North American immigrant issues
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Adam Mclean, 27 March 2017
Differences over the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions are raising tensions between ICE and local police forces.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2017
Many are calling Guadalupe García de Rayos of Phoenix, Arizona, the first victim of Trump’s executive order.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 2 February 2017
The proposed orders would target immigrants who rely on social programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
By Douglas Lyons, 19 August 2016
Twenty-two mothers have entered into the second week of a hunger strike, protesting lengthy detention at a US-run facility.
By Andrea Lobo, 15 August 2016
The new deal with Costa Rica, which will temporarily receive 200 of the 140,000 seeking asylum in the US, is intended to give a humanitarian face to an inhumane policy.
By Khara Sikhan, 15 July 2016
Immigrant detainees in the US face substandard medical and mental health treatment with fatal consequences.
By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 14 May 2016
The Socialist Equality Party defends the democratic right of immigrants and refugees to live and work wherever they please without fear of detention or deportation.
By our reporters, 14 May 2016
The Obama administration has deported over two million people, more than any other in US history.
Immigrant farmworker sentenced to 25 years to life for leaving her newborn in California strawberry field
By Eden Ferrera, 31 March 2016
Nineteen-year-old Rosalba Moran, an undocumented immigrant and victim of rape, was charged with first-degree murder.
By Marc Wells, 2 March 2016
An analysis of reports submitted by ICE shows that negligence and inadequate medical care has caused an increase in deaths at detention centers in the last 13 years.
Bowing to Trump’s racist agitation
By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2016
The White House has rebuffed pleas to call a halt to the summary deportations of women and children fleeing violence in Central America.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2015
Most of those targeted are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
By Kevin Martinez, 18 December 2015
Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, who struggled with PTSD from experiences in Afghanistan, was shot and killed by San Diego police April 30.
By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2015
Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda.