North American immigrant issues

Government report details human rights violations at US immigration detention centers

By Norisa Diaz, 16 December 2017

According to a Department of Homeland Security report, inhumane treatment, lack of health, food, and safety provisions are rampant at both government and for-profit detention centers.

National Public Radio’s This American Life promotes anti-immigrant propaganda

By Eric London, 13 December 2017

The episode broadcast last week provided a platform for ultra-right-wing, anti-immigrant figures and lent credibility to their racist agenda.

US Supreme Court puts Trump travel ban into effect

By Eric London and Norisa Diaz, 5 December 2017

The decision, supported by half the justices nominated by Democrats, will have devastating consequences for those seeking to escape war-torn regions of the Middle East.

Trudeau slams door on desperate Haitian refugees

By Laurent Lafrance, 5 December 2017

The Canadian government’s cruel treatment of refugees is in keeping with its determination to deepen Ottawa’s military-strategic partnership with the Trump administration.

Trump denounces acquittal of California immigrant

By David Brown, 4 December 2017

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.

Brooklyn defense attorneys protest courthouse immigration arrests

By Mark Ferretti, 4 December 2017

On November 28, defense attorneys at Brooklyn criminal court staged a walkout after ICE arrested an undocumented immigrant worker.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration’s attack on “sanctuary cities”

By Matthew Taylor, 22 November 2017

The administration’s attempt to impose restrictions on federal funding to municipalities that do not cooperate with efforts to round up and deport undocumented immigrants was found to be a violation of the separation of powers clause of the Constitution.

Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow is a major work, but what does the defense of immigrants entail?

By Eric London, 15 November 2017

The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.

Immigrant worker seeks refuge in church as ICE carries out raids in western Massachusetts

By Julian James, 13 November 2017

In defiance of the Trump administration’s deportation order Lucio Pérez sought sanctuary at a Unitarian Church in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he continues to take refuge.

Trump administration moves toward deportation of Central American immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2017

Monday’s decision ends Temporary Protected Status for up to 5,000 Nicaraguans and could be the prelude to the mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”

Davino Watson, US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE agents, speaks out

By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017

Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.

California: Car plows through immigration protesters outside US congressman’s office

By Dan Conway, 31 October 2017

Video shows Daniel Wenzek inching his car into protesters who had temporarily blocked a street crossing, and then accelerating while a protester lay on the hood of his car.

US Appeals Court denies second hearing for US citizen falsely imprisoned by ICE officials

By Nick Barrickman, 30 October 2017

The October 19 court decision is the latest in a series of appeals and reversals by US courts on Watson’s case.

US immigration officials arrest 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy after surgery

By Eric London, 27 October 2017

The US immigration agencies, which employ tens of thousands of police and bureaucrats, are being transformed into institutional bases of fascism.

Trump’s Department of Justice attempts to block 17-year-old immigrant from getting abortion

By Josh Varlin, 23 October 2017

The government’s arguments against allowing the unaccompanied minor to receive an abortion mirror the notorious Dred Scott decision and presage a further attack on democratic rights.

Thousands of undocumented immigrants among those affected by Northern California wild fires

By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017

So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.

Trump White House declares war on immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2017

The Trump immigration document exposes the role of the Democratic Party in providing political cover for the White House.

Trump administration threatens widespread ICE raids in California

By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2017

The threat came in response to the state of California’s enactment of a “sanctuary” law that limits cooperation between state and local police and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Democrats push for deal with Trump on DACA as ICE threatens mass raids

By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017

Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.

ICE arrests nearly 500 immigrants in raids on “sanctuary cities” across US

By Evan Blake, 30 September 2017

The crackdown is intended to cultivate authoritarian sentiments within Trump’s far-right base, as well as embolden fascistic elements within ICE itself.

US Department of Homeland Security to track all immigrants’ social media accounts

By Jake Dean, 29 September 2017

The DHS’s invasive surveillance and data gathering operation will cover all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized citizens.

Binational workers speak out during the San Diego-Tijuana border closure

By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.

Trump implements new indefinite travel ban

By Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

The implementation of new travel restrictions can only be understood as a prelude to a further escalation of US imperialist operations.

“Dad, mom, the police are here”

ICE rounds up farmworkers applying for work in Michigan

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017

The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.

Immigrants arrested by plain-clothes ICE agents outside Brooklyn courthouse

By Mark Witkowski, 25 September 2017

The blatantly anti-democratic act of arresting immigrants who are attending court hearings for minor violations acts as a mechanism for justifying the crackdown on immigrants.

Working men have no country

Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017

The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.

Undocumented protesters drive Nancy Pelosi out of her own press conference

By Evan Blake, 19 September 2017

The protesters issued scathing condemnations of the Democrats’ anti-immigrant record, including their recent efforts to push through bipartisan immigration legislation with Trump.

Democrats seek to prop up Trump’s crisis-ridden government

By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2017

The moves by the Democrats to stabilize the Trump administration are aimed at creating better conditions for intensifying the assault on the working class and preparing for a major war.

Trump administration threatens further clampdown on refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2017

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s anti-Muslim “travel ban,” his administration is considering plans to drastically slash refugee admissions to the US.

Protests throughout the US held against attack on immigrant rights

By our reporters, 11 September 2017

The Department of Homeland Security will not accept any more applications for deportation protection, while those already enrolled will begin losing coverage in six months.

Unite all workers against the attack on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 7 September 2017

The decision of the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marks a new stage in the attack on immigrant workers in the United States and internationally.

San Diego protests against Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters, 7 September 2017

Protesters and DACA enrollees spoke to the WSWS about their reaction to Trump’s announcement.

Trump rescinds DACA, putting 800,000 youth at risk of deportation

By Genevieve Leigh, 6 September 2017

The Trump administration is phasing out a government program that gave immigrants brought to the US as children limited protection from deportation.

Protesters denounce Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters, 6 September 2017

Demonstrators marched throughout the US Tuesday to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants.

What is behind the 57-hour San Diego/Tijuana border closure and renovation?

By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017

The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.

Immigrant community braces for Trump’s decision on DACA

By Genevieve Leigh, 5 September 2017

Trump is expected to announce the end of the federal program that offers limited citizenship rights to immigrants brought to the US as children, putting 800,000 youth at risk of deportation.

Deportation fears prevent many Houston immigrants from seeking emergency shelter

By Eric London, 31 August 2017

Immigrants are risking rising flood waters because of anti-immigrant maneuvers and false reports of deportations at evacuation sites.

Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff: A green light for anti-immigrant violence and repression

By Kevin Martinez and Patrick Martin, 28 August 2017

The pardoning of former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of illegally detaining immigrants, is intended to encourage fascistic elements such as those who rioted in Charlottesville.

Trudeau vows immigration crackdown as thousands of Haitians flee to Canada

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 August 2017

Trudeau’s hardline stance towards refugees fleeing the Trump administration’s crackdown is bound up with his determination to maintain its partnership with the US.

Trump administration ends immigration program for Latin American minors

By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2017

The termination of the Central American Minors program is the latest assault on immigrants by the Trump administration, expanding on the policies of Obama.

Hundreds protest proposed border wall in Mission, Texas

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2017

Saturday’s march is expected to be the prelude to further protests in southern Texas against Donald Trump’s xenophobic immigration and border policies.

Farmworkers fighting deadly working conditions in Washington state

By our reporter, 16 August 2017

Some 70 contract workers stopped work on August 4 over the death of a 28-year-old co-worker, winning broad support in the local community.

Texas police find 17 undocumented immigrants locked inside hot trailer

By Kevin Martinez, 15 August 2017

Although no injuries were reported, the discovery of the group comes only a month after another trailer was found in Texas with 10 immigrants who died from the heat.

Canadian military to construct refugee camp as hundreds of Haitians flee US

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2017

The cruel and callous response of the Liberal government to the desperate plight of the asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to the welcome they have received from ordinary Montrealers.

ICE agents in California target immigrants who file complaints against employers

By Rafael Azul, 8 August 2017

ICE agents have shown up at California labor dispute cases looking to apprehend undocumented construction workers who have brought claims against their bosses.

Canada opens Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2017

As fears of deportation escalate, thousands of Haitians have fled to Canada seeking asylum, overwhelming the country’s immigration system.

US court denies damage claim for American citizen wrongfully held for more than three years by ICE

By Nick Barrickman, 4 August 2017

Davino Watson was denied payment for damages on the grounds that the statute of limitations had passed while he was still being wrongfully detained.

Trump announces plan to cut legal immigration in half

By our reporter, 3 August 2017

Defending the move at a press conference, Trump’s fascistic aide Stephen Miller denounced CNN for having a “cosmopolitan bias” in a thinly-veiled anti-Semitic attack.

Democrats advise concerned immigrant community to prepare for deportation

By Anthony del Olmo, 3 August 2017

Congressman Juan Vargas hosted an Immigration Town Hall in San Diego that amounted to advice on how to ensure a smooth deportation.

San Diego teacher detained by Border Patrol at internal immigration checkpoint

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2017

Two-thirds of the US population lives in a “Constitution-free zone,” where anyone, including citizens, can be detained and questioned by federal immigration agents.

Video released of 2013 incident

Border agents urged 16-year-old boy to drink liquid meth, resulting in his death

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 August 2017

No punitive measure was ever brought against the officers, and both remain employed by Customs and Border Protection in San Diego.

ICE arrests over 100 immigrants in New York in 11 days

By Isaac Finn, 29 July 2017

The crackdown on immigrants paves the way for a police-state regime and attacks on workers more broadly.

Judge blocks deportation of 1,400 Iraqis in temporary reprieve

By Jake Dean, 27 July 2017

The future of the Iraqis, many of whom are Chaldean Christians, is far from certain.

Government moves survivors of San Antonio truck trailer disaster to for-profit jail

By Genevieve Leigh, 26 July 2017

Details continue to emerge on the personal stories of the migrants stuck in the back of a hot tractor trailer in San Antonio, which resulted in 10 deaths.

Immigrant fighting deportation sues Chicago police for falsely labeling him a “gang member”

By Kevin Martinez, 26 July 2017

Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas was ordered to leave the US this month but has alleged the CPD falsely listed him in a gang database, costing him the chance at staying.

Tenth immigrant dies in Texas trailer atrocity

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2017

The corporate media is saying nothing about the government officials, business interests and politicians who bear the overriding responsibility for these deaths.

Wave of immigration raids target youth falsely branded as “criminals”

By Norisa Diaz, 25 July 2017

As a result of the brutal raids, thousands of youth will be deported to the most violent countries in the world in what will amount to a death sentence for many.

American nightmare: Nine immigrants suffocate to death in trailer left in Texas parking lot

By Eric London, 24 July 2017

The 30 survivors of the horrific tragedy will likely be thrown into detention centers and promptly deported without the right to appear before a judge.

Trump gives employers more temporary visas to exploit immigrant workers

By Jake Dean, 20 July 2017

Workers under the H-2 program are subjected to starvation wages and harsh working conditions.

“The rich have all the resources and the money but still so many are struggling”

Leader of group of deported US veterans in Mexico speaks out

By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 18 July 2017

Thousands of veterans have been deported following minor crimes often linked to trauma incurred during their military service.

Trump administration prepares mass deportations

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2017

Any immigrant, picked up anywhere in the country, who is unable to prove residence in the US for the past 90 days, could be summarily deported.

Low birth weights, high stress levels among immigrant population in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2017

New studies show a link between severe health problems among immigrants, and anxieties caused by the US anti-immigrant policies under the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations.

Trump administration to end legal protection for over one million immigrants in US

By Genevieve Leigh, 15 July 2017

All of the personal information needed to carry out deportations of those who applied under the DACA program is now in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security.

Life after deportation

Deported Sierra Leone immigrant raised in the US speaks out

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 July 2017

“My mother and father are in the US, and all of my friends. I feel like a foreigner in ‘my own’ country.”

California: Immigrants go on hunger strike at Adelanto Detention Facility

By Kevin Martinez, 8 July 2017

More than 30 inmates awaiting deportation have gone on hunger strike protesting poor medical care and indefinite detention.

Democratic pundits demand harsh immigration crackdown

By Eric London, 7 July 2017

Several recent articles call for the Democratic Party to respond to the election of Trump by shifting further to the right on issues of immigration and “national identity.”

“It is so difficult to bear the uncertainty of the future”

Life after deportation: an interview with a Mexican immigrant raised in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 July 2017

WSWS reporters speak with a recently deported Mexican immigrant about his experiences in detention facilities and life after deportation.

US House passes anti-immigrant measures with Democratic Party green light

By Eric London, 1 July 2017

The two bills slash federal funding for sanctuary cities and drastically expand sentences for immigrants with criminal records who are deported and attempt to reenter the US.

The Supreme Court and Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders

By Tom Carter, 1 July 2017

The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, which permits Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim ban to go into effect, is one of the most significant cases in the history of the institution.

Trump’s travel ban back in effect after unanimous Supreme Court ruling

By Eric London, 30 June 2017

The new ban is a death sentence for many refugees seeking to escape the wars launched or fueled by US imperialism that are ravaging the region.

Iraqi-Americans stuck in deportation limbo

By David Brown and Usman Khan, 28 June 2017

The deportation of roughly 200 Iraqi nationals was halted Monday by the Eastern Michigan District Court but, without a further decision, deportations will resume on July 6.

Unanimous Supreme Court reinstates anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 27 June 2017

Donald Trump’s presidential decree attacking Muslims, which was drafted by his fascistic advisers Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, will be allowed to go into effect.

Number of displaced people worldwide hits new high

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 June 2017

The number of people forcibly displaced by war, state violence and other oppression has nearly doubled over the last 20 years, reaching an historic high of nearly 66 million worldwide.

San Diego immigrant mother released from detention, father remains in custody

By our reporters, 19 June 2017

To describe the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in California as Orwellian is an understatement.

Trump administration withdraws Obama order protecting immigrant parents of US children

By Josh Varlin, 17 June 2017

The never-implemented DAPA program would have granted work permits and reprieves from deportation to some four million adults.

Trump administration’s immigration raids target persecuted Iraqi nationals

By Nick Barrickman, 16 June 2017

The Trump administration has rounded up hundreds of Iraqis for minor scrapes with the law, in some instances dating back several decades.

Immigration raids strike Detroit: Dozens rounded up for deportation to Iraq war zone

By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 13 June 2017

The decision by the Trump administration to deport refugees to Iraq explodes the claims that the US wars in Iraq and Syria are “humanitarian” interventions aimed at protecting the population.

Rally held in solidarity with children of immigrant parents arrested by US Border Patrol in San Diego

By our reporters, 9 June 2017

A rally of 100 supporters was held Tuesday evening in National City, where the four children and their lawyer called for the immediate release of their parents.

San Diego children left to fend for themselves after immigrant parents arrested by US Border Patrol

By Kevin Martinez, 2 June 2017

Francisco Duarte and Rosenda Pérez were detained last week after living in the US for more than two decades, leaving their 19-year-old son to take care of his three younger siblings.

Ghanaian woman dies of hypothermia attempting to walk across US-Canada border

By Niles Niemuth, 1 June 2017

The tragic death of Mavis Otuteye comes amid a spike in the number of immigrants living in the US seeking asylum in Canada.

ICE arrested 190 immigrants in Southern California “public safety” operation

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2017

The portrayal of the ongoing crackdown on immigrants as a “public safety” operation is a campaign of fear-mongering that lacks any factual basis.

Texas state representative calls ICE on pro-immigrant protesters

By Genevieve Leigh, 30 May 2017

The Texas Representative called officers on protesters who had gathered to oppose the Senate Bill 4, which was signed into law this month by Republican Governor Greg Abbott.

Trump administration grants brief extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants

By John Marion, 29 May 2017

While the Trump administration threatens to deport almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants next summer, workers’ struggles in Haiti are growing.

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.