Daily Archives: August 30, 2019

2019-08-30: News Headlines

Staff (2019-08-30). Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients, Servicemembers. truthout.org | | On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the S…

Staff (2019-08-30). Public Charge Rule Is an Attempt to Impose a White Nationalist Vision of America. truthout.org | | Janine Jackson: It's long been obvious, to anyone with a passing acquaintance with white supremacy, that Donald Trump and his ilk's stance on immigration was never any more about "legality" than it was about all immigrants. | In the face of such an unprincipled and frankly hateful administration, a focus on the law as a bastion against irrationality is perhaps understandable. But that shoul…

Staff (2019-08-30). Over 1,100 Congregations Have Agreed to Provide Sanctuary to Migrants. truthout.org | | It's a hot, humid Wednesday in July but the doors of Manhattan's Holyrood Episcopal Church are wide open. A rainbow flag flies high above the entryway and a table covered with bilingual pro-immigrant leaflets greets all who enter. The leaflets explain the rights of immigrants, outline important precautions for immigrants to take, and offer tips to allies who want to help stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. | But the church has also done much more than this, providing in-churc…

R.R. (2019-08-30). Emergency Palantir Mass Mobilization to Stop ICE Terror. indybay.org An angry group of activists mobilized on August 23 at the headquarters of Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto. Just 3 days earlier Palantir renewed its ICE Investigative Case Management contract that enables ICE to track the every move of undocumented immigrants until 2022; protesters responded quickly and loudly. | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

WSWS (2019-08-30). Harvard student deported over friends' social media posts. wsws.org Ismail Ajjawi's deportation is part of a campaign against immigrants and international students over purported concerns over "national security."

Joseph Natoli (2019-08-30). A Voting Calculus. counterpunch.org "Reality is not always probable, or likely" Borges tells us, but we are yet, presumptuously and foolishly, driven to find a logic and its calculus, especially regarding U.S. presidential elections. And so: Immigration: "If the number of voters who do not want to discourage but welcome the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, More

WSWS (2019-08-30). Trump promises pardons for crimes committed to build border wall. wsws.org The report in the Washington Post underscores the criminal character of the Trump administration.

teleSUR (2019-08-30). 'SpaceCom' is Trump's Response to Threats From China and Russia. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday the creation of the "Space Command" (Spacecom), a new institution whose mission will be to protect the interests of his country in space, which is considered as a realm that the United States, China and Russia are disputing. | RELATED: | Trump Cancels Trip, Florida on Alert as Hurricane Strengthens

Staff (2019-08-30). Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling. truthout.org | | This fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether the parents of Sergio Hernández Güereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2010, can sue the American agent in a U.S. federal court. It's been nearly 10 years since Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa, Jr. shot across the El Paso-Juárez border and struck Hernández Güereca in the head. The central question in the case is whether a Mexican citizen killed on Mexican soil by a U.S. border agent is…

Staff (2019-08-30). Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims' Stories. democracynow.org U.S. Border Patrol agents have killed 97 people since 2003, including at least six Mexicans on Mexican soil. Democracy Now! traveled to the borderlands of Arizona earlier this month to cover one of these killings: the death of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was gunned down by a Border Patrol agent in 2012. We met with Richard Boren of the Border Patrol Victims Network in Nogales, Arizona, at exactly the spot where agent Lonnie Swartz pointed his gun through the border wall to shoot and kill José Antonio. At this site, Richard Boren displayed a banner with images of José Antonio and other victims of Border Patr…

Staff (2019-08-30). "All-Out Attack": Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration to implement its rule banning almost all migrants from seeking asylum in the Unit…

Staff (2019-08-30). Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent. democracynow.org Nearly seven years ago, 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was killed in Nogales, Mexico, by U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz, who fired his gun from the U.S. side of the border. The teenager — who was unarmed — died face-down on the sidewalk just a couple of blocks from his home. Border Patrol has for years been plagued with hundreds of allegations of abuse and unnecessary use of deadly force, including the cross-border killings of at least six people on Mexican soil. Most cases are not investigated, and border agents are rarely criminally charged for using violent force. After nearly fiv…

Staff (2019-08-30). Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling to Determine If They Can Sue. democracynow.org This fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether the parents of Sergio Hernández Gàºereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2010, can sue the American agent in a U.S. federal court. It's been nearly 10 years since Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. shot across the El Paso-Juárez border and struck Hernández Gàºereca in the head. The central question in the case is whether a Mexican citizen killed on Mexican soil by a U.S. border agent is protected by the U.S. Constitution — allowing for the family members of victims to file civil lawsuits. If the Supreme Court rules in…

susan_p (2019-08-30). War on the Mexican border: How did it happen? greenleft.org.au immigrant rights Barry SheppardIssue 1235 United States US-Mexico border wallAugust 30, 2019What became the United States was first a series of white British — "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" (WASP) — settler colonies. | Besides starting the…

susan_p (2019-08-30). Rojava: Human shields defy threats of Turkish invasion. greenleft.org.au Rojava revolutionIssue 1235 Northern Syria Turkish military Democratic Federation of Northern SyriaAugust 30, 2019The people of Rojava in Northern Syria are continuing human shield actions along the Syria-Turkey border, to prevent an invasi…

RT (2019-08-29). #Resistance goes nuts over Trump axing automatic citizenship for kids born overseas. Only he didn't. rt.com Mainstream media, Democrats, and #Resistance Twitter have united to eviscerate a change to citizenship policy regarding children of overseas-deployed military members. The only problem is, they're all reading the policy wrong. | US Citizenship and Immigration Services released an update to its policies on how citizenship is assigned to children of American citizens born overseas on Wednesday. The admittedly confusing document centered on the definition of the term 'residence' and how it figures in the transmission of citizenship from parents to child — a potentially thorny subject, given the Trump adminis…

The Canary (2019-08-29). Channel patrols continue as UK and French ministers hold refugee crisis talks. thecanary.co The Home Secretary is set to travel to Paris for talks with France's Interior Minister in a bid to tackle the refugee crisis.Priti Patel and Christophe Castaner are expected to meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the latest wave of attempts by asylum seekers to cross the English Channel.Border Force cutters continued patrols along the south coast on Thursday morning in the wake of small boats crossing from France to the UK on an almost daily basis over the last week.More than 220 asylum seekers — including at least 40 children — have been intercepted by UK and French authorities since Thursday last we…

United Nations (2019-08-29). Venezuela migrant crisis begs a 'coherent, predictable and harmonized' response: UNHCR. un.org There is "no end in sight" to the massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, now at around 4.3 million in number, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) shared on Thursday.

teleSUR (2019-08-29). Italy Allows the 'Mare Jonio' Vessel to Dock Women and Children. telesurenglish.net Italy's acting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized Thursday the landing of women, children and sick people aboard the Mare Jonio, an Italian humanitarian ship which rescued on Wednesday African migrants at the Mediterranean Sea. | RELATED: | Italy: Center-Left PD, 5-Star Form New Coalition Led by Conte | "The Mare Jonio may descend women, child…

United Nations (2019-08-29). Thursday's Daily Brief: UN refugee agency on Venezuelan migrant crisis, dramatic resurgence' of measles in Europe, a UN News visit to former nuclear test site, Colombian law for disabled persons receives praise, Security Council on violence in Yemen. un.org A recap of Thursday's stories: 'No end in sight' to massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees; 'Dramatic resurgence' of measles threatens Europe; Report from nuclear test site in Kazakhstan; UN expert welcomes new Colombian law for persons with disabilities; Security Council concerned over violent spams in Yemen.

teleSUR (2019-08-29). Italy's President Allows 5-Star's Conte to Form New Gov't With PD. telesurenglish.net Italy's President asked Giuseppe Conte to head up a coalition of the 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) Thursday, a move could that could improve Italy's fractious relations with the European Union. | RELATED: | Italy: 'Mare Jonio' Vessel Rescues a Hundred African Migrants | Markets welcomed the prospect of a quick end to a three-week-l…

Anya Parampil (2019-08-29). The Grayzone's Anya Parampil on Fox: US regime change policy fuels migration crisis. thegrayzone.com On Fox News, Anya Parampil explained how the US coup in Honduras and bipartisan support for the corrupt, right-wing President…

WSWS (2019-08-29). Department of Homeland Security using $155 million in FEMA disaster relief to fund Trump's immigrant crackdown. wsws.org The shuffling of funds comes one week after the Trump White House announced an end to the Flores settlement, as a result, the government will be using FEMA funds to imprison immigrant families indefinitely.

Ruth Milka (2019-08-29). Joe Arpaio to run for Sheriff again. nationofchange.org Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt in 2017 and has a history of abuse of the Latino community, has announced that he will run to be reelected Sheriff in 2020. | "On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be re-elected Sheriff," said Sheriff Arpaio in his statement. "Watch out world! We are back!" | Arpaio previously serves as the sheriff of Maricopa County in 2020 for 24 years, during which he…

Ilana Novick (2019-08-29). Trump's Asylum Policies Could Get People Killed. truthdig.com In an April roundtable on U.S.-Mexico border security, President Trump called asylum seekers and their stories a "scam." "They're not afraid of anything … and they say ' I fear for my life,' " he said, according to The Daily Beast. "It's a scam, it's a hoax." Trump also claimed, according to CNN, that " the system is full," and t…

Staff (2019-08-29). Headlines for August 29, 2019. democracynow.org EPA to Roll Back Methane Regulations in Blow to Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trump Moves to Allow Logging in World's Largest Intact Temperate Rainforest, Hurricane Dorian Gains Strength, Threatens Bahamas & Florida, Swedish Youth Climate Justice Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in NYC After 15-Day Boat Trip, Gillibrand Drops Out of 2020 Race as Just 10 Dems Qualify for Sept. Debate, Thousands Protest "Coup" in U.K. as Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament Ahead of Brexit, New Coalition Government May Be Formed in Italy, Italian Humanitarian Ship Rescues 100 Migrants Off Coast of Libya, Separatists & Government-B…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-08-28). As hurricane approaches Puerto Rico, Trump transfers funding to border cages. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With Hurricane Dorian poised to smash into Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and then Florida, GOP President Donald Trump's decision to transfer disaster relief money and Coast Guard funds from those uses — among other things — to build migrant detention camps in the Southwest has sparked outrage. The catch is that there's not …

Staff (2019-08-28). Orwellian Surveillance of Tohono O'odham Nation — A Test Case for Entire US Border? therealnews.com Will Parrish tells the story of how Israeli surveillance techniques originally developed to control Palestinians are now being used on Indigenous land near the border to control migrants, and could be expanded to the entire nation…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-28). Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia. venezuelanalysis.com Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.

Staff (2019-08-28). "We're in a Crisis of Deaths": Migrant Death Toll Tops 900 in Mediterranean as 40 Die Off Libya. democracynow.org At least 40 refugees and migrants are feared dead off of the coast of Libya after a boat carrying dozens of people en route to Europe capsized Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Libyan coast guard, some 65 migrants and refugees, mostly from Sudan, were rescued with the help of local fishermen. With Tuesday's tragedy, the number of migrants and refugees who have lost their lives this year in the Mediterranean en route to Europe is up to 900. Meanwhile, far-right European leaders like Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini continue to criminalize refugees and migrants, as well as humanitar…

Staff (2019-08-27). Trump Is Politicizing the Power of Immigration Judges. therealnews.com Trump's administration is trying to decertify the immigration judge's union, speed up trials, and make it easy to overturn their decisions. TRNN discusses the memo quoting a white supremacist website that was sent to immigration judges…

United Nations (2019-08-27). Football is 'refuge for those who have left everything'; UN initiative aims to bolster well-being of refugee, migrant children in Peru. un.org Sport brings people together "regardless of conditions or flags", a senior United Nations official in Perú said on Tuesday referring to a new initiative launched over this past weekend to promote the well-being of children and youth in Lima's refugee and migrant communities through football.

Janine Jackson (2019-08-26). 'It's an Attempt to Impose a White Nationalist Vision of What America Is' – CounterSpin interview with Sasha Abramsky on new attack on immigrants. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed author Sasha Abramsky about Trump's new attack on immigrants for the August 23, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

United Nations (2019-08-26). Monday's Daily Brief: UN chief talks climate action at G7, WFP official visits camp in Central African Republic, Deadly violence at Lesvos migrant centre, Security Council meets on AU-UN Darfur mission. un.org A recap of Monday's stories: UN chief urges more action from G7 leaders to tackle 'climate emergency'; WFP official visits camp for displaced in Central African Republic, UN refugee agency calls on Greece to keep young migrants safe after deadly incident at Lesvos reception centre; and Security Council considers work of AU-UN Mission in Sudan's Darfur region.

Fight Back (2019-08-26). Protesters block traffic at MN State Fair, demand end to police crimes. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On August 24, protesters shut down a light rail train, blocked traffic and shut down the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair. The protesters demanded justice for victims of killer cops, an end to ICE raids, concentration camps and family separation, and an end to deadly U.S. interventions and blockades against foreign countries. Trump supporters and racists heckled, filmed and attacked the protesters, but failed to block the protesters' message, and no serious injuries occurred. | This was the fifth annual protest of the Minnesota State Fair. The initial protest was in response to the murder…

Staff (2019-08-26). Headlines for August 26, 2019. democracynow.org World Leaders Pledge Amazon Help as Trump Sends Mixed Signals About China at G7 Summit, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif Makes Surprise Appearance at G7 to Hold Talks with European Officials, Protesters Call Out G7 Leaders over Corporate Ties, Climate Inaction and Inequality, Wildfires Continue to Consume Amazon as Public Outrage Grows, Police Deploy Water Cannons, Fire a Live Warning Shot at Hong Kong Protesters, Attacks in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq Add to Mounting Tensions in Middle East, EU Countries Say They Will Relocate Migrants Stranded on Ship After 2-Week Standoff, 200,000 Rohingya Refugees March for "Genocid…

Will Parrish (2019-08-25). The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under "Persistent Surveillance" theintercept.com Elbit Systems, which touts its products as "field-proven" on Palestinians, was contracted to build a high-tech surveillance system on Tohono O'odham land.

Staff (2019-08-24). Trump's Concentration Camps for Children. therealnews.com This week, the Trump Administration declared that immigrant children can be detained indefinitely, and in conditions that can be described as concentration camps. We talk to Sasha Abramsky of The Nation…

CounterSpin (2019-08-23). Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants. fair.org Media…

Neri Felipe (2019-08-23). Escuelita àìscar Romero in Philadelphia builds unity in the face of anti-immigrant terror. liberationnews.org The Escuelita àìscar Romero, a program of the Philadelphia branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation which primarily serves recently arrived Central American children, just concluded its first summer camp.

splcenter (2019-08-23). Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty. splcenter.org Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.

Fight Back (2019-08-23). Activists demand Minnesota divest from border militarization contractor. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On August 22, immigrant rights and Palestine solidarity activists presented over 1000 signatures of Minnesota residents petitioning the State Board of Investments (SBI) to divest state pension funds from the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. Elbit sells cluster bombs and weaponized white phosphorus to the Israel Defense Forces, whose indiscriminate use on besieged Gaza has been widely condemned by international organizations. Elbit also manufactures surveillance equipment for the Israeli apartheid wall, and drones used in targeted assassinations of Palestinian political leaders. | Advertisi…

Staff (2019-08-23). Sen. Merkley Condemns Trump's War Against Migrant Families as U.S. Moves to Indefinitely Jail Kids. democracynow.org The Trump administration is moving to indefinitely detain migrant children and their families, reversing decades of U.S. policy. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue a new rule today to withdraw from a 1997 federal court settlement known as the Flores agreement, which put a 20-day limit on migrant family detentions. We speak with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who made headlines last year when he was barred from entering an old Walmart where the government was detaining about 1,500 immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas.

Norman Stockwell (2019-08-22). 'Anti-alien Hysteria:' Journalist Elizabeth Glendower Evans and the Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti. progressive.org In a case perhaps more relevant now than ever, the trial of the two immigrants became a rallying point for 1920s progressives, labor activists, and human rights advocates around the globe.

ACLU (2019-08-22). A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing. aclu.org Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…

Staff (2019-08-22). Headlines for August 22, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration Proposes Jailing Migrant Families Indefinitely, Federal Budget Deficit to Top $1 Trillion in 2020, Satellite Data Show Brazilian Amazon Burning at Record Pace, Brazilian President Bolsonaro Blames Environmentalists for Amazon Fires, Wildfires Rage in Alaska, Canary Islands, Siberia and Greenland, Gov. Jay Inslee, Champion of Climate Fight, Drops 2020 Presidential Bid, Activists Disrupt Event Honoring House Speaker Pelosi to Demand Trump's Impeachment, Abdalla Hamdok Sworn In as Sudan's Prime Minister, Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Mark Anniversary of Subway Attack, Mexico's Zapatistas Exp…

Staff (2019-08-21). Meet Alvaro Enciso, the Artist Placing Crosses in Sonoran Desert to Memorialize Migrant Deaths. democracynow.org More than 3,000 human remains have been found in the Sonoran Desert, most of them of migrants fleeing their home countries to embark on an uncertain and perilous journey to the United States. On a recent visit to the Arizona borderlands, Democracy Now! accompanied Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso into the desert at the site where he placed four unique markers to honor four immigrants killed in a car accident years ago as they fled from Border Patrol. In the past five years, Enciso, who is originally from Colombia, has built and installed over 900 crosses across the treacherous Sonoran Desert in Arizona as part o…

Staff (2019-08-21). Headlines for August 21, 2019. democracynow.org Amazon Wildfires Spark Fears of Environmental Disaster as Sà£o Paulo Goes Dark from Smoke, Trump Expected to End Flores Agreement, Slashing Protections for Child Migrants, CBP Will Not Vaccinate Jailed Migrants as Doctors Say At Least 3 Detained Children Died from Flu, Lawsuits Allege "Torture" in Migrant Jails and Child Abuse in Foster Care, Italy in Turmoil as Prime Minister Resigns, Migrants Disembark from Rescue Ship in Italy After Being Stranded at Sea for 3 Weeks, Trump Cancels Denmark Visit over Refusal to Discuss Selling Greenland, Trump Attacks Tlaib & Omar, Says Jews Are "Disloyal" If They Vote De…

ACLU (2019-08-19). Trump is Taking More Money for Raids and Detention. Congress Should Stop Him. aclu.org Without congressional checks, ICE and CBP will continue to overspend and overstep. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…

splcenter (2019-08-19). SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants. splcenter.org 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).

2019-08-30: Social Media Postees

Over 1,100 Congregations Have Agreed to Provide Sanctuary to Migrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-30
| It's a hot, humid Wednesday in July but the doors of Manhattan's Holyrood Episcopal Church are wide open. A rainbow flag flies high above the entryway and a table covered with bilingual pro-immigrant leaflets greets all who enter. The leaflets explain the rights of immigrants, outline important precautions for immigrants to take, and offer tips to allies who want to help stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. | But the church has also done much more than this, providing in-churc…
truthout.org/articles/over-1100-congregations-have-agreed-to-provide-sanctuary-to-migrants/

Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients, Servicemembers
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-30
| On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the S…
truthout.org/video/trumps-anti-immigrant-policies-target-children-cancer-patients-servicemembers/

Public Charge Rule Is an Attempt to Impose a White Nationalist Vision of America
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-30
| Janine Jackson: It's long been obvious, to anyone with a passing acquaintance with white supremacy, that Donald Trump and his ilk's stance on immigration was never any more about "legality" than it was about all immigrants. | In the face of such an unprincipled and frankly hateful administration, a focus on the law as a bastion against irrationality is perhaps understandable. But that shoul…
truthout.org/audio/public-charge-rule-is-an-attempt-to-impose-a-white-nationalist-vision-of-america/

Emergency Palantir Mass Mobilization to Stop ICE Terror
R.R. | indybay.org | 2019-08-30
An angry group of activists mobilized on August 23 at the headquarters of Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto. Just 3 days earlier Palantir renewed its ICE Investigative Case Management contract that enables ICE to track the every move of undocumented immigrants until 2022; protesters responded quickly and loudly. | Photos by Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/08/27/18825745.php

Harvard student deported over friends' social media posts
wsws.org | 2019-08-30
Ismail Ajjawi's deportation is part of a campaign against immigrants and international students over purported concerns over "national security."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/30/isdf-a30.html

A Voting Calculus
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-30
"Reality is not always probable, or likely" Borges tells us, but we are yet, presumptuously and foolishly, driven to find a logic and its calculus, especially regarding U.S. presidential elections. And so: Immigration:…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/30/a-voting-calculus/

Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-30
| This fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether the parents of Sergio Hernández Güereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2010, can sue the American agent in a U.S. federal court. It's been nearly 10 years since Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa, Jr. shot across the El Paso-Juárez border and struck Hernández Güereca in the head. The central question in the case is whether a Mexican citizen killed on Mexican soil by a U.S. border agent is…
truthout.org/video/family-of-mexican-teenager-slain-by-border-agent-awaits-scotus-ruling/

Trump promises pardons for crimes committed to build border wall
wsws.org | 2019-08-30
The report in the Washington Post underscores the criminal character of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/30/wall-a30.html

Border Patrol Has Killed At Least 97 People Since 2003. Hear Some of Their Victims' Stories
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
U.S. Border Patrol agents have killed 97 people since 2003, including at least six Mexicans on Mexican soil. Democracy Now! traveled to the borderlands of Arizona earlier this month to cover one of these killings: the death of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was gunned down by a Border Patrol agent in 2012. We met with Richard Boren of the Border Patrol Victims Network in Nogales, Arizona, at exactly the spot where agent Lonnie Swartz pointed his gun through the border wall to shoot and kill José Antonio. At this site, Richard Boren displayed a banner with images of José Antonio and other victims of Border Patr…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/richard_boren_border_patrol_victims_network

"All-Out Attack": Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies Target Children, Cancer Patients & Servicemembers
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
On Tuesday, the Trump administration reportedly ended its "medical deferred action" program, which allows immigrants with serious health problems to stay in the U.S. for up to two years beyond the terms of their visas to receive critical treatment. Just one day later, it announced that some children born to U.S. servicemembers and government employees stationed overseas will no longer automatically receive citizenship. The policy changes come days after the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the Trump administration to implement its rule banning almost all migrants from seeking asylum in the Unit…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/lee_gelernt_aclu_immigrant_rights

Family of Mexican Teenager Slain by Border Agent Awaits SCOTUS Ruling to Determine If They Can Sue
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
This fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether the parents of Sergio Hernández Gàºereca, a 15-year-old Mexican teen killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2010, can sue the American agent in a U.S. federal court. It's been nearly 10 years since Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa Jr. shot across the El Paso-Juárez border and struck Hernández Gàºereca in the head. The central question in the case is whether a Mexican citizen killed on Mexican soil by a U.S. border agent is protected by the U.S. Constitution — allowing for the family members of victims to file civil lawsuits. If the Supreme Court rules in…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/scotus_case_border_patrol_killings_mexico

Justice for José Antonio: Family Demands Accountability for Mexican Teen Killed by U.S. Border Agent
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-30
Nearly seven years ago, 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was killed in Nogales, Mexico, by U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz, who fired his gun from the U.S. side of the border. The teenager — who was unarmed — died face-down on the sidewalk just a couple of blocks from his home. Border Patrol has for years been plagued with hundreds of allegations of abuse and unnecessary use of deadly force, including the cross-border killings of at least six people on Mexican soil. Most cases are not investigated, and border agents are rarely criminally charged for using violent force. After nearly fiv…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/30/jose_antonio_elena_rodriguez_border_patrol

War on the Mexican border: How did it happen?
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-30
immigrant rights Barry SheppardIssue 1235 United States US-Mexico border wallAugust 30, 2019What became the United States was first a series of white British — "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant" (WASP) — settler colonies. | Besides starting the…
greenleft.org.au/content/war-mexican-border-how-did-it-happen

Rojava: Human shields defy threats of Turkish invasion
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-30
Rojava revolutionIssue 1235 Northern Syria Turkish military Democratic Federation of Northern SyriaAugust 30, 2019The people of Rojava in Northern Syria are continuing human shield actions along the Syria-Turkey border, to prevent an invasi…
greenleft.org.au/content/rojava-human-shields-defy-threats-turkish-invasion

Italy Allows the 'Mare Jonio' Vessel to Dock Women and Children
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-29
Italy's acting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini authorized Thursday the landing of women, children and sick people aboard the Mare Jonio, an Italian humanitarian ship which rescued on Wednesday African migrants at the Mediterranean Sea. | RELATED: | Italy: Center-Left PD, 5-Star Form New Coalition Led by Conte | "The Mare Jonio may descend women, child…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italy-Allows-the-Mare-Jonio-Vessel-to-Dock-Women-and-Children-20190829-0020.html

Italy's President Allows 5-Star's Conte to Form New Gov't With PD
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-29
Italy's President asked Giuseppe Conte to head up a coalition of the 5-Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) Thursday, a move could that could improve Italy's fractious relations with the European Union. | RELATED: | Italy: 'Mare Jonio' Vessel Rescues a Hundred African Migrants | Markets welcomed the prospect of a quick end to a three-week-l…
telesurenglish.net/news/Italys-President-Allows-5-Stars-Conte-to-Form-New-Govt-With-PD–20190829-0019.html

Thursday's Daily Brief: UN refugee agency on Venezuelan migrant crisis, dramatic resurgence' of measles in Europe, a UN News visit to former nuclear test site, Colombian law for disabled persons receives praise, Security Council on violence in Yemen
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-29
A recap of Thursday's stories: 'No end in sight' to massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees; 'Dramatic resurgence' of measles threatens Europe; Report from nuclear test site in Kazakhstan; UN expert welcomes new Colombian law for persons with disabilities; Security Council concerned over violent spams in Yemen.
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Venezuela migrant crisis begs a 'coherent, predictable and harmonized' response: UNHCR
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-29
There is "no end in sight" to the massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, now at around 4.3 million in number, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) shared on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1045241

#Resistance goes nuts over Trump axing automatic citizenship for kids born overseas. Only he didn't
rt.com | 2019-08-29
Mainstream media, Democrats, and #Resistance Twitter have united to eviscerate a change to citizenship policy regarding children of overseas-deployed military members. The only problem is, they're all reading the policy wrong. | US Citizenship and Immigration Services released an update to its policies on how citizenship is assigned to children of American citizens born overseas on Wednesday. The admittedly confusing document centered on the definition of the term 'residence' and how it figures in the transmission of citizenship from parents to child — a potentially thorny subject, given the Trump adminis…
rt.com/usa/467511-trump-attack-citizenship-military-mccain/

The Grayzone's Anya Parampil on Fox: US regime change policy fuels migration crisis
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-29
On Fox News, Anya Parampil explained how the US coup in Honduras and bipartisan support for the corrupt, right-wing President…
thegrayzone.com/2019/08/29/the-grayzones-anya-parampil-on-fox-us-regime-change-policy-fuels-migration-crisis/

Department of Homeland Security using $155 million in FEMA disaster relief to fund Trump's immigrant crackdown
wsws.org | 2019-08-29
The shuffling of funds comes one week after the Trump White House announced an end to the Flores settlement, as a result, the government will be using FEMA funds to imprison immigrant families indefinitely.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/29/fema-a29.html

Joe Arpaio to run for Sheriff again
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-29
Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt in 2017 and has a history of abuse of the Latino community, has announced that he will run to be reelected Sheriff in 2020. | "On this day, August 25, 2019, after consultation and approval from my wife of 61 years, Ava, I have decided to run to be re-elected Sheriff," said Sheriff Arpaio in his statement. "Watch out world! We are back!" | Arpaio previously serves as the sheriff of Maricopa County in 2020 for 24 years, during which he…
nationofchange.org/2019/08/29/joe-arpaio-to-run-for-sheriff-again/

Channel patrols continue as UK and French ministers hold refugee crisis talks
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-29
The Home Secretary is set to travel to Paris for talks with France's Interior Minister in a bid to tackle the refugee crisis.Priti Patel and Christophe Castaner are expected to meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the latest wave of attempts by asylum seekers to cross the English Channel.Border Force cutters continued patrols along the south coast on Thursday morning in the wake of small boats crossing from France to the UK on an almost daily basis over the last week.More than 220 asylum seekers — including at least 40 children — have been intercepted by UK and French authorities since Thursday last we…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/08/29/channel-patrols-continue-as-uk-and-french-ministers-hold-refugee-crisis-talks/

Trump's Asylum Policies Could Get People Killed
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-08-29
In an April roundtable on U.S.-Mexico border security, President Trump called asylum seekers and their stories a "scam." "They're not afraid of anything … and they say ' I fear for my life,' " he said, according to The Daily Beast. "It's a scam, it's a hoax." Trump also claimed, according to CNN, that " the system is full," and t…
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-asylum-policies-could-get-people-killed/

Orwellian Surveillance of Tohono O'odham Nation — A Test Case for Entire US Border?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-28
Will Parrish tells the story of how Israeli surveillance techniques originally developed to control Palestinians are now being used on Indigenous land near the border to control migrants, and could be expanded to the entire nation…
therealnews.com/stories/orwellian-surveillance-of-tohono-oodham-nation-a-test-case-for-entire-us-border

As hurricane approaches Puerto Rico, Trump transfers funding to border cages
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-28
WASHINGTON–With Hurricane Dorian poised to smash into Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and then Florida, GOP President Donald Trump's decision to transfer disaster relief money and Coast Guard funds from those uses — among other things — to build migrant detention camps in the Southwest has sparked outrage. The catch is that there's not …
peoplesworld.org/article/as-hurricane-approaches-puerto-rico-trump-transfers-funding-to-border-cages/

Report: One Venezuelan Migrant Killed Every Day in Colombia
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-08-28
Criminal activity and xenophobic attacks have been cited among the main causes.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14641

"We're in a Crisis of Deaths": Migrant Death Toll Tops 900 in Mediterranean as 40 Die Off Libya
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-28
At least 40 refugees and migrants are feared dead off of the coast of Libya after a boat carrying dozens of people en route to Europe capsized Tuesday morning in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Libyan coast guard, some 65 migrants and refugees, mostly from Sudan, were rescued with the help of local fishermen. With Tuesday's tragedy, the number of migrants and refugees who have lost their lives this year in the Mediterranean en route to Europe is up to 900. Meanwhile, far-right European leaders like Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini continue to criminalize refugees and migrants, as well as humanitar…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/28/migrant_deaths_mediterranean_unhcr_charlie_yaxley

Trump Is Politicizing the Power of Immigration Judges
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-27
Trump's administration is trying to decertify the immigration judge's union, speed up trials, and make it easy to overturn their decisions. TRNN discusses the memo quoting a white supremacist website that was sent to immigration judges…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-is-politicizing-the-power-of-immigration-judges

Football is 'refuge for those who have left everything'; UN initiative aims to bolster well-being of refugee, migrant children in Peru
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-27
Sport brings people together "regardless of conditions or flags", a senior United Nations official in Perú said on Tuesday referring to a new initiative launched over this past weekend to promote the well-being of children and youth in Lima's refugee and migrant communities through football.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044991

Monday's Daily Brief: UN chief talks climate action at G7, WFP official visits camp in Central African Republic, Deadly violence at Lesvos migrant centre, Security Council meets on AU-UN Darfur mission
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-26
A recap of Monday's stories: UN chief urges more action from G7 leaders to tackle 'climate emergency'; WFP official visits camp for displaced in Central African Republic, UN refugee agency calls on Greece to keep young migrants safe after deadly incident at Lesvos reception centre; and Security Council considers work of AU-UN Mission in Sudan's Darfur region.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/08/1044971

'It's an Attempt to Impose a White Nationalist Vision of What America Is' – CounterSpin interview with Sasha Abramsky on new attack on immigrants
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-08-26
Janine Jackson interviewed author Sasha Abramsky about Trump's new attack on immigrants for the August 23, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/its-an-attempt-to-impose-a-white-nationalist-vision-of-what-america-is/

Protesters block traffic at MN State Fair, demand end to police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-26
St. Paul, MN – On August 24, protesters shut down a light rail train, blocked traffic and shut down the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair. The protesters demanded justice for victims of killer cops, an end to ICE raids, concentration camps and family separation, and an end to deadly U.S. interventions and blockades against foreign countries. Trump supporters and racists heckled, filmed and attacked the protesters, but failed to block the protesters' message, and no serious injuries occurred. | This was the fifth annual protest of the Minnesota State Fair. The initial protest was in response to the murder…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/26/protesters-block-traffic-mn-state-fair-demand-end-police-crimes

The End of the Greater Middle East Project: The Case of Kurdistan
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-26
Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential elections has had dire implications for the American "Greater Middle East" project which has guided US foreign policy in the Middle East since it was first put forward in 2003. Trump's reorientation toward internal US problems (migration, economy, protectionism), the emergence of new geopolitical rivals (China and Iran) …
uwidata.com/5067-the-end-of-the-greater-middle-east-project-the-case-of-kurdistan/

The U.S. Border Patrol and an Israeli Military Contractor Are Putting a Native American Reservation Under "Persistent Surveillance"
Will Parrish | theintercept.com | 2019-08-25
Elbit Systems, which touts its products as "field-proven" on Palestinians, was contracted to build a high-tech surveillance system on Tohono O'odham land.
theintercept.com/2019/08/25/border-patrol-israel-elbit-surveillance/

Trump's Concentration Camps for Children
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-24
This week, the Trump Administration declared that immigrant children can be detained indefinitely, and in conditions that can be described as concentration camps. We talk to Sasha Abramsky of The Nation…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-concentration-camps-for-children

Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-08-23
Media…
fair.org/home/sasha-abramsky-on-trumps-new-attack-on-immigrants/

Weekend Read: ICE's deliberate cruelty
splcenter.org | 2019-08-23
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" — an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/08/24/weekend-read-ices-deliberate-cruelty

Activists demand Minnesota divest from border militarization contractor
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-23
St. Paul, MN – On August 22, immigrant rights and Palestine solidarity activists presented over 1000 signatures of Minnesota residents petitioning the State Board of Investments (SBI) to divest state pension funds from the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. Elbit sells cluster bombs and weaponized white phosphorus to the Israel Defense Forces, whose indiscriminate use on besieged Gaza has been widely condemned by international organizations. Elbit also manufactures surveillance equipment for the Israeli apartheid wall, and drones used in targeted assassinations of Palestinian political leaders. | Advertisi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/23/activists-demand-minnesota-divest-border-militarization-contractor

Escuelita àìscar Romero in Philadelphia builds unity in the face of anti-immigrant terror
Neri Felipe | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-23
The Escuelita àìscar Romero, a program of the Philadelphia branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation which primarily serves recently arrived Central American children, just concluded its first summer camp.
liberationnews.org/escuelita-oscar-romero-in-philadelphia-builds-unity-in-the-face-of-anti-immigrant-terror/

Sen. Merkley Condemns Trump's War Against Migrant Families as U.S. Moves to Indefinitely Jail Kids
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-23
The Trump administration is moving to indefinitely detain migrant children and their families, reversing decades of U.S. policy. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to issue a new rule today to withdraw from a 1997 federal court settlement known as the Flores agreement, which put a 20-day limit on migrant family detentions. We speak with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, who made headlines last year when he was barred from entering an old Walmart where the government was detaining about 1,500 immigrant children in Brownsville, Texas.
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/23/jeff_merkley_trump_administration_child_separation

'Anti-alien Hysteria:' Journalist Elizabeth Glendower Evans and the Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
Norman Stockwell | progressive.org | 2019-08-22
In a case perhaps more relevant now than ever, the trial of the two immigrants became a rallying point for 1920s progressives, labor activists, and human rights advocates around the globe.
progressive.org/dispatches/anti-alien-hysteria-elizabeth-glendower-evans-sacco-vanzetti-stockwell-190822/

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were

Meet Alvaro Enciso, the Artist Placing Crosses in Sonoran Desert to Memorialize Migrant Deaths
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-21
More than 3,000 human remains have been found in the Sonoran Desert, most of them of migrants fleeing their home countries to embark on an uncertain and perilous journey to the United States. On a recent visit to the Arizona borderlands, Democracy Now! accompanied Tucson-based artist Alvaro Enciso into the desert at the site where he placed four unique markers to honor four immigrants killed in a car accident years ago as they fled from Border Patrol. In the past five years, Enciso, who is originally from Colombia, has built and installed over 900 crosses across the treacherous Sonoran Desert in Arizona as part o…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/21/alvaro_enciso_unique_crosses_sonoran_desert

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

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. | 08/27/19 Update: Congress made public today a document outlining the Department of Homeland Security's plan to take nearly $280 million in funds meant for FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the TSA, among other critical priorities. Over $115 million of these funds will go towards President Trump's growing detention and deportations of immigrants, with the rest being used for sham border courts to…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/trump-taking-more-money-raids-and-detention

ICE raids protested in Queens, NY
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/

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

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/