Immigrants and refugees

Germany: Former secret service boss agitates against refugees and plays down right-wing terrorism

By Christoph Vandreier, 24 December 2019

One year after his removal as head of Germany’s domestic secret service, Hans-Georg Maassen (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) has become one of the spokesmen for the extreme right.

Homeland Security memo exposes appalling medical mistreatment of immigrants in US custody

By Kate Randall, 14 December 2019

Men, women and children have been subject to delayed treatment for medical and mental health conditions, unnecessary surgeries, forcible medication, and other mistreatment resulting in unnecessary suffering and death.

Southern Poverty Law Center report highlights abusive conditions in US immigration detention centers

By Adam Mclean, 14 December 2019

The report was based on a comprehensive study of four adult immigrant detention facilities in southern Florida.

Catastrophic conditions for refugees on Croatian border as authorities close camp

By Markus Salzmann, 13 December 2019

The catastrophic conditions in the Vucjak camp once again highlight the inhumane refugee policies of the European Union.

Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection’s lies in death of teenage immigrant

By Adam Mclean, 7 December 2019

The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident, but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

Over 250 students arrested in Michigan by ICE in fake university scam

By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019

After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

US activist who sheltered migrants found not guilty in second trial

By Aaron Murch, 22 November 2019

The verdict, after less than two hours of deliberation, reflects the broad support for humanitarian aid for immigrants.

Corbyn and main union backer McCluskey oppose Labour conference free movement pledge on immigration

By Robert Stevens, 15 November 2019

McCluskey intervened to ensure that it is the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position that is reflected in this year’s election manifesto.

Harbor (Jeter l’ancre un seul jour): A young refugee in need finds allies

By David Walsh, 15 November 2019

In 23-year-old Paul Marques Duarte’s short film, a teacher helps “smuggle” an undocumented immigrant from France to England on board a ferry.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Trump’s decision to end DACA

By Ed Hightower, 14 November 2019

The right-wing bloc appeared ready to serve up 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth to the Trump administration’s fascistic deportation machine.

US court rules routine border search and seizure of electronic devices unconstitutional

By Kevin Reed, 14 November 2019

The court ruled that routine searches and seizures of electronic devices at US ports of entry without “reasonable suspicion” are a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

“Vietnam was the first and last war with no censorship”

Veteran photojournalist Tim Page discusses his “21” exhibition

By Richard Phillips, 14 November 2019

The “21” exhibition is just a small sample of the diverse and humane character of Page’s work.

Arizona: Second trial begins of pro-immigrant “No More Deaths” volunteer

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 13 November 2019

The main accusation against Warren is that he provided two undocumented migrants with food, water and a place to sleep over three days.

For a kinder, gentler assault on immigrants

Bernie Sanders unveils immigration plan

By Kevin Martinez, 8 November 2019

The Democratic presidential candidate rhetorically attacks theworst of Trump’s immigration policies but would keep the border regimeintact.

England-Bulgaria match highlights growing fascist activity around European soccer

By Paul Bond and Robert Stevens, 1 November 2019

The resurgence of fascistic forces in central and eastern Europe has been fuelled by the restoration of capitalism following the collapse of Stalinism three decades ago.

US detains record number of child migrants at the southwestern border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 31 October 2019

According to new figures released on Tuesday, the United States has detained over 76,000 minors attempting to make the dangerous crossing at the US-Mexico border. This is a new record, 52 percent more than the detentions last year.

Germany: How Hesse authorities covered up the NSU and Lübcke murderers

By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 2019

Temme, an employee of the Hesse state branch of the secret service, maintained an official relationship with the neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst, the alleged murderer of the Kassel district president Walter Lübcke.

Many of 39 found dead in UK lorry were Vietnamese victims of people traffickers

By Robert Stevens, 28 October 2019

Many of the victims were Vietnamese, desperate to escape crushing poverty, only to die in Europe entombed in a dark container.

US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border

By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2019

Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thirty-nine migrants found dead in lorry trailer in UK

By Laura Tiernan, 24 October 2019

The real authors of this immense crime reside in 10 Downing Street, along with the government and opposition parties in Westminster Palace and their accomplices in every European capital.

Injured Honduran worker detained by US border agents after speaking out about deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

By Aaron Murch, 23 October 2019

Delmer Ramirez-Palma was one of five injured workers suing the owners of a hotel that collapsed while under construction October 12, killing three workers.

New Zealand government introduces class-based immigration restrictions

By Tom Peters, 22 October 2019

The Labour Party-led government has imposed draconian restrictions to prevent working class immigrants from bringing their parents to join them in New Zealand.

British family “emotionally and psychologically destroyed” by detention in US immigration prison

By Norisa Diaz, 17 October 2019

The tragic experience faced by the Connors family is a small glimpse into the horrors faced by those who flee their home countries, undertaking a perilous journey only to be detained, separated, and abused in America’s brutal concentration camps.

US immigration policies sending thousands of children, including babies, back to Mexico

By Kevin Martinez, 12 October 2019

The Trump administration has ordered 16,000 migrants under the age of 18 to await their US immigration court hearings in Mexico, including nearly 500 infants.

Immigrants shut down Matamoros-Brownsville border crossing in protest over US-Mexico asylum ban

By Eric London, 11 October 2019

The protest is a powerful indication of growing opposition among the estimated 40,000 immigrants being held in inhumane conditions in Northern Mexico.

Trump issues proclamation to deny immigration visas to workers lacking health insurance

By Casey Gold, 8 October 2019

Last Friday, the White House released a presidential proclamation suspending immigration visas for applicants “who will financially burden the United States health care system.”

ICE arrests nearly 600 immigrants in enforcement surge, targeting “uncooperative” local jurisdictions

By Leslie Murtagh, 7 October 2019

The coordinated attack on immigrants by the Trump administration across 20 states at the end of last month was the largest multi-state operation reported so far this year.

Mississippi city attorney argues immigrant killed by police had no rights under US Constitution

By Kevin Martinez, 3 October 2019

Ismael Lopez was shot and killed by Southaven, Mississippi police in July 2017 as they invaded his home, confusing it with the address of another man wanted for domestic assault.

Democrats exclude Trump’s fascist anti-immigrant policies from impeachment inquiry

By Eric London, 3 October 2019

According to the New York Times, Trump called for electrifying the border fence and shooting immigrants as they entered the US.

Protests after death in fire at Greece’s Moria concentration camp

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2019

Moria is a hellhole established by the 2015-2019 pseudo-left Syriza government, where refugees and asylum seekers are held pending deportation.

Trump lowers cap on refugees to record low of 18,000

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2019

This latest move tightens the virtual ban on people fleeing poverty, violence and persecution around the world.

Malta agreement: The dying in the Mediterranean continues

By Marianne Arens, 27 September 2019

The Malta agreement is not intended to resolve the tragedy in the Mediterranean facing refugees fleeing war and poverty, but is only an attempt to remove it from the public eye.

Australian government seeks arbitrary powers to revoke citizenship

By Mike Head, 25 September 2019

The Citizenship Cessation Bill is another indication of the repressive measures that the ruling class is preparing to deal with rising working-class discontent.

US deal with El Salvador puts new roadblock to asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 23 September 2019

The attempt to label El Salvador as a “safe third country” is a deeply sadistic measure to undermine the rights of asylum guaranteed by international asylum law.

Immigrant shot by ICE agents two weeks ago detained in lawyer’s parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee

By Casey Gold, 20 September 2019

ICE agents forced Jose Fernando Andrade-Sanchez to the ground, despite attempts to inform the agents that he was still injured from ICE’s previous attack.

Macron, Steinmeier visit Rome to prepare new EU repression of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2019

The removal of the neo-fascists from the Italian government has not produced any shift towards a less militaristic and anti-refugee policy.

Inspector general report details Trump’s abuse of immigrant children

By Patrick Martin, 17 September 2019

Thousands of children have been subjected to intense trauma in the detention facilities of the Trump administration.

No letup in Trump’s war on immigrants as 37-year-old Mexican man dies in ICE custody

By Kevin Martinez, 14 September 2019

The recent Supreme Court ruling effectively eliminating the right to asylum is but the latest and sharpest expression of the attack on the rights of immigrants.

The bipartisan attack on the right to asylum

By Eric London, 13 September 2019

The US Supreme Court’s decision abolishes the right to asylum for hundreds of thousands fleeing imperialist war and violence.

Australian establishment demands removal of alleged “pro-China” member of parliament

By James Cogan, 12 September 2019

Gladys Liu has views that are at odds with the propaganda being promoted in Australia to justify the alliance with US imperialism and war preparations against China.

Greek riot police attack child asylum seekers and refugees at Moria camp

By John Vassilopoulos, 10 September 2019

The protestors were part of the 300 unaccompanied child asylum seekers recently interned at the camp.

Pentagon begins second phase of diverting funds to Trump’s border wall

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected $3.6 billion worth of military construction projects that will be deferred to help pay for the wall on the US-Mexico border.

Mexican president used spy agency to monitor immigrant caravans

By Alex González, 5 September 2019

After claiming that Mexico’s spy agency would be dismantled and immigrants protected, AMLO has escalated attacks on democratic rights.

Stop the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Australia!

the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 4 September 2019

The fight to defend refugees can only advance through a struggle by the working class against the right-wing nationalist policies of the entire political establishment, including Labor and the Greens.

Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants

By Adam McLean, 3 September 2019

Force-feeding typically can causes excruciating pain, is dangerous when performed on unwilling participants, and is recognized by international doctors’ associations as a form of torture.

New York cook arrested by ICE after filing lawsuit for $200,000 in stolen wages

By Owen Mullan, 3 September 2019

There is no doubt that the agency was tipped off on Xue Hui Zhang’s whereabouts in order to make his suit for repayment more difficult.

Australian government moves to deport Tamil refugees despite mass opposition

By Oscar Grenfell, 2 September 2019

The family has been transferred to Christmas Island, where they have been placed in substandard accommodation and given expired food.

Trump promises pardons for crimes committed to build border wall

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2019

The report in the Washington Post underscores the criminal character of the Trump administration.

Harvard student deported over friends’ social media posts

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2019

Ismail Ajjawi’s deportation is part of a campaign against immigrants and international students over purported concerns over “national security.”

Australian government seeks to deport Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 August 2019

The outpouring of support for the family reflects the broad opposition of working people to the bipartisan assault on asylum-seekers.

New US public charge rule may deter immigrants from vaccinating children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 August 2019

Fear of being denied permanent residency for using social services is already causing immigrant parents to avoid accessing essential medical services for their children.

Australian Labor Party accuses government of “losing control” of borders

By Mike Head, 28 August 2019

Shadow home affairs minister Kristina Keneally condemned the government for allowing asylum seekers to arrive by plane.

Germany: A politically motivated verdict in Chemnitz refugee trial

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 26 August 2019

A 24-year-old refugee from Syria has been jailed for years, so that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and the extremist mob, which rampaged in Chemnitz last summer, can claim their victim.

“This is a prison city”

Immigrants hold four days of protest outside Mexican detention center

By Alex González, 26 August 2019

Two hundred protesters staged sit-ins and blocked vans with migrants bound for deportation.

“We are all equal!” Captain who saved refugees refuses award from Paris mayor

By Will Morrow, 24 August 2019

Klemp repudiated the award and denounced the anti-refugee polices of the Paris authorities.

Trump orders indefinite jailing of detained immigrant families, attacks birthright citizenship

By Eric London, 22 August 2019

Democrats have largely backed Trump’s attacks on immigrants, with the New York Times describing his concentration camps as “family detention centers.”

Greece’s New Democracy government intensifies Syriza's anti-refugee policy

By George Gallanis, 22 August 2019

As it plans stepped-up police-state repression, ND bases itself directly on policies of the previous pseudo-left Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government.

Trump administration refuses to vaccinate migrants in detention centers

By Alex González, 21 August 2019

The decision to run filthy and disease-ridden detention camps is part of a definite strategy by Trump’s fascistic advisers.

Glasgow: Lock-change evictions of asylum seekers restarted by Serco

By Steve James, 21 August 2019

Transnational service company Serco has restarted efforts to evict 300 asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Over 450 refugees stranded in the Mediterranean for weeks as EU bars entry

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

The EU governments have no substantial differences with the fascistic anti-immigrant policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

Protesters pepper-sprayed outside Rhode Island ICE facility after officer drives truck into crowd

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2019

At least one demonstrator was seriously injured in the attack, suffering a broken leg, internal bleeding, and a back injury.

“Voyage of the Damned:” Hundreds of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2019

Europe’s governments have shut their doors to refugees rescued from the sea after fleeing death and torture.

Trump imposes new class-based immigration restrictions

By Eric London, 13 August 2019

The draconian regulation change means immigrants will be denied permanent residency if they have a low credit score, for example.

“Some kids are hiding in their house, Anne Frank-style”

Residents compare trauma of Mississippi ICE Raid to Hurricane Katrina

By Norisa Diaz, 13 August 2019

Children are afraid to attend school or leave their parents’ side. Families are hiding in their homes.

“We can come together as a force:” Nashville resident who saw neighbors stop ICE speaks out

By our reporters, 13 August 2019

Rosheda Martin lives in the Hermitage neighborhood, where residents physically prevented ICE from snatching their neighbors.

Scores arrested in protests against ICE in New York City

By Owen Mullan, 13 August 2019

The demonstrations pointed to the collaboration between border police and US technology firms such as Amazon.

Immigrant tent camps in Paris: Victims of France’s war on refugees

By Will Morrow, 13 August 2019

Every night in Paris, in sprawling tent encampments lying beneath highway overpasses, or in local playgrounds and parks, thousands of refugees go to sleep on the street.

“I begged them! I said ‘Please, I’ve never seen this country!’”

Detroit man dies after ICE deports him to Iraq

By Zac Corrigan, 10 August 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents and arrived in the US as an infant in 1979. He was deported to Iraq in June and died this week.

The Mississippi raid: Trump’s attack on immigrants and his Democratic enablers

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2019

Hundreds of children have been traumatized by having their parents ripped away from them and, in many cases, shipped to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison 150 miles away.

While Trump cries crocodile tears over massacre victims

ICE rounds up nearly 700 immigrants in sweep through Mississippi poultry plants

By Norisa Diaz and Patrick Martin, 8 August 2019

The Trump administration has given its real response to the fascist massacre in El Paso, Texas by carrying out the largest immigration raid since Trump entered the White House.

US doctors’ group urges probe into child migrant deaths from influenza

By Kate Randall, 2 August 2019

According to autopsy results, at least three migrant children have died in US custody as a result of influenza and its complications since December 2018, a rate of death substantially higher than that among children in the general population.

“They opened fire as if we were animals”

AMLO’s police gun down immigrant near US border

By Andrea Lobo, 2 August 2019

A migrant was shot dead while running away from police with his eight-year-old daughter hours before Trump praised Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government at a rally in Ohio.

More than 900 children taken from their families in the last year

Trump administration continuing family separations at US-Mexico border despite court order

By Julian James, 1 August 2019

Just over a year after a district court ordered Customs and Border Protection to cease its policy of family separations at the Mexico-US border, the ACLU reports that children continue to be wrenched from their families.

US Marines arrested for human trafficking and drug offenses

By Kevin Martinez, 30 July 2019

Nineteen active-duty soldiers stationed at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California were arrested following an earlier investigation that revealed Marines smuggling immigrants near the US-Mexico border.

As protesters cry: “Guatemala is not a concentration camp”

Guatemalan ruling class braces for repercussions of asylum deal imposed by Trump

By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2019

The Guatemalan state is being turned into an extension of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with the militarization of borders and building of concentration camps.

Supreme Court approves construction of Trump’s border wall

By Eric London, 27 July 2019

The ruling is a political victory for Trump and a blow to the separation of powers, dramatically strengthening the power of the executive branch.

The mass drownings off Libya and the fight to defend refugees

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2019

The ongoing wave of atrocities against refugees demonstrates that it is impossible to defend immigrants without a mass, international movement against capitalism.

Lessons of Nashville: The working class and the defense of immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2019

On Monday, working class residents of Nashville, white and black, mobilized to defend a Hispanic immigrant family from ICE agents.

ICE agents attempting to arrest Tennessee man repelled by neighbors

By Matthew Taylor, 24 July 2019

While ICE was blocked by the brave actions of the man’s neighbors, a Texas born US citizen is being released from custody after having been illegally detained by immigration officials for the last month.

Turkish government prepares to deport Syrian refugees living in Istanbul

By Çetin Akın and Ulas Atesci, 24 July 2019

Ankara has announced that Syrian refugees not registered in Istanbul have until August 20 to return to the cities in Turkey where they are registered or face deportation.

Reports expose Trump administration’s “Border Patrol to emergency room” pipeline

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2019

Immigrant detainees are deliberately being subjected to conditions that spread disease in detention centers along the southern border.

US immigration agents use children to inflict terror on migrant families

By Joe Williams, 20 July 2019

Three recent incidents highlight the depravity of the US government’s bipartisan war on immigrants, spearheaded by the Trump administration.

US investigators identify 70 current and former immigration agents in far-right, racist Facebook groups

By Kevin Martinez, 19 July 2019

The announcement came after several Facebook groups connected to Customs and Border Protection agents were discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts.

Trump appeals to Democratic establishment and attacks the left

By Eric London, 19 July 2019

Trump’s praise for Democrats voting against impeachment was not mere bluster; he is operating according to a deliberate political strategy.

The European Union expands its war against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 18 July 2019

As anger grows at the number of refugees dying in the Mediterranean, EU politicians are demanding military operations in Libya.

Hundreds protest over drowning of refugee schoolgirl in UK

By Liz Smith, 17 July 2019

In the area surrounding the school just outside Manchester, one-third of all children live in poverty, that is in families whose income is less than 60 percent of the national median income.

Trump abolishes right to asylum on US southern border

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2019

The White House order condemns many thousands of Central American men, women and children to be summarily returned to conditions of murderous violence.

The fascists in the White House

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2019

Trump speaks openly as a fascist, demonizing people of different races and national origins, vilifying socialism, and declaring that those who oppose his administration’s policies are disloyal to the country and should leave it.

As Trump launches immigration raids

Democrats back mass deportations

By Eric London, 15 July 2019

Regardless of immigration status, all workers must understand that they are the ultimate target of the anti-democratic methods used against immigrants.

Thousands march in Chicago to demand end to US immigrant detention camps, raids and deportations

By Kristina Betinis, 15 July 2019

The event was aimed at containing the enormous social opposition to the extreme-right policies of the Trump administration and the Republicans, within the confines of the Democratic Party,

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

By our reporters, 15 July 2019

The WSWS spoke with hundreds across the country, including Kare, a paralegal in New York City, who said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up.”

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

By Alex Lantier, 13 July 2019

Late yesterday afternoon, approximately 700 undocumented immigrant workers held a peaceful demonstration and occupied Paris’ historic Panthéon building, demanding an immediate recognition of their right to reside in France.

Thousands protest immigrant concentration camps at vigils across the US

By our reporters, 13 July 2019

The vigils were an international event, with at least one event taking place in every US state and across five continents, expressing the broad popular opposition to the persecution of immigrants.

Trump’s raids and the stench of fascism

By Eric London, 12 July 2019

Beginning Sunday, the Trump administration plans to launch the largest immigration raids in US history, targeting 2,000 families for arrest and deportation.

Refugee death toll rises in Mediterranean Sea graveyard

By Marianne Arens, 11 July 2019

The courageous action of ship captain Carola Rackete has again focused public attention on the plight of refugees seeking to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

A mounting attack on democratic rights

FBI and ICE scanning driver’s license photos with facial recognition technology

By Kevin Reed, 10 July 2019

Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

UN human rights chief denounces “outrageous conditions” for immigrants in US concentration camps

By Josh Varlin, 10 July 2019

Indicating that the US government has no intention of heeding Bachelet’s statement, DHS has requested another 1,000 National Guard troops on the border between Texas and Mexico.

Trump’s threat to override Supreme Court on census: The march toward rule by decree

By Eric London, 10 July 2019

Trump’s greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump’s escalating attack on basic democratic principles.

Britain: Gang convicted of running “extensive and prolific” modern slavery network

By Richard Tyler, 9 July 2019

According to the International Labour Office, there are 40.3 million people in conditions of modern slavery across the world, including 10 million children .