North American immigrant issues
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2018
A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.
By Trévon Austin, 16 May 2018
For the last 20 years, the agency has consistently underreported the number of people who die attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.
By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for House of Representatives (51st District and California), 15 May 2018
This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.
By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018
A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.
By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.
In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees
By Eric London, 3 May 2018
The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.
On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp
By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018
The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border
By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2018
The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.
Amidst complete silence from Democrats
By Genevieve Leigh, 1 May 2018
In defiance of international law, the Trump administration has turned away hundreds of Central American refugees at the US Mexico border in South San Diego, California.
By Eric London, 30 April 2018
The administration responded to the arrival of the asylum seekers with threats of prosecution and indefinite detention.
By Will Morrow, 26 April 2018
Hawaii is challenging Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling to the United States.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 April 2018
Besides separating children from their parents, the Trump administration has begun deporting immigrants married to US citizens.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2018
Lonnie Swartz was found not guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying of an unarmed Mexican teenager through the border fence in 2012.
By Shelley Connor, 23 April 2018
The database found a rate of 4 evictions per minute, underscoring the heightening housing crisis in the United States.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
By Alec Anderson, 16 April 2018
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates
By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump’s anti-immigrant militarization of the border.
By Eric London, 7 April 2018
A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of “all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens.”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 5 April 2018
The troop mobilization is the latest measure in an escalating assault on immigrants and democratic rights.
By Eric London, 4 April 2018
The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.
By Josh Varlin, 3 April 2018
Some 40 immigrants are publicly taking sanctuary in US churches to avoid deportation, and no doubt many more are doing so in secret.
By Kevin Martinez, 2 April 2018
The White House’s ending of Deferred Enforced Departure will affect 4,000 Liberians who have lived in the US for nearly two decades.
By Eric London, 31 March 2018
Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2018
Ricardo Rodriguez, wrongfully convicted for the 1995 murder of a homeless man, was finally freed after 20 years behind bars, only to be immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018
A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018
Given its virulent anti-immigration bigotry, the attempt by the administration to frame this move as a simple matter of common sense or voting rights, is preposterous.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 26 March 2018
Around 80 immigrant men have been subjected to horrific physical abuses, alleged hate crimes, and sexual abuse, according to a report recently cited by the Intercept.
By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2018
The action is only the latest betrayal of immigrants by the capitalist politicians who pretend to sympathize with them.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 16 March 2018
The tragic deaths of Santo Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Profecto are the outcome of the Trump administration’s immigration policy in action.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 March 2018
Trump’s first visit to California as president sparked protests and came in the context of an intensification of the anti-immigrant policies of the administration.
“On top of taking my family, they are branded as criminals”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Clodomiro Puentes, 10 March 2018
Perla Morales Luna had stepped out with her three daughters to pay their rent last weekend when she was suddenly grabbed and dragged away by federal agents.
By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 March 2018
The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.
By Dan Conway, 6 March 2018
By all indications, the only crime committed by the two homeless parents was raising their children while extremely poor.
Davino Watson, US citizen wrongfully detained by ICE, calls for the defense of immigrants facing deportation
By Nick Barrickman, 5 March 2018
Watson, a naturalized US citizen, was detained by ICE agents in 2008 after having been arrested for a minor offense.
By Jason Melanovski, 3 March 2018
Several dozen students across the US have been swept up in a hysterical law and order crackdown since the Parkland school shooting.
By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018
Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.
By Eric London, 28 February 2018
The decision sets up the pseudo-legal framework for the expansion of immigrant internment camps.
By Eric London, 27 February 2018
The Democratic Party is allowing immigration officials to round up hundreds of thousands of people while focusing all its energy on its anti-Russia campaign.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 February 2018
Anticipating protests, the White House declared that the change in the mission statement did not originate from the President.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 February 2018
The US Border Patrol has been given full authority to push the margins of the Fourth Amendment, carrying out warrantless searches and seizures far beyond the borders.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 21 February 2018
The systematic separating of children of undocumented immigrants from their parents is part of a conscious policy to “discourage border crossings.”
By Evan Blake, 19 February 2018
The raids across seven counties are meant to instill fear within immigrant communities and stifle opposition to the fascistic policies of the Trump administration.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 17 February 2018
According to the medical journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, fear of deportation causes large scale socio-psychological trauma among immigrant children.
“This is a national health emergency”
By our reporters, 17 February 2018
Fradkin authored an article in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics titled “Fear of massive deportations in the United States: Social implications on deprived pediatric communities.”
By Tim Avery, 17 February 2018
Federal courts temporarily stayed deportations for ethnic Chinese Christians who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia.
By Eric London, 16 February 2018
The entire framework of the immigration debate has a right-wing, anti-democratic character.
By Daniel de Vries, 16 February 2018
Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, is one of several prominent activists snatched up by ICE amid an expanding wave of detentions and deportations.
By Eric London, 15 February 2018
The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.
By Eric London, 13 February 2018
Immigrants could wish for no worse group of people to determine their fates than a Congress controlled by the corporations and the military-intelligence agencies.
By our reporter, 13 February 2018
The unprecedented arrest of Omer Abdelmaed, who escaped torture in Sudan, is a dangerous sign that immigration police are operating as an extra-legal force.
By Eric London, 12 February 2018
In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.
By Eric London, 10 February 2018
The Democratic Party provided the necessary votes to allocate $1.4 trillion for the military.
By Anthony del Olmo, 9 February 2018
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has held meetings on the defense of immigrants at several US universities.
By Josh Varlin, 8 February 2018
The bipartisan budget plan demonstrates that both big business parties agree on military escalation and further attacks on immigrants' rights.
By Eric London, 7 February 2018
The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 February 2018
The scope of the administration’s brutal immigration policies continues to widen as stay orders become increasingly out of reach for blue and white collar workers.
Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018
A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.
By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018
The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018
The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.
By Eric London, 30 January 2018
The proposal will cut legal immigration by 22 million over several decades while providing the weakest protections for DACA recipients.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018
The ongoing negotiations in Washington over DACA and TPS prove that the defense of immigrants requires a break with the Democrats and a turn to the working class.
By Niles Niemuth, 26 January 2018
The Democrats have used the plight of the DACA recipients to pose as defenders of immigrants while shifting ever closer to the Trump administration’s racist immigration policies.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 January 2018
The prosecutions come in the immediate aftermath of a report by the group detailing the Border Patrol’s destruction of water jugs left for immigrants in the desert.
By Will Morrow, 25 January 2018
Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge in a Detroit church in a desperate effort to prevent his deportation scheduled for today.
By Will Morrow, 24 January 2018
The arrest is a blatant act of retaliation against No More Deaths, coming a few hours after it released footage of agents sabotaging humanitarian water supplies.
By Eric London, 24 January 2018
The spineless character of the Democrats’ supposed defense of immigrant youth stands in stark contrast to the party’s furious efforts to prosecute the anti-Russia campaign.
By Will Morrow, 23 January 2018
The attacks are part of a broader escalation of Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown on immigrants and undocumented workers across the country.
By Will Morrow, 20 January 2018
The actions of border agents are the logical outcome of the bipartisan policy to deter immigrants from reaching the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2018
Plans have been revealed to pour immigration agents from all over the country into Northern California cities to round up at least 1,500 undocumented immigrants.
By Kathleen Martin, 17 January 2018
Jorge Garcia, a resident of metro Detroit for three decades, was deported to Mexico by ICE agents on Martin Luther King Day on the orders of federal immigration officials.
By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018
Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.
By James Cogan, 13 January 2018
Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.
Trump’s racist diatribe against “shithole countries” exposes bipartisan conspiracy against immigrants
By Barry Grey, 12 January 2018
Trump’s outburst came as an embarrassment to the Democrats, who over the past week have rushed to reach a deal with the White House that would further militarize the border and expand the crackdown on immigrants.
By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2018
Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir was taken into custody on Thursday morning during a regularly scheduled appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2018
The first year of the Trump administration starkly illustrates the fact that neither the courts nor the Democratic Party can be trusted to protect immigrants.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 January 2018
In response to the threat of mass deportations, the Salvadoran FMLN government has sought to curry favor with the Trump administration.
By Eric London, 10 January 2018
A pathetic spectacle unfolded in Washington yesterday as the Democratic Party and President Donald Trump laid the basis for an escalated assault on immigrants in the US.
An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project
By Julian James, 10 January 2018
Luengo-Garrido is a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts. He spoke to the WSWS about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.
A crime against humanity
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2018
This barbaric action will split up tens of thousands of families and threaten countless deaths among those forced to return to the killing fields of Central America.
By Norisa Diaz, 8 January 2018
The lawsuit addresses widespread practices at numerous locations where Motel 6 handed over the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers, license-plate numbers and room numbers of at least 9,000 guests to immigration officials without warrants.
By David Brown, 5 January 2018
Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.
“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”
An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years
By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018
Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.
By Trévon Austin, 28 December 2017
A USA Today investigation reveals that up to 27,000 may have died in the desert between the US and Mexico over the past 20 years.
By Eric London, 23 December 2017
The proposal comes at the end of a week marked by ruthless attacks against immigrants.
By Norisa Diaz, 22 December 2017
While a deal is still being worked out, there is no doubt that the Democrats are negotiating some of the most reactionary anti-immigrant legislation since Japanese internment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.