2019-08-16: Social Media Postees

Jewish Activists and Allies Confront Amazon for Profiting Off ICE Terror
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
More than 1,000 Jewish activists and allies gathered at an Amazon book store in New York City on Sunday to protest the online retail behemoth's collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which swept up nearly 700 people last week in what was reportedly one of the agency's largest-ever raids.

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Healthcare & Harm Reduction Workers for Migrant Rights
Do No Harm Coalition, Public Health Awakening | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), | 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

#CloseTheCamps: Protest by Public Health & Healthcare Workers for Migrant Rights
Public Health Justice Collective & Others | indybay.org | 2019-08-16
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 630 Sansome St, San Francisco 94111…

Uncle Sam was Born Lethal
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

The Right Gives Corporations the Help It Denies Poor Immigrants of Color
Sonali Kolhatkar | commondreams.org | 2019-08-16
Children of mainly Latino immigrant parents hold signs during a march to the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss., on Aug. 11, 2019. The demonstration followed ICE raids earlier that week at seven poultry plants in Mississippi, including one in Canton. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/soanli.jpeg

Guatemala signs 'Safe Third Country'
Sam Ordóñez | workers.org | 2019-08-16
The governments of the U.S. and Guatemala on July 26 signed a "Safe Third Country" agreement, forcing migrants applying for asylum in the U.S. to do so from Guatemala. This agreement is part of the Trump administration's broader efforts to prevent migrants from entering the U.S. These include the construction . . . | Continue reading Guatemala signs 'Safe Third Country' at Workers.org

Trump uses Medicaid as weapon against disabled immigrants
John McDevitt | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-16
The administration's contempt for disabled people is only matched by its virulent racism and anti-immigrant bigotry.

Catch and Hang Live Chickens for Slaughter: $11 an Hour Possible!
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Koch Foods, a giant chicken processor that supplies Burger King, Kroger and Walmart (not affiliated with the Koch brothers) lost no time in replacing the five busloads of undocumented workers taken from its Mississippi plants this month due to an ICE raid. It is already holding "job fairs" to replace the workers. The August ICE…

As China masses troops on border, Trump calls for end to Hong Kong "problem"
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The US president solidarised himself with his Chinese counterpart in the "tough business" of dealing with social unrest.

That Debacle at the Border is Genocide
Susan Miller | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values…

Oslo mosque targeted in attempted far-right terrorist attack
wsws.org | 2019-08-16
The Norwegian political establishment has promoted the hysterical anti-immigrant atmosphere that encourages fascist attacks.

Panel Rejects U.S. Attempt to Limit Soap, Sleep for Migrant Kids
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-16
Appeals court officials say the government must provide safe food and water as well as sanitary conditions under a longstanding agreement.

The Current Migrant Crisis Was Created by US Foreign Policy, Not Trump
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-08-16
The Current Migrant Crisis Was Created by US Foreign Policy, Not Trump…

What happens in El Norte
Rebecca Gordon | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-16
It's hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco's Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala. On February 26, 2015, two undercover police …

Prevention Through Deterrence: The Strategy Shared by the El Paso Shooter and the U.S. Border Patrol
Nick Alexandrov | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-16
It is a simple strategy. First: murder Latinos in the U.S. Second: news of the killings spreads south. Third: fear of violent death paralyzes those hoping to leave Mexico. Terror deters migrants. It appears this was Patrick Crusius' logic when he stormed an El Paso Walmart on August 3. His alleged manifesto insists…

Immigration Is for Rich People
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Immigration Is for Rich People…

"Give us your rich": Immigration reporter says trump admin is changing "wholesale" who gets into U.S
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship …

The Right Gives Corporations the Help It Denies Poor Immigrants of Color
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
The administration announces rules that would deny green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps or other public assistance.

Donald Trump Is Not the First Xenophobe to Lead America
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-08-15
About 100 years ago, a flood of angry rhetoric and fear of immigrants reminiscent of today's scare tactics poured out of the White House.

Why the Government's Hunt for the Migrant Poor Is a Perfect Distraction From the Real Problems of Our Time
Jorge Majfud | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
Immigrants not only don't vote but likewise their economic power and ability to shape the media narrative are irrelevant. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cruelty.jpeg

US Anti-Poor Migrant Policy Could Harm Children's Health: Advocates
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-15
United States President Donald Trump's new plan to limit migration by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people receiving public help will end in sicker children, diseases and homelessness, according to migrant advocates and the federal government's analysis. | RELATED: | US: Hundreds Protest Potential End to TPS | According to the new rule revealed this week, the administration will refuse temporary or permanent visas to applicants if they don't have a certain income…

The US Has Driven Central Americans to Flee "the Northern Triangle"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-15
| It's hard to believe that more than four years have passed since the police shot Amílcar Pérez-López a few blocks from my house in San Francisco's Mission District. He was an immigrant, 20 years old, and his remittances were the sole support for his mother and siblings in Guatemala. On February 26, 2015, two undercover…

Fighting back: Six states sue the EPA over its approval of pesticide linked to brain damage
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-15
Last month the EPA announced that despite urging from the scientific community, it will not ban the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos. Now six states are fighting back against the decision. | California, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland and Vermont have filed a lawsuit against the EPA arguing the chloypyrifos poses a significant danger to human health and should be banned. | A similar lawsuit has been filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the environmental and health groups that advocate for environmentalists, farmworkers, and people with learning disabilities. | The EPA argues that environmental grou…

Cropping Out "Immigrants Welcome," Cuccinelli Takes Selfie With Replica Statue of Liberty Before Removing It From DHS Headquarters
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
A day after President Donald Trump's top immigration official suggested the U.S. should only welcome immigrants who "can stand on their own two feet," administration officials removed a replica of the Statue of Liberty from the Department of Homeland Security's grounds. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-08-15_at_5.34.23_pm.png

Federal Court Dismisses Trump Claim That Immigrant Children Aren't Entitled to Soap and Toothbrushes
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-15
"The government of the United States of America was fighting against having to provide toothbrushes, soap, and showers to children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_19.jpg

Immigrants Welcome to the US as Long as They Are White and Wealthy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-14
The Trump's administration's Kenneth Cuccinelli rewrites Emma Lazarus's words on the Statue of Liberty, telling the poor and oppressed they're no longer welcome. This comes right after Trump proposes to limit legal migration to the US. We speak to Michael Paarlberg of IPS…

"Give Us Your Rich": Immigration Reporter Says Trump Admin Is Changing "Wholesale" Who Gets into U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-14
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Those are the words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. But this week, acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite the poem to make a case for limiting immigration to the United States. He told NPR's Rachel Martin on Tuesday that the Statue of Liberty's message is "Give me your tired and your poor, who can stand on their own two feet and who will…

"A Narco State Supported by the United States": How Crime & Corruption in Honduras Fuel Migration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-14
We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario, who has closely detailed why migrants from Central America are fleeing their homes in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States. Earlier this year, Nazario spent a month in Honduras documenting how corruption and gang violence are forcing many people to flee. Her piece, "Pay or Die," ran in The New York Times, where she is a contributing opinion writer.

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Hong Kong airport disruption, Geneva Conventions at 70, new Ebola drug, French fighters in Iraq, Mediterranean migrant and Aden updates
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-13
Our main stories today cover: Human rights chief on chaos at Hong Kong airport; Geneva Conventions have been 'limiting brutality' for 70 years; breakthrough drug in DR Congo Ebola fight; France pushed to repatriate nationals on death row in Iraq; 'Race against time" for migrants in Mediterranean…

The Other Americans: In Guatemala, Indigenous Residents Appeal to the President Over Stolen Land
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-08-13
With a newly elected leader, hundreds of Mayan Mam families still await restitution–or face migrating north.

Take Action Now: Protect Immigrant Families on Food Stamps
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-08-13
Take Action Now: Protect Immigrant Families on Food Stamps…

Cómo los planes de privatización de Joe Biden condenaron a Latinoamérica y desataron la crisis migratoria
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
En su campaña, Joe Biden se ha jactado de su papel en la transformación de Colombia y Centroamérica a través…

Anger and Fear Spread Quickly in the Wake of an Anti-Immigrant Week
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-12
After a week that featured an anti-immigrant massacre and a large-scale ICE raid, which fractured hundreds of families, the latino community is experiencing anger, fear and uncertainty…

Guatemala's Elections May Decide the Future of the US' Migration Crisis
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-12
Guatemala is currently holding the second round of its presidential elections. With about 98% of polling places reporting, it seems that Giammattei had about 58% of votes, compared to about 42% for Sandra Torres. The first round took place on June 16 (parliamentary and presidential). The winner will be tasked with managing the most populous …

Border Patrol Arrest Reports Are Full of Lies That Can Sabotage Asylum Claims
John Washington | theintercept.com | 2019-08-11
On December 29, 2017, the night his daughter was born, Augusto left the hospital and rode his motorcycle to his home in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to pick up a change of clothes for his wife. On his way back, he was stopped at a police checkpoint and taken into custody. Police officers questioned him for hours about his father, a former mayor and member of the opposition party to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. At one point, a police detective pushed Augusto into a windowless room and beat him with a plastic Pepsi bottle loaded with sand. The next morning, caked with blood and bruised to a pulp, Augusto was releas…

The Unraveling of the Conspiracy Case Against No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-08-10
The federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, has always been a place where the borderlands and the American justice system collide. Described by its engineers as "a gateway to the desert and the mountains beyond," it was completed in 2000, the year that the Pima County medical examiner's office began tracking an explosion of deaths in that same desert. | Each afternoon, Monday through Thursday, dozens of chained migrants who survived the journey across the border but found themselves in Border Patrol custody are marched up from the building's bowels for mass hearings. They come in groups of up to 70 at a time. You…

Miles protestan en Phoenix por abusos a niños en centros de detención de ICE
Alexa Isais | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-09
Los eventos en Phoenix, incluido el valiente enfrentamiento con los matones de la policía que conllevó a 16 arrestos, así como la solidaridad tras los arrestos, demuestra la creciente determinación de un movimiento de solidaridad con todos los migrantes y refugiados, no solo aquí en Arizona, sino en todo el país.

El Mago Trump: el verdadero propósito del racismo y la xenofobia
Brian Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-09
Trump no quiere que estas personas le echen la culpa de su sufrimiento al robo, la avaricia y la corrupción de los súper ricos y los mayores banqueros y jefes corporativos. Se protege a sí mismo y a sus amigos multimillonarios mediante el uso de tácticas fascistas para satanizar a los pueblos "minoritarios," inmigrantes y grupos socialistas.

Mass ICE Raids in Mississippi After Workers Fought for Better Conditions Leave Kids Without Parents
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-09
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi this week and arrested 680 people. It was the largest single-state raid in U.S. history.The mass arrests also came on the first day of the school year, and some children walked home from school only to find their doors locked and their family members missing. Wednesday's raids targeted chicken processing plants operated by Koch Foods, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. Last year, the company paid out $3.75 million to settle an Equal Employment Opportunities Commission class-action suit charging th…

SPLC statement on Mississippi immigration raids
splcenter.org | 2019-08-08
Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney Julia Solórzano, with the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project, issued the following statement on today's workplace raids in Mississippi:…

Venezuelan Campesinos' March on Miraflores Blocked by Police
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-08
The mobilization marked the one-year anniversary of the Admirable Campesino March.

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.

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…

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.