North American immigrant issues

The brutality of borders

Mass grave revealed at Arizona Air Force bombing range

By Norisa Diaz, 18 August 2018

The treacherous deserts along the Southwest have taken the lives of tens of thousands of migrants coming to the US.

US: The “public charge” rule’s effects on legal immigrant families

By Jill Lux, 13 August 2018

Every legal immigrant using a social program is in danger of being labeled a “public charge,” and therefore ineligible for citizenship.

Federal judge blocks Trump administration attempt to deport mother and child during court hearing

By Eric London, 10 August 2018

The government sought to remove the immigrants from the US while their lawyers were preoccupied arguing the case in court.

Trump administration plans to limit citizenship for 20 million legal immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 August 2018

The move is an attack on the working class as a whole and presages intensified efforts to slash funding for social programs upon which millions rely.

ICE tears apart immigrant families in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 7 August 2018

Ricardo Fierro, a resident of Racine, Wisconsin for over 20 years, was kidnapped outside his home and imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout

By Eric London, 4 August 2018

Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has published eight opinion pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants.

Separated: Children at the Border highlights the horrific human costs of the bipartisan war on immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2018

The latest PBS Frontline documentary shows the effect of family separations and traces the roots of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

Immigration police launch political attack on Portland mayor for backing anti-ICE protests

By Kayla Costa, 2 August 2018

Based on the absurd claim that anti-ICE protesters threatened the lives of federal immigration agents, ICE employees sent a cease and desist letter to the mayor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US government admits to losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in sponsor homes

By Kevin Mitchell, 28 May 2018

Officials insisted that they were not “legally responsible” for the missing children.

The nightmare inside America’s child immigrant jails

By Eric London, 25 May 2018

An ACLU report details widespread rape, beatings and neglect by prison guards in America’s immigration jails.

White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump’s labeling immigrants as “violent animals”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 May 2018

The White House press release continues the administration’s policy of dehumanizing immigrants.

Border Patrol agent detains two US citizens in Montana for speaking Spanish

By Alec Andersen, 22 May 2018

The incident comes as the Trump administration is actively encouraging right wing and fascistic elements, repeatedly referring to immigrants from Latin America as animals, rapists and smugglers.

US plans to detain minors on military bases as Trump calls immigrants “animals”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2018

A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.

United States Border Patrol neglects counting migrant deaths

By Trévon Austin, 16 May 2018

For the last 20 years, the agency has consistently underreported the number of people who die attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.

Stop the raids on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for House of Representatives (51st District and California), 15 May 2018

This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.

ICE officials break into home in San Diego to detain immigrant worker in front of his five children

By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018

A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.

US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Caravan immigrants speak out

On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp

By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018

The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2018

The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Amidst complete silence from Democrats

Migrants seeking asylum are turned away for the second day at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 May 2018

In defiance of international law, the Trump administration has turned away hundreds of Central American refugees at the US Mexico border in South San Diego, California.

Trump administration turns away immigrant caravan requesting asylum at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 30 April 2018

The administration responded to the arrival of the asylum seekers with threats of prosecution and indefinite detention.

US Supreme Court hears arguments on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2018

Hawaii is challenging Trump's travel ban, which bars citizens of Somalia, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Syria, North Korea and many Venezuelans from traveling to the United States.

Seven hundred children separated from their families at US-Mexico border since October

By Kevin Martinez, 26 April 2018

Besides separating children from their parents, the Trump administration has begun deporting immigrants married to US citizens.

US Border Patrol agent who shot teenager dead acquitted of murder

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2018

Lonnie Swartz was found not guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying of an unarmed Mexican teenager through the border fence in 2012.

2.3 million evictions across the US in 2016

By Shelley Connor, 23 April 2018

The database found a rate of 4 evictions per minute, underscoring the heightening housing crisis in the United States.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border

By Alec Anderson, 16 April 2018

4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s national guard deployment!

Statement of Socialist Equality Party Senate and Congressional candidates

By David Moore and Kevin Mitchell, 12 April 2018

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump’s anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

Trump orders indefinite detention of immigrants at border as troop deployment looms

By Eric London, 7 April 2018

A memo published late Friday calls for the allocation of “all legally available resources to construct, operate, control, or modify… facilities to detain aliens.”

Trump administration announces National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Norisa Diaz, 5 April 2018

The troop mobilization is the latest measure in an escalating assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 4 April 2018

The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.

Immigrant mother seeks sanctuary from deportation in New York City church

By Josh Varlin, 3 April 2018

Some 40 immigrants are publicly taking sanctuary in US churches to avoid deportation, and no doubt many more are doing so in secret.

Trump gives Liberian immigrants a year to leave or face deportation

By Kevin Martinez, 2 April 2018

The White House’s ending of Deferred Enforced Departure will affect 4,000 Liberians who have lived in the US for nearly two decades.

Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants

By Eric London, 31 March 2018

Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.

ICE arrests wrongly convicted Chicago man released after 20 years in prison

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 March 2018

Ricardo Rodriguez, wrongfully convicted for the 1995 murder of a homeless man, was finally freed after 20 years behind bars, only to be immediately taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE uses Facebook data to locate and track suspects

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 March 2018

A report in the Intercept documents the extensive use of data derived from social media to pursue immigrants.