Immigrants and refugees

Ontario government repudiates resettlement agreement, scapegoats refugees

By Laurent Lafrance, 28 July 2018

The Conservatives' xenophobic campaign is aimed at diverting attention away from their big business agenda and whipping up racism and chauvinism to divide the working class.

Hundreds of immigrant children remain separated from parents as court deadline passes

By Patrick Martin, 27 July 2018

The forcible separation of parents and children by the Trump administration is an act of mass kidnapping and a crime against humanity.

European Union reduces maritime rescue operations in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 July 2018

The halting of official rescue operations, like the sabotage of those conducted by private organisations, will lead to a massive rise in fatalities.

Military-style immigration raids: Coming to a workplace near you

By Eric London, 26 July 2018

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced plans Tuesday for mass workplace raids and the surveillance of tens of thousands of workplaces.

Trump administration deported up to 463 immigrant parents without their children

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2018

The admission by government lawyers raises the prospect that hundreds of parents separated under Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy might never see their children again.

Mounting outrage in US over conditions facing detained immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2018

Hunger strikes and lawsuits have exposed the barbaric treatment of refugees and immigrants at detention facilities in the US.

Australia: Tamil refugee deported, separated from his wife and baby daughter

By Max Newman, 23 July 2018

The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.

Media, #MeToo silent on widespread sexual assault of detained immigrants

By Eric London, 21 July 2018

A July 17 report revealed 1,310 reports by immigrants of rape and sexual assault at detention centers from 2013 to 2017.

UK continues to separate immigrant children from their families

By Margot Miller, 21 July 2018

In the UK, asylum seekers are incarcerated without due process at the whim of the Home Office, with no idea when they might be released.

Democrats abstain on House resolution praising ICE thugs

By Andy Thompson, 20 July 2018

The Republican resolution in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement passed with only 38 Democrats opposing.

Amid silence from Democrats on attacks on immigrants

Trump moves to restrict asylum

By Alec Andersen, 19 July 2018

While the Democrats and the media are obsessing over Trump’s supposed pro-Russian “treason,” the administration is escalating its assault on the right to asylum.

Democrats vow to vote against their own bill to abolish ICE

By Isaac Finn, 16 July 2018

The Democrats never had any intention of abolishing ICE, even though their so-called “abolition” would amount to little more than rebranding the agency.

Only 57 of 3,000 immigrant children have been reunited with parents

By Trévon Austin, 14 July 2018

Children and parents were scattered nationwide including Maryland, Texas, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois.

Millions of refugees face harsh conditions across South Asia

By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018

The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.

Iraq war contractor ran US detention centre for immigrant children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 12 July 2018

MVM, a private contractor that supplied guards for CIA prisons in Iraq, ran a secret detention site for immigrant children in Phoenix, Arizona.

German interior minister’s “Master Plan” for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2018

With its “Migration Master Plan,” the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Trump administration defends missing court deadline to reunite immigrant families

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 11 July 2018

In a calculated and cruel political maneuver, the administration stated that it could not release children because it could not locate or vet their parents.

Trump administration misses deadline to reunite immigrant children with parents

By Alec Andersen, 10 July 2018

The administration failed to meet a court-imposed deadline to reunite all undocumented immigrant children under the age of five with their parents, with more than half remaining in detention Tuesday.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against inhumane anti-refugee policies

By Gustav Kemper, 10 July 2018

The protests Saturday were organised within the space of a few days almost exclusively via social media.

Federal judge denies Trump administration request for extension to reunite migrant families

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 9 July 2018

The corporate media has effectively dropped coverage of the 3,000 children languishing in immigration detention facilities across the country.

Refugees ensnared in European dragnet

By Johannes Stern and Andre Damon, 9 July 2018

Germany’s establishment parties have agreed to set up mass refugee internment camps inside the country, based on the criminal and racist immigration policies of the neo-fascists.

Hundreds more immigrant children detained than previously reported

By Eric London, 7 July 2018

The parents of 19 children under the age of 5 have already been deported. Many will never see their children again.

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 July 2018

The horrors faced by immigrant children in detention centers continue unabated, traumatizing the most vulnerable amongst an already victimized section of society.

German Social Democratic Party backs brutal offensive against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2018

The SPD has lined up behind the refugee policy of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer: sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed detention camps.

Germany: Largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2018

In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported in the largest ever mass deportation to Afghanistan.

US war on immigrants continues

Trump using separated children to force “voluntary” deportations

By Alec Andersen, 5 July 2018

The Trump administration has responded to a court-ordered “family reunification” process by forcing immigrant parents with separated children into signing a document agreeing to deportation back to their country of origin.

Trump administration rescinds right of detained immigrants to in-person court appearances in New York City

By Guillaume Garnier, 5 July 2018

ICE has stopped allowing detained immigrants in its Manhattan facility to appear in person at court hearings.

Sponsors of migrant children battle financial costs and bureaucratic red tape

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 July 2018

The steep financial costs of trying to obtain the release of migrant children held by the government puts a further burden on poor immigrant families.

Social Democrats back conservative parties’ plan for concentration camps in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2018

Leading SPD politicians have welcomed the reactionary agreement by conservative parties for concentration camps for refugees.

More than 200 people drown in the Mediterranean at the weekend

By Marianne Arens, 4 July 2018

Since the beginning of this year, the number of people drowning while attempting to enter Europe has risen to over a thousand.

Private prison companies thrive as thousands of immigrants detained

By Shelley Connor, 4 July 2018

The Trump administration’s detention of hundreds of thousands of migrants has been a windfall for private prison companies.

German government settles dispute at refugees’ expense

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The "transit centres," "debarkation platforms" and "control centres" for refugees are creating a technical and legal infrastructure to lock up oppositionists and undesirable minorities in the future.

Voices of the June 30 protests: Stop Trump’s persecution of immigrants!

By a reporting team, 3 July 2018

Hundreds of thousands turned out Saturday in demonstrations across the United States to defend the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. Below we publish interviews with protesters from Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and other cities.

Left Party supports anti-refugee policies of German government

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2018

At the EU summit last week, measures against refugees were discussed that recall the darkest period of German and European history.

European defence ministers sign on to European Intervention Initiative

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The initiative aims to enable European powers to intervene militarily and wage wars with a “coalition of the willing.”

Hundreds of thousands march against Trump’s persecution of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2018

There were protests in more than 700 locations, with the largest in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and New York City.

European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2018

The EU summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history.

“This is like the 1930s. We have to come together and oppose it”

Protesting workers and youth defend immigrants

By our reporters, 2 July 2018

Demonstrators in many cities gave their views to the World Socialist Web Site. Below we publish interviews from Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and New York City.

Australia: Biloela residents continue protests against deportation of Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 2 July 2018

A campaign by the people of a small rural Queensland town has brought to light the horrors of Australia’s anti-refugee regime.

“I want a political organization that acknowledges that capitalism is not working”

SEP, IYSSE campaign for congressional candidate Niles Niemuth at pro-immigrant protest in Ann Arbor, Michigan

By our reporters, 2 July 2018

A team of SEP and IYSSE members intervened in Saturday’s “Families Belong Together” rally, collecting over 500 signatures to put Niles on the ballot in November.

Opposition mounts to Trump administration’s persecution of immigrants

By E.P. Milligan and Patrick Martin, 30 June 2018

The Trump “solution” to the cruelty of family separation is the provocation of family imprisonment, jailing teenagers, younger children, even babies along with their parents.

European Union adopts far-right refugee policy

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2018

Hundreds of people fleeing poverty and war have drowned in the Mediterranean over the past week as a result of the EU’s reactionary crackdown on refugees.

EU backs anti-immigrant deal after Italy threatens to torpedo Brussels summit

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2018

The EU has largely adopted the anti-refugee positions of far-right regimes in Italy, Austria and several Eastern European countries.

Unaccompanied immigrant children sent to New York are “disappeared” by ICE

By Steve Light, 29 June 2018

As refugee children were separated from parents at the southern border while seeking asylum in the United States, some were transferred almost 2,000 miles to New York City.

Mobilize the working class against the bipartisan attack on immigrants!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

29 June 2018

Growing opposition to the attack on immigrants and democratic rights requires a clear political focus and policy.

Ahead of Brussels summit, EU steps up attacks on refugees

By Alex Lantier, 28 June 2018

As the European Union opens a two-day summit in Brussels today, it is launching a fascistic assault on refugees ultimately aimed at the entire working class.

US assault on immigrants continues as Democrats denounce protests against Trump officials

By Alec Andersen, 28 June 2018

While Trump is escalating his fascistic attacks on immigrants, the Democrats are seeking to contain public opposition to his immigration policies.

Eritrean teenagers commit suicide in UK while awaiting permission to stay

By Thomas Scripps, 28 June 2018

The suicides of three Eritrean teenage refugees in the UK in just six months tragically demonstrates the human cost of Europe’s “border security.”

Another suicide in Australian immigration prison camp

By Max Newman, 27 June 2018

A tragic death shows how desperate and vulnerable people are being deliberately subjected to inhuman conditions to deter others from seeking asylum in Australia.

The new Dred Scott: Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

By Eric London, 27 June 2018

By upholding Trump’s power to seal the country’s borders, the court has granted the president limitless authority to enact his fascistic policies against immigrants and political opponents.

Thousands of refugees forced onto death march into Sahara desert

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2018

The reported atrocities carried out by the Algerian government are part of a global assault on immigrants by the major capitalist powers in Europe and America.

In defense of the Red Hen

By Andre Damon, 26 June 2018

The Washington Post and leading Democrats have lined up with Donald Trump in condemning protests against Trump administration officials over human rights violations on the Mexican border.

Leaked manual reveals ICE informants posing as attorneys, clergy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesen, 26 June 2018

A newly leaked ICE handbook reveals the organization’s policies for illegal undercover operations against immigrants.

Concentration camps in America

By Eric London, 25 June 2018

The social force that can and must halt the drive toward dictatorship is the working class, the central target of the assault on democratic rights.

Italy strands rescue ship Lifeline as EU refugee summit collapses

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2018

This is only one of the horrors taking place in Mediterranean waters between Italy and Libya, as the EU moves to block refugee flows.

“Nobody knows what is going to happen next”

Residents of Salem, Ohio, remain in shock after immigration raid

By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 25 June 2018

The raid last week by federal agents has traumatized the immigrant community, ripping families apart and making others afraid to leave their homes.

As public anger grows over childhood detention centers

Thousands participate in San Diego protest against treatment of immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesen, 25 June 2018

The protest was led by groups with ties to the Democratic Party, which has facilitated and prepared the way for Trump’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Open letter by Amazon workers opposes contracts with immigration and police agencies

By Kayla Costa, 25 June 2018

The Amazon workers wrote that they were “deeply concerned” that the company was implicated in Trump’s immoral immigration policy and was “providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.”

The American gulag

US Navy planning to build military camps to jail 120,000 immigrants

By Alec Andersen, 23 June 2018

The government is preparing massive military detention camps where immigrants—and ultimately opponents of the government—will be kept in “austere” conditions.

Italy’s interior minister announces plan to register Roma and Sinti

By Marianne Arens, 23 June 2018

Salvini’s project of a Roma card index recalls one of the darkest periods in European history, drawing its inspiration directly from the vicious measures of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Amid Trump’s war on immigrants and social programs

Democrats back massive Pentagon budget for war and repression

By Andre Damon, 23 June 2018

Democrats voted overwhelmingly for a bill to vastly expand the US nuclear arsenal, authorize Trump’s planned military parade, and keep the Guantanamo Bay prison camp open.

US court documents reveal

Immigrant children tied down, hooded, beaten, stripped and drugged

By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2018

US immigrant detention centers are applying the techniques of Guantanamo Bay and CIA torture prisons on teenagers and even younger children.

Right-wing smears against refugee aid workers in the Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2018

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against NGO rescue ships.

ICE agents raid Ohio meatpacking plants, arrest 146 immigrants

By Jerry White, 21 June 2018

The storming of the Fresh Mark plants, the second major Ohio workplace raid this month, is aimed at instilling fear so that employers can exploit both immigrant and native-born workers with impunity.

The working class and the global war on immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2018

The brutality and lawlessness of the Trump administration in ripping children from their parents at the US border is part of a global war by capitalist governments against refugees.

Trump executive order: Indefinite detention of immigrant families, 2,300 children to remain separated from parents

By Kayla Costa, 21 June 2018

Wednesday’s order does not revoke the “zero tolerance” policy, does not apply to children already separated from family and will drastically expand the number of people detained in immigration internment camps.

Microsoft workers demand end to contracts with US border agencies

By Will Morrow, 21 June 2018

The workers’ letter to Microsoft’s CEO states, “As the people who build the technologies that Microsoft profits from, we refuse to be complicit.”

Mexican immigrants seek asylum amidst growing social inequality and crime

By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 June 2018

The majority are forced to make the long and risky journey to seek political asylum in the US, due to cartel-related crime and violence in Mexico.

The United States of America: Land of internment camps

By Eric London, 20 June 2018

The attack on immigrants and democratic rights is of urgent importance to the entire working class.

Trump administration planning massive expansion of jails for immigrant children

By Eric London, 19 June 2018

The administration is building new facilities to house tens of thousands of immigrant children while refusing to process asylum applicants at the US-Mexico border.

“Something must be done quickly”

Child psychology expert warns of life-changing damage from child-parent separation of immigrants

By Eric London, 19 June 2018

Fulbright Scholar Chris Fradkin told the WSWS: “These children, if they are not reunited with their parents in the next week, will suffer because of this for the rest of their lives.”

Thousands protest against Italian government’s closure of ports for refugee ships

By Marianne Arens, 19 June 2018

The unspeakable tragedy playing out in the Mediterranean will only be made worse by the new restrictions on rescue ships.

Australian government denies palliative care to dying refugee

By Max Newman, 19 June 2018

Successive Australian governments have pioneered many of the brutal measures now being taken in Europe and the US.

Five die fleeing US immigration police as children spend Father’s Day in jail

By Eric London, 18 June 2018

The five immigrants died in a car crash in south Texas, while seven others were wounded in what police called “good police work.”

Video shows Border Patrol vehicle fleeing after striking Native American man

By Norisa Diaz, 18 June 2018

The Tohono O’odham are seen as a stone in the shoe of Washington as its members have historically moved freely across the current US-Mexico border.

Abolish Washington’s immigration Gestapo! Stop the persecution of immigrants!

By Eric London, 16 June 2018

The abolition of the agencies responsible for mass deportations, workplace raids and the separation of families is a life or death question for the working class.

Thousands across US rally against Trump administration’s attacks on immigrant families

By Dan Conway, 16 June 2018

Rallies took place across the country on Thursday and Friday as reports spread of the breakup of immigrant families and imprisonment of children.

Administration preparing to hold immigrants in tent camps

Outcry mounts against Trump policy of forced separation of refugee children and parents

By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 15 June 2018

A report by McClatchy News this week revealed the administration plans to deal with the overflow by warehousing children in tent camps on military bases.

The far right determine Europe’s refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2018

Following the entry of extreme right-wing parties into the Austrian and Italian governments, the European Union and all other European governments are adopting their ruthless refugee policy.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services unveils new initiative targeting naturalized citizens

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 June 2018

The goal of the new office is to remove the citizenship rights of naturalized immigrants who “cheated” on their applications in civil court proceedings, while also prosecuting them on the charge of criminal fraud.

Austria closes mosques and deports imams

By Markus Salzmann, 14 June 2018

The measure is a fundamental attack on the freedom of religion and expression and serves to stir up anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiments.

Italian government turns away ship with 629 refugees aboard

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2018

A decree by the new right-wing Italian government has prevented a ship with more than 600 refugees from landing in Italy. It is the result of the entire EU refugee policy.

Trump administration rescinds right to asylum for victims of gangs and domestic violence

By Eric London, 12 June 2018

The decision is a legal travesty and will result in the rejection of thousands of asylum applications.

Two refugee suicides follow Trump’s “zero-tolerance” order

By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2018

The deaths are a direct consequence of the attack on refugees and immigrants ordered by the White House.

Undocumented worker in ICE custody after delivering food to Army base in New York City

By Mark Ferretti and Philip Guelpa, 11 June 2018

While Pablo Villavicencio was granted an emergency stay of deportation by a judge over the weekend he still faces the prospect of being deported in less than six weeks.

Trump administration to send 1,600 ICE detainees to federal prisons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 9 June 2018

The government is carrying out the first large scale transfer of immigrants to federal detention facilities under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class

By Eric London, 8 June 2018

State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

“I saw officers with assault rifles, dogs and helicopters everywhere”

Mass immigration raids shatter Ohio communities

By Eric London and Will Morrow, 7 June 2018

Tuesday’s Gestapo-style raid is a warning to the entire working class.

Trump administration holds mass trials of immigrants under “Zero Tolerance” policy

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2018

Leaked photograph reveals on-going mass trials of immigrants.

Dozens drown in Mediterranean as Europe cracks down on immigrants

By Eric London, 4 June 2018

At least 55 people died at sea over the weekend—the direct product of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the governments of Europe.

Libyan militias shoot 15 dead after mass escape from migrant torture camp

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2018

The business of kidnapping and ransom payments is booming in Libya, with dozens of camps in which refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are confined, tortured, sold or murdered.

French riot police launch mass expulsions of refugees from Paris

By Athiyan Silva, 4 June 2018

On Wednesday, hundreds of French riot police assaulted one of the biggest refugee camps in France, at the Saint Denis Canal in the 19th district of Paris.

US Border Patrol execution of undocumented Guatemalan woman sparks anger and nationwide protests

By Alec Andersen, 4 June 2018

Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was summarily executed by a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.

UK: Grenfell victims’ relatives unable to commemorate loved-ones due to government anti-immigration policies

By Simon Whelan, 4 June 2018

Government policies bringing about heartache for Grenfell relatives are having the very impact the government desired—making it more difficult for them to testify at the public inquiry.

Far right promotes UK fascist Tommy Robinson as free-speech “martyr”

By Laura Tiernan, 2 June 2018

Robinson’s media stunt is an attempt on his part to stake a leading role in an ongoing recruitment of Britain’s far-right.

Migrant children, increasingly separated from their parents, fill US detention centers

By Trévon Austin, 1 June 2018

The spike in child detentions is the result of a new policy announced last month to criminally prosecute all undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border.

Rohingya refugees face catastrophe in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 31 May 2018

Despite hypocritical statements of concern by the major world powers, Rohingya are at risk from landslides, floods and epidemics this monsoon season.

Leading Democratic activists accidentally share photos of immigrants detained under Obama administration

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 May 2018

Former Obama administration officials shared 2014 pictures of immigrant children sleeping in cages in immigration prisons in a hypocritical attempt to discredit Trump for his anti-immigrant policies.

ICE carries out mass immigration raids across US Midwest

By George Gallanis, 29 May 2018

The arrests are part of the Trump administration’s escalating attack on immigrant workers.

US Border Patrol agent executes Guatemalan woman

By Alec Andersen, 28 May 2018

The summary execution of Claudia Gonzalez comes amid a sharp escalation in the Trump administration’s campaign of terror against immigrant communities.