By Matthew Behrens - rabble.ca
While the use of security certificates appears to have stalled, their most pernicious attributes are being used in a widening net that entraps refugees and permanent resident applicants. For years, secret trials opponents have argued that security certificates were a thin edge of the wedge for a broader attack on fundamental freedoms...That argument...continues to be confirmed, as witnessed these past few weeks by revelations of mass spying on global citizens by the National Security Agency as well as the Communications Security Establishment Canada.
By Mark Church - 11 June 2013
An estimated 55 people, thought to include women and children, are dead after another boat carrying asylum seekers sank last week in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island, an Australian outpost...The tragedy has raised further questions about the Australian government’s anti-refugee policy, including its refusal to take responsibility for the rescue of passengers aboard vessels in distress.
By Jordan Shilton - 10 June 2013
In response to the disturbances, the trade unions have launched a nationalist campaign, urging the right-wing Conservative government...to impose restrictions on immigration in certain economic areas...Such positions echo those of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who have stepped up their calls for a further clampdown on immigration to the country.
By Alexandra McAnarney - Friday, 31 May 2013
Along the Mexico-Guatemala border, AIDS-prevention initiatives are part of broader health and human rights activism that stresses a sense of national and international responsibility. However they may stumble, these organizations, advocates, and healthcare professionals are interweaving a unified response to guarantee individual safety and universal healthcare as a human right for all people regardless of their migratory status.
By Matthew Behrens - May 21, 2013
"Taking away humanitarian discretion, which we have never not had, is a fundamental change in the way we look at non-citizens...I believe there should have been a national debate about whether or not we want to go there in terms of being a mean, petty, disgusting country."
- Refugee Rights Lawyer Barb Jackman
Migrant justice groups won a significant victory on February 21, 2013, when the Toronto City Council passed what is known as the Access Without Fear motion. The motion has begun to dismantle some of the hurdles undocumented migrants face, and the effects are already visible.
By Dave Zirin - Znet
What is certain is that the means by which people have historically felt a sense of having a stake in this country have been inexorably altered in the post-9/11 world. This is now a nation defined and scarred by the cruel anti-immigrant policies of both Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s now a nation defined and scarred by pushing people away from that historic safe haven for immigrants otherwise known as competitive sports. It’s a nation that spawned the brothers Tsarnaev.
By Harsha Walia - Sunday, April 2, 2013
Canada’s immigration laws are increasingly geared towards keeping people out...Canada now receives more people on temporary work permits than as permanent residents, ensuring that migrants are cheap labour for big business. While the current government bails out corporations and forces austerity on the rest of us, scapegoating migrants as stealing jobs is a powerful tool to destroy solidarity between people.
By Paul Mitchell - 1 April 2013
Last week UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a major speech on immigration, further stoking up the vicious witch-hunt against migrant workers that has dominated British politics recently....“When it comes to illegal immigrants we are rolling up that red carpet and showing them the door...”
By Patrick O’Connor - 28 March 2013
Two refugees, a woman and a young boy, were killed on Monday when two large waves hit their vessel, just after officers of Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Command had boarded. The latest disaster raises further questions about the culpability of Australian authorities. More than 800 asylum seekers have drowned at sea in the past five years under the Labor government.
By Niles Williamson - 27 March 2013
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), in gross violation of democratic and human rights, routinely subjects a significant number of detainees to conditions that meet the United Nations definition of torture...Immigrants held in ICE detention facilities are being subjected to indefinite detention and prolonged solitary confinement.
Please watch and share a new video, courtesy of allies, featuring interviews with detainees and their family members...Tomorrow, Thursday March 28th, there will a lunch hour rally from noon to 1 pm at Force Four Entertainment to deliver the petition and to protest of this racist reality style TV show that profits from exploitation, suffering, and division of migrant people and their families.
By Robert Stevens - 14 March 2013
Labour’s One Nation rhetoric and promulgation of filthy anti-immigrant policies has escalated in line with the deepening crisis of British capitalism...Evocations of “One Nation” Britain are Labour’s latest and more comprehensive offering to the ruling elite...of a means to divide workers in the UK from their class brothers and sisters in Europe and internationally in order to better carry out the destruction of jobs, wages and conditions.
By Cristoph Dreier - WSWS
Attempts by New Democracy (ND), Greece’s largest ruling party, to appeal to the fascist Golden Dawn vote...are a clear warning to the working class...These moves are part of a broad campaign by the Greek ruling class to integrate Golden Dawn into official politics. The party...has been systematically built up in recent years. Financed by influential sections of the Greek bourgeoisie and supported by the police, it is currently polling up to 14 percent.
By TANYA GOLASH-BOZA - March 11, 2013
The United States has witnessed a tremendous rise in the number of people detained and deported since 1997...At current rates, President Obama is on track to deport more people in his first six years as President than all deportations prior to 1997...Alongside deportation rates, detention rates have skyrocketed, from a daily average of 5,532 in 1994 to upwards of 30,000 today.