Immigrants and refugees
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
By Niles Niemuth and Barry Grey, 15 January 2018
Trump has responded to the Democrats’ mixture of servility and phony outrage by doubling down on his demands for curbs on immigration.
By James Cogan, 13 January 2018
Officials of the Trump administration have been left to make desperate attempts to contain the diplomatic fallout.
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
Trump’s racist diatribe against “shithole countries” exposes bipartisan conspiracy against immigrants
By Barry Grey, 12 January 2018
Trump’s outburst came as an embarrassment to the Democrats, who over the past week have rushed to reach a deal with the White House that would further militarize the border and expand the crackdown on immigrants.
By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2018
Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir was taken into custody on Thursday morning during a regularly scheduled appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 January 2018
At a closed-door meeting of the Christian Social Union parliamentary group, Manfred Weber declared that in 2018 a central question would be “a final solution to the refugee issue.”
By Max Newman, 12 January 2018
Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.
By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2018
The first year of the Trump administration starkly illustrates the fact that neither the courts nor the Democratic Party can be trusted to protect immigrants.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 January 2018
In response to the threat of mass deportations, the Salvadoran FMLN government has sought to curry favor with the Trump administration.
By Eric London, 10 January 2018
A pathetic spectacle unfolded in Washington yesterday as the Democratic Party and President Donald Trump laid the basis for an escalated assault on immigrants in the US.
An interview with Javier Luengo-Garrido, Coordinator at ACLU-Massachusetts’ Immigrant Protection Project
By Julian James, 10 January 2018
Luengo-Garrido is a coordinator at the ACLU’s Immigrant Protection Project in Northampton, Massachusetts. He spoke to the WSWS about the recent announcement by the Trump Administration to deport over 200,00 Salvadorans over the next 18 months.
A crime against humanity
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2018
This barbaric action will split up tens of thousands of families and threaten countless deaths among those forced to return to the killing fields of Central America.
By Norisa Diaz, 8 January 2018
The lawsuit addresses widespread practices at numerous locations where Motel 6 handed over the names, birthdates, driver's license numbers, license-plate numbers and room numbers of at least 9,000 guests to immigration officials without warrants.
By Carola Kleinert, 5 January 2018
The Berlin Senate is increasingly pursuing the same racist course as the current conservative-social democratic federal coalition government.
By David Brown, 5 January 2018
Luis Mora, a junior transfer to the UC, was arrested Saturday night at an internal checkpoint for overstaying his visa.
“The government got to do whatever it wanted to do”
An interview with Mark Flessner, attorney for Davino Watson, US citizen illegally imprisoned by ICE for more than three years
By Nick Barrickman, 5 January 2018
Watson was denied damages from the US government on the grounds that a two-year statute of limitation for suing the government had elapsed while he had been detained.
By Patrick Kelly, 5 January 2018
Turnbull has sent a clear message that his government’s agenda for 2018 will consist of draconian new “law and order” measures, along with nationalist and racist hysteria.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Sam Price, 4 January 2018
The Labour-led government is scapegoating international students, along with immigrants, to divert attention from the real source of the social crisis.
By Trévon Austin, 28 December 2017
A USA Today investigation reveals that up to 27,000 may have died in the desert between the US and Mexico over the past 20 years.
By Eric London, 23 December 2017
The proposal comes at the end of a week marked by ruthless attacks against immigrants.
By Norisa Diaz, 22 December 2017
While a deal is still being worked out, there is no doubt that the Democrats are negotiating some of the most reactionary anti-immigrant legislation since Japanese internment.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By Norisa Diaz, 16 December 2017
According to a Department of Homeland Security report, inhumane treatment, lack of health, food, and safety provisions are rampant at both government and for-profit detention centers.
By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017
The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.
By Eric London, 13 December 2017
The episode broadcast last week provided a platform for ultra-right-wing, anti-immigrant figures and lent credibility to their racist agenda.
By our correspondents, 9 December 2017
Refugees from Afghanistan were herded onto a plane and flown from the German airport in Frankfurt-Main to Kabul, despite the efforts of several hundred demonstrators.
By Eric London and Norisa Diaz, 5 December 2017
The decision, supported by half the justices nominated by Democrats, will have devastating consequences for those seeking to escape war-torn regions of the Middle East.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 December 2017
The Canadian government’s cruel treatment of refugees is in keeping with its determination to deepen Ottawa’s military-strategic partnership with the Trump administration.
By David Brown, 4 December 2017
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.
By Mark Ferretti, 4 December 2017
On November 28, defense attorneys at Brooklyn criminal court staged a walkout after ICE arrested an undocumented immigrant worker.
By Janet Browning, 4 December 2017
The chronic underfunding of indigenous childcare and the terrible conditions it produces are sharp expressions of a broader assault on public spending and social services.
By Wimal Perera, 30 November 2017
Violating the basic rights of refugees, the Bangladesh government is desperate to push them back to Burma.
By Max Newman, 27 November 2017
Turnbull’s government openly backed the violent eviction from the Australian-controlled detention camp, as part of its message to asylum seekers globally.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 November 2017
One of the asylum-seekers reported that yesterday’s violent incursion by Papua New Guinea state forces was directed by a representative of the Australian Federal Police.
By Matthew Taylor, 22 November 2017
The administration’s attempt to impose restrictions on federal funding to municipalities that do not cooperate with efforts to round up and deport undocumented immigrants was found to be a violation of the separation of powers clause of the Constitution.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 November 2017
Artist Banu Cennetoğlu has published a list with the names of 33,293 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have died since 1993 as a result of Europe’s refugee policies.
By Max Newman, 15 November 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Nauru are “wilfully coming to medical harm” at the Australian government’s orders.
By Eric London, 15 November 2017
The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2017
In a McCarthyite process, every member of parliament now has 18 days to prove they are not entitled to dual citizenship.
By Julian James, 13 November 2017
In defiance of the Trump administration’s deportation order Lucio Pérez sought sanctuary at a Unitarian Church in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he continues to take refuge.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2017
The entire Australian political establishment is responsible for the desperate plight of the 600 men in the detention camp.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2017
Monday’s decision ends Temporary Protected Status for up to 5,000 Nicaraguans and could be the prelude to the mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2017
Rally organisers sought to divert widespread anger over the dire plight of 600 refugees behind impotent appeals to the Coalition government, and support for Labor’s re-election.
“The sad thing is that there are so many people like me in that system”
By Nick Barrickman, 4 November 2017
Watson has been denied the right to sue for damages incurred while he was illegally imprisoned by ICE for over three years.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2017
Contractors hired by the Liberal-National government emptied water tanks before leaving the facility Tuesday, while the Papua New Guinea navy is blocking emergency food deliveries.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 November 2017
Asylum seekers have been left without food, water and electricity, and face the prospect of an armed assault by Papua New Guinea police and military personnel.
By Dan Conway, 31 October 2017
Video shows Daniel Wenzek inching his car into protesters who had temporarily blocked a street crossing, and then accelerating while a protester lay on the hood of his car.
By Nick Barrickman, 30 October 2017
The October 19 court decision is the latest in a series of appeals and reversals by US courts on Watson’s case.
By Eric London, 27 October 2017
The US immigration agencies, which employ tens of thousands of police and bureaucrats, are being transformed into institutional bases of fascism.
By Max Newman, 24 October 2017
“We explained over and over again that we would rather stay in the Manus prison without hope than face violence in Lorengau,” a refugee explained.
By Josh Varlin, 23 October 2017
The government’s arguments against allowing the unaccompanied minor to receive an abortion mirror the notorious Dred Scott decision and presage a further attack on democratic rights.
By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017
So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.
By John Roberts, 12 October 2017
The real aim of the military, with the full collaboration of Aung San Suu Kyi and her government, is to drive the Rohingya out of Burma.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017
The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.
By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2017
The Trump immigration document exposes the role of the Democratic Party in providing political cover for the White House.
By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2017
The threat came in response to the state of California’s enactment of a “sanctuary” law that limits cooperation between state and local police and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017
Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.
By Christoph Vandreier, 5 October 2017
In his speech on German Unity Day, the president advocated an understanding with the ultra-right AfD, a tougher refugee policy and “German patriotism.”
By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017
The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2017
Rajeev Rajendran is the sixth refugee who has died on Manus Island, and the second in just two months.
By Evan Blake, 30 September 2017
The crackdown is intended to cultivate authoritarian sentiments within Trump’s far-right base, as well as embolden fascistic elements within ICE itself.
By Jake Dean, 29 September 2017
The DHS’s invasive surveillance and data gathering operation will cover all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized citizens.
By Max Newman, 29 September 2017
About 50 heavily-vetted detainees out of more than 2,000 are being transferred to unknown US locations.
By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.
By Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017
The implementation of new travel restrictions can only be understood as a prelude to a further escalation of US imperialist operations.
“Dad, mom, the police are here”
By Eric London and Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2017
The WSWS spoke to immigrants and witnesses of an ICE raid at a migrant labor camp in Western Michigan.
By Verena Nees, 26 September 2017
On the 150th anniversary of Marx’s Capital, a new report reveals how European capitalism has created a huge army of precarious workers, plunging millions into poverty.
By Mark Witkowski, 25 September 2017
The blatantly anti-democratic act of arresting immigrants who are attending court hearings for minor violations acts as a mechanism for justifying the crackdown on immigrants.
Working men have no country
By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017
The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.
By Evan Blake, 19 September 2017
The protesters issued scathing condemnations of the Democrats’ anti-immigrant record, including their recent efforts to push through bipartisan immigration legislation with Trump.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 September 2017
The moves by the Democrats to stabilize the Trump administration are aimed at creating better conditions for intensifying the assault on the working class and preparing for a major war.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2017
In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s anti-Muslim “travel ban,” his administration is considering plans to drastically slash refugee admissions to the US.
By our reporters, 11 September 2017
The Department of Homeland Security will not accept any more applications for deportation protection, while those already enrolled will begin losing coverage in six months.
By Mike Head, 11 September 2017
The ruling is an indictment of the last Greens-backed Australian Labor government.
Socialist Equality Party (US), 7 September 2017
The decision of the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program marks a new stage in the attack on immigrant workers in the United States and internationally.
By our reporters, 7 September 2017
Protesters and DACA enrollees spoke to the WSWS about their reaction to Trump’s announcement.
By Genevieve Leigh, 6 September 2017
The Trump administration is phasing out a government program that gave immigrants brought to the US as children limited protection from deportation.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
Demonstrators marched throughout the US Tuesday to protest the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants.
By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017
The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 September 2017
The citizenship crisis is an attempt to suppress anti-war sentiment and class tensions by promoting nationalism and patriotism.
By Genevieve Leigh, 5 September 2017
Trump is expected to announce the end of the federal program that offers limited citizenship rights to immigrants brought to the US as children, putting 800,000 youth at risk of deportation.
By our reporters, 4 September 2017
Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.
By Max Newman, 4 September 2017
The government’s actions have provoked widespread outrage, with thousands of people offering sanctuary to the refugees.
By Eric London, 31 August 2017
Immigrants are risking rising flood waters because of anti-immigrant maneuvers and false reports of deportations at evacuation sites.
By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2017
The summit aimed to deny the right of asylum to hundreds of thousands of refugees and block their travel through Africa to Libya and across the Mediterranean to Europe.
By Kevin Martinez and Patrick Martin, 28 August 2017
The pardoning of former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of illegally detaining immigrants, is intended to encourage fascistic elements such as those who rioted in Charlottesville.
By Laurent Lafrance, 24 August 2017
Trudeau’s hardline stance towards refugees fleeing the Trump administration’s crackdown is bound up with his determination to maintain its partnership with the US.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 24 August 2017
The judges rejected a challenge to incarceration on Manus Island despite the PNG Supreme Court last year ruling it was an unconstitutional deprivation of liberty.
By Eddie Haywood, 19 August 2017
On average 1,800 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda every day over the past twelve months, desperately fleeing the destruction caused by five years of civil war.
By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017
Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Shelley Connor, 18 August 2017
The termination of the Central American Minors program is the latest assault on immigrants by the Trump administration, expanding on the policies of Obama.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2017
Adopting many slogans of the extreme right, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz is calling for more police and a crackdown on immigrants.
By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2017
Saturday’s march is expected to be the prelude to further protests in southern Texas against Donald Trump’s xenophobic immigration and border policies.
By our reporter, 16 August 2017
Some 70 contract workers stopped work on August 4 over the death of a 28-year-old co-worker, winning broad support in the local community.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 August 2017
Although no injuries were reported, the discovery of the group comes only a month after another trailer was found in Texas with 10 immigrants who died from the heat.
By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2017
The cruel and callous response of the Liberal government to the desperate plight of the asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to the welcome they have received from ordinary Montrealers.