ICE Deploys Paramilitary Units Against Sanctuary Cities

Daniel G. Cardwell Border Patrol Tactical Units (BORTAC) are carrying M4 rifles with silencers. In the wake of plainclothes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents shooting an unarmed tourist from Mexico, President Donald Trump deployed a hundred members of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) — the Border Patrol’s equivalent to SWAT police — to…

Families Fleeing from Guatemala: A Case of Corporate and State Aggression

Marc Pilisuk, Jennifer Rountree and Rebecca Ferencik In its attempt to stem a spike in the number of Latin American men, women, and children traveling to the U.S., an unprecedented number of them seeking asylum, the Trump administration has pushed Guatemala and other countries in the region to sign “safe third country” agreements. The U.S….

Rwanda: Murder of Dissidents Continues as Migrants Are Shipped in from Libya

Ann Garrison Another Rwandan dissident was murdered as African migrants were shipped from Libya to Rwanda to stem mass migration to Europe.  “This is the latest in more than two decades of attacks on opponents of this government both inside and outside Rwanda.” Sylidio Dusabumuremyi, a member of the Rwandan opposition party United Democratic Forces…

The Current Haitian Exodus: Increasingly Complex and Vulnerable

Wooldy Edson Louidor A Haitian immigrant, Maxène André, died in Mexico on Tuesday, August 6, at the age of 34 in subhuman conditions. The Haitian migrant, Maxène André, died on Tuesday, August 6, in subhuman conditions at the Estación migratoria Siglo XXI internment centre located in Tapachula, south of the Mexican border. Sick and visibly…

Open Arms and the Refugee Crisis: The Legal Slave Trade of NGOs

Eder Peña The African refugee crisis in Europe is wreaking havoc on humanity (Photo: Archive) In the midst of a phenomenon such as depopulation, a product of the neoliberal architecture that financial elites have imposed on the European Union (EU), the role of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to the rescue of migrants in the…

Pushing Out the Border: How the U.S. Is Waging a Global War on Migration

Cora Currier A principal goal of the Trump administration’s policy at the U.S.-Mexico border —and in Central America, considered of late only in relation to that border — has been to get other governments to handle the increase in migrants seeking to enter the United States. This means getting Mexico to send troops to its…

Why Anti-Migrant Arguments Are Pure Hypocrisy

Andre Vltchek Almost every day we read about the latest outbursts in Europe, targeting pro-immigration policies. There are protests, even riots. Right-wing governments get voted in, allegedly, because the Europeans “have had enough of relaxed immigration regulations”. That is what we are told. That’s what we are supposed to understand, and even sympathize with. Anti-immigration…

Sea Rescue is Not a Crime

Peoples Dispatch On June 29, Italian authorities arrested Carola Rackete, the captain of an NGO rescue ship carrying 42 migrants to the Italian port of Lampedusa. On June 26, the rescue vessel, Sea-Watch 3, reached Lampedusa, defying the restraining orders given by Italy’s far-right anti-immigrant interior minister Matteo Salvini. The vessel, run by the NGO…

A Brief History of US Concentration Camps

Brett Wilkins concentration camp (noun): a place in which large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution. – Oxford English Dictionary Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has ignited a firestorm of criticism,…