Immigrants and refugees

Questions remain as to ties between police, border militias and Trump campaign in southwest US

By Chase Lawrence, 28 October 2020

Border militias in the Southwest have trained thousands of vigilantes with the same fundamental outlook as the men who plotted to kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. These groups have connections to individuals like Joe Arpaio, who is close to the Trump campaign.

Prospect of right-wing violence and police repression hangs over US election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Additional details are emerging of right-wing plans for election day violence as police prepare to repress election night demonstrations.

ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 26 October 2020

In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

Spain’s “left populist” Podemos separates migrant children from their parents

By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020

A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

Hundreds of migrant children torn from their families under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy yet to be reunited with parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 22 October 2020

More than 500 children who were taken away by the Trump administration as part of its brutal crackdown on undocumented immigrants three years ago are yet to be reunited with their families.

UK government steps up attacks on asylum seekers and refugees

By Julia Callaghan, 21 October 2020

The Conservative government has no intention of upholding the fundamental “right to asylum” section of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in the aftermath of the Second World War.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

“We need to take away the children”: Top Justice Department officials drove Trump’s anti-immigrant family separation policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 October 2020

While the specific officials mentioned in the report are no longer leading the department, the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.

Macron’s anti-Islamic separatism law: The death throes of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 8 October 2020

This bill, which would impose control of Islam by the state and mass survaillance of the population, exposes the fascistic and anti-secular policies of the Macron government.

Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America

By Andrea Lobo, 7 October 2020

The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.

US-Mexico border wall cutting through Native American tribal lands

By Adria French, 7 October 2020

Trump’s border wall is being constructed through culturally important sites, including Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tohono O’Odham lands in southwestern Arizona.

UK plans to detain refugees on prison ships

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2020

Repressive anti-immigration policies, in Britain and Australia alike, have been built up over decades by all political representatives of the ruling class.

Trump administration prepares anti-immigrant raids in Democratic Party-led “sanctuary cities” ahead of November election

By Trévon Austin, 1 October 2020

The latest maneuver in Trump’s war on immigrants cannot be separated from his effort to carry out a coup d’état and establish a presidential dictatorship.

A murderous pact: The European Union to deport refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 26 September 2020

Wrapped up in sugary phrases about “values,” “responsibility” and “solidarity,” the EU Commission president has presented a plan that spells deportation, misery and certain death for hundreds of thousands.

Australian government seeks to ban phones in immigration detention

By Martin Scott, 25 September 2020

The proposed new laws will allow warrantless searches and the use of sniffer dogs.

Further revelations about sterilizations and medical malpractice at ICE detention facility in Georgia

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 September 2020

The latest revelations, including the naming of the doctor who performed them, strengthens the account given in a recent whistleblower complaint, while giving lie to the US government’s dismissals.

“I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp”

Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center

By Niles Niemuth, 16 September 2020

The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.

The Moria catastrophe and the European Union’s war on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 September 2020

The inhumane treatment of the desperate people on Lesbos is the product of deliberate policies being pursued by the European Union and its member states.

COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters

By Joe Williams, 14 September 2020

The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class’s disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

Thousands sleeping rough after the burning down of Moria refugee camp on Lesbos

By John Vassilopoulos, 12 September 2020

Shocking footage and pictures show refugees of all ages sleeping on roads and hillsides, surrounded by their meagre possessions.

Australia’s brutal immigration policy in Stateless: “What is my crime?”

By Joanne Laurier, 12 September 2020

Stateless, now showing on Netflix, deals with the harsh Australian immigration detention program and the horrors inflicted on persecuted refugees fleeing colonial wars.

Lesbos refugee-camp blaze leaves 13,000 without shelter

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2020

A call from a detainee during the blaze asked, “Where is the police, where is the fire brigade, where is anyone? We are burning, our tents are burning. Everything is burning. We came here to burn to death. All is on fire.”

Australia: International students and foreign visa holders face major social crisis

By Robert Campion, 4 September 2020

Some 61 percent of international students and other foreign visa holders were relying on savings which they said would be exhausted in a matter of weeks.

Oppose Trump’s mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 4 September 2020

The assault on immigrants across the United States is a threat to the entire working class.

Trump administration considered using “heat ray” microwave weapon on migrants crossing the US-Mexico border

By Carlos Reed, 2 September 2020

What was deemed too inhumane to be deployed in war has been discussed in the highest government circles for use as an anti-immigrant weapon.

Johnson government’s “hostile environment” for immigrants and asylum seekers wins fascist allies

By Robert Stevens and Barry Mason, 2 September 2020

This week, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that an Army Watchkeeper drone—previously used in Afghanistan war zones—is to fly over the English Channel to monitor migrant boats.

Immigration Nation reveals the suffering of migrants at the hands of the US detention and deportation machine

By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2020

The Trump administration tried to stop or delay the release of this important documentary.

Greek government continues evictions of over 11,000 asylum seekers

By John Vassilopoulos, 31 August 2020

The ND government's actions are particularly brutal amid a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of new infections being announced each day.

EU refuses to accept hundreds of refugees rescued in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 31 August 2020

More than 400 refugees are waiting in the central Mediterranean Sea off Sicily to be assigned to a safe haven.

UK “hostile environment” sees two more asylum seeker deaths

By Thomas Scripps, 27 August 2020

Mercy Baguma’s death sparked anger with a protest held yesterday outside the Home Office immigration centre in Glasgow.

Sudanese refugee drowns attempting to cross English Channel

By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2020

Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.

Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19

By Joe Williams, 21 August 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.

Government watchdog concludes acting heads of Homeland Security were illegally appointed by Trump

By Jacob Crosse, 15 August 2020

The Government Accountability Office report is a soft rebuke to Donald Trump, who has frequently circumvented congressional approval in order to install acting department heads loyal to him.

Journalists in Malaysia persecuted for exposing treatment of migrant workers

By Owen Howell, 15 August 2020

The government’s investigation into seven Al Jazeera journalists, including a police raid of their offices, is part of a broader crackdown on press freedom.

Oregon residents block unmarked ICE buses carrying detained immigrants

By Julio Patron, 14 August 2020

The standoff lasted around 12 hours in Bend, Oregon, until dozens of federal agents were deployed to disperse the protesters using pepper spray.

Johnson government deploys armed forces against refugees making Channel crossings

By Tony Robson, 12 August 2020

These inhumane, illegal, and xenophobic measures must be opposed. What is being legitimised is state repression and a further evisceration of the right to asylum.

Germany deports Roma family to Moldova despite life-threatening conditions

By Carola Kleinert, 12 August 2020

The deportations were planned and carried out by the Social Democratic/Left Party/Green government in the state of Berlin.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

Canadian court rules Safe Third Country Agreement with US violates refugee rights

By Laurent Lafrance, 7 August 2020

The Trudeau government took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate the “loophole” that had allowed some refugees fleeing Trump’s anti-immigrant witchhunt to escape immediate deportation under the STCA.

Germany: Right-wing terror in Erfurt

By Marianne Arens, 6 August 2020

On August 1, three Guineans were brutally attacked by neo-Nazis in Erfurt and had to be taken to hospital.

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

US Border Patrol raids “No More Deaths” humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2020

Last week’s operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization’s recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

In latest attack on immigrants

Trump administration suspends DACA applications and renewals

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

A recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed the White House to make a new attack on the program.

Australian Tamil refugee mother denied urgent medical treatment for weeks

By Max Newman, 27 July 2020

Despite outrage in her Australian home town of Biloela, Priya Murugappan was flown to a mainland hospital only after suffering prolonged abdominal pain.

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

Couples and families separated by New Zealand’s border restrictions

By Tom Peters, 24 July 2020

A woman who is unable to enter New Zealand, despite being married to a citizen, said that migrants have become political pawns in the campaign for the national election.

090 Trump executive order blocking counting of undocumented immigrants for representation

24 July 2020

Despite withdrawal of ICE ruling, international students in the US remain at risk

By Sam Dalton, 22 July 2020

Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump’s tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.

Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 July 2020

ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers

By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020

The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays

By Tom Peters, 20 July 2020

One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.

Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

After police killing of Badreddin Abadlla Adam

More evidence of ill-treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels

By Steve James, 9 July 2020

Two weeks after the police killing of 28-year-old Sudanese man Badreddin Abadlla Adam, asylum seekers in Glasgow continue to face appalling conditions.

US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 July 2020

Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

The Trump administration’s xenophobic attempts to terrorize and scapegoat international students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic must be opposed.

ICE threatens international students with deportation unless their college resumes in-person classes

By Sam Dalton, 7 July 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ICE rule change is forcing international students to risk their lives to stay in the US

Dozens of immigrants drown in eastern Turkey’s Lake Van

By Barış Demir, 7 July 2020

Migrants traveling from Central Asian war zones are reportedly forced to travel by boat over Lake Van to bypass police checkpoints on land.

More migrants speak out against New Zealand’s visa-processing delays

By Tom Peters, 3 July 2020

There is growing support for a petition urging the government to immediately process tens of thousands of residency applications which have been left in limbo.

Australian state Labor government’s police arrest refugee protesters

By Michael Smith, 2 July 2020

Governments continue to condemn protests and invoke the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to silence dissent, even as they accelerate the reopening of the economy.

Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities

By Tom Peters, 1 July 2020

The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.

US Supreme Court rejects environmental groups’ appeal to halt border wall construction

By Jacob Crosse, 30 June 2020

The appeal was rejected without comment by the justices.

Sudanese asylum seeker shot dead in Glasgow

By Steve James, 29 June 2020

The tragedy is the consequence of the brutal treatment handed out to asylum seekers in the city and throughout the UK.

UK government refuses support to unemployed migrant workers facing destitution during pandemic

By Harvey Singh, 27 June 2020

Although exact figures are difficult to obtain, it is estimated that up to 250,000 children could directly be threatened with poverty due to the “no recourse to public funds” status of their parents.

US Supreme Court rules recent asylum seekers have no right to habeas corpus or due process

By Eric London, 26 June 2020

As in Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court made the most sweeping anti-democratic ruling possible.

Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions

By Kevin Reed, 24 June 2020

The order extends and expands anti-immigrant restrictions on workers coming to the US for jobs in multiple industries.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.

Antigone from Canada recounts the struggle of an immigrant youth to defend her brother against state violence

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 June 2020

Unlike insipid mainstream Canadian cinema, Antigone deals honestly with critical issues such as the oppression of immigrants, police violence, a mounting youth revolt and, to some extent, social inequality.

Germany seeks to tighten European asylum law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 June 2020

The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU’s external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.

Sweeping attacks on migrant workers in Russia amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 3 June 2020

The Russian government is considering the creation of a vast database that contains foreign workers’ biometric information, health histories, legal and “social” status, and criminal records.

After ignoring migrant workers’ plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 May 2020

The court’s intervention reflects concerns fear by India’s legal authorities that mounting mass anger will erupt against the entire capitalist elite and its state.

White House considers expelling Chinese graduate students and researchers

By Shuvu Batta, 29 May 2020

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to expel some three to five thousand Chinese graduate students and researchers.

Thomson Reuters actively helping Trump administration target immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 May 2020

The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.

Washington’s criminal deportations to Haiti threaten to ignite pandemic

By Alberto Escalera, 26 May 2020

In addition to slating coronavirus-positive detainees for deportation, Washington is seeking to ship back infamous death squad leader and CIA “asset” Emmanuel “Toto” Constant.

The global pandemic and global war on immigrants and refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2020

As with attacks on the working class as a whole and the drive to war, capitalist ruling classes the world over have responded to the pandemic by intensifying the brutal assault on migrant workers.

Oppose the Trump administration’s deportation of 1,000 immigrant children!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 23 May 2020

International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020

The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.

The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19

By Katerina Selin, 18 May 2020

Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man’s-land between Greece and Turkey.

Australian Labor Party exploits pandemic to scapegoat foreign workers

By Max Newman, 12 May 2020

Labor’s call for immigration cuts lines up directly behind the drive by governments around the globe, personified by US President Trump, to promote toxic nationalism.

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in Bay of Bengal

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 May 2020

The Rohingya were attempting to reach Malaysia in a bid to escape the appalling conditions in Bangladesh and in the hope of finding work as undocumented labourers.

First ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 in San Diego

By Adam Mclean, 11 May 2020

Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.

Immigrant families living in Tennessee mobile home park denied aid, threatened with deportation by property managers

By Warren Duzak, 7 May 2020

Immigrants in Tennessee mobile homes denied aid, threatened with deportation.

Australia: Biloela residents continue fight to free Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 4 May 2020

Angela Fredericks, a campaign leader, spoke to the WSWS after a recent partial legal victory.

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

US citizens married to undocumented immigrants denied stimulus checks

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 May 2020

A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.

California ICE detainee speaks to the WSWS as coronavirus spreads

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 28 April 2020

The WSWS spoke to Jorge, a father of two, about the deadly dangers facing detainees in the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic.

999 Interview with immigrant released from US detention

27 April 2020

Rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea halted

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a wretched excuse to halt aid to refugees and abolish the fundamental right to asylum in the European Union.

Australian court ruling means continued imprisonment for Tamil refugees from Biloela

By Max Newman, 23 April 2020

The people of Biloela are continuing a national campaign, entitled “Home to Bilo,” demanding the release of the family and return home to Biloela.

Trump announces plan to halt all immigration to US

By Eric London, 22 April 2020

Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 lockdown leaves Gulf states’ migrant workers penniless in unsanitary conditions

By Jean Shaoul, 21 April 2020

Unable to return home because of travel restrictions or their countries’ refusal to accept them, migrants are left to fester in lockdown, confined to overcrowded, unsanitary dormitories without access to either health care or help.

Mass COVID-19 infection among migrant workers in Singapore

By Gustav Kemper, 21 April 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is exploding in the Singapore workers’ camps.

“We have the technology and knowledge, but it won’t work under capitalism”

An interview with a foreign-trained doctor prevented from fighting COVID-19 in Canada

By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020

“Politicians,” said Dr. Wijesooriya, “talk endlessly about the economy, stock markets and oil price. Meanwhile, the hospitals are understaffed.”

Canada: Thousands of foreign-trained medical staff prevented from assisting in COVID-19 fight

By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020

Canada recorded its thousandth death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, yet thousands of foreign-trained medical staff are not being mobilized in the fight against the deadly virus.

Working-class immigrants terrorized by Trump administration avoid COVID-19 testing, treatment

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 16 April 2020

Reports from doctors, immigration lawyers and community organizations reveal that a significant number of immigrants, despite showing symptoms associated with COVID-19, have avoided getting tested.

Australian police use COVID-19 emergency powers to ban refugee detention protest

By Max Newman, 16 April 2020

The police action, which state Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor government must have authorised, constitutes a direct attack on the right to protest.

“[COVID-19] will turn our detentions into a death sentence”

Immigrants at US detention centers lead hunger strikes, face persecution demanding protections from pandemic

By Renae Cassimeda, 14 April 2020

Nearly 200 immigrants, in male and female cell blocks, are currently staging a hunger strike and sit-in at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield, California.

Trump administration using pandemic to deport 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers to Mexico

By Joe Williams, 11 April 2020

US government has been using an obscure statute on communicable diseases to expel tens of thousands.

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City: Why Elmhurst has become a center of the crisis

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 10 April 2020

Elmhurst is the most heavily immigrant working class district in New York City.