North American immigrant issues
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.
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
By Norisa Diaz, 7 July 2014
Obama vowed last week to bypass Congress to increase spending on border policing and deportations.
By WSWS reporters, 25 June 2014
The Albuquerque police department has carried out a series of fatal shootings over the past several years.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By Jake Dean, 24 September 2013
President Obama claimed that halting mass deportations of immigrants would violate immigration law.
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.
By Jake Dean, 19 June 2013
More than 50 undocumented workers, largely from Pakistan, were hired utilizing fraudulent Social Security numbers.
By Richard Vargas, 18 June 2013
The punitive legislation aims to further militarize the US-Mexican border and provide cheap labor to large corporations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Daniel Sharp, 13 June 2011
Alabama’s new legislation goes beyond the racist and anti-democratic measures passed by Arizona last year.
By Ed Hightower, 26 May 2011
On May 13, Georgia became the latest state to pass a police state “immigration reform” 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.
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.
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.
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.