North American immigrant issues

Appeals court upholds injunction on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Hall, 26 May 2017

The Fourth Circuit’s ruling declared that Trump’s executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

ICE agents raid immigrant kitchen staff after dining at Ann Arbor, Michigan restaurant

By Shannon Jones, 26 May 2017

All those arrested had legal, permanent resident status, but were nonetheless detained.

Auto parts workers fired after “Day Without Immigrants” protest

By Nick Rodriguez, 26 May 2017

Over 20 immigrant workers have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer, EZ Industrial Solutions, after being fired for participating in the protest on February 16.

The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others

Artists, writers, musicians detained and bullied by US customs and border officers

By Marko Leone and David Walsh, 23 May 2017

The various agencies responsible for immigration issues and border control have clearly been given the green light by the Trump administration to intimidate and generally terrorize anyone they can get their hands on.

Three dead in US immigration custody in one week, two from suicide

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 May 2017

Eight people have died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October, while the Trump administration arrested 41,000 immigrants in the first three months of 2017.

More than 10,000 immigrants detained each year in California are parents of US citizens

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 May 2017

A new report by Human Rights Watch reviewed nearly 300,000 federal detentions of immigrants in facilities in California from 2011 to 2015.

Hundreds of US citizens arrested in joint immigration-police roundup

By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working with local law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 1,300 people since March.

Trump administration threatens to deport tens of thousands of Haitian refugees

By John Marion, 11 May 2017

The Trump administration is pushing to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitian refugees.

The human cost of the US-Mexico border: More than 6,000 bodies found since 2000

By Eric London, 5 May 2017

The mass casualties along the US-Mexico border are the outcome of deliberate policies of the US government, both Democrat and Republican, going back at least two decades.

“Why separate people with walls—we’re all brothers and sisters”

May Day marchers speak out in defense of immigrant rights

By our reporters, 2 May 2017

Tens of thousands of immigrant and native-born workers and young people marched in large and small cities across the US to oppose the Trump administrations’ scapegoating of immigrant workers.

California judge issues injunction against executive order to defund sanctuary cities

By Shelley Connor, 28 April 2017

The injunction temporarily blocks an effort by the Trump administration to coerce cities into collaborating with federal efforts to round up immigrants.

Behind funding deadline theatrics, Democrats back Trump’s war on immigrants, increased military spending

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2017

Charles Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, attacked the plan for a border wall while declaring that a combination of border policing and new technology, including drones, would be “a much more effective way to secure the border.”

Ann Arbor, Michigan father of two faces deportation

By Lawrence Porter, 25 April 2017

A rally was held Monday in support of Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, an undocumented Mexican immigrant with two American children who has lived in Michigan for nearly 20 years.

Detroit father deported after 19 years in the US

By Tyler Van Dyke, 25 April 2017

Mario Hernandez-Delacruz was deported earlier this month and faces being barred from visiting his family in the United States for up to 20 years.

Homeland Security chief defends deportation of DREAMer immigrant

By Shelley Connor, 22 April 2017

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly defended the deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a Mexican native expelled from the US in February despite being actively enrolled in the DACA program.

First reported deportation of “DREAMer” immigrant protected under Obama-era program

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017

The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2017

The swelling total of detained immigrants, many of them with no criminal record, is clogging the courts and detention centers.

Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

By Eric London, 14 April 2017

According to a memo made public by the Washington Post, the total number of immigrants detained will rise to a daily average of 70,000.

Hundreds of jailed immigrants join hunger strike in Tacoma, Washington

By a reporter, 14 April 2017

Immigrants at the for-profit detention center are denied adequate food, clothing and healthcare and are paid just $1 per day for prison labor.

Trump’s attorney general threatens immigrants in speech at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 13 April 2017

Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.

Video showing police dragging passenger from United Airlines flight sparks outrage

By Marcus Day, 11 April 2017

Smartphone videos showing a man being violently dragged from a flight Sunday quickly went viral and provoked widespread condemnation of the airline and police.

US security chief defends police-state measures against immigrants, visitors and citizens

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017

The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.

IYSSE at Geneseo protests attacks on immigrants

By our reporters, 31 March 2017

About 70 students at SUNY Geneseo rallied Wednesday to protest the recent arrest of a family of mixed citizenship status, as well as the broader attacks on immigrants.

Trump administration steps up anti-immigrant campaign

ICE raids and push to build border wall

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 March 2017

The White House is directing a nationwide crackdown on immigrants that is laying the basis for police-state attacks on all working people.

Photo Essay: Outrage in upstate new York over detention of immigrant family

By Evan Goldstein, 28 March 2017

This photo essay documents the three-hour traffic stop in Geneseo, New York that resulted in the Border Patrol arresting a family of mixed citizenship status.

Federal judge rules against three detained, politically active immigrants in bond hearing

By Kate Randall, 28 March 2017

All three Vermont immigrants are active in the Migrant Justice group and their supporters insist they have been targeted for their political views and activities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement feuds with California police over sanctuary cities

By Adam Mclean, 27 March 2017

Differences over the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions are raising tensions between ICE and local police forces.

Arrest of family in Geneseo, New York by US Border Patrol draws protest

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.

“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”

Immigrant workers at Queens, New York bakery face firing and deportation threat

By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2017

An estimated 30 Hispanic workers at the Tom Cat Bakery have received letters giving them two weeks to prove their legal status or face termination and possible deportation.

Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant hysteria, US polls show broad support for immigrants

By Eric London, 20 March 2017

A CNN poll shows that 90 percent of Americans, including 84 percent of Trump supporters, believe the government should help immigrants living in the US acquire citizenship.

Detroit refugee aid facility may close due to federal cuts

By our reporters, 20 March 2017

Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding.

US immigration bars Canadian nurses employed at Michigan hospitals

By Shannon Jones, 18 March 2017

Some Canadian nurses employed in the US have been blocked from entering the country by a more restrictive interpretation of US immigration policy.

International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative promote Democrats and courts as defenders of immigrants

By Eric London, 18 March 2017

The pseudo-left’s attempts to block an independent movement of the working class against capitalism facilitate Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Trump taunts judicial branch as judges block second travel ban

By Eric London, 17 March 2017

Two federal judges halted enforcement of Trump’s revised executive order and Trump responded by saying, “we ought to go back to the first version and go all the way.”

US Customs and Border Protection searched nearly 25,000 phones in 2016

By Niles Niemuth, 15 March 2017

The number of phone searches is expected to more than double in 2017, targeting anyone, including US citizens and legal residents, as they enter the country.

Immigrant workers in US brace for more workplace raids

By Jerry White, 14 March 2017

Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.

Protesters in Rochester, New York oppose detention of José Coyote Pérez

By our reporters, 14 March 2017

Coyote Pérez was detained by ICE on February 24 and had spoken at a protest in Rochester on February 3—only three weeks before his detention.

Milwaukee County Sheriffs Department will arrest immigrants on behalf of ICE

By Gary Joad, 11 March 2017

Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. requested 287 (g) designation for deputies to act as ICE officers to enable the arrest and deportation of thousands immigrants and families.

Canada’s elite determined to stanch influx of refugees fleeing US

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2017

The Liberal government has responded to a spike in asylum seekers by increasing border surveillance and deepening its collaboration with Washington.

Detained immigrants living in trash and forced to eat spoiled meat in US detention centers

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017

A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.

Young woman targeted for opposing immigration policy as Trump steps up campaign of intimidation

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2017

In case after case, officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement are targeting longstanding US residents to spread fear and panic through immigrant communities.

“We’re bigger than ICE, all of us together!”

Los Angeles protest against deportation of Rómulo Avelica-González

By Zac Corrigan, Kevin Martinez and Marc Wells, 8 March 2017

A rally to oppose the detention and imminent deportation of the father of four, abducted while driving his daughter to school, was attended by about 100 people.

Trump issues new version of Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2017

The language of the new executive order bristles with Trump’s hatred for the judicial review and his contempt for democratic rights and constitutional norms.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Four

By Eric London, 7 March 2017

The world is pulsing with billions of people burdened by economic exploitation and war and yet restricted from moving freely across the planet.

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2017

As stories proliferate of brutal arrests and deportations, the Trump administration is planning the deliberate separation of mothers and their children as a “deterrent” to immigrants.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Three

By Zac Corrigan, Eric London and Genevieve Leigh, 6 March 2017

Immigrant advocates working on the US-Mexico border explain the impact of anti-immigrant policies of the Obama and Trump administrations.

Video: Daughters of Rómulo Avelica-González, detained for deportation in Los Angeles, speak out

By Genevieve Leigh and Andrea Ramos, 4 March 2017

Rómulo Avelica-González, long-time resident and father of four, was detained by Los Angeles ICE officials on Tuesday morning while dropping his daughters off at school.

ICE detains immigration activists in New York, Mississippi

By our reporters, 3 March 2017

US immigration officials have begun targeting immigration rights activists across the country to punish them for the “crime” of speaking out in defense of democratic rights.

Student walkouts oppose Trump’s vicious immigration policies

By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017

Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.

“They are just here trying to make a living for themselves and their families”

US auto workers speak out in defense of immigrants

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 March 2017

While the unions are aligning with Trump and his “America First” nationalism, workers are reacting against attempts of the administration to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria.

US immigration authorities expand dragnet raids

By Zaida Green, 2 March 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, encouraged by the Trump administration, are sweeping up growing numbers of undocumented workers in “collateral” arrests.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Two

By Eric London, 2 March 2017

11,000 immigrants have died crossing to the US as a direct result of anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Those that survive face hyper-exploitation in the US.

Behind the anti-Semitic and racist attacks in the US

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017

The coming to power of the Trump administration has encouraged the most reactionary, racist and backward forces in American society.

Popular outcry against murder of Indian immigrant in US

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 March 2017

Working people in India and America are drawing the connection between last week’s killing of an Indian immigrant and the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant witch hunt.

Michigan father receives unusual waiver from deportation

By Lawrence Porter, 1 March 2017

Several hundred people gathered outside the federal building in Detroit on Tuesday to protest as Yousef Ajin faced his deportation hearing.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part One

By Eric London, 28 February 2017

The WSWS recently interviewed an immigrant mother who escaped from El Salvador in February and was captured by the Border Patrol last week.

The assault on immigrants and the specter of a US police state

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2017

Boasting of having “taken the shackles off” of ICE and Border Patrol agents for a crackdown against immigrants, the Trump administration is preparing police state measures against the working class as a whole.

Private prison companies to profit from mass immigrant detention

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 February 2017

Private prison companies such as CoreCivic and GEO Group, Inc. stand to reap massive profits from the mass detentions of immigrants expected from Trump’s executive orders.

One dead, two injured in anti-immigrant shooting in Kansas

By Shelley Connor, 25 February 2017

On Wednesday night, 51-year-old Adam Purinton shot two Indian immigrants in an Olathe, Kansas bar after harassing them with racial slurs and shouting at them, “Get out of my country!”

Amid Mexico talks, Trump calls deportations a “military operation”

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2017

The president’s provocative statement came as his secretaries of State and Homeland Security were in Mexico attempting to secure the collaboration of the Peña Nieto government.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

By Toby Reese, 24 February 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported for a third time after attempting to cross back into the US, where he had previously worked.

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2017

The Canadian government’s response to the spike in asylum-seekers has been a combination of callous indifference and outright hostility.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

By Toby Reese, 24 February 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported for a third time after attempting to cross back into the US, where he had previously worked.

Supreme Court hears arguments in murder of Mexican teen by US Border Patrol

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2017

The slaying of Sergio Hernandez was part of a pervasive pattern of wanton violence carried out on the Mexican border by US border police.

Trump administration adopts ruthless new immigration protocol

By Eric London, 22 February 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer made clear that immigrants with criminal histories are only the first targets of Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.

Trump’s Homeland Security memos: Millions at risk of deportation as crackdown looms

By Eric London, 21 February 2017

The Trump administration plans on finalizing and adopting the leaked Department of Homeland Security memos detailing sweeping deportation plans.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.

US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

By Eric London, 18 February 2017

The proposals outlined in a memo obtained by the AP would require the imposition of de facto martial law across broad swaths of the United States.

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 February 2017

The protests including work stoppages, marches and student sick-outs, and were directed against the Trump administration’s actions against immigrants and refugees.

First ICE raids under Trump arrest nearly 700 immigrants in five days

By Zaida Green, 16 February 2017

Among those being threatened with deportation is 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was granted deferred leave and a work permit under the Obama administration.

Thousands demonstrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against deportations

By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 14 February 2017

The mass protest was called to oppose the Trump administration’s immigration policies and County Sheriff David Clarke’s plan to grant his deputies the power to enforce deportations.

Thousands demonstrate in defense of immigrants as White House vows more deportations

By Tom Eley, 13 February 2017

Hundreds of immigrants were rounded up and deported without notice in several days of raids concluding Friday, spreading terror in immigrant communities across the US.

Interview: Syrian student in US separated from family by Trump’s travel ban

By Zac Corrigan and Kevin Martinez, 13 February 2017

An undergraduate student at San Diego State University tells of the effect on her family of President Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries.

Stop the attacks on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders and full rights for all workers!

By Barry Grey, 11 February 2017

The brutalization of immigrants is one of the most damning expressions of the bankruptcy of capitalism and the nation-state system to which it is tied.

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

By E.P. Milligan, 11 February 2017

Trump’s executive orders may result in the mass internment of millions of undocumented immigrants and the imposition of effective martial law in major US cities.

US Appeals Court bars enforcement of Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2017

The unanimous 3-0 decision rejected White House claims of “unreviewable” presidential power on national security issues. However, it by no means ends the conflict over the travel ban.

Hundreds protest as long-time US resident and mother of two is deported

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2017

Many are calling Guadalupe García de Rayos of Phoenix, Arizona, the first victim of Trump’s executive order.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

Canada’s hypocritical response to Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2017

While tweeting “support” for refugees, Prime Minster Trudeau has refused to criticize Trump’s discriminatory travel ban or increase Canada’s tiny refugee intake.

Draft White House orders would accelerate deportation of low-income immigrants

By Eric London, 2 February 2017

The proposed orders would target immigrants who rely on social programs.

At Detroit rally SEP speaker calls for mobilization of working class to defend immigrant rights

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

Hundreds of students at Detroit’s Wayne State University protested Trump’s ban on refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Trump fires acting attorney general, pushes ahead with ban on refugees

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2017

The president has fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, after she refused to support his executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The protests against Trump's Muslim ban and the conflict within the state

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2017

The opposition of sections of the political establishment to Trump’s anti-Muslim ban is motivated not by the defense of democratic rights, but by concerns that the measure will undercut US imperialist interests and operations around the world.

Thousands protest in Boston against immigration ban

By Kate Randall, 31 January 2017

On Sunday, people thronged to Copley Square from throughout the Boston area and New England to protest Trump’s executive order following the detention of a number of people at Logan airport.

Germany, France criticize Trump’s immigration ban

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2017

Official criticisms of Trump aim to shield the European Union from rising anger at the persecution of migrants, and assert European imperialist interests against Washington.

Trump defies mass protests against anti-immigrant measures

By Eric London, 30 January 2017

Tens of thousands gathered at airports and city centers on Sunday to protest the Trump administration’s illegal ban on travelers from Muslim countries.

“If any layer of society is not safe, then no one is safe”

Protesters denounce Trump’s anti-immigrant order

By our reporters, 30 January 2017

On Saturday and Sunday, thousands gathered at airport terminals and central locations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and other major cities.

UK Prime Minister May under attack over meeting with Trump

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 30 January 2017

With protests taking place in the US and throughout the world, May was forced into an abrupt U-turn after initially refusing to comment on Trump’s edict banning Muslims from entering the US.

Breakdown in Mexico-US relations as Trump threatens trade war

By Eric London, 27 January 2017

The Trump administration floated the threat of a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports after President Peña Nieto cancelled his US visit over demands Mexico pay for the border wall.

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2017

Signing an executive order to build his wall on the Mexican border, Trump signaled that immigration officials and the Border Patrol will be given free rein to violently repress one of the most oppressed layers of the working class.

Immigrant rights protests held across the United States

By Clodomiro Puentes, 19 January 2017

Amidst a broader wave of anti-Trump protests leading up to the inauguration on Friday, demonstrations targeting the incoming administration’s immigration policies were held last weekend.

United States ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy for Cuban migrants

By Alexander Fangmann, 18 January 2017

The immediate end of preferential immigration policies for Cubans is entirely in line with Obama’s role as deporter-in-chief and Trump’s anti-immigrant stance.

Los Angeles legal defense fund provides meager aid to immigrants

By Toby Reese, 4 January 2017

A joint measure by the City and County of Los Angeles will provide $10 million in funding for legal assistance to residents facing deportation proceedings, far below need.

Obama White House spurns appeal to shield “DREAMers” and green-card holders

By Zaida Green, 28 December 2016

Information collected by the Obama administration under its DACA program could be used by the Trump administration as the basis for mass deportations.

Obama administration defends indefinite detention of immigrants before Supreme Court

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2016

Obama, who earned the title “deporter in chief,” is handing over to Trump a massive and brutally repressive immigration enforcement system.

Trump names fascist Bannon as top adviser, confirms plans to deport immigrants

By Tom Eley, 14 November 2016

Trump’s appointment of a fascist as a top advisor and his plans to deport millions of immigrants are the initial moves of what will be the most right-wing government in American history.

Homeland Security resumes deportation of Haitian immigrants

By Jake Dean and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 November 2016

While thousands of Haitian immigrants remain stranded at the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly ended its moratorium on deportations.

Deporter-in-Chief: The legacy of Obama

By Genevieve Leigh and Toby Reese, 8 November 2016

Over the past six years, the United States and Mexico have apprehended nearly 1 million refugees fleeing to the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Biden meets with Central American leaders on refugee crackdown

By Genevieve Leigh, 24 September 2016

Vice President Biden met with leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to further draconian US immigration policies against the thousands of refugees fleeing the region.

The unions “are shameless crooks that live on the backs of our work”

Immigrant workers in Los Angeles speak on war and social conditions

By our reporters, 16 September 2016

The WSWS recently spoke to two janitorial workers, María and Jaime, about their experience with the SEIU union and their working and living conditions.