North American immigrant issues
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.
By Toby Reese and Jake Dean, 7 December 2015
Five years after the death of Hernandez-Rojas at the hands of US border agents, the Department of Justice has decided to close the investigation.
By Marc Wells, 2 November 2015
A recent report exposed hundreds of instances where Taser guns were used by US border agents to terrorize, injure and kill immigrants.
By Fred Mazelis, 6 October 2015
Foreign-born residents now comprise a near-record 14 percent of the population, just below the level recorded in the midst of the great wave of immigration from 1880-1920.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 October 2015
Foreign-born residents now comprise a near-record 14 percent of the population, only slightly below the level during the great wave of immigration from 1880-1920.
By Norisa Diaz, 5 October 2015
A fatal car crash resulted when an overcrowded sports utility vehicle packed with undocumented Mexican and Central American immigrants fled police.
By Kate Randall, 15 September 2015
The majority of those stripped of coverage are documented US residents and citizens caught up in an inefficient and arbitrary system.
By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015
The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.
By Dorota Niemitz, 2 September 2015
Two violent felonies attributed to undocumented immigrants in California are being used to launch a vicious attack on the entire immigrant community.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2015
The rhetoric of the Republican presidential candidates is a noxious expression of the reactionary anti-immigrant policies pursued by both parties.
By John Marion, 29 August 2015
The Dominican Republic has deported hundreds of Haitians and people of Haitian descent in recent weeks, while tensions along the border led to a recent exchange of gunfire.
By Evan Blake, 27 August 2015
In direct service to the world’s largest private prison corporations, the Obama administration has fought relentlessly to keep family detention centers from closing.
By John Marion, 14 August 2015
Some 66,000 people have returned from the Dominican Republic to Haiti under threat of deportation and face dire conditions.
By Evan Blake, 13 August 2015
The Obama administration is appealing a court ruling that seeks to ban the imprisonment of hundreds of children and their mothers in immigration detention centers.
By Dorota Niemitz, 31 July 2015
The Democratic Party groups organizing the event continue to support the Obama administration, whose policies are responsible for the deplorable conditions of immigrants.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 July 2015
The judge gave federal authorities until August 3 to present arguments stating why over 1,700 people held in “family units” at detention centers should not be released.
By Dorota Niemitz, 27 July 2015
The one-year old Honduran boy can remain for now in the US with his teenage mother, but immigration authorities have not dropped the case against him.
By Dorota Niemitz, 24 July 2015
Recently proposed immigration measures represent an attempt by the California political establishment to cast the state as a haven for immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2015
The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination criticized the policy of the city of San Francisco that limits cooperation with federal deportation actions.
By Dylan Lubao, 12 June 2015
The Conservative government’s reactionary crackdown on migrant workers has been abetted by the unions’ and NDP’s chauvinist “Canadian jobs for Canadians” campaign.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 May 2015
The Obama administration appears to have already accepted that its proposal for a slowdown in deportations will be shelved until at least 2016.
By Dorota Niemitz, 28 May 2015
The board of supervisors in the southern California city voted to endorse the Priority Enforcement Program, a refashioned federal program to deport undocumented workers.
By Kevin Martinez, 4 May 2015
District Judge Dolly Gee ruled that the administration’s detention policy violates a 1997 settlement of a federal court case.
By Marc Wells, 1 May 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously granted “qualified immunity” to a US border patrol agent who shot an unarmed 15-year-old boy in the face near the Mexican border.
By Kevin Martinez, 14 April 2015
Drowning deaths along the US-Mexico border have spiked since last fall as the Border Patrol increased its surveillance.
By Isaac Finn, 8 April 2015
Governor Cuomo has abandoned his campaign pledge to pass the Dream Act granting undocumented students equal access to financial aid.
By D. Lencho, 4 April 2015
Dozens of detainees at the Karnes County Residential Center have refused to eat until they are allowed to go before a judge to have their asylum pleas heard.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2015
While Obama pretends to sympathize with undocumented children, his administration is carrying out the most brutal crackdown on immigrants in US history.
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2015
Both the Democrats and Republicans favor the repression and exploitation of immigrant workers.
By Andre Damon, 18 February 2015
The Obama administration, no less than the Republicans, accepts the premise that undocumented immigrants are “criminals” who must face harsh and punitive sanctions.
By Norisa Diaz, 3 January 2015
Despite a wide array of anti-slavery laws and NGOs, there are currently 20.9 million people in forced labor worldwide.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014
In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”
By Jake Dean and Kevin Martinez, 12 November 2014
The denying of legal representation to child migrants is part of the Obama administration’s drive to accelerate deportations.
By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014
In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.