Immigrants and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Trévon Austin, 14 July 2018
Children and parents were scattered nationwide including Maryland, Texas, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona and Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Gustav Kemper, 10 July 2018
The protests Saturday were organised within the space of a few days almost exclusively via social media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2018
Leading SPD politicians have welcomed the reactionary agreement by conservative parties for concentration camps for refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesen, 26 June 2018
A newly leaked ICE handbook reveals the organization’s policies for illegal undercover operations against immigrants.
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.
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”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Eric London, 20 June 2018
The attack on immigrants and democratic rights is of urgent importance to the entire working class.
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”
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.”
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.
By Max Newman, 19 June 2018
Successive Australian governments have pioneered many of the brutal measures now being taken in Europe and the US.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 12 June 2018
The decision is a legal travesty and will result in the rejection of thousands of asylum applications.
By Patrick Martin, 11 June 2018
The deaths are a direct consequence of the attack on refugees and immigrants ordered by the White House.
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.
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.
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”
By Eric London and Will Morrow, 7 June 2018
Tuesday’s Gestapo-style raid is a warning to the entire working class.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 June 2018
Leaked photograph reveals on-going mass trials of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By George Gallanis, 29 May 2018
The arrests are part of the Trump administration’s escalating attack on immigrant workers.
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.