By Anshantia Oso for Truthout – On April 18 the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. The president’s measures are designed to protect nearly 4.5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to apply for work permits under the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
By Roque Planas for The Huffington Post – Two undocumented immigrants locked in Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia are refusing food, authorities said Thursday. The protest, described as a hunger strike by an immigration attorney, comes a few months after a major disturbance at the for-profit detention center, which contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE, which issued a statement confirming two inmates were rejecting food, didn’t provide details and declined to make the inmates available for telephone interviews, citing privacy concerns.
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for Think Progress – The pendulum swing of the campaign debate on immigration issues has largely centered on either denouncing undocumented Latino immigrants or getting their eligible family members to take to the polls on Election Day. It seems unsurprising that the conversation heavily focuses on Latinos — after all, 59 percent of the 11.3 million undocumented population are from Mexico. But there are also 400,000 undocumented black immigrants living in the United States who have largely been left out of the debate over immigration reform.
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for Think Progress – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Max Villatoro, the pastor of a small Mennonite church in Iowa, may seem like an unlikely target for immigration agents who say they’re focused on tracking down criminals. But his family just celebrated the grim first anniversary of his deportation back to Honduras. “It has been devastating for our family and kids,” Gloria Villatoro told ThinkProgress, her voice cracking under the strain of recounting her husband’s deportation from the United States last March. “My kids don’t have their father anymore. My girls… have to see a therapist every week.”
By Guillermo Torres for CLUE and Armando Carmona for NDLON – Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday afternoon, 21 faith leaders from various religious traditions were arrested blocking the road outside the U.S. federal court in downtown Los Angeles. Outraged by the continuous raids and deportations terrorizing the immigrant community, the faith leaders participated in this prophetic action during Holy Week just outside the very courtroom where Central American children are defending their cases.
By Arianna Schindle and Basma Eid for Waging Nonviolence – Omar Trinidad, pulls off a mask, as he speaks to a room of restaurant, retail, day labor, street vendor and domestic workers from across New York City. “Being a day-laborer does not make me invisible, it makes me indispensable. Being a street vendor does not make anyone less worthy, it makes us unstoppable. To build a movement, let’s take off the mask of fear! Basta ya.” For Trinidad, a member-leader at New Immigrant Community Empowerment, or NICE, ending exploitation of day laborers is not enough.
By Staff of Mijente – Yesterday a multiracial coalition of immigrant rights, faith, labor and local activists peacefully rallied as well as shut down both of the main roads leading to Donald Trump’s event to stand #UnitedAgainstHate and protest the racist violence his campaign is causing. Among those arrested at the rally was Jacinta Gonzalez, field director for Mijente, who had locked her neck to a vehicle blocking the principal route to the rally.
By Mark Engler and Paul Engler for Tom Dispatch – A recent article in the Atlantic summed up this perspective with the tagline, “At this polarized moment, it’s incremental change or nothing.” This view, however, leaves out a critical driver of social transformation. It fails to account for what might be the most important engine of progress: grassroots movements by citizens demanding change. Social change is seldom either as incremental or predictable as many insiders suggest. Every once in a while, an outburst of resistance seems to break open a world of possibility, creating unforeseen opportunities for transformation.
By Kelly Hayes for Truthout – With issues of mass incarceration and deportation hanging heavy over the current presidential race, both Black Lives Matter activists and immigration rights activists have had a great deal to say about the policies and commentaries of each potential commander in chief. But while hashtags like #SuperTuesday go viral and problematic award shows drag up questions about Black and Brown solidarity, some young people are forging ahead on the front lines, arm-in-arm with those whose issues many would divide from their own.
By David Swanson for Let’s Try Democracy – The millions of people in the United States who are denied equal rights because they are immigrants have vast stockpiles of wisdom and rich culture to share; they engage in more strategic and courageous activism than do non-immigrants; and without any doubt they would vote better than do the “legal” people of South Carolina if only they were permitted to vote. The mistreatment of these people shortchanges every U.S. enterprise and reduces civil rights, paychecks, public safety, sense of community, and basic levels of morality for everyone.
By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence – Thousands of left-wing and anti-fascist activists participated in multiple protests on Jan. 29 against a far-right gathering taking place in the center of Vienna, Austria. “This is a very important meeting for the European far-right and neo-Nazi elite,” one protester told the BBC. “For example, there are participants from PEGIDA, from the National Front in France, from the Finnish True Finns Party.” The demonstrations were in protest against the Wiener Akademikerball, or the Viennese Academics Ball.
By Staff of Reuters – COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark’s parliament passed measures on Tuesday aimed at deterring refugees from seeking asylum, including confiscating valuables to pay for their stay, despite protests from international human rights organizations. The measures, which also include extending family reunification among refugees from one year to three years, are the latest sign that the Nordic welcome for refugees is waning as large numbers flee war in Africa and Middle East for a better life in Europe.
By Staff of Associated Press – ALEXANDROUPOLIS, Greece — A day after 46 migrants drowned in a choppy Aegean Sea, protesters demonstrated Saturday at a Greek border town to demand that Greece ease transit restrictions at its heavily militarized border with Turkey. Most of the 200-kilometer land border between Greece and Turkey is separated by the Evros River — known as the Meric River in Turkey. But a nearly eight-mile stretch of land separating the two countries was previously lined with mine fields and is now separated by a fence.
By Brad Sigal for Fight Back! News – Minneapolis, MN – Students from at least 12 Minneapolis and suburban high schools walked out of school, Jan. 20. at noon to protest the current wave of immigration raids and deportations happening around the country. After walking out, the students converged at Martin Luther King Park in south Minneapolis for food and an open mic where students spoke about their experience with family members and friends being deported. Students then left the park and marched down major Minneapolis streets including Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street.
By Staff of the Institute for Southern Studies – The first week of the new year brought hope and cheer for some. But for many Southern immigrant communities, it brought fear. News of the Department of Homeland Security’s plans to conduct immigrant deportation raids at the outset of 2016 circulated just before the Christmas holiday, and the first raids got underway this past weekend. They are part of the Obama administration’s efforts to stem a wave of women and children who have arrived in the U.S. since 2014, many fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and other Latin American countries.