Daily Archives: August 4, 2019

2019-08-04: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-04). 20 Dead After Gunman Attacks Texas Shoppers. truthdig.com EL PASO, Texas—A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, police said. | Hours later, another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, claimed nine lives. That gunman was killed by police. | Authorities were investigating whether Saturday's El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand. Detectives sought to determine if it was wr…

Staff (2019-08-04). 2 Mass Shootings in Less Than 24 hours Shock the Nation. truthdig.com Two mass shootings at crowded public places in Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours claimed at least 29 lives and left scores injured, a shocking carnage even in a country accustomed to gun violence. | In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during the busy back-to-school season, killing 20 and injuring more than two dozen, many of them critically. The shooting was being investigated as a possible hate crime as authorities worked to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly beforehand was written by t…

Staff (2019-08-04). Resistance to Private Prisons Comes Amid Debate Over Immigrant Detention Policy. truthout.org | | The private prison industry is under renewed scrutiny, and things are not going well for it. Prison companies were already under fire, accused of putting profits above the well-being of incarcerated individuals and staff at the dozens of federal and state prisons and local jails they run around the country. Currently, about 8 percent of state and federal prisoners are held in privately operated facil…

Staff (2019-08-04). US Plans to Send Migrant Children to Shelter Run by Group With Past Violations. truthout.org | | This story is a collaboration with WRAL News.The U.S. government plans to send immigrant children to shelters run by a group home recently shut down by North Carolina, a building contractor with no experience in residential care and a Texas children's shelter with a track record of state violations, a Reveal and WRAL News investigation has found. | New Horizon Group Home had its license revoked by North Carolin…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2019-08-04). Challenging the Border. indybay.org Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Blvd. | Seaside, CA 93955…

Staff (2019-08-03). Reimagining Justice for Immigrant Survivors Through VAWA. truthout.org | | The immigration-related provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) hold powerful potential to help us reimagine our understanding of diaspora, integration and discrimination. | Among the various purposes of VAWA is to make lawful immigration status a reality for those who have been victims of domestic abuse by spouses, parents or children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Beyond this, VAWA-based immigration cases help…

teleSUR (2019-08-03). Italy: Two Pregnant Women Evacuated From 'Open Arms' Vessel. telesurenglish.net Two African women in advanced gestation, who were rescued in the Mediterranean sea, were evacuated on Saturday from the Open Arms, a ship owned by Proactiva, a Spanish humanitarian organization. | RELATED: | New Ship to Resume Migrants Rescue Efforts in Mediterranean Sea | "Complete medical evacuation. Two pregnant women… [were] evacuated two hours ago by…

Staff (2019-08-03). How Trump's Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks. truthout.org | | Since Donald Trump's election, federal white-collar enforcement has taken a big hit. Fines and settlements against corporations have plummeted. Prosecutions of individuals are falling to record lows. | But just how these fines and settlements came to be slashed is less well understood. Two settlements…

Brett Barrouquere and Hatewatch Staff (2019-08-03). El Paso Shooting Suspect May Have Authored Manifesto Containing White Nationalist Talking Points. splcenter.org The suspect in a shooting that left 20 people dead at an El Paso Walmart may have posted and liked anti-immigrant leaning remarks on what appears to be his Twitter account.

WSWS (2019-08-03). Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration. wsws.org The Democratic congresswoman, a member of the DSA, demands "more training" for agents inflicting gross human rights violations.

Al Neal (2019-08-02). War on humanity: Inside the refugee camps of Ciudad Juárez. peoplesworld.org People's World correspondent Al Neal spent the summer of 2019 in the field reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." This is the first half of an article detailing his visit to a refugee camp in …

SFAFKJP (2019-08-02). Homeland security's civil rights unit lacks power to stop abuse of migrant kids. nationofchange.org The children's lawyer was incensed. Her two tiny clients — one of them blind — had been in a shelter for three months, separated from their mother. The family had traveled from Mexico to the United States, reaching Nogales, Arizona, on March 1, 2018. Officials at the border found the mother, Nadia Pulido, had "credible" …

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-08-02). Immigration time bomb is ticking. workers.org The foremost motivation of Donald Trump's immigration policy is racist terror, blatant cruelty and the promotion of social divisions so ominous they can only be characterized as white supremacist. Im/migrant workers have historically been victims of super exploitation. They have been used by the capitalists as cheap, exploitable and vulnerable . . . | Continue reading Immigration time bomb is ticking at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-08-02). New Ship to Resume Migrants Rescue Efforts in Mediterranean Sea. telesurenglish.net The charity-operated Ocean Viking vessel set sail Friday from southern France to lead the search and rescue operation efforts in the central Mediterranean Sea for numbers of people that embark on the world's deadliest migration route. | RELATED: | US Teenager Charged in Killing of Italian Military Policeman | It's predecessor, the Aquarius, operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee had been repeatedly denied entry to Italian ports. It was forcied to dock in b…

Dave Lindorff (2019-08-02). Let's Just Let Trump Spend the Whole War Department Budget on Building Walls. counterpunch.org Liberals are upset that the new Supreme Court, packed with conservatives, has decided President Trump can have $2.6 billion of the Pentagon's new FY 2020 $738 billion budget to build some wall along the Mexican border. But I think they're thinking all wrong about this. Instead of complaining and fighting a losing battle against Trump's More

United Nations (2019-08-02). Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links. un.org Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores 'devastating week' for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have 'extensive' effect on human settlement…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-02). The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration. globalresearch.ca There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-02). The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration. dissidentvoice.org There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon stone. They have all become manifest in the policy of deferral: humanitarian problems are for …

susan_p (2019-08-02). Venezuela: Chavista militants killed as rural violence continues. greenleft.org.au Six activists from the grassroots Revolutionary Bolivar and Zamora Current ( CRBZ) were assassinated in Barinas State on July 27. | The victims, one of whom was pregnant, were part of the Hugo Chavez Popular Defence Brigades organised by the CRBZ in Barinas, Tachira, and other states regularly plagued by landowner violence against campesinos. | No information is yet known about the assailants, but the CRBZ claimed in their statement that they had "military…

WSWS (2019-08-02). AMLO's police gun down immigrant near US border. wsws.org A migrant was shot dead while running away from police with his eight-year-old daughter hours before Trump praised Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government at a rally in Ohio.

WSWS (2019-08-02). US doctors' group urges probe into child migrant deaths from influenza. wsws.org According to autopsy results, at least three migrant children have died in US custody as a result of influenza and its complications since December 2018, a rate of death substantially higher than that among children in the general population.

Lee Fang (2019-08-01). Hacked Emails Show GOP Demands on Border Security Were Crafted by Industry Lobbyists. theintercept.com Demands that CBP spend millions to upgrade cameras used to read license plates were orchestrated in part by a company that hoped to profit.

Staff (2019-08-01). Dolores Huerta Accuses Biden of "Speaking Just Like a Republican" on Immigration. democracynow.org Immigration rights activists abruptly interrupted Joe Biden during last night's debate, chanting "3 million deportations!"—referring to the Obama administration's deportation of at least 3 million undocumented people. During the debate, Julián Castro repeatedly challenged Biden's record on immigration. "It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't," Castro said. We speak to Dolores Huerta and Cornel West.

Staff (2019-08-01). 2nd Dem Debate Pt 2: Presidential Candidates Attack Trump as a Racist (1/4). therealnews.com Trump was called out as a white nationalist in the second night of Democratic presidential debates; demonstrators demanded Eric Garner's killer be fired, and justice for immigrants. With Kimberly Moffitt, Dharna Noor, and Marc Steiner as host…

Staff (2019-08-01). Dolores Huerta & Cornel West Respond to Democratic Debate as Biden & Harris Face Harsh Scrutiny. democracynow.org Ten presidential hopefuls took the stage Wednesday evening for the second night of a Democratic debate in Detroit. During the night, former Vice President Joe Biden defended his record after facing numerous attacks on his record on criminal justice, the Iraq War, immigration and women's rights. Senator Kamala Harris also faced criticism over her record as California attorney general. We speak to the legendary labor leader Dolores Huerta, who is co-chair of Kamala Harris's campaign, and Harvard professor Cornel West, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders.

Staff (2019-08-01). Headlines for August 1, 2019. democracynow.org Presidential Hopefuls Take Aim at Joe Biden During Second Night of Debates, Protesters Confront Joe Biden over Immigration Record, Protesters Confront NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio over Eric Garner's Death, NY Medical Examiner: Layleen Polanco Died of Epilepsy in Solitary Cell, U.N. Warns 21st Century's Worst Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Syria, Trump Administration Sanctions Iran's Foreign Minister, Sudan Schools Closed After Soldiers Massacre Students, Greenland Ice Melts at Rapid Pace as Temperatures Climb 30 Degrees Above Normal, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Promotes Climate Justice Proposal, 66 Seek Medical Care…

Fight Back (2019-08-01). 'Never Again is Now' protest shuts down ICE in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A few hundred protesters blocked off all roads outside of the Whipple Federal Building here at a 'Never Again is Now' protest July 30, shutting down business as usual to demand that the government close the concentration camps at the U.S.-México border. | Hundreds of cars were blocked from leaving the building where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is housed for several hours at the end of the work day. At the end of the action around 30 people were cited and released by Hennepin County cops. | The protest was organized by Jewish community members opposed to the camps at the U…

Alexandra Tempus (2019-08-01). Comment: This Land Is Whose Land? progressive.org Just as surely as migrants are inhumanely deterred at our borders, national identity is tyrannically policed inside them.

Simon Davis-Cohen (2019-08-01). Sheriffs Collude with Anti-Immigrant Group. progressive.org Florida becomes a testing ground for law enforcement attacks on noncitizens.

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). "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.

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…

United Nations (2019-07-31). UN working 'intensively' to stop Ebola in eastern DR Congo, following second case in major border town. un.org Senior UN officials tasked with controlling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have responded to Tuesday's confirmation of a second case of Ebola in Goma, a major trading town in the vast country's restive east, near the border with neighbouring Rwanda, which resulted in the death of the patient.

United Nations (2019-07-31). Wednesday's Daily Brief: World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Second Ebola death on DR Congo's eastern border,‚ÄØUN chief lauds climate activist Thunberg, Afghan bus attack, and outgoing UN agriculture chief hands over reigns. un.org Our main stories today cover: ‚ÄØWorld Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Ebola on DR Congo side of Rwandan border, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg to said to UN climate summit, UN chief condemns deadly Afghan bus attack and UN agriculture agency chief marks last day.

United Nations (2019-07-31). Migration and the climate crisis: the UN's search for solutions. un.org Throughout human history, migration and climate have always been connected, but in the modern era, the impacts of the man-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

2019-08-04: Social Media Postees

Resistance to Private Prisons Comes Amid Debate Over Immigrant Detention Policy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-04
| The private prison industry is under renewed scrutiny, and things are not going well for it. Prison companies were already under fire, accused of putting profits above the well-being of incarcerated individuals and staff at the dozens of federal and state prisons and local jails they run around the country. Currently, about 8 percent of state and federal prisoners are held in privately operated facil…
truthout.org/articles/resistance-to-private-prisons-comes-amid-debate-over-immigrant-detention-policy/

2 Mass Shootings in Less Than 24 hours Shock the Nation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-04
Two mass shootings at crowded public places in Texas and Ohio in less than 24 hours claimed at least 29 lives and left scores injured, a shocking carnage even in a country accustomed to gun violence. | In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during the busy back-to-school season, killing 20 and injuring more than two dozen, many of them critically. The shooting was being investigated as a possible hate crime as authorities worked to confirm whether a racist, anti-immigrant screed posted online shortly beforehand was written by t…
truthdig.com/articles/2-mass-shootings-in-less-than-24-hours-shock-the-nation/

20 Dead After Gunman Attacks Texas Shoppers
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-04
EL PASO, Texas–A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, police said. | Hours later, another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, claimed nine lives. That gunman was killed by police. | Authorities were investigating whether Saturday's El Paso attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online shortly beforehand. Detectives sought to determine if it was wr…
truthdig.com/articles/20-dead-after-gunman-attacks-texas-shoppers/

US Plans to Send Migrant Children to Shelter Run by Group With Past Violations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-04
| This story is a collaboration with WRAL News.The U.S. government plans to send immigrant children to shelters run by a group home recently shut down by North Carolina, a building contractor with no experience in residential care and a Texas children's shelter with a track record of state violations, a Reveal and WRAL News investigation has found. | New Horizon Group Home had its license revoked by North Carolin…
truthout.org/articles/us-plans-to-send-migrant-children-to-shelter-run-by-group-with-past-violations/

US Plans to Send Migrant Children to Shelter Run by Group With Past Violations
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-04
| This story is a collaboration with WRAL News.The U.S. government plans to send immigrant children to shelters run by a group home recently shut down by North Carolina, a building contractor with no experience in residential care and a Texas children's shelter with a track record of state violations, a Reveal and WRAL News investigation has found. | New Horizon Group Home had its license revoked by North Carolin…
truthout.org/articles/us-plans-to-send-migrant-children-to-shelter-run-by-group-with-past-violations/

Challenging the Border
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2019-08-04
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | 1364 Fremont Blvd. | Seaside, CA 93955…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/03/18825176.php

Reimagining Justice for Immigrant Survivors Through VAWA
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-03
| The immigration-related provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) hold powerful potential to help us reimagine our understanding of diaspora, integration and discrimination. | Among the various purposes of VAWA is to make lawful immigration status a reality for those who have been victims of domestic abuse by spouses, parents or children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Beyond this, VAWA-based immigration cases help…
truthout.org/articles/reimagining-justice-for-immigrant-survivors-through-vawa/

Italy: Two Pregnant Women Evacuated From 'Open Arms' Vessel
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-03
Two African women in advanced gestation, who were rescued in the Mediterranean sea, were evacuated on Saturday from the Open Arms, a ship owned by Proactiva, a Spanish humanitarian organization. | RELATED: | New Ship to Resume Migrants Rescue Efforts in Mediterranean Sea | "Complete medical evacuation. Two pregnant women… [were] evacuated two hours ago by…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Two-Pregnant-Women-Evacuated-From-Open-Arms-Vessel-20190803-0006.html

El Paso Shooting Suspect May Have Authored Manifesto Containing White Nationalist Talking Points
Brett Barrouquere and Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-08-03
The suspect in a shooting that left 20 people dead at an El Paso Walmart may have posted and liked anti-immigrant leaning remarks on what appears to be his Twitter account.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/08/03/el-paso-shooting-suspect-may-have-authored-manifesto-containing-white-nationalist-talking

Rashida Tlaib defends Democratic Party collaboration with Trump on immigration
wsws.org | 2019-08-03
The Democratic congresswoman, a member of the DSA, demands "more training" for agents inflicting gross human rights violations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/03/tlai-a03.html

Immigration time bomb is ticking
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2019-08-02
The foremost motivation of Donald Trump's immigration policy is racist terror, blatant cruelty and the promotion of social divisions so ominous they can only be characterized as white supremacist. Im/migrant workers have historically been victims of super exploitation. They have been used by the capitalists as cheap, exploitable and vulnerable . . . | Continue reading Immigration time bomb is ticking at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/01/immigration-time-bomb-is-ticking/

New Ship to Resume Migrants Rescue Efforts in Mediterranean Sea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-02
The charity-operated Ocean Viking vessel set sail Friday from southern France to lead the search and rescue operation efforts in the central Mediterranean Sea for numbers of people that embark on the world's deadliest migration route. | RELATED: | US Teenager Charged in Killing of Italian Military Policeman | It's predecessor, the Aquarius, operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee had been repeatedly denied entry to Italian ports. It was forcied to dock in b…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Ship-to-Resume-Migrants-Rescue-Efforts-in-Mediterranean-Sea-20190802-0012.html

New Ship to Resume Migrants Rescue Efforts in Mediterranean Sea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-02
The charity-operated Ocean Viking vessel set sail Friday from southern France to lead the search and rescue operation efforts in the central Mediterranean Sea for numbers of people that embark on the world's deadliest migration route. | RELATED: | US Teenager Charged in Killing of Italian Military Policeman | It's predecessor, the Aquarius, operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee had been repeatedly denied entry to Italian ports. It was forcied to dock in b…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Ship-to-Resume-Migrants-Rescue-Efforts-in-Mediterranean-Sea-20190802-0012.html

War on humanity: Inside the refugee camps of Ciudad Juárez
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-02
People's World correspondent Al Neal spent the summer of 2019 in the field reporting from sites all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his dispatches, you get a view of the towns and people caught up in Trump's "border crisis." This is the first half of an article detailing his visit to a refugee camp in …
peoplesworld.org/article/war-on-humanity-inside-the-refugee-camps-of-ciudad-juarez/

Let's Just Let Trump Spend the Whole War Department Budget on Building Walls
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-02
Liberals are upset that the new Supreme Court, packed with conservatives, has decided President Trump can have $2.6 billion of the Pentagon's new FY 2020 $738 billion budget to build some wall along the Mexican border. But I think they're thinking all wrong about this. Instead of complaining and fighting a losing battle against Trump's…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/02/lets-just-let-trump-spend-the-whole-war-department-budget-on-building-walls/

Homeland security's civil rights unit lacks power to stop abuse of migrant kids
SFAFKJP | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-02
The children's lawyer was incensed. Her two tiny clients — one of them blind — had been in a shelter for three months, separated from their mother. The family had traveled from Mexico to the United States, reaching Nogales, Arizona, on March 1, 2018. Officials at the border found the mother, Nadia Pulido, had "credible" …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/02/homeland-securitys-civil-rights-unit-lacks-power-to-stop-abuse-of-migrant-kids/

Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-02
Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores 'devastating week' for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have 'extensive' effect on human settlement…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1043661

The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-02
There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon …
globalresearch.ca/european-union-libya-irregular-migration/5685406

The Retainer Solution: The European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-02
There is a venom in international refugee policy that refuses to go away: officials charged with their tasks, passing on their labours to those who might see the UN Refugee Convention as empty wording, rather than strict injunction carved upon stone. They have all become manifest in the policy of deferral: humanitarian problems are for …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/the-retainer-solution-the-european-union-libya-and-irregular-migration/

Venezuela: Chavista militants killed as rural violence continues
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-02
Six activists from the grassroots Revolutionary Bolivar and Zamora Current ( CRBZ) were assassinated in Barinas State on July 27. | The victims, one of whom was pregnant, were part of the Hugo Chavez Popular Defence Brigades organised by the CRBZ in Barinas, Tachira, and other states regularly plagued by landowner violence against campesinos. | No information is yet known about the assailants, but the CRBZ claimed in their statement that they had "military…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-chavista-militants-killed-rural-violence-continues

AMLO's police gun down immigrant near US border
wsws.org | 2019-08-02
A migrant was shot dead while running away from police with his eight-year-old daughter hours before Trump praised Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government at a rally in Ohio.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/02/mexi-a02.html

US doctors' group urges probe into child migrant deaths from influenza
wsws.org | 2019-08-02
According to autopsy results, at least three migrant children have died in US custody as a result of influenza and its complications since December 2018, a rate of death substantially higher than that among children in the general population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/02/heal-a02.html

Dolores Huerta & Cornel West Respond to Democratic Debate as Biden & Harris Face Harsh Scrutiny
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-01
Ten presidential hopefuls took the stage Wednesday evening for the second night of a Democratic debate in Detroit. During the night, former Vice President Joe Biden defended his record after facing numerous attacks on his record on criminal justice, the Iraq War, immigration and women's rights. Senator Kamala Harris also faced criticism over her record as California attorney general. We speak to the legendary labor leader Dolores Huerta, who is co-chair of Kamala Harris's campaign, and Harvard professor Cornel West, who has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/1/seg_1

Dolores Huerta Accuses Biden of "Speaking Just Like a Republican" on Immigration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-01
Immigration rights activists abruptly interrupted Joe Biden during last night's debate, chanting "3 million deportations!"–referring to the Obama administration's deportation of at least 3 million undocumented people. During the debate, Julián Castro repeatedly challenged Biden's record on immigration. "It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't," Castro said. We speak to Dolores Huerta and Cornel West.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/1/dolores_huerta_accuses_biden_of_speaking

2nd Dem Debate Pt 2: Presidential Candidates Attack Trump as a Racist (1/4)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-01
Trump was called out as a white nationalist in the second night of Democratic presidential debates; demonstrators demanded Eric Garner's killer be fired, and justice for immigrants. With Kimberly Moffitt, Dharna Noor, and Marc Steiner as host…
therealnews.com/stories/2nd-dem-debate-pt-2-presidential-candidates-attack-trump-as-a-racist-1-4

'Never Again is Now' protest shuts down ICE in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-01
Minneapolis, MN – A few hundred protesters blocked off all roads outside of the Whipple Federal Building here at a 'Never Again is Now' protest July 30, shutting down business as usual to demand that the government close the concentration camps at the U.S.-México border. | Hundreds of cars were blocked from leaving the building where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is housed for several hours at the end of the work day. At the end of the action around 30 people were cited and released by Hennepin County cops. | The protest was organized by Jewish community members opposed to the camps at the U…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/7/31/never-again-now-protest-shuts-down-ice-minneapolis

Comment: This Land Is Whose Land?
Alexandra Tempus | progressive.org | 2019-08-01
Just as surely as migrants are inhumanely deterred at our borders, national identity is tyrannically policed inside them.
progressive.org/magazine/comment-this-land-is-whose-land-tempus-190801/

Hacked Emails Show GOP Demands on Border Security Were Crafted by Industry Lobbyists
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-08-01
Demands that CBP spend millions to upgrade cameras used to read license plates were orchestrated in part by a company that hoped to profit.
theintercept.com/2019/08/01/perceptics-hack-license-plate-readers/

Sheriffs Collude with Anti-Immigrant Group
Simon Davis-Cohen | progressive.org | 2019-08-01
Florida becomes a testing ground for law enforcement attacks on noncitizens.
progressive.org/magazine/sheriffs-with-anti-immigrant-group-davis-cohen-190801/

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

"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

UN working 'intensively' to stop Ebola in eastern DR Congo, following second case in major border town
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
Senior UN officials tasked with controlling the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have responded to Tuesday's confirmation of a second case of Ebola in Goma, a major trading town in the vast country's restive east, near the border with neighbouring Rwanda, which resulted in the death of the patient.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043501

Wednesday's Daily Brief: World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Second Ebola death on DR Congo's eastern border,‚ÄØUN chief lauds climate activist Thunberg, Afghan bus attack, and outgoing UN agriculture chief hands over reigns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
Our main stories today cover: ‚ÄØWorld Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Ebola on DR Congo side of Rwandan border, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg to said to UN climate summit, UN chief condemns deadly Afghan bus attack and UN agriculture agency chief marks last day.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043561

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/

Migration and the climate crisis: the UN's search for solutions
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
Throughout human history, migration and climate have always been connected, but in the modern era, the impacts of the man-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/07/1043551

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

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/

Headlines for July 29, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-29
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/7/29/headlines

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/

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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