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Officials Detain Undocumented Immigrant as an Adult on His 18th Birthday, Law Firm Reports

Erik Javier Flores Hernandez has an asylum application pending, but the Immigrant Defenders Law Center says he has been shackled and is on his way from a children’s shelter to an adult detention facility.

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Trump’s First 99 Days in 99 Seconds (Video)

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” gives viewers a rapid-fire look at what it calls “the 99-day dumpster fire you just lived through.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day

The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

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Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?

The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE



May Day March Planned as Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants

If the past is any predictor, millions across the United States will march May 1 in defense of immigrant rights and against the president’s increasingly draconian policies.

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Terrorizing the Vulnerable

Undocumented people are living in fear as the Trump administration accelerates arrests under a brutal policy whose “family values” call for ripping families apart.

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Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Threat Is Quashed. Does Our President Have Any Grasp of the Constitution?

Tuesday marked the third time a Donald Trump policy connected to immigration has been struck down on constitutional grounds.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Order to Strip Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco put the controversial order on hold, arguing it infringed on the constitutional rights of local governments.

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Justice Department Sets June 30 Deadline for Compliance From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

DOJ plans to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions where law enforcement personnel do not cooperate with immigration authorities.

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Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance to French Election Runoff

Whether France will stay in the European Union or head for a “Frexit” largely comes down to which of the two leading vote-getters will prevail May 7.

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Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration

In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

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Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo

The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

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Broken Dreams









Posted on Apr 20, 2017 ENLARGE



10 Myths About Immigration in the United States

Here’s a list of common misconceptions—plus information to separate fact from fear.

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John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A Search for Justice in ‘Finding Oscar’

The documentary traces the story of a 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village to a trial three decades later, with human rights advocates as the heroes.

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Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?

Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

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Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws

President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

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The Forgotten History of U.S. Deportations to Mexico in the 1930s (Video)

Francisco Balderrama, author and professor of American history and Chicano studies, explains why we must revisit this history in light of President Trump’s immigration policy.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Pope Francis Puts Migrant Rights Front and Center—and Some Americans May Not Like It

The head of the Catholic Church has chosen to battle anti-migrant forces, despite divisions his position could create among his U.S. followers.

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Covering Immigration Stories in the Age of Trump

Claudia Núñez, digital director at Hoy, the Los Angeles Times’ Spanish-language newspaper, met with Truthdig to discuss reporting on immigration and ways to humanize the issue.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Holocaust Survivor Bernard Marks on the ‘Travesty of Justice’ in Trump’s America (Audio)

Marks, whose speech at a California immigration forum in March went viral, draws parallels between the U.S. today and Germany in the 1930s.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control

To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

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New Supreme Court Era Begins as Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In

The 113th justice could make an immediate impact on cases dealing with religious freedom, gun rights and immigration.

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U.S. Policies Created the Immigration Problem. Scapegoating Immigrants Makes It Worse.

Donald Trump and his GOP cohorts are using the issue to distract and divide U.S. workers while the ruling class exploits them.

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Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough

Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

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Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Bill Blum discuss the history of scapegoating immigrants for crimes, as well as former President Bill Clinton’s role in Donald Trump’s immigration policies.   

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Building the Wall’: Staging America’s Worst Immigration Nightmare

Playwright Robert Schenkkan sounds the alarm about a scenario he says “absolutely” could come to pass in the United States.

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The United States of Immigrants

The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

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As Deportation Fears Rise, a Community in New Mexico Trains for Resistance

In Las Cruces, a group is teaching nonviolent opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids after about 20 residents were recently detained by agents.

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‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Black Community Control of the Police

President Trump’s offensive against the undocumented is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify black America.

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Gathering for a ‘Day of Play’ on Cesar Chavez Day (Multimedia)

A community comes together at Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles to unconventionally heal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the Social Fabric of the U.S. (Audio)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the trauma of undocumented immigrants with Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney and project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System

The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

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Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?

Evidence suggests aggressive sweeps are being aimed at jurisdictions that limit collaboration with federal immigration authorities.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE


Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies

Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

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Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan

Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers

Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE



Mexico’s Zapatistas to Use Organic Coffee to Give Trump the Middle Finger

The indigenous resistance group will sell colorfully named “100 percent Zapatista coffee, cultivated in Zapatista lands by Zapatista hands” to raise funds for a cause sure to get under the president’s thin skin.

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Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs

Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The First Brick in the Wall

The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE


Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Smoke ’Em Out









Posted on Mar 17, 2017 ENLARGE    



Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies

Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last

His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

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What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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