North American immigrant issues
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.
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.
By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017
So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 7 September 2017
Protesters and DACA enrollees spoke to the WSWS about their reaction to Trump’s announcement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Isaac Finn, 29 July 2017
The crackdown on immigrants paves the way for a police-state regime and attacks on workers more broadly.
By Jake Dean, 27 July 2017
The future of the Iraqis, many of whom are Chaldean Christians, is far from certain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
By Kevin Martinez, 8 July 2017
More than 30 inmates awaiting deportation have gone on hunger strike protesting poor medical care and indefinite detention.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 19 June 2017
To describe the Otay Mesa Detention Facility in California as Orwellian is an understatement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.