By Metamars for Corrente – Yours truly has been writing about the threat posed by unlimited IN-sourcing via the TPP, while complaining, out loud, about how the anti-TPP ‘activists’, no matter how often they mentioned increased/easier OUT-sourcing, were curiously silent about the IN-sourcing threat. IMO, OUT-sourcing is largely already played out – how many US companies are there that didn’t want to take advantage of lower labor rates in China, e.g., that didn’t already take advantage of same 10 years ago, could there possibly be??? Yours truly also wrote a diary about Japanese Shinzo Abe blabbing about the EU style “free flow of labor”, while he was in the US last summer, when Obama was trying to get TPP finalized.
Wilmer Valderrama for The Huffington Post – Somewhere along the way it became controversial and combative to speak up and call for simple fairness and human rights. But, this is something I have done throughout my career as an actor and activist. That’s why I want to have this conversation, a conversation about the single greatest thing to happen to this country — immigration. Tonight’s episode of Minority Report reflects the reality of this crucial issue. It makes a bold, inclusive statement to our community about the importance of telling our stories in a realistic and honorable way. My story and that of millions of other immigrants informs this episode of Minority Report.
By Kanya D’Almeida for RH Reality Check – for The number of hunger strikers at a Texas immigrant detention facility has swelled to almost 500 since last Wednesday, an Austin-based advocacy group revealed in a phone call with RH Reality Check. When news of the protest action broke on October 28, about 27 women at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, 35 miles east of Austin, were reportedly refusing their meals. While grievances ranged from abusive treatment by guards to a lack of medical care, the women, hailing primarily from Central America, were unanimous in their one demand: immediate release.
By Cristian Farias for The Huffington Post – A federal appeals court on Monday agreed to keep on hold President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration — nearly a year after he announced it as a backstop measure to Congress’ failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The divided, 124-page ruling deals a blow to the administration’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, known as DAPA, and there may be just enough time for a formal appeal to the Supreme Court to be resolved ahead of the 2016 election. In ruling against the government, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit largely agreed with a lower court judge, who in February issued a “nationwide injunction” that effectively stopped DAPA from taking effect…
By Lisa de Moraes for Deadline – The Deport Racism PAC says it will hand over $5,000 to anyone on the set or in the studio audience of this weekend’s Saturday Night Live who can be heard on camera shouting “Deport racism” or “Trump is a racist” during the live broadcast. Deport Racism logoOne catch: The shouter must be identified by media covering the event as being a DeportRacism.com supporter. And, if more than one person shouts out either approved message, and both are pegged DeportRacism supporters, they will have to split the pot. When contacted,NBC declined comment.
By Kanya D’Almeida for RH Reality Check – The number of hunger strikers at a Texas immigrant detention facility has swelled to almost 500 since last Wednesday, an Austin-based advocacy group revealed in a phone call with RH Reality Check. When news of the protest action broke on October 28, about 27 women at the T. Don Hutto detention center in Taylor, 35 miles east of Austin, were reportedly refusing their meals. While grievances ranged from abusive treatment by guards to a lack of medical care, the women, hailing primarily from Central America, were unanimous in their one demand: immediate release.
By Elliot Smilowitz for the Hill – A series of protests interrupted Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s Miami campaign speech Friday night. The pro-immigration demonstrators stopped Trump three times, before being shouted down by Trump supporters and removed from the facility. Video captured by a local TV reporter in Miami shows a man who disagrees with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration policies being violently ejected from a Trump campaign event. In the video, an unidentified white man wearing a red polo shirt is seen pulling another man identified as a protester by the back of his shirt. When the protester falls to the ground, the man in the polo shirt then drags him along the floor towards the room’s exit. Towards the end of the video, the polo-shirted man appears to kick the protester while the protester is still lying on the ground. As this protester is being dragged out of the room, the crowd around him loudly chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
By Ashoka Jegroo for Waging Nonviolence, After reversing course on a decision to let thousands of visa-holding immigrant workers apply for a green card earlier than usual, the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, is now being bombarded with flower deliveries courtesy of the affected immigrants. The immigrants aren’t sending the flowers as a “Thank You” to the department though. Using the #FlowerCampaign hashtag, thousands of flowers have been sent to DHS with notes attached asking Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, to not punish immigrants for the mistakes of his department. On September 9, the State Department released its monthly “Visa Bulletin.” In that bulletin, the State Department informed certain work visa holders that they would be allowed to file a formal application for a green card, the last step in the process, earlier than usual.
By Latino Rebels – At 4 p.m. EST on September 22, a group of women — at least 100 — will enter Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. From there they’ll walk to McPherson Square downtown. By the time they reach the plaza, they’ll have been walking for eight days, from York, Pennsylvania near the Susquehanna River and across Maryland through Baltimore. They call their pilgrimage “100 Miles, 100 Women,” the goal of which is to enlist the aid of the visiting Pope Francis — also arriving in D.C. on Tuesday — in the cause for immigrant justice. The women have come from over 10 states and varying backgrounds.
By Carissa Knipe, Sierra Klingele, Ed Mast, Hannah Madrone and Matthew Horwitz in Flood The System – Today we — a group of Seattle climate activists—chained ourselves together to block deportation buses at the Northwest Detention Center. Alongside members of the Trans and/or Womyn’s Action Camp (TWAC) and Northwest Detention Center Resistance, we risked our safety and our liberty by blocking roads and preventing the week’s deportations. As climate activists we take these risks because we believe the fight for migrant and climate justice are one and the same. We hope these actions inspire others in our movement to imagine a deeper, more engaged solidarity. Some have asked us why we are taking this action when the climate is at a crisis point. At the most basic level, we believe that people of conscience must care about human suffering, violence and injustice wherever and however it takes place.
By Not 1 More – Northwest Detention Center Resistance Coalition members locked down to protest deportations at the private facility. Protesting the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants, the protest highlights the moral injustice of privately-run for-profit detentions centers and their collaboration with local police departments creating a road to detention, and call for an end to all immigrant deportations and detentions. “Ending immigrant deportations is absolutely an environmental issue,” said Got Green executive director Jill Mangaliman. Speaking from one of the road blockades.
By Elise Foley in Huffington Post – Protesters for immigration reform interrupted Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush during a speech Monday, prompting him to vow that he will support a path to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants regardless of the political implications. “No hope without our vote,” the protesters chanted as Bush began his speech at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conference in Houston. The former Florida governor, who has drawn a tough line on immigration during his bid for the White House, paused to listen. Then he attempted to assure the crowd of his support for reform, particularly for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. “Here’s what I believe: I believe we need immigration reform. I’ve been clear about this. I believe that Dream Act kids should have a path to citizenship,” he said, referring to the never-passed bill that would have allowed some young undocumented immigrants to obtain U.S. citizenship.
By Middle East Monitor – Thousands of protesters across Europe took to the streets on Saturday in support of refugees heading for the continent after fleeing their war-torn countries. Local police said at least 30,000 people participated in the protest in Copenhagen, Denmark, organized by the “Refugees Welcome” group and Venligboerne (“Fellow Townspeople”) on social media. Michala Clante Bendixen from the “Refugees Welcome” group said that unlike the government, citizens have done a lot to help the refugees. The Royal police said that about 34,000 people gathered on the streets of Denmark in several protests organized on social media. Separately, another protest in support of refugees was staged in Budapest, Hungary.