2019-09-28: Social Media Postees

Private Contractor Defends Detention Inspections Deemed "Useless" by ICE Staff
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| Lawmakers got a rare chance on Thursday to publicly question the embattled CEO of the Nakamoto Group, which has faced a torrent of criticism from government officials and human rights groups for providing substandard inspections of immigrant detention centers. | Members of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, & Accountability seemed shocked when Jennifer Nakamoto testified that she sees no need to change her business practice…
truthout.org/articles/private-contractor-defends-detention-inspections-deemed-useless-by-ice-staff/

Immigration Officials Have Used Google Translate to Vet Refugees
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and other machine translation tools are appropriate for one task: helping to decide whether refugees should be allowed into the United States…
truthout.org/articles/immigration-officials-have-used-google-translate-to-vet-refugees/

We Can Save the Planet by Defunding the Pentagon
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues — and their solutions — are intertwined. | The U.S. military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. | The U.S. military has often been used to ensure that U.S.
truthout.org/articles/we-can-save-the-planet-by-defunding-the-pentagon/

Manufactured Misery at the Tijuana Border Crossing
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-28
| We hear many stories about El Paso and the other border-crossing points in Texas, as we should. But the largest crossing point in the entire hemisphere, with tens of thousands of people waiting to cross over into the U.S. is in Tijuana, Mexico. | We don't often hear about the families that face four to six months in Tijuana before they can even cross over into U.S. detention. We don't hear that when their numbers are finally called, they cross over into a "hielera," or "icebox." We don't hear that, even after t…
truthout.org/articles/manufactured-misery-at-the-tijuana-border-crossing/

Millions Fear Loss of Indian Citizenship and Detention
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-27
Concern is growing in India's northeastern state of Assam that people excluded from a new citizens' registry could be sent to detention camps under construction across the state. The government says it created the registry to root out undocumented migrants, but almost 2 million people, many of whom have spent their entire lives in India,…
therealnews.com/stories/millions-fear-loss-indian-citizenship-detention

Immigration Officials' Unholy Reliance on Google Translate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-27
ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. | That's why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not "intended to replace human translators." | Yet the U.S. government has decided that Google Translate and o…
truthdig.com/articles/immigration-officials-unholy-reliance-on-google-translate/

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined
Medea Benjamin | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-27
The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. 1. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/27/10-ways-that-the-climate-crisis-and-militarism-are-intertwined/

Trump Announces Plan to Admit Fewer Refugees Than Any Previous President
aclu.org | 2019-09-27
Another attack on Muslims and communities of color seeking safety. | The Trump administration yesterday announced its plan to admit 18,000 refugees this fiscal year, taking another step in its agenda to dismantle the program that has long provided protection for people and families seeking safety from persecution. This sickening announcement is consistent with Trump's attacks on refugees, Muslims, and immigrants across the board — particularly those who are Brown or Black. | The U.S. has long been a global leader in refugee admissions. By the end of the Obama administration, the United States' annual refuge…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/trump-announces-plan-admit-fewer-refugees-any-previous-president

Judge Blocks Trump Rules for Detained Migrant Kids
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-27
LOS ANGELES — A U.S. judge on Friday blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely. | U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles said the rules conflict with a 1997 settlement agreement that requires the government to release immigrant children caught on the border as quickly as possible to relatives in the U.S. and says they can only be held in facilities licensed by a state. | Gee said the Flores agreement — named for a teenage plaintiff — will remain in place and govern the con…
truthdig.com/articles/judge-blocks-trump-rules-for-detained-migrant-kids/

'Unconscionable': Asylum-Seekers In Texas Detention Center Report Being Denied Cancer and Mental Health Treatment
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-27
Immigrant rights advocates on Friday called for Karnes Residential Center, an immigration detention facility outside San Antonio, Texas, to be shut down amid reports of severe neglect that could prove deadly for women who have been held there for months. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cruelty.jpeg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/27/unconscionable-asylum-seekers-texas-detention-center-report-being-denied-cancer-and?cd-origin=rss

Trump Official Ken Cuccinelli Speaks to Anti-Immigrant Hate Group
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-26
The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) became the latest Trump administration official to speak at an event organized by the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/09/26/trump-official-ken-cuccinelli-speaks-anti-immigrant-hate-group

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined
Medea Benjamin | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-26
The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. (1) The …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/10-ways-that-the-climate-crisis-and-militarism-are-intertwined/

Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline
splcenter.org | 2019-09-24
Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/24/family-separation-under-trump-administration-timeline

More Than a Wall: How the Border-Industrial Complex Drives Policy (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Todd Miller, the author of a new report on the border-industrial complex discusses how corporations drive border policy and the effect this policy has on immigrants.
therealnews.com/stories/more-than-wall-history-of-border-industrial-complex-2

More Than a Wall: A History of the Border-Industrial Complex (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-24
Todd Miller, author of a new report on the border-industrial complex, discusses the history of US border policy and the involvement of military and surveillance corporations.
therealnews.com/stories/more-than-wall-history-of-border-industrial-complex-1

Erdogan & Trump, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Turkish military operations in Northern Iraq
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-23
Erdogan — Trump Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Donald Trump. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ongoing geopolitical problems. Turkey and the US had previously come to an agreement on the creation of a safe zone in the Syrian north-east along the border with Turkey. Despite recent …
uwidata.com/5424-erdogan-trump-iran-and-saudi-arabia-turkish-military-operations-in-northern-iraq/

Dreamers' Fates Are Still Uncertain, Their Contributions Are Not
Blake Stewart | progressive.org | 2019-09-20
Despite ongoing political turmoil, new data shows how Dreamers' continue to help build the nation.
progressive.org/dispatches/dreamers-fates-uncertain-not-contributions-stewart-190920/

Beyond the border
splcenter.org | 2019-09-19
In Juárez, migrants wait for a number, their fates uncertain.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/19/beyond-border

In victory for motorists and taxpayers, Mississippi sheriff's office will stop acting as immigration enforcement
Liz Vinson | splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
The Martinezes were traveling on I-10 in Mississippi in June 2017 when their pleasant family vacation spiraled into terror.
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/18/victory-motorists-and-taxpayers-mississippi-sheriffs-office-will-stop-acting-immigration

Beyond the Border — A Diary of Photos
splcenter.org | 2019-09-18
splcenter.org/news/2019/09/18/beyond-border-diary-photos

Immigration Is a Climate Issue
Josue De Luna Navarro | progressive.org | 2019-09-16
The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.
progressive.org/op-eds/immigration-is-a-climate-issue-navarro-190916/

Venezuela's Maduro Warns of Colombia 'Threat' as Trump Fires Bolton
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-09-11
Venezuelan military exercises along the border started on Tuesday.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14653

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