North American immigrant issues

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 17 January 2019

At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism—the capitalist class and the working class—are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.

Pentagon extends troop deployment at Mexican border until September

By Matthew Taylor, 17 January 2019

The Trump administration is increasing its repressive measures against immigrants, including doubling the capacity of an immigrant detention center for youth in Homestead, Florida.

Trump’s “national emergency” threat and the danger of presidential dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2019

Congressional Democrats and the corporate media are deliberately downplaying the danger to democratic rights and constitutional norms embodied in Trump’s threats.

As US shutdown heads toward its fourth week

Trump delivers fascistic White House rant to demand border wall

By Barry Grey, 9 January 2019

The government shutdown marks a significant step in the direction of authoritarian rule, directed squarely against the working class.

Guatemalan establishment indifferent to deaths of US incarcerated migrant children

By Andrea Lobo, 9 January 2019

The reaction in ruling circles not only reflects their disdain for the country’s impoverished masses, but also their efforts to demonstrate loyal submission to the Trump administration.

Twenty-two deaths reported in immigrant detention centers since Trump took office

By Niles Niemuth, 8 January 2019

A review of the circumstances leading to the death of each person in ICE custody reveals that nearly all died as the result of criminal neglect or abuse.

As government shutdown enters third week

Trump threatens to declare national emergency to build border wall

By Niles Niemuth, 5 January 2019

Legal options are reportedly being seriously considered within the Trump administration for circumventing Congress, including redirecting funds already appropriated to the Department of Defense.

Trump administration opens 2019 with tear gas attack on migrants at US-Mexico border

By Niles Niemuth, 3 January 2019

Border patrol agents fired three volleys of gas at a group of approximately 150 people as they sought to cross over a border fence from Tijuana into the United States.

Amid global crackdown on refugees

One sixth of world’s people want to flee their home countries

By Eric London, 31 December 2018

Some 750 million people, not including children, want to escape war, poverty, conflict and disease caused by capitalism.

Federal agents release more than 1,000 immigrants in El Paso, Texas

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2018

The mass releases, with detained immigrants dropped at bus stations, shelters and city parks, seem to be a politically-motivated campaign by ICE agents.

Residents defend immigrant workers after ICE raids Indiana restaurants, arrests five

By Michael Walters, 27 December 2018

Over 100 people rallied last week in Portage, Indiana to support the workers who had been detained earlier this month.

The death of Felipe Alonzo-Gómez: A crime of US imperialism

By Eric London, 27 December 2018

The eight-year-old immigrant died in US custody after fleeing from Nentón, Guatemala, close to where a horrific massacre took place in 1982 during the country’s civil war.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

Central American asylum seekers forced to wait for months at US-Mexico border

By Norisa Diaz, 19 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with a number of Honduran immigrants in Tijuana who have fled poverty, extortion, and death threats from gangs in their home country.

Woman convicted for climbing Statue of Liberty to protest Trump’s anti-immigrant policies

By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2018

Therese Patricia Okoumou explained that the treatment of children at the US-Mexico border prompted her to make a brash statement by climbing the monument in New York City.

Democrats, media silent on child’s death at US border

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2018

The Caal family's attorneys dispute the official account, saying Jakelin was in good health on arrival at the border station, only displaying signs of illness after being held there for eight hours.

The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump’s war on immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2018

While Democrats denounced the death, they supported equally repressive policies under Obama.

Trump’s war on immigrants

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2018

The growth of the child detainee population and the Trump administration’s escalation of workplace raids represent an attack on the entire working class.

Trump threatens to use military to fund border wall

By Kevin Martinez, 12 December 2018

The president’s threat was followed by a tense meeting in the Oval Office with Democratic leaders where he threatened a government shutdown over funding for the wall.

San Diego workers and youth speak out in defense of refugees at US-Mexico border

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

American and Mexican citizens alike defended the migrant caravan and condemned the tear gas fired by the Border Patrol.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated as new president of Mexico

By Alex González and Don Knowland, 3 December 2018

Popular illusions in promises by the new president to end decades of poverty and oppression in Mexico will crash against his limited, bourgeois program.

Central American migrants facing horror on US border

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2018

The deliberate confinement of thousands of refugees—men, women and children—under desperate conditions is a crime against humanity.

Three killed, eight injured in high speed US Border Patrol chase in southern California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 December 2018

This latest tragedy must be viewed in the context of the Trump administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Transgender asylum seeker beaten in US custody before her death, according to autopsy

By Kevin Martinez, 29 November 2018

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez died weeks after turning herself in at the San Ysidro port of entry in California seeking asylum from the discrimination and abuse she faced in Honduras.

After Trump fires tear gas at immigrant children

Sanders declares caravan members lack a “credible” claim to asylum

By Barry Grey, 29 November 2018

Asked whether he believed that immigrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America “all have a credible claim for asylum,” the senator declared, “No, I don’t.”

The military-police assault at San Ysidro

Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

By Eric London, 27 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (US) condemns the US government’s military operation at the US-Mexico border Sunday as a horrific crime against humanity.

US immigrants go hungry for fear using food stamps will lead to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 November 2018

Household food insecurity among immigrant families in the US for less than five years increased from 9.9 percent in 2007 to 17.8 percent in the first half of 2018.

Hundreds rally in San Diego in defense of migrant caravan

By our reporters, 26 November 2018

Over 200 people attended a rally just hours before the US Customs and Border Protection shut down the crossing and fired tear gas at immigrants seeking to enter the US.

US military, border police attack asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 26 November 2018

With the border under effective martial law, US forces deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bang grenades against impoverished Central American workers and their families.

In Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump appeals to military against courts, political opponents

By Joseph Kishore, 24 November 2018

In a call with representatives of the five branches of the US Armed Forces, Trump denounced judges for “telling our incredible military and law enforcement what to do.”

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2018

Following an anti-caravan demonstration on Sunday in Tijuana, Border Patrol closed down the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday morning, leaving tens of thousands in panic, in an effort to stoke up anger and confusion.

Migrant caravan reaches US border as Latin American governments discuss austerity and repression

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2018

As the first caravan of mostly Honduran migrants begins to arrive at the US border, local elites met at the Ibero-American Summit, vowing deeper social austerity and militarized repression.

DSA-backed “progressive Democrats” drop phony opposition to Trump’s attacks on immigrants

By Will Morrow, 17 November 2018

The Democrats “progressive” caucus, including DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is calling for a more “humane” and “effective” American immigration Gestapo.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

Albanian immigrant worker, forced to hide in Detroit church for 10 months, fights deportation

By Will Morrow, 14 November 2018

Ded Rranxburgaj, the sole caregiver and provider for his wheelchair-bound wife and two sons, is seeking to prevent his deportation.

“Someone is getting paid millions to provoke racism and hatred”

US autoworkers oppose anti-immigrant campaign

By WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 13 November 2018

Autoworkers in the Detroit area contacted by the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter spoke forcefully against the attempts by the Trump administration to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria.

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

The decision is the most significant restriction on immigration in decades. It will cause hundreds of thousands of deportations, and send countless immigrants to their deaths.

Canada to dramatically hike, expedite deportations to “secure” borders

By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2018

The Trudeau Liberal government’s anti-refugee policy is emboldening reaction, including outright fascist forces.

Democratic candidates praise Trump’s attacks on immigrants as troops arrive at the border

By Eric London, 5 November 2018

The Democrats are either silent or supportive of police state measures that are putting the lives of immigrants in imminent danger and preparing the way for violent attacks on all workers.

Immigrant tent cities and right-wing terror: The new normal in America

By Eric London, 3 November 2018

Halting the growth of political violence and the moves toward dictatorship requires a break with the Democratic Party and the mobilization of the immense power of the American and international working class.

Trump calls for “massive cities of tents” and indefinite detention of immigrants

By Eric London, 2 November 2018

The right-wing demagogue described a hellish vision of concentration camps to imprison helpless men, women, and children, and urged the thousands of troops being rushed to America’s southern border to open fire on unarmed crowds.

All men are not created equal

The American oligarchy’s attack on birthright citizenship

By Eric London, 1 November 2018

All factions of the ruling class view basic democratic rights as obstacles in their drive for wealth and world domination.

Child detainees speak out: “I just wanted a hug from someone”

The view from inside America’s child immigrant detention shelters

By our reporters, 1 November 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke with several immigrant children recently released from child detention shelters about conditions in the facilities.

Trump deploys military to confront “immigrant invasion”

By Eric London, 30 October 2018

The White House, deploying thousands of troops to the border, is seeking to to whip up a climate of right-wing chauvinist hysteria on the eve of the November 6 midterm elections.

Mexican police shoot and kill 26-year-old immigrant as repression intensifies along Mexico-Guatemala border

By Andrea Lobo, 30 October 2018

Despite the US threats and the militarized operations by the Guatemalan and Mexican governments, thousands of Central American migrants continue to leave.

US armed forces deployed to Mexico border in preparation for expected closure

By Norisa Diaz, 29 October 2018

A violent clash is being prepared on the US-Mexico border as Washington readies emergency powers to close the border.

Defend immigrant workers against Trump’s military crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2018

American workers must come to the defense of immigrants and refugees as the Trump administration threatens to close the border and turn armed troops against working class men, women and children.

Trump to deploy hundreds of troops to the border against Central American migrants

By Andrea Lobo, 26 October 2018

The domestic deployment of the military against immigrants is a warning to the entire working class.

Interview with photographer Tom Kiefer: “This work is part of the historical documentation of our country’s response to migration”

El Sueño Americano: Exhibition of migrants’ items seized and discarded by US border patrol

By Norisa Diaz, 26 October 2018

Kiefer worked as a part-time janitor at a US Customs and Border Patrol facility in Arizona for 12 years, collecting items thrown out by officials.

Oppose Trump’s attacks on immigrants! Defend the migrant caravan!

By Niles Niemuth, 25 October 2018

Workers in the US must unite with workers in Mexico and Central America to ensure the safe passage into the country of the several thousand workers making their way towards the US-Mexico border.

As refugee caravan heads north

Trump administration prepares draconian new anti-immigrant measures

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2018

Amid Trump’s demagogy about deploying the army to the border and cutting all aid to Central America, US immigration officials are preparing new repressive measures against refugees.

“Migrants are not criminals, we are international workers!”

The migrant caravan and the fight to unite the international working class

By Eric London, 23 October 2018

The caravan is proving that the division of the world into nation states under capitalism is incompatible with the aspirations and material needs of billions of workers.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Pompeo meets with Mexican government as its police attack Honduran migrants

By Eric London, 20 October 2018

Hundreds of women and children were injured in the crackdown on a narrow bridge over the river separating Mexico and Guatemala.

Trump threatens to deploy military to close US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 19 October 2018

Trump, with the complicity of the Democrats, has invoked the phony “threat” of the immigrant caravan to whip up xenophobia before the midterm elections.

US, Mexican and Guatemalan governments harass caravan of Honduran refugees

By Andrea Lobo, 18 October 2018

Thousands of refugees are fleeing rampant violence and poverty imposed by the economic plundering and political meddling of US imperialism.

Amnesty International: Immigrants separated from family members for alleged “fraud”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2018

Amnesty International reveals thousands of children have been separated from relatives for supposed fraud and defines separation as a form of torture under US and international law.

Trump considers reinstating family separations at the border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 October 2018

The proposal to force parents to choose between separation and deportation to war-torn Central America is a form of emotional torture.

US government may put separated immigrant children up for adoption

By Eric London, 11 October 2018

In one case, AP reports, “It took 28 minutes for a judge in a rural courthouse” to transfer guardianship of a toddler, without even notifying her mother.

Federal judge issues injunction against Trump administration refugee order

By Matthew Taylor, 6 October 2018

The four countries cited in the lawsuit represent nearly 300,000 of the 437,000 refugees who are currently receiving TPS in the United States.

Horrors at ICE prison in California: nooses found hanging in majority of cells

By Norisa Diaz, 4 October 2018

An unexpected visit from DHS inspectors found three quarters of the cells had nooses hanging from overhead pipes at a California immigrant detention center.

Child concentration camps in America

By Eric London, 2 October 2018

Immigration officials are rounding up hundreds of children at night and transporting them to a tent city in Texas.

Protests hit mass detention of immigrant children in Texas tent camp

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2018

The barren tent camp in the desert on the Mexican border is built to house up to 3,800 children.

US announces new barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced a new rule requiring immigrants applying for permanent legal status or citizenship to report their credit scores and histories.

Eighty-three abducted by ICE across Wisconsin in four days

By Jacob Crosse, 27 September 2018

Relishing in the chaos and uncertainty it had caused, ICE remained silent over the weekend as armed agents conducted “targeted raids” in over 14 counties.

“Keep out your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

Trump administration moves to impose class-based restrictions on immigration

By Eric London, 26 September 2018

The explicit formalization of a class-based immigration system marks a turning point that will substantially alter the state of social relations in favor of the rich.

ICE conducts anti-immigrant raids throughout Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 24 September 2018

The families of the workers seized by federal agents have been given little information as to why they were detained or where they are being held.

Trump administration takes aim at immigrants who receive federal benefits

By Harvey Simpkins, 24 September 2018

Even current green card holders could be subject to the new rule and lose their status as lawful permanent residents if, in certain circumstances, they leave the country and try to return.

Notes on Trump’s war against immigrants

Department of Health and Human Services lost track of another 1,500 immigrant children

By our reporters, 21 September 2018

In addition to the “lost” children, funds are being diverted from AIDS and cancer research to jail immigrant children and ICE held nearly 1,500 US citizens as “aliens.”

Trump administration announces record low cap on refugees allowed into the US

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 September 2018

The Trump administration has announced that the number of refugees allowed into the US in the coming year will be capped at 30,000—a record low for the 43-year old refugee resettlement program.

12,800 immigrant children detained in American internment camps

By Eric London, 14 September 2018

While the Trump administration is preparing for a massive expansion of immigrant internment camps, the Democratic Party has abandoned the issue.

Trump administration to abandon court settlement prohibiting indefinite detention of immigrant children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 September 2018

The decision is a major escalation in the administration’s attack on immigrants.

Canada: Ex-Conservative leadership candidate to found new right-wing party

By Félix Gauthier, 5 September 2018

A growing section of the Canadian establishment is turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant chauvinism that Maxime Bernier articulates explicitly.

Father of Mollie Tibbetts tells Trump administration: Stop using my daughter’s death in racist attack on immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 September 2018

There have been numerous studies by academics and think tanks in recent years that have clearly shown that there is no correlation between immigration and crime.

The assault on immigrants becomes the assault on citizens

US citizens along southern border denied passports, accused of fraudulent birth certificates

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 September 2018

American citizens born in the Southwestern border regions are being accused of having fraudulent birth certificates and denied passports.

Immigrant mother sues for $40 million after child dies following ICE detainment

By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2018

The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration’s brutal war on immigrants.

“We are watching and we are coming”

ICE raids North Texas factory, arrests 160 immigrant workers

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 August 2018

In one of the biggest workplace raids in the past decade, ICE arrested 160 migrant workers at a factory north of Dallas.

Trump, Republicans exploit murder of Molly Tibbetts to stoke anti-immigrant racism

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 August 2018

The killing of a young Iowa woman has become a pretext for the Trump administration and its supporters to intensify attacks on immigrants.

Hundreds of detained immigrants join US national prison strike

By Trévon Austin, 23 August 2018

Detained immigrants have linked their struggle with prisoners to protest inhumane living conditions.

US continues to terrorize immigrants: Over 500 children still not reunited with parents

By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2018

The parents of 366 children who were separated have already been deported back to their home countries without their children, including six minors under the age of 5.

Canadian ruling elite whips up anti-refugee hysteria to shift politics sharply right

By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 22 August 2018

While posturing as a friend of refugees, the Trudeau government has deported thousands of desperate asylum-seekers trying to flee Trump’s vicious crackdown on immigrants.

Virginia’s Democratic governor seeks to whitewash abuse of immigrant youth at state detention facility

By Nick Barrickman, 21 August 2018

A report issued last week by the office of Governor Ralph Northam seeks to whitewash the criminal abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children detained in the state from 2014 through 2017.

The brutality of borders

Mass grave revealed at Arizona Air Force bombing range

By Norisa Diaz, 18 August 2018

The treacherous deserts along the Southwest have taken the lives of tens of thousands of migrants coming to the US.

US: The “public charge” rule’s effects on legal immigrant families

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration attempt to deport mother and child during court hearing

By Eric London, 10 August 2018

The government sought to remove the immigrants from the US while their lawyers were preoccupied arguing the case in court.

Trump administration plans to limit citizenship for 20 million legal immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 August 2018

The move is an attack on the working class as a whole and presages intensified efforts to slash funding for social programs upon which millions rely.

ICE tears apart immigrant families in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2018

Ricardo Fierro, a resident of Racine, Wisconsin for over 20 years, was kidnapped outside his home and imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

By Eric London, 4 August 2018

Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has published eight opinion pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants.

Separated: Children at the Border highlights the horrific human costs of the bipartisan war on immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2018

The latest PBS Frontline documentary shows the effect of family separations and traces the roots of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Immigration police launch political attack on Portland mayor for backing anti-ICE protests

By Kayla Costa, 2 August 2018

Based on the absurd claim that anti-ICE protesters threatened the lives of federal immigration agents, ICE employees sent a cease and desist letter to the mayor.

Ontario government repudiates resettlement agreement, scapegoats refugees

By Laurent Lafrance, 28 July 2018

The Conservatives' xenophobic campaign is aimed at diverting attention away from their big business agenda and whipping up racism and chauvinism to divide the working class.

Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2018

The forcible separation of parents and children by the Trump administration is an act of mass kidnapping and a crime against humanity.

Military-style immigration raids: Coming to a workplace near you

By Eric London, 26 July 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced plans Tuesday for mass workplace raids and the surveillance of tens of thousands of workplaces.

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2018

The admission by government lawyers raises the prospect that hundreds of parents separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy might never see their children again.

Mounting outrage in US over conditions facing detained immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2018

Hunger strikes and lawsuits have exposed the barbaric treatment of refugees and immigrants at detention facilities in the US.

Media, #MeToo silent on widespread sexual assault of detained immigrants

By Eric London, 21 July 2018

A July 17 report revealed 1,310 reports by immigrants of rape and sexual assault at detention centers from 2013 to 2017.

Democrats abstain on House resolution praising ICE thugs

By Andy Thompson, 20 July 2018

The Republican resolution in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement passed with only 38 Democrats opposing.

Amid silence from Democrats on attacks on immigrants

Trump moves to restrict asylum

By Alec Andersen, 19 July 2018

While the Democrats and the media are obsessing over Trump’s supposed pro-Russian “treason,” the administration is escalating its assault on the right to asylum.