-democratic-debate-pt-2-battle-over-medicare-for-all-and-fixing-immigration-2-3

Migrant Justice is Climate Justice: Protest at ICE Office in SF
No Coal in Oakland | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
ICE Office | 630 Sansome St | San Francisco, CA 94111…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/29/18825051.php

Actions Against ICE Are Ongoing
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
Block party to abolish Ice ends month of many anti-ICE events. | Photos and text: Leon Kunstenaar…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/31/18825097.php

Socialist Analysis & Discussion – The War on Immigrants & the Fight Back Movement
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St., San Jose…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/29/18825054.php

Day 6 of Daily Vigil for Compassion at Our Borders
To the Streets! | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
On July 26 concerned citizens protested at lunch time at the busy intersection of Page Mill and El Camino Real in Palo Alto pleading for compassion at the southern border. No Kids in Cages! | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/29/18825038.php

Vigil to Expose Monsanto
San Francisco-Bay Area Veterans For Peace | indybay.org | 2019-07-31
Union Square, Downtown San Francisco. Bordered by Geary Blvd. and Post Street; and Powell and Stockton Street.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/07/31/18825112.php

Failure to hold Irish reunification vote after no-deal Brexit 'unthinkable'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-31
A failure to hold a vote on Irish reunification in the event of a no-deal Brexit is "unthinkable", Sinn Féin has told Boris Johnson.Party president Mary Lou McDonald and senior colleagues pressed the case for a border poll during a bilateral meeting with the prime minister at Stormont.Under the terms of the Good Friday peace accord of 1998, the incumbent Northern Ireland secretary must call a referendum on ending partition if there is evidence of a shift of public opinion in the region in favour of Irish unity.Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and deputy leader Michelle O'Neill after speaking to…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/31/failure-to-hold-irish-reunification-vote-after-no-deal-brexit-unthinkable/

Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Facility in Georgia
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-30
| A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart…
truthout.org/video/four-immigrants-have-died-at-stewart-ice-facility-in-georgia/

Standing room only at Nashville immigrant and refugee rights forum
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-30
"I am a woman. I am a Mexican. My family lives in fear every single day"- Veronica Zavaleta NASHVILLE — Veronica Zavaleta, a homeowner, a business owner, mother, and immigrant gave a moving account of her feelings of terror at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her narrative was given at a public …
peoplesworld.org/article/standing-room-only-at-nashville-immigrant-and-refugee-rights-forum/

DOJ Guts Asylum Protections for Members of Families Threatened With Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-30
| In a decision immigrant rights advocates said could have horrific consequences for thousands of people fleeing violence in Central America, Attorney General William Barr ruled Monday that being an immediate member of a persecuted family is not sufficient grounds to seek asylum in the United States. | According to immigration experts, Barr's move rewrites years of law and represents the Trump administration's…
truthout.org/articles/doj-guts-asylum-protections-for-members-of-families-threatened-with-violence/

Costa Rica and Panama Bust Migrant-Smuggling Network
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
Costa Rican and Panamanian officials arrested Tuesday nearly 49 people linked to an international human smuggling network that would charge migrants thousands of dollars to take them through Central America en route to the United States. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Top Court to Rule on 'Safe Third Country' Agreement with US | The operation constitutes one of the largest ever launched against human smugglers in Costa Rica. Migration police and prosecutors raided 36 locations…
telesurenglish.net/news/Costa-Rica-and-Panama-Bust-Migrant-Smuggling-Ring-20190730-0018.html

Greece: Students Protest to Keep Universities Police Free
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
Greek students are protesting against a proposal to scrap academic sanctuary, a law that was designed to protect protesting students and freedom of ideas but which the new government says is used as a cover for lawlessness. | RELATED: | Greece: Refugees, Activists on Alert Amid New Migration Acts | A couple of thousand students marched through Athens against repealing asylum last week. "I personally believe the free movement of ideas means that no institution of the state can inter…
telesurenglish.net/news/greece-university-students-protest-no-police-academic-asylum-20190730-0014.html

Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Facility in Georgia. Advocates Want It Shut Down
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-30
A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart on July 10 as his removal proceedings continued. Two weeks later he was pronounced dead at a Georgia hospital.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/30/pedro_arriago_santoya_ice_custody_death

Go Back Where You Came From: A Coincidence
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2019-07-30
Go Back Where You Came From: A Coincidence…
thenation.com/article/trump-immigration-queens/

Four Immigrants Have Died at Stewart ICE Jail in Georgia. Advocates Want It Shut Down
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-30
A 44-year-old immigrant from Mexico died last week at Stewart Detention Center, one of the largest immigration jails in the United States and one that has been plagued by allegations of neglect and abuse for years. Pedro Arriago-Santoya was the fourth person to die at Stewart in just two years and the seventh person to die while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October. An immigration judge had ordered Arriago-Santoya be deported in June. Instead, he was transferred to Stewart on July 10 as his removal proceedings continued. Two weeks later he was pronounced dead at a Georgia hospital.
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/30/pedro_arriago_santoya_ice_custody_death

Dear Democrats: We Owe Migrants More Than "Decriminalization"
Timothy Wise | commondreams.org | 2019-07-30
Migrants certainly are not criminals for fleeing conditions the U.S. government helped create. They are victims. (Photo: Ryan/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/refugees_0.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/07/30/dear-democrats-we-owe-migrants-more-decriminalization?cd-origin=rss

Baltimore residents: Trump's attacks on the city are rooted in "racism and white supremacy"
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-30
President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Ba…
nationofchange.org/2019/07/30/baltimore-residents-trumps-attacks-on-the-city-are-rooted-in-racism-and-white-supremacy/

Venezuela: Six Farmers Killed by Colombian Paramilitary Forces
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
Diosdado Cabello, the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), lamented Monday the killing of six Campesinos by far-right paramilitaries in the Barinas state at the Colombia-Venezuela border area. | RELATED: | Colombian Cartel Kills Woman Community Leader, Son Witnesses | "We want to alert you to what happened in the Bari…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Six-Farmers-Killed-by-Colombian-Paramilitary-Forces-20190730-0008.html

"It's nothing but intimidation tactics": On the border in El Paso, Texas
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-30
"I come from Honduras, I left on April 22nd, I brought my daughter with me, because in Honduras they killed my brother, they had already killed my dad, there is no safety, two years later they killed my cousin just because. My daughter was studying and already those of the organized crime had told us …
peoplesworld.org/article/its-nothing-but-intimidation-tactics-on-the-border-in-el-paso-texas/

Media Downplay Climate Disruption's Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-07-30
Washington Post ( 4/16/19) | Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a " flood" or " deluge." But while migration has always been a natural…
fair.org/home/media-downplay-climate-disruptions-ever-growing-role-in-driving-migration/

Seesaws on US-Mexico border allow citizens to connect through the wall
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-30
Seesaws have been constructed on the border wall between the United States and Mexico encouraging children in the two countries to play together. | The event was the brainchild of two professors of architecture and design, who came up with the idea back in 2009 as a way to represent the fact that "actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side". | Ten years later, Ronald Rael (professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley) and Virginia San Fratello (associate professor of interior design at San Jose University) were present as their concept was brought to lif…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/07/30/seesaws-on-us-mexico-border-allow-citizens-to-connect-through-the-wall/

In Joyful Act of Resistance, Pink Seesaws Installed at Border Fence
Jenna McGuire, newsroom staff | commondreams.org | 2019-07-30
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Chia-Chia Lin's Haunting Immigrant Novel
Larissa Pham | thenation.com | 2019-07-30
Chia-Chia Lin's Haunting Immigrant Novel…
thenation.com/article/chia-chia-lin-the-unpassing-novel-review/

Guatemala's Top Court to Rule on Migration Agreement with US
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-30
Guatemala's Human Rights Prosecutor Jordan Rodas Monday filed an urgent appeal to the Constitutional Court to curb the "Safe Third Country" (STC) agreement signed by President Jimmy Morales administration in Washington, D.C., on July 26. | RELATED: | Trump Admin Enacts Another Restriction for Asylum-Seekers | "The agreement contradicts not only the Guatemalan Constitutio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemalas-Top-Court-to-Rule-on-Safe-Third-Country-Agreement-with-US-20190730-0005.html

'No Limit to the Depths of the Cruelty of the Trump Regime': Admin Spurns Court Order to Stop Separating Families
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-30
"Where are they? How are they treated? When will they be reunited? Why were they still separated?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child_migrant_1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/07/30/no-limit-depths-cruelty-trump-regime-admin-spurns-court-order-stop-separating?cd-origin=rss

US Marines arrested for human trafficking and drug offenses
wsws.org | 2019-07-30
Nineteen active-duty soldiers stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California were arrested following an earlier investigation that revealed Marines smuggling immigrants near the US-Mexico border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/30/mari-j30.html

Sinn Féin president: PM must call Irish border poll in the event of hard border
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-30
The Prime Minister must call a border poll in the event of a hard border following Brexit, the Sinn Féin president has said. | Mary Lou McDonald is due to meet Boris Johnson and said she will remind him of his "obligations under the Good Friday and subsequent agreements including the provision for a unity referendum". | "If the British Government have factored into their calculations a hard border, then they must factor in a unity referendum as laid out in the Good Friday Agreement," she said. | "The route back for the North into the EU is clear. Irish unity is the route back to the EU. | "We will be meeting Bori…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/07/30/sinn-fein-president-pm-must-call-irish-border-poll-in-the-event-of-hard-border/

Baltimore Residents: Trump's Attacks on the City Are Rooted in "Racism and White Supremacy"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-29
President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in tweets attacking Congressmember Elijah Cummings, one of the most prominent African-American lawmakers in Washington. Trump tweeted that Cummings's district is "considered the Worst in the USA," and said "no human being would want to live there." Trump's initial tweets came after Fox News ran a story about Baltimore and after Cummings criticized the conditions of immigration jails along the Mexican border. Officials across Baltimore and Maryland denounced the president's remarks, and The Balti…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/29/donald_trump_elijah_cummings_baltimore_tweets

Protesters in Bradenton defend the rights of immigrants and refugees
Bryan Ellis | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-29
On Sunday, seventeen people gathered at the Manatee County Courthouse in downtown Bradenton to demand an end to US concentration camps for refugees and mass deportations of immigrants.
liberationnews.org/protesters-in-bradenton-defend-the-rights-of-immigrants-and-refugees/

Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues
aclu.org | 2019-07-29
The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, or given Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval. | Late Friday evening, the Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a temporary green light to begin construction of the border wall using military funds Congress denied. The order, while temporary and limited to specific wall projects where fencing already exists, threatens to permanently damage border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers. | But it's not the "big victory" President Trump q…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/supreme-court-order-no-big-victory-trumps-border-wall-fight-continues

How Joe Biden's privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-07-28
On the campaign trail, Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic…
thegrayzone.com/2019/07/28/biden-privatization-plan-colombia-honduras-migration/

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-28
(TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-28
(TM) — Turkey's top military brass and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a security meeting on Thursday and discussed a potential military operation in northeastern Syria, immediately after three days of talks with a US delegation over setting up a safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. The Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting took place …

Turkey Mulling (Another) Military Operation in Northeastern Syria

Migration Crisis on Four Fronts: George Soros and the 'Great Replacement'
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-07-27
1 — France's 'Black Vests' The "Yellow Vests" in France have been replaced by a new protest movement, representing a new demographic: on July 12, 2019, 700 members of the "Black Vest" movement rushed and occupied the historic Pantheon in Paris. The 'Gilets Noir' is a movement of undocumented migrants, predominantly from North Africa whose …
uwidata.com/4467-migration-crisis-on-four-fronts-george-soros-and-the-great-replacement/

Judge Halts Trump's Asylum Ban That Represents a "Relentless Attack on the Very Idea of Asylum"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-26
A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked President Trump's plan to bar nearly all migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of California ordered Trump to continue accepting asylum claims, issuing a preliminary injunction against a rule that would block anyone who passes through a third country before arriving in the U.S. from applying for asylum. The rule would effectively stop people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala from seeking refuge in the United States. The preliminary injunction came just hours after a federal judge in Washington…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/26/federal_judge_blocks_trump_asylum_ban

We Tested Europe's New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-07-26
4.5 million euros have been pumped into the virtual policeman project meant to judge the honesty of travelers. An expert calls the technology "not credible."
theintercept.com/2019/07/26/europe-border-control-ai-lie-detector/

Trump openly terrorizes Central American migrants, whereas Democrats did it quietly
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-07-25
Roberto Lovato argues that while Trump's racist anti-immigrant rhetoric is unprecedented, US cruelty towards Central American refugees is longstanding, and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/07/25/trump-openly-terrorizes-central-american-migrants-whereas-democrats-did-it-quietly/

As Immigrants Become More Aware of Their Rights, ICE Steps Up Ruses and Surveillance
Nausicaa Renner | theintercept.com | 2019-07-25
"ICE's mission is to apprehend people that it believes shouldn't be in our communities and it will go to great lengths to do that, particularly in the face of increased knowledge of rights."
theintercept.com/2019/07/25/ice-surveillance-ruse-arrests-raids/

The Soft Power of Héctor Figueroa
Ai-jen Poo | progressive.org | 2019-07-24
Wherever working people were hurting, he was ready to organize. From immigrant rights to taxi workers, he believed in the power of everyday people, when organized, to change everything.
progressive.org/op-eds/hector-figueroa-poo-190724/

San Francisco protest: Oust Duterte! Stop the killings in the Philippines!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-23
San Francisco, CA – On July 22, more than 300 people packed the street in front of the Philippine consulate in San Francisco. Chants of "People power now!" and "No justice, no peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines!" rang out as protestors called for the ousting of Philippine President Duterte, who has killed thousands in his so-called 'war on drugs.' The occasion was the "Peoples' SONA" on the occasion of the official State of the Nation Address given by the Philippine president each year. | Speakers from the BAYAN/Anakbayan of San Francisco, Migrante, and other organizations including the Arab Resource and…
fightbacknews.org/2019/7/23/san-francisco-protest-oust-duterte-stop-killings-philippines