North American immigrant issues
“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.
By Tom Hall, 26 May 2017
The Fourth Circuit’s ruling declared that Trump’s executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
By Shannon Jones, 26 May 2017
All those arrested had legal, permanent resident status, but were nonetheless detained.
By Nick Rodriguez, 26 May 2017
Over 20 immigrant workers have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against their former employer, EZ Industrial Solutions, after being fired for participating in the protest on February 16.
The cases of Aaron Gach, Mem Fox, United Vibrations, Soviet Soviet and others
By Marko Leone and David Walsh, 23 May 2017
The various agencies responsible for immigration issues and border control have clearly been given the green light by the Trump administration to intimidate and generally terrorize anyone they can get their hands on.
By Genevieve Leigh, 20 May 2017
Eight people have died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October, while the Trump administration arrested 41,000 immigrants in the first three months of 2017.
By Genevieve Leigh, 18 May 2017
A new report by Human Rights Watch reviewed nearly 300,000 federal detentions of immigrants in facilities in California from 2011 to 2015.
By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2017
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working with local law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 1,300 people since March.
By John Marion, 11 May 2017
The Trump administration is pushing to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitian refugees.
By Eric London, 5 May 2017
The mass casualties along the US-Mexico border are the outcome of deliberate policies of the US government, both Democrat and Republican, going back at least two decades.
“Why separate people with walls—we’re all brothers and sisters”
By our reporters, 2 May 2017
Tens of thousands of immigrant and native-born workers and young people marched in large and small cities across the US to oppose the Trump administrations’ scapegoating of immigrant workers.
By Shelley Connor, 28 April 2017
The injunction temporarily blocks an effort by the Trump administration to coerce cities into collaborating with federal efforts to round up immigrants.
Behind funding deadline theatrics, Democrats back Trump’s war on immigrants, increased military spending
By Barry Grey, 26 April 2017
Charles Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, attacked the plan for a border wall while declaring that a combination of border policing and new technology, including drones, would be “a much more effective way to secure the border.”
By Lawrence Porter, 25 April 2017
A rally was held Monday in support of Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo, an undocumented Mexican immigrant with two American children who has lived in Michigan for nearly 20 years.
By Tyler Van Dyke, 25 April 2017
Mario Hernandez-Delacruz was deported earlier this month and faces being barred from visiting his family in the United States for up to 20 years.
By Shelley Connor, 22 April 2017
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly defended the deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a Mexican native expelled from the US in February despite being actively enrolled in the DACA program.
By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017
The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2017
The swelling total of detained immigrants, many of them with no criminal record, is clogging the courts and detention centers.
By Eric London, 14 April 2017
According to a memo made public by the Washington Post, the total number of immigrants detained will rise to a daily average of 70,000.
By a reporter, 14 April 2017
Immigrants at the for-profit detention center are denied adequate food, clothing and healthcare and are paid just $1 per day for prison labor.
By Eric London, 13 April 2017
Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.
By Marcus Day, 11 April 2017
Smartphone videos showing a man being violently dragged from a flight Sunday quickly went viral and provoked widespread condemnation of the airline and police.
By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2017
The Trump administration is considering requiring visitors to hand over their cellphones and social media passwords when they apply for a visa.
By our reporters, 31 March 2017
About 70 students at SUNY Geneseo rallied Wednesday to protest the recent arrest of a family of mixed citizenship status, as well as the broader attacks on immigrants.
ICE raids and push to build border wall
By Genevieve Leigh, 30 March 2017
The White House is directing a nationwide crackdown on immigrants that is laying the basis for police-state attacks on all working people.
By Evan Goldstein, 28 March 2017
This photo essay documents the three-hour traffic stop in Geneseo, New York that resulted in the Border Patrol arresting a family of mixed citizenship status.
By Kate Randall, 28 March 2017
All three Vermont immigrants are active in the Migrant Justice group and their supporters insist they have been targeted for their political views and activities.
By Adam Mclean, 27 March 2017
Differences over the issue of sanctuary jurisdictions are raising tensions between ICE and local police forces.
By our reporters, 25 March 2017
Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.
“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”
By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2017
An estimated 30 Hispanic workers at the Tom Cat Bakery have received letters giving them two weeks to prove their legal status or face termination and possible deportation.
By Eric London, 20 March 2017
A CNN poll shows that 90 percent of Americans, including 84 percent of Trump supporters, believe the government should help immigrants living in the US acquire citizenship.
By our reporters, 20 March 2017
Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding.
By Shannon Jones, 18 March 2017
Some Canadian nurses employed in the US have been blocked from entering the country by a more restrictive interpretation of US immigration policy.
International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative promote Democrats and courts as defenders of immigrants
By Eric London, 18 March 2017
The pseudo-left’s attempts to block an independent movement of the working class against capitalism facilitate Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.
By Eric London, 17 March 2017
Two federal judges halted enforcement of Trump’s revised executive order and Trump responded by saying, “we ought to go back to the first version and go all the way.”
By Niles Niemuth, 15 March 2017
The number of phone searches is expected to more than double in 2017, targeting anyone, including US citizens and legal residents, as they enter the country.
By Jerry White, 14 March 2017
Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
Coyote Pérez was detained by ICE on February 24 and had spoken at a protest in Rochester on February 3—only three weeks before his detention.
By Gary Joad, 11 March 2017
Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. requested 287 (g) designation for deputies to act as ICE officers to enable the arrest and deportation of thousands immigrants and families.
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2017
The Liberal government has responded to a spike in asylum seekers by increasing border surveillance and deepening its collaboration with Washington.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 March 2017
A report released Monday by the Department of Homeland Security reveals inhumane conditions for immigrant detainees at Theo Lacy jail in Orange County, California.