North American immigrant issues
By Rafael Azul, 8 September 2010
Eyewitnesses report that the worker, Manuel Jamines, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by police. Protests were met by a sharp police response, including the arrest of four individuals.
By Tom Eley, 31 August 2010
A large-scale US Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation resulted in the arrest of 370 immigrants in ten Midwestern states last week.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2010
In a further calculated turn to the right, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation aimed at militarizing the US-Mexico border and stepping up the persecution of undocumented workers.
By Josué Olmos, 31 July 2010
Demonstrations were held throughout the day in Arizona and around the country on Thursday in opposition to SB 1070 and the brutal tactics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.
By John Marion, 31 July 2010
The Rhode Island branch of the ACLU has filed an amended lawsuit in the case of Hiu Lui Ng, a Chinese immigrant, who died at the age of 34 while a prisoner in a state detention facility in August 2008.
By Patrick Martin, 29 July 2010
Federal district judge Susan Bolton barred enforcement of the major provisions of SB 1070, which was to go into effect July 29, until constitutional challenges are resolved. This means that the law will be effectively blocked until a final decision by the US Supreme Court.
By Josué Olmos, 20 July 2010
The UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign—supposedly meant to prove that jobless Americans would never take immigrants’ jobs—lays bare the disdain with which the UFW bureaucrats view farm workers.
By Josué Olmos, 16 July 2010
An anonymous vigilante group in Utah has begun circulating among media outlets, law enforcement, state, and federal agencies a list containing the names of 1,300 alleged undocumented immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2010
The lawsuit challenges the Arizona law, not because it is discriminatory and anti-democratic, but because the state government is encroaching on the jurisdiction of the federal government.
By Josué Olmos and Belinda Ortiz, 8 July 2010
In the wake of the passage of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona, politicians at all levels of government and their mouthpieces in the press continue the campaign to demonize undocumented immigrants.
By Jerry White, 10 June 2010
In the second killing of a Mexican citizen by the US Border Patrol in less than two weeks, an agent shot and killed a 15-year-old youth Monday evening at the El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez crossing.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2010
Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a Mexican immigrant construction worker and father of five died in a San Diego hospital Monday as a result of a brutal beating inflicted by some 20 US Border Patrol agents.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2010
President Obama’s order deploying 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border marks another reactionary turn in his immigration policy and a threat of intensified violence against immigrant workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2010
The struggle for socialism and the international unity of the working class is inseparable from the unconditional defense of immigrant workers and their freedom to live and work in the country of their choosing with full and equal rights.
By WSWS reporting teams, 3 May 2010
The WSWS interviewed many of those attending demonstrations throughout the US on Saturday. While anger was directed against the Arizona law, there was also broad opposition to the Obama administration.
By Joe Kishore, 1 May 2010
Exploiting public outrage over the anti-immigrant bill passed in Arizona, the Obama administration is seeking to push through its own right-wing measures, including biometric ID cards, the militarization of the border, and punitive measures for all undocumented immigrants.
By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2010
The new anti-immigrant law passed in Arizona last week and signed by Governor Jan Brewer is a blatantly racist and anti-democratic measure authorizing police-state methods against the Hispanic population of the state.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2010
Tens of thousands of immigrant workers and their supporters marched in Washington Sunday as President Obama signaled support for legislation that would criminalize undocumented workers and further militarize the US-Mexican border.
“We can make him disappear”
By Andrew Joad, 1 February 2010
There are at least 186 secret detention centers maintained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) within the borders of the US, according to an article published in the Nation magazine in December and a recent report by Amnesty International.
By Jerry White, 4 December 2009
Human Rights Watch released a report Wednesday detailing how US authorities are indiscriminately transferring thousands of detained immigrants away from their attorneys and family members in order to prevent them from fighting deportation.
In defiance of US federal order
By Josué Olmos, 27 October 2009
A sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend carried out an immigrant round-up in open defiance of a federal decision limiting his office’s power to enforce immigration laws.
By Peter Daniels, 24 August 2009
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) was forced last week to add 10 previously unrecorded deaths of detainees to the list of people who have died in ICE custody, bringing the total to104 since 2003.
By Peter Kloze, 8 August 2009
US immigration agents have used brutal methods and systematically violated constitutional rights in raids against homes in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, according to a newly released report.
By Jerry White, 7 August 2009
Administration officials announced plans to revamp the federal immigration detention system in an effort to deflect criticism of the inhumane treatment of tens of thousands of immigrants awaiting deportation.
By Rafael Azul and D. Lencho, 4 August 2009
Over 1,000 immigrant workers and their supporters marched in Los Angeles on Wednesday to protest employer layoffs and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies.
By S. Joel and Josué Olmos, 20 July 2009
Well-known anti-immigrant activist Shawna Forde and two accomplices are now awaiting trial in Arizona in the shooting deaths of Raul Flores and his nine-year-old daughter.
By Carl Bronski, 25 June 2009
The public inquiry into the tasering to death of Robert Dziekanski by four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was abruptly suspended last Friday after new evidence of police wrongdoing came to light.
By Jack Miller and Keith Jones, 20 June 2009
The British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled that a public inquiry into the police killing of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski has the legal authority to condemn the conduct of the four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers implicated in his death by police taser.
By Jack Miller and Keith Jones, 20 June 2009
Had Vancouver International Airport authorities and the police had their way, the video recording that documents the police murder of Robert Dziekanski would never have become public knowledge.
By Michael Stapleton, 28 May 2009
The Supreme Court ruled that in order to charge undocumented immigrants with identity theft, the government must prove illegal immigrants knowingly assumed the identity of another person.
By our correspondents, 9 April 2009
An April 4 march in support of immigrant rights drew thousands of mostly Hispanic working class people to downtown Los Angeles.
By Kate Randall, 21 January 2009
George W. Bush commuted the sentences of two former US Border Patrol agents on January 19, his last full day as president. He left office, however, without granting preemptive pardons to any officials facing liability over administration policies.
By Tom Eley, 15 January 2009
Attorney General Michael Mukasey has issued a ruling declaring that immigrants have no constitutional right to a defense attorney in deportation proceedings. The Justice Department also unveiled a new program that aims to collect DNA from 1.2 million aliens per year.
By Luis Arce and Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2008
The arrests last week of immigrants workers seeking casual labor has sent a chilling warning throughout Jackson Heights, a heavily immigrant neighborhood in Queens.
By Hiram Lee, 10 October 2008
Federal agents stormed the Columbia Farms poultry plant in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday, arresting at least 330 immigrant workers.
By Jeremy Johnson, 23 October 2001
There has been relatively little attention paid to the crisis facing immigrant workers in New York City, especially those who are undocumented, in the wake of the events of September 11.