North American immigrant issues
By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2019
Thousands of children have been subjected to intense trauma in the detention facilities of the Trump administration.
By Kevin Martinez, 14 September 2019
The recent Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminating the right to asylum is but the latest and sharpest expression of the attack on the rights of immigrants.
By Eric London, 13 September 2019
The US Supreme Court’s decision abolishes the right to asylum for hundreds of thousands fleeing imperialist war and violence.
By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.
By Alex González, 5 September 2019
After claiming that Mexico’s spy agency would be dismantled and immigrants protected, AMLO has escalated attacks on democratic rights.
By Adam McLean, 3 September 2019
Force-feeding typically can causes excruciating pain, is dangerous when performed on unwilling participants, and is recognized by international doctors’ associations as a form of torture.
By Owen Mullan, 3 September 2019
There is no doubt that the agency was tipped off on Xue Hui Zhang’s whereabouts in order to make his suit for repayment more difficult.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2019
The report in the Washington Post underscores the criminal character of the Trump administration.
By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2019
Ismail Ajjawi’s deportation is part of a campaign against immigrants and international students over purported concerns over “national security.”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 August 2019
Fear of being denied permanent residency for using social services is already causing immigrant parents to avoid accessing essential medical services for their children.
“This is a prison city”
By Alex González, 26 August 2019
Two hundred protesters staged sit-ins and blocked vans with migrants bound for deportation.
By Eric London, 22 August 2019
Democrats have largely backed Trump’s attacks on immigrants, with the New York Times describing his concentration camps as “family detention centers.”
By Alex González, 21 August 2019
The decision to run filthy and disease-ridden detention camps is part of a definite strategy by Trump’s fascistic advisers.
By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2019
At least one demonstrator was seriously injured in the attack, suffering a broken leg, internal bleeding, and a back injury.
By Eric London, 13 August 2019
The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.
“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”
By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019
Children are afraid to attend school or leave their parents’ side. Families are hiding in their homes.
By our reporters, 13 August 2019
Rosheda Martin lives in the Hermitage neighborhood, where residents physically prevented ICE from snatching their neighbors.
By Owen Mullan, 13 August 2019
The demonstrations pointed to the collaboration between border police and US technology firms such as Amazon.
“I begged them! I said ‘Please, I’ve never seen this country!’”
By Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2019
Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.
By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019
Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.
While Trump cries crocodile tears over massacre victims
By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 8 August 2019
The Trump administration has given its real response to the fascist massacre in El Paso, Texas by carrying out the largest immigration raid since Trump entered the White House.
By Kate Randall, 2 August 2019
According to autopsy results, at least three migrant children have died in US custody as a result of influenza and its complications since December 2018, a rate of death substantially higher than that among children in the general population.
“They opened fire as if we were animals”
By Andrea Lobo, 2 August 2019
A migrant was shot dead while running away from police with his eight-year-old daughter hours before Trump praised Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government at a rally in Ohio.
More than 900 children taken from their families in the last year
By Julian James, 1 August 2019
Just over a year after a district court ordered Customs and Border Protection to cease its policy of family separations at the Mexico-US border, the ACLU reports that children continue to be wrenched from their families.
By Kevin Martinez, 30 July 2019
Nineteen active-duty soldiers stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California were arrested following an earlier investigation that revealed Marines smuggling immigrants near the US-Mexico border.
As protesters cry: “Guatemala is not a concentration camp”
By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2019
The Guatemalan state is being turned into an extension of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the militarization of borders and building of concentration camps.
By Eric London, 27 July 2019
The ruling is a political victory for Trump and a blow to the separation of powers, dramatically strengthening the power of the executive branch.
By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2019
The ongoing wave of atrocities against refugees demonstrates that it is impossible to defend immigrants without a mass, international movement against capitalism.
By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2019
On Monday, working class residents of Nashville, white and black, mobilized to defend a Hispanic immigrant family from ICE agents.
By Matthew Taylor, 24 July 2019
While ICE was blocked by the brave actions of the man’s neighbors, a Texas born US citizen is being released from custody after having been illegally detained by immigration officials for the last month.
By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2019
Immigrant detainees are deliberately being subjected to conditions that spread disease in detention centers along the southern border.
By Joe Williams, 20 July 2019
Three recent incidents highlight the depravity of the US government’s bipartisan war on immigrants, spearheaded by the Trump administration.
US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups
By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019
The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.
By Eric London, 19 July 2019
Trump’s praise for Democrats voting against impeachment was not mere bluster; he is operating according to a deliberate political strategy.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2019
The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.
By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2019
Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.
As Trump launches immigration raids
By Eric London, 15 July 2019
Regardless of immigration status, all workers must understand that they are the ultimate target of the anti-democratic methods used against immigrants.
By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2019
The event was aimed at containing the enormous social opposition to the extreme-right policies of the Trump administration and the Republicans, within the confines of the Democratic Party,
By our reporters, 15 July 2019
The WSWS spoke with hundreds across the country, including Kare, a paralegal in New York City, who said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up.”
By our reporters, 13 July 2019
The vigils were an international event, with at least one event taking place in every US state and across five continents, expressing the broad popular opposition to the persecution of immigrants.
By Eric London, 12 July 2019
Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.
A mounting attack on democratic rights
By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2019
Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.
By Josh Varlin, 10 July 2019
Indicating that the US government has no intention of heeding Bachelet’s statement, DHS has requested another 1,000 National Guard troops on the border between Texas and Mexico.
By Eric London, 10 July 2019
Trump’s greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump’s escalating attack on basic democratic principles.
By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2019
While the White House escalates its attacks on immigrants, congressional Democrats are deepening their collaboration with Trump.
By Tom Peters, 8 July 2019
The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration’s concentration camps for migrants and refugees.
“We can definitely unite with Central American workers!”
By Zac Corrigan, 5 July 2019
Over 150 people gathered in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit Thursday to register their opposition to the most recent wave of horrific attacks on immigrants by the Trump administration.
Latest Office of Inspector General report reveals inhumane conditions at US immigrant detention centers
By Matthew Taylor, 4 July 2019
Children are being detained without access to showers or hot meals and in one instance adult immigrants were held in standing room only conditions for a full week.
By Alex González, 4 July 2019
Mexico launched its 70,000-member National Guard as immigrant detentions rose by a third since May.
By Tom Mackaman, 4 July 2019
The principles of 1776 of open immigration and birthright citizenship are under attack.
Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection
By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019
The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.
By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019
A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.
Video of Obama-appointed lawyer defending the denial of child detainees soap, toothpaste sparks outrage
By Joe Williams, 29 June 2019
Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian argued that it is legal to deny immigrant children in detention soap, toothpaste, blankets, and a place to sleep for days or weeks on end.
Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage
By Eric London, 28 June 2019
House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.
As Democrats give Trump billions more for border war
By Barry Grey, 27 June 2019
The Democratic Party has voted overwhelmingly to grant another $4.5 billion dollars for Trump’s Gestapo-like anti-immigrant agencies.
By Kate Randall, 27 June 2019
Employees learned last week that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture from Wayfair was placed by a private contractor for a detention facility.
By Eric London, 26 June 2019
Hundreds of millions of people around the world are sickened by Trump’s sadistic crimes against immigrants, which have exposed the rot at the core of American capitalism.
By Eric London, 25 June 2019
Over the weekend, two young parents and four young children died crossing the desert in separate instances while Mexican police shot a young migrant in the head.
By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2019
The postponement of mass raids set for Sunday morning sets the stage for the passage of bipartisan legislation to provide billions more to arrest and imprison immigrants.
By Eric London, 22 June 2019
The raids are a sign that Trump is propping up his crisis-ridden administration with police terror and appeals to his fascist base.
By Fred Mazelis, 22 June 2019
A team of lawyers interviewed 60 young detainees being held outside El Paso, Texas, who reported neglect as well as the provision of inadequate food, water and sanitation.
‘Severe form of human trafficking’: Five charged in federal indictment over scheme that spread from Georgia to Wisconsin
By Jacob Crosse, 22 June 2019
The charges stem from a multi-year investigation between various federal agencies and the Racine Police Department located in southeastern Wisconsin.
Whitewashing Canadian capitalism’s crimes:
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 June 2019
The MMIW report shifts the blame for the oppression of the native people from Canadian capitalism and its state to a racist “colonialist” mindset and “white society.”
By Niles Niemuth, 19 June 2019
The arrest of millions would require effective martial law in every major city, in a military-style mobilization without precedent in American history.
By Eric London, 13 June 2019
The government is reviving the worst crimes in US history as official state policy.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 June 2019
Scott Warren was arrested for providing food, water and shelter to two undocumented immigrants.
By Eric London, 11 June 2019
The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump’s escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.
By Eric London, 10 June 2019
The US also announced it will house 3,000 to 4,000 immigrant children at army base internment camps.
By Alex González, 8 June 2019
No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.
Trump administration cuts education and recreation funding for immigrant children in detention centers
By Shelley Connor, 7 June 2019
The Office of Refugee Settlement has halted the flow of funding for any activities they consider “not directly necessary for the protection of life and safety,” including legal aid and recreation.
By Niles Niemuth, 6 June 2019
Immigrants are being subjected to inhumane treatment all along the line, guaranteeing that there will be more deaths in federal detention centers across the US.
Lutheran student pastor Betty Rendón deported back to Colombia less than a month after being detained by ICE
By Jacob Crosse, 6 June 2019
Pleas from community members and family fell on deaf ears as the Trump administration escalates its war on immigrants.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2019
The implementation of the new “extreme vetting” policy is another step in the Trump administration’s war against immigrants.
“It’s immoral. It’s unethical. It’s torture”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 June 2019
An International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report documents the widespread use of solitary confinement by the US government against detained immigrants.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 May 2019
Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.
By Eric London, 24 May 2019
Protecting the lives and democratic rights of immigrants requires a fight against imperialist war and the capitalist system.
After sixth death of a migrant child
By Alex González, 23 May 2019
The death of a migrant teenager on Monday has highlighted the inhumane conditions at one of the largest immigration detention centers in the US.
By Norisa Diaz, 21 May 2019
Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.
By Eric London, 17 May 2019
Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2019
Betty Rendón had been preaching at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin while studying for her doctorate degree in Chicago when she, her husband and cousin were snatched by federal agents last week.
By Eric London, 15 May 2019
The unprecedented scope of the raid would require de facto martial law and serve as a test run for the mass arrest and detention of political dissidents.
By Eric London, 10 May 2019
When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should “shoot” immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.
“We want him to come to graduation!”
By Norisa Diaz, 8 May 2019
Over 200 high school students in Tucson, Arizona walked out of school Monday to protest the detention and deportation of their classmate, Thomas Torres.
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 May 2019
The retired general and anti-immigrant demagogue is profiting from the draconian policies he helped implement while working in the Trump administration.
NY Times demands: “Give Trump his border money”
By Kevin Martinez, 7 May 2019
With death and misery mounting along the southern US border,the Democratic party is signaling its support for further repression.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 May 2019
The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.
In violation of international law
By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019
Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.
By Trévon Austin, 30 April 2019
The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.
By Genevieve Leigh, 27 April 2019
The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are clearing the way for Trump to escalate his anti-immigrant program amidst silence from Democrats.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 April 2019
Newton District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and former trial court officer, Wesley MacGregor both face up to 20 years if found guilty of obstructing ICE.
By Alex González, 26 April 2019
The arrest of over 370 migrants, the largest in recent years, shows that the Mexican ruling class is subserviently implementing the Trump administration’s fascistic attacks on immigrants.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2019
In a column published Wednesday in the Washington Post, the former Democratic Party presidential candidate resurrects the conspiracy theories that were the staple of Cold War anticommunism.
Responding to public outrage, FBI arrests leader of border militia which detained hundreds of migrants
By Norisa Diaz, 23 April 2019
The arrest of border vigilante leader Larry Hopkins on Saturday is an effort by federal agents and CBP to publicly distance themselves from the right-wing militia groups with whom they routinely collaborate.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019
An armed militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots posted videos of its members detaining hundreds of migrants at the New Mexico border, in actions seemingly coordinated with the Border Patrol.
By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2019
The action by William Barr overturns more than a decade of legal precedent and sets the stage for the criminalization of refugees seeking asylum.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 April 2019
The Trudeau government is pursuing anti-refugee policies and collaborating with Washington in its anti-immigrant witch hunt.
By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019
Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2019
Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.
By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2019
The abrupt firing of the DHS secretary and Secret Service chief are part of an effort to surround Trump with a loyal praetorian guard.
By Tom Hall, 9 April 2019
Sanders echoed the right-wing fraud that a nation with nearly 600 billionaires, whose net worth totals over $3 trillion, cannot afford to welcome people emigrating to the US to work.