Immigrants and refugees

US Border Patrol raids “No More Deaths” humanitarian aid camp in southern Arizona

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 3 August 2020

Last week’s operation is presumed to be in retaliation for the organization’s recent exposure of the involvement of the paramilitary BORTAC force in a 2017 raid.

Lawsuit exposes massive COVID-19 outbreak at privately-run immigrant detention center in Virginia

By Joe Williams, 1 August 2020

The Farmville Detention Center has the largest COVID-19 outbreak of all immigrant detainment facilities in the United States.

In latest attack on immigrants

Trump administration suspends DACA applications and renewals

By Sam Dalton, 31 July 2020

A recent Supreme Court ruling has allowed the White House to make a new attack on the program.

Australian Tamil refugee mother denied urgent medical treatment for weeks

By Max Newman, 27 July 2020

Despite outrage in her Australian home town of Biloela, Priya Murugappan was flown to a mainland hospital only after suffering prolonged abdominal pain.

What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland?

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 July 2020

The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 July 2020

The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

Couples and families separated by New Zealand’s border restrictions

By Tom Peters, 24 July 2020

A woman who is unable to enter New Zealand, despite being married to a citizen, said that migrants have become political pawns in the campaign for the national election.

Despite withdrawal of ICE ruling, international students in the US remain at risk

By Sam Dalton, 22 July 2020

Amid an intensifying anti-immigrant and anti-China campaign, Trump’s tactical retreat from the July 6 ruling putting international students at risk of deportation is not any cause for celebration.

Deaths in ICE custody rise as pandemic rages across the United States

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 July 2020

ICE reported the deaths of two men in custody over the last week, at least one of whom had tested positive for COVID-19 in early July.

COVID-19 outbreak hits central Michigan flood recovery migrant workers

By Luke Galvin, 20 July 2020

The workers were housed in cramped hotel rooms, with upwards of five workers per room.

Campaign continues against New Zealand visa processing delays

By Tom Peters, 20 July 2020

One migrant from South Africa told the WSWS that being sent back would put her in extreme poverty and at risk of dying from COVID-19.

Seventeen states and tens of universities file lawsuits against ICE attack on international students

By Sam Dalton, 14 July 2020

Even if the current set of lawsuits are successful, the immigration and educational rights of international students remain under threat.

After police killing of Badreddin Abadlla Adam

More evidence of ill-treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow hotels

By Steve James, 9 July 2020

Two weeks after the police killing of 28-year-old Sudanese man Badreddin Abadlla Adam, asylum seekers in Glasgow continue to face appalling conditions.

US Border Patrol deployed against anti-police violence protestors

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 8 July 2020

Federal law enforcement agencies under the direction of the Trump administration are currently working with the Portland Police Bureau to suppress peaceful protests.

Hands off international students! Oppose ICE deportation of foreign college students!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 8 July 2020

The Trump administration’s xenophobic attempts to terrorize and scapegoat international students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic must be opposed.

ICE threatens international students with deportation unless their college resumes in-person classes

By Sam Dalton, 7 July 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an ICE rule change is forcing international students to risk their lives to stay in the US

Dozens of immigrants drown in eastern Turkey’s Lake Van

By Barış Demir, 7 July 2020

Migrants traveling from Central Asian war zones are reportedly forced to travel by boat over Lake Van to bypass police checkpoints on land.

More migrants speak out against New Zealand’s visa-processing delays

By Tom Peters, 3 July 2020

There is growing support for a petition urging the government to immediately process tens of thousands of residency applications which have been left in limbo.

Australian state Labor government’s police arrest refugee protesters

By Michael Smith, 2 July 2020

Governments continue to condemn protests and invoke the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to silence dissent, even as they accelerate the reopening of the economy.

Migrants challenge visa processing delays by New Zealand authorities

By Tom Peters, 1 July 2020

The Labour Party-led government is delaying the processing of migrant visa applications, leaving tens of thousands of people in limbo.

US Supreme Court rejects environmental groups’ appeal to halt border wall construction

By Jacob Crosse, 30 June 2020

The appeal was rejected without comment by the justices.

Sudanese asylum seeker shot dead in Glasgow

By Steve James, 29 June 2020

The tragedy is the consequence of the brutal treatment handed out to asylum seekers in the city and throughout the UK.

UK government refuses support to unemployed migrant workers facing destitution during pandemic

By Harvey Singh, 27 June 2020

Although exact figures are difficult to obtain, it is estimated that up to 250,000 children could directly be threatened with poverty due to the “no recourse to public funds” status of their parents.

US Supreme Court rules recent asylum seekers have no right to habeas corpus or due process

By Eric London, 26 June 2020

As in Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court made the most sweeping anti-democratic ruling possible.

Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions

By Kevin Reed, 24 June 2020

The order extends and expands anti-immigrant restrictions on workers coming to the US for jobs in multiple industries.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.

Antigone from Canada recounts the struggle of an immigrant youth to defend her brother against state violence

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 June 2020

Unlike insipid mainstream Canadian cinema, Antigone deals honestly with critical issues such as the oppression of immigrants, police violence, a mounting youth revolt and, to some extent, social inequality.

Germany seeks to tighten European asylum law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 June 2020

The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU’s external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.

Sweeping attacks on migrant workers in Russia amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Andrea Peters, 3 June 2020

The Russian government is considering the creation of a vast database that contains foreign workers’ biometric information, health histories, legal and “social” status, and criminal records.

After ignoring migrant workers’ plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 May 2020

The court’s intervention reflects concerns fear by India’s legal authorities that mounting mass anger will erupt against the entire capitalist elite and its state.

White House considers expelling Chinese graduate students and researchers

By Shuvu Batta, 29 May 2020

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to expel some three to five thousand Chinese graduate students and researchers.

Thomson Reuters actively helping Trump administration target immigrants

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 May 2020

The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.

Washington’s criminal deportations to Haiti threaten to ignite pandemic

By Alberto Escalera, 26 May 2020

In addition to slating coronavirus-positive detainees for deportation, Washington is seeking to ship back infamous death squad leader and CIA “asset” Emmanuel “Toto” Constant.

The global pandemic and global war on immigrants and refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2020

As with attacks on the working class as a whole and the drive to war, capitalist ruling classes the world over have responded to the pandemic by intensifying the brutal assault on migrant workers.

Oppose the Trump administration’s deportation of 1,000 immigrant children!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 23 May 2020

International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 May 2020

The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.

The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19

By Katerina Selin, 18 May 2020

Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man’s-land between Greece and Turkey.

Australian Labor Party exploits pandemic to scapegoat foreign workers

By Max Newman, 12 May 2020

Labor’s call for immigration cuts lines up directly behind the drive by governments around the globe, personified by US President Trump, to promote toxic nationalism.

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in Bay of Bengal

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 May 2020

The Rohingya were attempting to reach Malaysia in a bid to escape the appalling conditions in Bangladesh and in the hope of finding work as undocumented labourers.

First ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 in San Diego

By Adam Mclean, 11 May 2020

Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.

Immigrant families living in Tennessee mobile home park denied aid, threatened with deportation by property managers

By Warren Duzak, 7 May 2020

Immigrants in Tennessee mobile homes denied aid, threatened with deportation.

Australia: Biloela residents continue fight to free Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 4 May 2020

Angela Fredericks, a campaign leader, spoke to the WSWS after a recent partial legal victory.

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2020

The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

US citizens married to undocumented immigrants denied stimulus checks

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 May 2020

A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.

California ICE detainee speaks to the WSWS as coronavirus spreads

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 28 April 2020

The WSWS spoke to Jorge, a father of two, about the deadly dangers facing detainees in the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea halted

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 23 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a wretched excuse to halt aid to refugees and abolish the fundamental right to asylum in the European Union.

Australian court ruling means continued imprisonment for Tamil refugees from Biloela

By Max Newman, 23 April 2020

The people of Biloela are continuing a national campaign, entitled “Home to Bilo,” demanding the release of the family and return home to Biloela.

Trump announces plan to halt all immigration to US

By Eric London, 22 April 2020

Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 lockdown leaves Gulf states’ migrant workers penniless in unsanitary conditions

By Jean Shaoul, 21 April 2020

Unable to return home because of travel restrictions or their countries’ refusal to accept them, migrants are left to fester in lockdown, confined to overcrowded, unsanitary dormitories without access to either health care or help.

Mass COVID-19 infection among migrant workers in Singapore

By Gustav Kemper, 21 April 2020

The number of COVID-19 infections is exploding in the Singapore workers’ camps.

“We have the technology and knowledge, but it won’t work under capitalism”

An interview with a foreign-trained doctor prevented from fighting COVID-19 in Canada

By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020

“Politicians,” said Dr. Wijesooriya, “talk endlessly about the economy, stock markets and oil price. Meanwhile, the hospitals are understaffed.”

Canada: Thousands of foreign-trained medical staff prevented from assisting in COVID-19 fight

By Janet Browning, 16 April 2020

Canada recorded its thousandth death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, yet thousands of foreign-trained medical staff are not being mobilized in the fight against the deadly virus.

Working-class immigrants terrorized by Trump administration avoid COVID-19 testing, treatment

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 16 April 2020

Reports from doctors, immigration lawyers and community organizations reveal that a significant number of immigrants, despite showing symptoms associated with COVID-19, have avoided getting tested.

Australian police use COVID-19 emergency powers to ban refugee detention protest

By Max Newman, 16 April 2020

The police action, which state Premier Daniel Andrews’ Labor government must have authorised, constitutes a direct attack on the right to protest.

“[COVID-19] will turn our detentions into a death sentence”

Immigrants at US detention centers lead hunger strikes, face persecution demanding protections from pandemic

By Renae Cassimeda, 14 April 2020

Nearly 200 immigrants, in male and female cell blocks, are currently staging a hunger strike and sit-in at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield, California.

Trump administration using pandemic to deport 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers to Mexico

By Joe Williams, 11 April 2020

US government has been using an obscure statute on communicable diseases to expel tens of thousands.

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City: Why Elmhurst has become a center of the crisis

By Ali Elhassan and Clara Weiss, 10 April 2020

Elmhurst is the most heavily immigrant working class district in New York City.

Africa’s refugees and internally displaced: The weakest link in the human chain

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2020

As the pandemic spreads to Africa, Asia and Latin America, the coronavirus will hit the world’s most vulnerable even harder.

Refugees left to die as COVID-19 spreads across Greece

By George Gallanis, 7 April 2020

Greece’s New Democracy government is ignoring calls to move refugees, presently clustered on islands, to mainland facilities to combat COVID-19.

Germany marked an increase in violent attacks on refugees in 2019

By Isabel Roy, 3 April 2020

The Left Party has been instrumental, along with the country’s other political parties, in creating a hostile climate and the corresponding explosion of violence against refugees and immigrants.

Modi government represses desperate migrant workers amid calamitous coronavirus lockdown

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 2 April 2020

People across India and around the world have been shocked and outraged by the pictures of poor migrant workers caught up in the Indian government's ill-conceived and socially reckless 21-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 28 March 2020

Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.

Australia’s imprisoned refugees plead for release as coronavirus risk increases

By Max Newman, 27 March 2020

Detainees have protested at being held “in a potential death trap in which we have no option or means to protect ourselves.”

First immigrant in ICE custody tests positive for coronavirus in New Jersey

By Erik Schreiber, 26 March 2020

This development highlights the criminal lack of basic sanitation that the Trump administration maintains in immigrant detention centers, as well as the ruling class’ callous disregard for public health.

Trump continues to spend billions on border wall construction amid coronavirus pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 March 2020

Rather than marshal all available resources to fight the pandemic, huge sums of money are being directed to construct of 150 miles of border wall in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

Exploiting Coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s Trudeau closes border to asylum seekers

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020

Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.

“No one wants to die in jail”

Immigrants at New Jersey ICE detention center launch hunger strike over COVID-19 threat

By Erik Schreiber, 23 March 2020

Detainees at the Newark, New Jersey jail used by ICE are protesting filthy conditions that increase their risk of infection by the coronavirus and are demanding to be released.

Coronavirus transforms Greek refugee camps into death camps

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 March 2020

The intolerable hygienic conditions in the internment camps prevent even the most basic protective measures from being adopted.

Trump administration exploits coronavirus to block all asylum seekers from entering US

By Kevin Martinez, 21 March 2020

The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.

Syriza leader Tsipras offers collaboration with New Democracy against refugees and Turkey

By John Vassilopoulos and Chris Marsden, 20 March 2020

Tsipras is signing off on a policy of brutal repression of refugees waged jointly by the government, fascist thugs who have benefited most from the stoking up of chauvinism and xenophobia, and the European Union.

First ICE officer tests positive for COVID-19

Immigrants in US detention facilities plead for help as coronavirus pandemic spreads

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 March 2020

The lack of medical care and the extremely close quarters in America’s detention camps create excellent conditions for the coronavirus to spread rapidly if even a single person catches the disease.

Australian government continues to imprison Tamil refugee family

By Max Newman, 20 March 2020

Despite legal challenges and widespread opposition, the government remains determined to deport the family to Sri Lanka.

Life for immigrants in the US during COVID-19 pandemic

ICE raids continue, asylum seekers turned away, and detention facilities remain potential hotbeds for coronavirus

By Genevieve Leigh, 19 March 2020

“We do not have access to hand sanitizer or masks, or anything else that could protect as we are all stuck together in close quarters.”

Hungarian government uses coronavirus epidemic to promote racism

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2020

As throughout Europe, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Hungary.

Pregnant migrant teenager dies after falling from US border wall in southern Texas

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 March 2020

Estefany Girón Luna from Guatemala fell nearly 20 feet as she attempted to scale the steel mesh border wall near Clint, Texas. Despite multiple surgeries, neither Girón Luna nor her child could be saved.

ICE officials running unchecked facial recognition searches on Maryland drivers

By Dmitri Church, 17 March 2020

Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been accessing Maryland state driver’s license photos for years to catch undocumented immigrants given licenses by a special state program.

Concerns spread over inevitable outbreak of coronavirus in US immigrant detention centers

By Trévon Austin, 12 March 2020

Migrant rights advocacy groups have called for the immediate release of detainees who are at high risk from the coronavirus.

Greek police shoot at refugees using live ammunition

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 March 2020

More than 10,000 people are trapped in the Greek-Turkey border area, unable to move backward or forward.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants

By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020

The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.

German government incites racism with commemoration of right-wing terrorist attack in Hanau, refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2020

The state has not “underestimated” the danger posed by the far-right, but rather systematically incited and encouraged it.

Trump administration moves forward with unconstitutional DNA testing of immigrants

By Kevin Reed, 7 March 2020

The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA samples from immigrants in US custody has proceeded while nothing has been done to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus.

Sri Lankan government withdraws from UN resolutions in order to boost the military

By W.A. Sunil, 7 March 2020

Rajapakse’s government is moving toward dictatorial rule amid mounting economic problems and social tensions.

European Union intensifies war against refugees at Turkish-Greek border

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 March 2020

Under the eyes of a high-ranking EU delegation, Greek border guards brutally attacked unarmed refugees.

Defender 2020: Largest mobilisation of NATO troops against Russia in 25 years

By Markus Salzmann, 4 March 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, the scale of NATO's provocative military exercise underscores how far advanced the preparations for war are.

Amid Syrian war, Turkey opens borders for Syrian refugees to travel to Europe

By Baris Demir, 4 March 2020

The persecution of asylum seekers in Turkey and Greece—which fight with each other over the flow of immigrants—is the product of the EU's brutal policies.

Stop the war on refugees at the Greek-Turkish border!

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2020

The pictures seen around the world over recent days recall the darkest chapters of European history, and expose the true character of the European Union and all capitalist governments throughout the continent.

Federal court rulings challenge Trump immigration policies

By Kevin Reed, 2 March 2020

Several court rulings in recent days have challenged a range of policies implemented by the Trump administration since taking office as part of its war on immigrants.

Federal appeals court backs Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities

By Kevin Reed, 27 February 2020

A federal appeals court overturned previous lower court rulings and upheld the Trump administration’s plan to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities.

US Supreme Court grants border police a license to kill

By Jacob Crosse, 26 February 2020

The latest 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court follows a series of anti-immigrant court rulings and provocations by the Trump administration.

UK Johnson government rolls out restrictive “points-based” immigration system

By Richard Tyler, 21 February 2020

Those in the trade union bureaucracy who advocated for Brexit, including various Stalinists in the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and “Blue Labour” ideologues such as Paul Embery, together with their accomplices such as the Socialist Party, are politically responsible for this outcome.

Stop all anti-immigrant raids! Abolish ICE and CBP! For a socialist policy of open borders!

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece

By George Gallanis, 14 February 2020

A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

UK government spearheads anti-migrant crackdown with deportation of Jamaican nationals

By Thomas Scripps, 14 February 2020

Under Britain’s deeply reactionary UK Borders Act 2007, any offence can serve as a pretext for deportation.

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over “sanctuary” policies

By Erik Schreiber, 13 February 2020

The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump’s campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants’ rights.

“I fear for the future of democracy in Britain”

Protesters speak out at demonstration against Tory government deportation plans

By our reporters, 11 February 2020

WSWS reporters spoke with those attending Monday night’s demonstration outside Downing Street in London demanding an immediate halt to all deportation flights.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shoots unarmed man in the face in New York City

By Shuvu Batta, 7 February 2020

Eric Diaz-Cruz was shot as he sought to stop his mother’s boyfriend from being detained by ICE early Thursday morning.

Human Rights Watch report finds 138 Salvadorans killed after being deported from the US

By Adam Mclean, 7 February 2020

The report, based on interviews with over 150 people over a one-and-a-half-year period, additionally identified 70 other deportees who were beaten, sexually assaulted, extorted or tortured.

President Trump expands anti-Muslim travel ban to thirteen countries

By Kevin Reed, 1 February 2020

Trump’s war on immigrants is intensifying in the aftermath of the impeachment trial and in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election in November.

Right wing whips up anti-refugee sentiment in Greek island protests

By John Vassilopoulos, 31 January 2020

Posters advertising the protests portrayed refugees as invaders and bore the slogan “We want our islands back… we want our life back!”

Paralysed woman faces life-threatening deportation from New Zealand to Tonga

By Harry Hall and Tom Peters, 31 January 2020

Paraplegic woman Taipaleti Vaeatangitau is due to be deported with her family at the end of the month, despite doctors warning she could die in Tonga.