North American immigrant issues
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.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
By Jake Dean, 6 October 2014
A recent federal complaint alleges that immigrant women are regularly subject to sexual abuse and harassment at a privately run detention center in Karnes City, Texas.
By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014
The Obama administration has now deported more people than any other presidency.
By Jake Dean, 26 September 2014
Central and South American immigrants are being held at a detention center in the US with no hope of being released.
By Kevin Martinez and Jake Dean, 19 September 2014
Immigrant families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America are to be detained in a center run by a for-profit corporation with a documented history of abuse.
The human cost of deportations
By Norisa Diaz and Marc Wells, 9 September 2014
Immigrants deported back to Central America face extreme violence and poverty. These are some of their stories.
By John Marion, 5 September 2014
The Dominican Republic denies citizenship to descendants of Haitian immigrants, while Haitians trying to reach the United States face death or deportation.
By Norisa Diaz, 28 August 2014
The response of workers in Bell is a rejection of the right-wing xenophobia earlier on view in the city of Murrieta.
By Douglas Lyons, 21 August 2014
Federal health officials are threatening some Obamacare enrollees with loss of coverage if they fail to send proof-of-citizenship documentation.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2014
Hundreds of agricultural workers, including many child laborers, die in farming accidents across the US each year, making it the most dangerous occupation in America.
By Kevin Martinez, 16 August 2014
In addition to the National Guard, far-right militias armed with guns and military equipment have begun patrolling the border on their own accord.
Defend the rights of immigrant workers! Unite the working class of North, Central and South America!
Resolution of the SEP (US) Third National Congress
14 August 2014
This resolution of the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US) was adopted unanimously on August 6, 2014.
By Matthew MacEgan, 8 August 2014
Florida immigration courts are seeking to establish special “dockets” to speed up the process of hearing the cases of thousands of immigrant children who have recently arrived in the state.
US immigration attorney: “I deal with great numbers of children and young adults fleeing violence and poverty”
By Kevin Mitchell, Alan Gilman and Marc Wells, 4 August 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a prominent attorney in Los Angeles who specializes in immigration cases.
By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014
Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.
By Clodomiro Puentes, 2 August 2014
The expansion of Medicaid in California under Obama’s Affordable Care Act has been falsely promoted as a huge success.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 August 2014
The strikers will fast for 75 hours to protest conditions at the facility and President Obama’s policy of mass deportations.
By Patrick Martin, 26 July 2014
Obama and three Central American presidents discussed stepped-up funding of local military forces to halt the flow of immigrants.
Interview with US immigrants’ rights activist: “This administration has been terrible for us on many fronts”
By Kevin Martinez and Marc Wells, 26 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with the leader of an immigrants’ rights group in Southern California.
By Kevin Martinez and Marc Wells, 24 July 2014
The WSWS spoke with an individual who as a teenager escaped poverty and violence in El Salvador.
By Jake Dean, 22 July 2014
The military moves take place as thousands of young people flee violence and poverty in Central America.
By Marc Wells, 22 July 2014
Two deportations last week make clear the brutal character of Obama’s attack on immigrants, who are being condemned to conditions of misery and death.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2014
The “message” sent by Obama with the first planeload of child deportees sent back to Honduras is that Washington is as contemptuous of international law at home as it is abroad.
By David Brown, 16 July 2014
Legislators in the US are proposing a variety of measures to remove the right of child migrants to an immigration hearing before being deported.
By Gabriel Black, 16 July 2014
Jose Vargas, a leading immigrant-rights activist, was detained by the US border patrol in Texas for most of the day Tuesday after attending a vigil for undocumented immigrants on the border.
By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2014
Both the Obama administration and leading Republicans are demanding more police and detention centers and faster deportation of immigrant children coming across the border.
By Patrick Martin, 11 July 2014
Responding to Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Obama said he was open to suggestions to send National Guard troops and drones to the US border with Mexico.
By Andre Damon, 9 July 2014
The funds will go toward building detention facilities, stepping up border checkpoints, and expanding the domestic use of military surveillance drones.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2014
The Obama administration, the Republican Party and the corporate media have all sought to criminalize immigrant workers, including the tens of thousands of children who have recently arrived on the southern border of the US.
Amid anti-immigrant protests in California
By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014
Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.
By WSWS reporters, 25 June 2014
The Albuquerque police department has carried out a series of fatal shootings over the past several years.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2014
The Obama White House has responded to a humanitarian crisis of its own making with the methods of police repression.
By D. Lencho, 14 June 2014
The Homeland Security secretary emphasized that immigrants crossing the border “are priorities for enforcement of our immigrant laws, regardless of age.”
By Kate Randall, 21 March 2014
The discovery of 108 men, women and children held against their will is an indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policies.
By Jake Dean, 29 October 2013
A US congressional directive known as the “bed mandate” requires that Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold 34,000 immigrants in custody per day.
By Jake Dean, 24 September 2013
President Obama claimed that halting mass deportations of immigrants would violate immigration law.
By Matthew MacEgan, 21 June 2013
A pair of right-wing Republican senators threw their support behind an immigration bill based on an amendment calling for a military-style “surge” on the border.
By Jake Dean, 19 June 2013
More than 50 undocumented workers, largely from Pakistan, were hired utilizing fraudulent Social Security numbers.
By Richard Vargas, 18 June 2013
The punitive legislation aims to further militarize the US-Mexican border and provide cheap labor to large corporations.
By Richard Vargas, 13 June 2013
Since January 2010, at least 15 Mexican citizens have been killed by US border patrol agents shooting into Mexico.
By Kate Randall, 19 February 2013
Undocumented immigrants would have to wait an estimated eight years for the chance to receive a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2013
A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced an “enforcement first” plan for dealing with what they termed a “broken” US immigration system.
By Bryan Dyne, 21 September 2012
The Obama administration has ruled that young undocumented immigrants approved for its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will not be eligible for federal health care benefits.
By Kate Randall, 17 August 2012
Tens of thousands of young undocumented immigrants lined up Wednesday to begin their applications for a program that could allow them to temporarily remain in the United States and be granted work permits.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 July 2012
A horrific crash Sunday in southern Texas claimed the lives of 14 people and injured 9 others. All were reportedly immigrants.
Arizona v. United States
By Kevin Kearney, 26 June 2012
The court ruling leaves in place the most reactionary and antidemocratic feature of Arizona’s SB 1070 law, the mandate that local and state police check the immigration status of anyone they detain or question.
By Shannon Jones, 22 May 2012
A report issued by the ACLU of Georgia details widespread abuse of immigrants held at four detention centers in the state.
By Tom Carter, 26 April 2012
The oral arguments yesterday before the US Supreme Court over Arizona’s anti-immigrant act are chiefly remarkable for the refusal of the Obama administration to mount any serious opposition to the unprecedented and authoritarian provisions of the law.
By Kevin Kearney, 13 December 2011
The Supreme Court announced Monday it will review a lower court decision striking down provisions of an Arizona anti-immigrant law.
By Ali Ismail, 8 December 2011
The death of Joaquin Luna is a tragic consequence of the nationwide crackdown on immigrants being carried out by both big business parties and the Obama administration.
By Ali Ismail, 10 October 2011
A federal judge’s decision last week to allow several aspects of Alabama’s draconian new anti-immigration law to go into effect is having a devastating impact on the state’s immigrant families.
By Ali Ismail, 9 August 2011
The measure approved by the House panel would eliminate a 16-year-old program that provides a legal route to permanent resident status for some 55,000 immigrants each year.
By Daniel Sharp, 13 June 2011
Alabama’s new legislation goes beyond the racist and anti-democratic measures passed by Arizona last year.
By Ed Hightower, 26 May 2011
On May 13, Georgia became the latest state to pass a police state “immigration reform” bill.