North American immigrant issues

US government files suit against Arizona anti-immigrant law

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.

US anti-immigrant campaign spreads beyond Arizona

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.

US Border Patrol murders Mexican teenager

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.

Mexican immigrant beaten to death by US Border Patrol

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.

Obama orders troops to Mexican border

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.

Socialist internationalism and the defense of 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.

Tens of thousands demonstrate on May Day in defense of immigrants

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.

Democrats outline anti-immigrant proposal

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.

Arizona immigration bill: A frontal assault on democratic rights

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.

Mass protest in Washington demands rights for immigrant workers

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”

America’s secret prisons for undocumented immigrants

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.

Human rights report exposes US abuse of immigrant detainees

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

Arizona sheriff carries out immigrant raid

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.


US: New revelations on immigrant detainee abuse

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.

US: Report details immigrant abuse by government authorities

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.

Obama continues brutal immigrant detention policies

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.

Los Angeles: immigrant workers protest layoffs, repression

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.

US: Anti-immigrant activist on trial for murder in Arizona

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.

Canada: Dziekanski inquiry derailed by new evidence of police wrongdoing

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.

Canada: Cover-up of RCMP murder of immigrant worker unravels

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.

Canada: RCMP tried to suppress video of fatal tasering of Dziekanski

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.

US Supreme Court ruling curbs “identity theft” arrests of immigrants

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.

Thousands march in Los Angeles to support immigrant rights

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.

Bush commutes sentences of two US Border Patrol agents

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.

US Justice Department rulings target immigrants’ legal rights

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.

New York City cops arrest immigrant day laborers

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.

More than 300 workers arrested in immigration raid on South Carolina plant

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.

Crisis facing immigrant workers in New York exacerbated by attacks

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.