North American immigrant issues

Private prison companies to profit from mass immigrant detention

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.

One dead, two injured in anti-immigrant shooting in Kansas

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!”

Amid Mexico talks, Trump calls deportations a “military operation”

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.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

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.

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

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.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

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.

Supreme Court hears arguments in murder of Mexican teen by US Border Patrol

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.

Trump administration adopts ruthless new immigration protocol

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.

Trump’s Homeland Security memos: Millions at risk of deportation as crackdown looms

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.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

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.

US Homeland Security memo: Deploy 100,000 National Guard troops to round up immigrants

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.

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

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.

First ICE raids under Trump arrest nearly 700 immigrants in five days

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.

Thousands demonstrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against deportations

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.

Thousands demonstrate in defense of immigrants as White House vows more 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.

Interview: Syrian student in US separated from family by Trump’s travel ban

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.

Trump orders could affect up to 8 million immigrants as deportations begin

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.

US Appeals Court bars enforcement of Trump travel ban

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.

Hundreds protest as long-time US resident and mother of two is deported

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2017

Many are calling Guadalupe García de Rayos of Phoenix, Arizona, the first victim of Trump’s executive order.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

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.

Canada’s hypocritical response to Trump’s anti-Muslim order

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.

Draft White House orders would accelerate deportation of low-income immigrants

By Eric London, 2 February 2017

The proposed orders would target immigrants who rely on social programs.

At Detroit rally SEP speaker calls for mobilization of working class to defend immigrant rights

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.

Trump fires acting attorney general, pushes ahead with ban on refugees

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.

The protests against Trump's Muslim ban and the conflict within the state

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.

Thousands protest in Boston against immigration ban

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.

Germany, France criticize Trump’s immigration ban

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.

Trump defies mass protests against anti-immigrant measures

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”

Protesters denounce Trump’s anti-immigrant order

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.

UK Prime Minister May under attack over meeting with Trump

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.

Breakdown in Mexico-US relations as Trump threatens trade war

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.

Trump launches war against immigrant workers

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.

Immigrant rights protests held across the United States

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.

United States ends “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy for Cuban migrants

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.

Los Angeles legal defense fund provides meager aid to immigrants

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.

Obama White House spurns appeal to shield “DREAMers” and green-card holders

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.

Obama administration defends indefinite detention of immigrants before Supreme Court

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.

Trump names fascist Bannon as top adviser, confirms plans to deport immigrants

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.

Homeland Security resumes deportation of Haitian immigrants

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.

Deporter-in-Chief: The legacy of Obama

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.

Biden meets with Central American leaders on refugee crackdown

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”

Immigrant workers in Los Angeles speak on war and social conditions

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.

Immigrant mothers stage hunger strike in Pennsylvania

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.

White House seeks to cover up Central American migrant crisis

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.

Report exposes deaths in US immigrant detention centers

By Khara Sikhan, 15 July 2016

Immigrant detainees in the US face substandard medical and mental health treatment with fatal consequences.

Oppose Obama’s assault on immigrants!

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.

Video: Workers speak about families divided by borders

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.

Medical neglect caused deaths of detained immigrants in the US

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

Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations

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.

Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

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.

Family of San Diego man killed by police disputes official story of his death

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.

Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government

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.

US border agents cleared of charges in murder of immigrant Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas

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.

Report documents pervasive use of excessive force by US Border Patrol agents

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.

New report shows how immigration has transformed US in past half century

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.

New report shows how immigration has transformed US in past half century

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.

Six immigrants die in Texas police chase crash

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.

Obamacare coverage terminated for 430,000 immigrants

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.

Hundreds arrested in California anti-immigrant sweep

By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015

The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.

Two California killings used as pretext for attack on immigrants

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.

The 2016 US election and the scapegoating of immigrants

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.

Dominican Republic deportations increase tensions with Haiti

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.

Judge reaffirms order to release imprisoned immigrant children

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.

First round of Haitian legislative elections held amidst immigration and political crises

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.

White House defends imprisonment of immigrant children

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.

Immigrant family detention centers scrutinized at US Congressional forum

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.

California judge bars Obama administration’s policy of detaining immigrant children

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.

US deportation case against Honduran toddler put on hold

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.

California’s immigration program: A smokescreen for the interests of big business

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.

Hillary Clinton joins right-wing attack on “sanctuary cities”

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.

Canada expelling tens of thousands of migrant workers

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.

Federal court upholds block on Obama immigration plan

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.

Los Angeles County backs Obama’s anti-immigrant agenda

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.

US federal court rules against White House immigrant detention policy

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.

US appeals court grants immunity to border patrol agent who killed Mexican teenager

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.

Drownings in Rio Grande increase after US Border Patrol expansion

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.

New York Governor Cuomo cuts financial aid to immigrants from state budget

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.

Mothers on hunger strike at Texas immigrant detention center

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.

US orders 7,700 children deported without court hearings

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.

Conflict over DHS funding masks bipartisan attack on immigrants in US

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2015

Both the Democrats and Republicans favor the repression and exploitation of immigrant workers.

White House delays immigration order after court ruling

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.

Forced labor on Mexican farms

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.

Obama announces right-wing immigration “reform” in national address

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.”

Ninety-four percent of child migrants deported from US lack attorneys

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.

Undocumented immigrants make up 10 percent of California’s workforce

By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014

In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.

Police harass street performers in New York’s Times Square

By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014

Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.

Allegations of sexual abuse at south Texas immigrant detention facility

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.

Obama deported a record 438,421 people last year

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014

The Obama administration has now deported more people than any other presidency.

Immigrant detainees in New Mexico denied release on bond

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.

For-profit immigrant family detention center planned in Texas

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

What happens to Obama’s deported children and youth?

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.

Haitian immigrants face desperate conditions

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.

Residents of Bell, California mobilize in support of immigrants

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.

Obamacare threatens immigrants with loss of health coverage

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.

US farm fatalities: An unpublicized epidemic

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.

Texas National Guard deploys to US-Mexico border

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.

Florida courts prepare fast-track hearings for immigrant children

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.