2019-08-20: Social Media Postees

Make the country hate again — yet again
Editor | workers.org | 2019-08-20
"Make America great again" — the catchphrase of the current president and the fascistic movement he represents — has really always meant "hate again." No oppressed group has been spared from the vile acts and statements emanating from the White House every day. People of color, im/migrants, Muslims, women and . . . | Continue reading Make the country hate again — yet again at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/20/make-the-country-hate-again-yet-again/

Tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses!
FIRE | workers.org | 2019-08-20
The call to action below can be shared and signed at bit.ly/ICEoffBuses. Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere is a multinational, multigenerational and multigendered organization based in the U.S., seeking to bring together all sectors of society to concentrate on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immediately putting an end to . . . | Continue reading Tell Greyhound: ICE off our buses! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/20/tell-greyhound-ice-off-our-buses/

Italy: 10 Migrants Abandon Ship, PM Conte Resigns
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-20
Tensions increased at the Open Arms rescue vessel on Tuesday when ten of the immigrants aboard jumped into the sea in a desperate attempt to reach the Lampedusa port in Italy. | RELATED: | France Commits to Welcome 40 Migrants from 'Open Arms' Ship | "First a man, who was rescued by the Coast Guard, threw himself into the water… Then 9 migrants did too… others continue throwing themselves trying to reach the island's shore by swimming," the Repubblica reported and added that eight pe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-10-Migrants-Abandon-Ship-PM-Conte-Resigns-20190820-0005.html

Residents spring into action as dozens of mattresses fly away in Colorado storm (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-08-20
Residents of Stapleton, Colorado were bemoaning a spot of overcast, windy weather when they were suddenly beset on all sides by a horde of flying blow-up beds in what has been dubbed the "great mattress migration of 2019." | In eyewitness footage posted online by local Robb Manes, the magnificent mattress menagerie was captured in its full, natural beauty. | It seems a nearby outdoor cinema event hadn't banked on the notoriously blustery Colorado weather, and forgot to properly secure t…
rt.com/usa/466870-mattresses-unleashed-colorado-streets/

Workplace Raids Are Not the Answer
Angela Stuesse | commondreams.org | 2019-08-20
By establishing immigrant "illegality" in the workplace, the law emboldened corporations to intimidate and exploit undocumented laborers. (Photo: The Progressive) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ice_.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/20/workplace-raids-are-not-answer?cd-origin=rss

Over 450 refugees stranded in the Mediterranean for weeks as EU bars entry
wsws.org | 2019-08-20
The EU governments have no substantial differences with the fascistic anti-immigrant policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/20/medi-a20.html

Quebec's new CAQ-authored chauvinist laws incite spike in hate crimes
wsws.org | 2019-08-20
The more workers challenge austerity and social inequality, the more the ruling elite promotes Islamophobia and anti-immigrant chauvinism in an attempt to divide them and divert them from the struggle against crisis-ridden capitalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/20/hate-a20.html

Residents spring into action as dozens of mattresses fly away in Colorado storm (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-08-20
Residents of Stapleton, Colorado were bemoaning a spot of overcast, windy weather when they were suddenly beset on all sides by a horde of flying blow-up beds in what has been dubbed the "great mattress migration of 2019." | In eyewitness footage posted online by local Robb Manes, the magnificent mattress menagerie was captured in its full, natural beauty. | It seems a nearby outdoor cinema event hadn't banked on the notoriously blustery Colorado weather, and forgot to properly secure t…
rt.com/usa/466870-mattresses-unleashed-colorado-streets/

How the US Exported Its Border Around the World
Aaron Bady | thenation.com | 2019-08-20
How the US Exported Its Border Around the World…
thenation.com/article/todd-miller-new-book-empire-of-borders-interview/

Key questions about Boris Johnson's Brexit letter to Donald Tusk
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
With Brexit due on October 31, Boris Johnson has set out in writing his demands for changes to the UK's divorce deal from the European Union.– What has the Prime Minister said?In his letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, Johnson confirmed his aim of removing the backstop — the contingency plan to keep a soft border with Ireland in all circumstances — from the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement. | I have written to @eucopresident about key aspects of the UK's…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/20/key-questions-about-boris-johnsons-brexit-letter-to-donald-tusk/

Brussels rejects Boris Johnson's call for Irish backstop to be scrapped
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
Boris Johnson has been rebuffed by Brussels after demanding major changes in a new Brexit deal. | The prime minister set out his call for the backstop — the contingency plan to avoid a hard border with Ireland — to be scrapped from the divorce deal ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline. | But European Council president Donald Tusk defended the measure and warned that those seeking to replace it would risk a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland. | The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found. Those against the backst…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/20/brussels-rejects-boris-johnsons-call-for-irish-backstop-to-be-scrapped/

Lawsuit on Behalf of 55,000 Migrants Accuses Trump Administration of Torture in ICE Detention Centers
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-20
"Tens of thousands have suffered as a result of the federal government's abject failure to provide basic medical care. More will suffer, and more will die, without court intervention." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_ice.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/lawsuit-behalf-55000-migrants-accuses-trump-administration-torture-ice-detention?cd-origin=rss

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

Group Identifies Human Remains Along the Border
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-19
| In a special broadcast from the Arizona-Sonora border, we look at how the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people have been found in the Sonoran Desert since 2001, and speak with Robin Reineke, the co-founder of the Tucson-based organization Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Colibrí Center is dedicated to identifying the remains of people passing through the desert and, since its founding, has identified at least 100 migrants through meticulous forensic work and DNA data collection of people's remains…
truthout.org/video/group-identifies-human-remains-along-the-border/

Public Charge Rule Is Trump's Latest Attack on Immigrants
Rebekah Barber | commondreams.org | 2019-08-19
This week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced updates to the public charge rule that would bar immigrants who use safety-net programs including Medicaid and food stamps from obtaining green cards. (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.) |…
commondreams.org/views/2019/08/19/public-charge-rule-trumps-latest-attack-immigrants?cd-origin=rss

Facing Federal Charges for Aiding Migrants, Activist Says He Won't Be Deterred
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-19
| We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arri…
truthout.org/video/facing-federal-charges-for-aiding-migrants-activist-says-he-wont-be-deterred/

Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him
aclu.org | 2019-08-19
Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | The budget for Trump's turbo-charged immigration enforcement and border militarization is now larger than ever. And just last week, we learned that ICE plans to redirect even more money to further expand immigration detention and enforcement. The request is currently pending approval by congressional approp…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/trump-taking-more-money-raids-and-detention

26,000 Asylum Seekers Wait in Mexico for US Visas
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-19
More than 26,000 people are waiting in several cities of Mexico for a United States visa, according to authorities of Tijuana, the biggest city of both Baja California State and the Baja Peninsula, which houses the largest number of migrants. | RELATED: | US Pressures New President to Implement Guatemala Asylum Pact | Tijuana…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-26000-Asylum-Seekers-Waiting-for-US-Visas-20190819-0014.html

When People of Colour are seen as less than human, their babies are too
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2019-08-19
Every now and then, I come across a piece of news that just… rips my heart out. This may sound like an exaggeration, but reading these things can give me what feels like a physical pain inside my chest. I am forced to reflect on what some people have to suffer at the hands of our greatest living oppressors. And it makes me despair at the state of the world a little bit more. Reading about a four-month-old baby girl being separated from her breastfeeding mum by US immigration authorities…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/08/19/when-people-of-colour-are-seen-as-less-than-human-their-babies-are-too/

What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-08-19
Since when does a (mostly) respected press pundit sound just like an army general? Well, for a while now, in fact. Politicians and reporters will argue viciously about all kinds of issues: immigration, healthcare, race, et al. There's only one sacred cow that mainstream insiders — both "left" and right — dare not challenge: the runaway Pentagon budget and America's forever wars. | So it was, this Sunday morning, lounging in my hotel room in Spokane — I was in town for the national Vet…
truthdig.com/articles/what-fareed-zakaria-gets-wrong-about-afghanistan-everything/

Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-19
We had to blur her image but she talks about police brutality, the struggle for a transparent democracy, the Chinese army at the border, and hope for the future…
therealnews.com/stories/activist-on-the-front-lines-discusses-the-historic-protests-in-hong-kong

If Chinese Tanks Take Hong Kong, Who'll be Surprised?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-19
In the glorious world of journalism, tanks always "roll" across borders. I've never in my life actually seen a tank roll, but you get the point. They don't let anything stand in their way — or nothing is supposed to stand in their way. Hence the Hong Kong Chinese should back off if the People's Army…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/19/if-chinese-tanks-take-hong-kong-wholl-be-surprised/

Salvini's anti-immigrant policy is like a bomb that's 'going to explode'
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2019-08-19
On 18 August, several people jumped into the sea from the Spanish humanitarian boat Open Arms to reach the Italian coast. Italian far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini refuses to give this boat permission to dock in It…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2019/08/19/salvinis-anti-immigrant-policy-is-like-a-bomb-thats-going-to-explode/

IWO: Book traces workers' efforts to insure themselves against capitalism's failures
Tony Pecinovsky | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-19
Throughout history, countless mutual-aid societies have been created to help care for the injured and ill, the disabled and their dependents. With the emergence of modern industrial society and its by-product–the masses of workers (native and immigrant) ushered into the factories, mills, and stockyards–it is inevitable that a different type of mutual-aid society would emerge, …
peoplesworld.org/article/iwo-book-traces-workers-efforts-to-insure-themselves-against-capitalisms-failures/

Health Care Imperialism: Looting the World's Doctors
David Penner | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-19
To poach and rely on highly skilled foreign workers from poor countries in the public sector is akin to the crime of theft. — "Migration of Health Workers: An Unmanaged Crisis," The Lancet, May 28, 2005 What is striking about the tyranny of the medical industrial complex is not only its unconscionable oppression of the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/08/health-care-imperialism-looting-the-worlds-doctors/

Activist Scott Warren, Facing Federal Charges for Aiding Migrants, Says He Won't Be Deterred
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-19
We broadcast live from Tucson, Arizona, where the government recently put humanitarian activist Scott Warren on trial amid the ongoing policing of the U.S.-Mexico border, separation of families, and cruel and inhumane conditions at immigrant jails across the country. Warren, a longtime volunteer with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, was charged with three felony counts for his alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants in Ajo, Arizona. The immigrants had arrived at the doorstep of a humanitarian shelter after a perilous journey across the Sonoran Desert. At the same time, he and othe…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/19/no_more_deaths_scott_warren

"Humanitarian Aid Is Never a Crime": No More Deaths Volunteers Drop Water in Desert to Aid Migrants
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-19
Volunteers with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths have been venturing into the harsh Sonoran Desert for years to leave life-saving supplies for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Longtime volunteer Scott Warren was charged with three felonies for the alleged crime of providing food, water and shelter to migrants. After a hung jury in June, he is now facing retrial on two felony counts and faces a possible 10 years in prison. As he awaits his next trial as well as deals with misdemeanor charges in another case of aiding migrants, Democracy Now! followed him into the Sonoran Desert for his first trip…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/19/humanitarian_aid_is_never_a_crime

"They Are Irreplaceable, and They Mattered": Group Identifies Human Remains Along the Border
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-19
In a special broadcast from the Arizona-Sonora border, we look at how the bodies and bones of more than 3,000 people have been found in the Sonoran Desert since 2001, and speak with Robin Reineke, the co-founder of the Tucson-based organization Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Colibrí Center is dedicated to identifying the remains of people passing through the desert and, since its founding, has identified at least 100 migrants through meticulous forensic work and DNA data collection of people's remains and family members who are alive. In 2018, it launched the Bring Them Back Campaign to call for dignity and dem…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/19/robin_reineke_colibri_center_human_rights

France Commits to Welcome 40 Migrants from 'Open Arms' Ship
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-18
French Ministry of Interior announced Sunday that it would welcome to France 40 migrants from the Open Arms boat. | RELATED: | Italian PM Blasts Salvini for Being Obsessed with Immigration | "Coordination of solidarity between the countries that have committed themselves to receive migrants is maintained," said the French Minister of Interior, Christophe…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Commits-to-Welcome-40-Migrants-from-Open-Arms-20190818-0014.html

Queens, NY, rallies against ICE raids
Camden Goetz | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-17
"Liberation, not deportation!"
liberationnews.org/queens-ny-rallies-against-ice-raids/

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.
liberationnews.org/trump-uses-medicaid-as-weapon-against-disabled-immigrants/

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…
thenation.com/article/central-america-migrant-crisis-foreign-policy-trump/

US Customs and Border Protection systems down, airports affected nationwide
rt.com | 2019-08-16
Hundreds of passengers were stranded for hours at Los Angeles, New York and Washington international airports, as US Customs and Border Protection systems were plagued by 'technical 'issues.' | Around two hours after the technical issues were first reported, the CBP said that the crippled systems were "coming back online." The agency added that there was "no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at the time." | The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed. CBP will continue to monitor the incident. There is no indication the disruption was malicious in nature at thi…
rt.com/usa/466678-customs-border-protection-system-down/

Immigration Is for Rich People
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | thenation.com | 2019-08-15
Immigration Is for Rich People…
thenation.com/article/immigration-trump-public-charge-rule/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/immigrants-welcome-to-the-us-as-long-as-they-are-white-and-wealthy

"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.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/14/sonia_nazario_honduras_crime_corruption_migration

"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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/14/ken_cuccinelli_immigration_emma_lazarus

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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/13/splc-joins-brief-opposing-kansas-law-targeting-immigrants

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.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-other-americans-in-guatemala-indigenous-appeal-president-stolen-land-abbott-190813/

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 …
uwidata.com/4866-guatemalas-elections-may-decide-the-future-of-the-us-migration-crisis/

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.
liberationnews.org/miles-protestan-en-phoenix-por-abusos-a-ninos-en-centros-de-detencion-de-ice/

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.
liberationnews.org/el-mago-trump-el-verdadero-proposito-del-racismo-y-la-xenofobia/

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:…
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/07/splc-statement-mississippi-immigration-raids

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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14620

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

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