North American immigrant issues

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.

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.

Vigilante groups patrol the US-Mexico border

By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014

Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.

California: Immigrants eligible for Medicaid may not receive coverage

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.

Hundreds of undocumented migrants begin hunger strike at Tacoma, Washington detention facility

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.

Obama summit with Central American leaders plans “massive” deportation of immigrants

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.

From El Salvador to the United States: An immigrant teenager’s story

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.

Texas governor to mobilize National Guard along Mexican border

By Jake Dean, 22 July 2014

The military moves take place as thousands of young people flee violence and poverty in Central America.

Obama orders deportation of Honduran child migrants

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.

A crime against humanity on America’s border

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.

US Congress considers legislation to fast-track deportation of children

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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning immigrant rights advocate detained in Texas

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.

Obama aides, Republicans push US border crackdown

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.

Obama plans deployment of troops, drones along US-Mexico 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.

Obama calls for $3.7 billion border security “surge”

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.

Defend the rights of immigrant workers and youth!

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

Obama announces increased border security and stepped-up deportations

By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014

Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.

Albuquerque, New Mexico rally to protest police brutality

By WSWS reporters, 25 June 2014

The Albuquerque police department has carried out a series of fatal shootings over the past several years.

Washington’s persecution of immigrant children

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.

Obama administration says child immigrants are “priorities for removal” from US

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.”

More than 100 immigrants found locked in Houston, Texas house

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.

Congressional quota drives US immigration detentions to record highs

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.

Obama administration to continue mass deportations of immigrants

By Jake Dean, 24 September 2013

President Obama claimed that halting mass deportations of immigrants would violate immigration law.

Key Senate Republicans back US immigration bill based on border “surge”

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.

US federal agents raid 7-Eleven convenience stores

By Jake Dean, 19 June 2013

More than 50 undocumented workers, largely from Pakistan, were hired utilizing fraudulent Social Security numbers.

US Senate begins debate on right-wing immigration legislation

By Richard Vargas, 18 June 2013

The punitive legislation aims to further militarize the US-Mexican border and provide cheap labor to large corporations.

Immigrant deaths rise with militarization of US-Mexican border

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.

Draconian White House immigration reform leaked to press

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.

US senators unveil draconian immigration “reform”

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.

Obama denies health care to young immigrants granted temporary reprieve from deportation

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.

Thousands of US immigrants line up for new work permit program

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.

Fourteen immigrants killed in Texas highway accident

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

Supreme Court unanimously upholds antidemocratic attack on immigrant workers

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.

Report details abuse at Georgia immigrant detention centers

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.

Arizona anti-immigrant law argued before US Supreme Court

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.

US Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration 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.

Texas student’s suicide highlights desperate plight of undocumented immigrants

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.

Draconian anti-immigrant law stokes fear among Alabama’s undocumented population

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.

US House Judiciary Committee approves bill to abolish visa lottery

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.

Alabama adopts extreme anti-immigrant legislation

By Daniel Sharp, 13 June 2011

Alabama’s new legislation goes beyond the racist and anti-democratic measures passed by Arizona last year.

Georgia governor signs anti-immigrant bill

By Ed Hightower, 26 May 2011

On May 13, Georgia became the latest state to pass a police state “immigration reform” bill.

Atlanta, Georgia rally opposes anti-immigrant bill

By Kranti Kumara, 4 May 2011

At a May Day rally in Atlanta, Georgia protesters demonstrated against government efforts to persecute undocumented workers and students.

Obama administration escalates assault on undocumented workers

By Michael Stapleton, 9 March 2011

The mass firing of undocumented fast food workers at the Chipotle chain in Minnesota is another demonstration of the stepped-up war on immigrant workers under Obama.

Obama Administration boasts of increased repression of immigrants

By Josué Olmos, 12 October 2010

The US Department of Homeland Security announced that the Obama Administration deported a record number of undocumented immigrants in fiscal year 2010.

Police killing of immigrant worker sparks protests in Los Angeles

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.

US arrests 370 immigrants in Midwest raids

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.

Obama signs law to militarize US-Mexico border

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.

Dozens arrested in Arizona demonstrations against anti-immigrant law

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.

Rhode Island ACLU expands lawsuit over Chinese immigrant’s death

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.

Judge blocks main provisions of Arizona anti-immigrant law

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.

United Farm Workers launches reactionary “Take Our Jobs” campaign

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.

Utah vigilante group releases undocumented immigrant hit list

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.

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.