Trump's Firearm and Immigration Reform Proposal Is a Risky Political Gamble
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-06
Trump's trying to portray himself as the Uniter-in-Chief following two devastating terrorist attacks over the weekend, but his proposal to marry firearm and immigration reforms into a single bill is a risky political gamble, though one that might ultimately pay …
Parents of Parkland Victim Planned to Unveil a Mural in El Paso. Then Another Mass Shooting Happened
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
During this weekend's deadly gun violence in El Paso, Texas, Manuel and Patricia Oliver were in the vicinity because they were planning on commemorating what would have been the 19th birthday of their son, Joaquin Oliver. Joaquin was one of the 17 people gunned down during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day last year. Manuel and Patricia had traveled to Ciudad Juárez, across the U.S. border into Mexico, to visit an immigrant shelter in honor of their deceased son, saying no child should ever be separated from their parents by either gunfire or immigration ag…
Democrats "Are Not Speaking to the Needs of Immigrants and Communities of Color"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-06
Immigrant communities and people of color in the US are highly suspicious of the Democratic Party. However, there is a group of young democratic politicians from members of these communities who are giving hope…
Sectarianism is Alive and Well in Northern Ireland — and Boris Johnson is Recklessly Picking at the Scabs
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-06
On 8 May 1987 a Provisional IRA unit of eight men attacked a police station in the village of Loughgall in county Armagh 15 miles from the Irish border. One man drove a digger with a bomb in its bucket towards the building, half of which was destroyed in the explosion. But British forces had…
In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough"
Phyllis Bennis | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
Yamileth Lopez holds a photo of her deceased friend Javier Amir Rodriguez at a makeshift memorial for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 6, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez was a sophomore at Horizon High School and was killed in the shooting. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/in_the_killing_field.jpg …
Colombia offers nationality rights to Venezuelan children born there: UN hails 'very important step'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-06
The UN migration agency, IOM, has welcomed Colombia's decision on Monday to grant nationality status to more than 24,000 Venezuelan babies born inside the country after their parents fled across the border.
"We Can't Wait for McConnell": Advocates Call for Bold Action to Curb Gun Violence Epidemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-06
The death toll in Saturday's anti-immigrant shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso has risen to 22, after two more injured victims died Monday. Just before the shooting, the gunman published a manifesto claiming his actions were being done in response to what he described as a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." Most of the dead in El Paso were Latino, including eight Mexican nationals. Thirteen hours after the massacre in El Paso, a gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people, including his own sister, after opening fire outside a bar. We speak with Kris Brown, president of Brady, formerly the Brady Campaign to Preve…
Thoughts and prayers are not enough
Tim Wilkins | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-06
Our hearts are broken by this weekend's mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. In a matter of seconds — separated by a few hours and 1,600 miles — twenty-nine lives were stolen, and many more injured, by two angry, young white men with automatic weapons. | As shocking as these murders are, they are just the latest of our nation's self-inflicted wounds. There have been more mass shootings so far this year — 251 — than days. And the most recent — last weekend's in Gilmore, California, was by another angry, young white man who also evoked the racist, anti-immigrant tropes of President…
Librarians Resist – Day 12: Month of Resistance to CLOSE THE CAMPS
Bay Area Librarians | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
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Demonizing Immigrants and Mental Health Conditions is Not a Solution to Gun Violence
Amnesty International | indybay.org | 2019-08-06
Responding to President Donald Trump's speech following a spate of mass shootings over the weekend, Ernest Coverson, Amnesty International USA's End Gun Violence campaign manager said: "Gun violence reform cannot come at the expense of the human rights of any community. When President Trump links background checks for guns with immigration reform, he is once again demonizing immigrants and communities of color. The Trump administration will stop at nothing to shut down the border and limit safety to those who most need it. It is outrageous to denounce bigotry in one breath and terrorize the community that was tar…
'An act of terrorism': Mexico plans legal action against US after 6 citizens killed in El Paso shooting
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-06
After six Mexican nationals were killed in El Paso by a gunman authorities believe is the author of a racist and anti-immigrant manifesto, Mexico on Sunday said it is planning to take legal action against the United States for failing to protect its citizens. | Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said i…
Citing Racist Massacres and 'Inexcusable' Prevalence of Guns, Foreign Countries Issue Travel Safety Warnings for United States
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-06
While President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have spent the past several years claiming that immigrants and travelers from other countries pose a threat to Americans, the two shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend forced two countries to warn their own citizens of the dangers that lurk within U.S. borders. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11596797351.jpg …
US President Trump proposes tighter gun control tied to immigration reform
rt.com | 2019-08-05
US legislators should pass tougher gun control laws and possibly "marry" them to immigration reform, President Donald Trump tweeted. It comes ahead of an announcement on gun violence which he promised to deliver later on Monday. | …
Two Foxes and a Hen: Sexual Assault in the Military
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-05
This is now a nation governed by thugs, a government in many ways reminiscent of right-wing authoritarian societies throughout history. It's a smiling version of authoritarianism unless a person happens to be an immigrant. There aren't death camps or gulags here, unless you're an immigrant, or in some cases a prisoner in a place like the federal…
How Joe Biden's Privatization Plans Helped Doom Latin America and Fuel the Migration Crisis
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-05
On the campaign trail, Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic and security programs. Colombians and Hondurans tell The Grayzone about the damage his plans did to their societies. | *** | While …
Thousands of painted lady butterflies spotted in July as UK experiences 'influx'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-05
Tens of thousands of painted lady butterflies were spotted over two days in July thanks to a migration "influx" in the UK, according to environmental charity Butterfly Conservation. | The butterfly is a common immigrant to the UK from the continent each summer, but around once every 10 years there is a bumper year, when millions arrive together. | As the species makes its migration to the UK, the charity said that over 30,000 painted lady butterflies were spotted in two days at the end of July. | Nature lovers in the UK have spotted the butterflies in their gardens and local parks, and have shared photos and vide…
The End of a Cocaine-Fueled Presidency? Juan Orlando Hernandez Faces Regime Change in Honduras
Adrienne Pine | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-05
Honduras has been the epicenter of the Central American exodus and northward migration since the U.S.-backed coup 10 years ago and the ultra-violent repression by President Juan Orlando Hernandez's regime, as well as its ultra-neoliberal policies.
The El Paso Shooter Embraced Eco-Fascism. We Can't Let the Far Right Co-Opt the Environmental Struggle
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-08-05
On Aug. 4, 2019, a man places an American flag on a makeshift memorial outside the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting occurred the previous day. | The four-page manifesto believed to be written by suspected El Paso mass shooter Patrick Crusius abounds with Trumpian racist nationalism. "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas," notes the text, published shortly before Saturday's massacre. The manifesto, which decries "race-mixing," states, "some people will blame the president or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case," noting that the autho…
El Paso Gunman's Fear of a Migrant "Invasion" Echoes Donald Trump and Fox News
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-08-05
The president and his favorite news channel have both promoted the racist conspiracy theory cited by the attacker in El Paso, of a migrant "invasion."
After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny "Clear Link" Between Many Mass Shootings
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-05
Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex…
The Retainer Solution: the European Union, Libya and Irregular Migration
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-05
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…
El Paso Shooting Probed as Domestic Terrorism After Anti-Immigrant Gunman Kills 22 People
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-05
Over the span of 13 hours, the United States was shaken by two mass shootings. Saturday morning, a heavily armed gunman opened fire inside a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people, including a number of Mexican nationals. Federal authorities are treating the El Paso attack as an act of domestic terrorism. The suspected gunman has been identified as a 21-year-old white man named Patrick Crusius, who lived 600 miles away in a suburb of Dallas. Shortly before the attack in El Paso, the gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan. Some of the language in the manifesto…
Jewish Protesters Arrested at LA Office of Private Prison Company That Runs ICE 'Concentration Camps'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-05
Jewish activists were arrested Monday for protesting at the Los Angeles office of the GEO Group, a private prison company that runs federal migrant detention facilities decried by critics as "concentration camps." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/protesters_0.jpg …
Fourth immigrant dies in Georgia detention center
Arielle Robinson | workers.org | 2019-08-04
Pedro Arriago-Santoya died July 24 while detained in a South Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. Arriago-Santoya was 44 years old and from Mexico. His cause of death was listed as heart infection and multiple organ failure. Arriago-Santoya is the fourth migrant since 2017 to die while detained at Stewart . . . | Continue reading Fourth immigrant dies in Georgia detention center at Workers.org…
Central New York 'stands against racism
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2019-08-04
Under the slogan "CNY Stands Against Racism," about 50 people gathered in downtown Syracuse to protest the virulent U.S. racism that enforces life-threatening im/migrant camps, the deadly prison-industrial complex and the unjust criminal "justice system." One speaker pointed out that all these structures break up families and attack the most . . . | Continue reading Central New York 'stands against racism at Workers.org…
FRSO leader slams racist mass murder in El Paso
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-04
Washington DC – "The Freedom Road Socialist Organization strongly condemns the mass murder carried out in El Paso," said Masao Suzuki, chair of the FRSO Joint Nationalities Commission. Of the shooter he said, "With a Twitter account liking the hashtag BuildtheWall and a photo of guns spelling Trump, it is clear that the motivation for this white supremacist crime is shaped by Trump's racist attacks." | On August 3, a Trump-supporting gunman carried out a massacre of at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas, which he justified in racist, anti-immigrant statement. | Suzuki added, "Racist violence, from the massacres of…
North Carolina workers rally against anti-immigrant law
Dante Strobino | workers.org | 2019-08-04
Immigrant groups and union workers rallied in front of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's mansion in downtown Raleigh on July 12, urging him to veto House Bill 370, the so-called "Show Me Your Papers" law. HB 370 is an anti-immigrant bill that circumvents the local authority of sheriffs by requiring . . . | Continue reading North Carolina workers rally against anti-immigrant law at Workers.org…
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.
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 …
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…
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…
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.
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.
'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…
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.
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…
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.
Sheriffs Collude with Anti-Immigrant Group
Simon Davis-Cohen | progressive.org | 2019-08-01
How Florida has become a testing ground for law enforcement attacks on noncitizens.
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…
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.