North American immigrant issues
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.
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.
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.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 February 2017
Many are calling Guadalupe García de Rayos of Phoenix, Arizona, the first victim of Trump’s executive order.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 2 February 2017
The proposed orders would target immigrants who rely on social programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
By Khara Sikhan, 15 July 2016
Immigrant detainees in the US face substandard medical and mental health treatment with fatal consequences.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015
The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2015
Both the Democrats and Republicans favor the repression and exploitation of immigrant workers.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Norisa Diaz, 5 November 2014
In the world’s eighth-largest economy, 1.85 million workers live in constant fear of deportation.
By Mark Witkowski, 18 October 2014
Immigrant workers and others try to make a living in the city’s tourist mecca.
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.
By Andre Damon, 3 October 2014
The Obama administration has now deported more people than any other presidency.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jake Dean, 2 August 2014
Chauvinism whipped up by the political establishment has found expression in vigilante groups along the Texas border.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jake Dean, 22 July 2014
The military moves take place as thousands of young people flee violence and poverty in Central America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.