Tag Archives: migrants

The Future of Migration

By David Cook-Martín

In 2008, in a town of about 2,000 people, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 389 workers and charged them with civil immigration violations and identity theft. The Bush administration had decided to experiment with mass workplace arrests and assembly-line judicial proceedings. The target was a kosher meatpacking plant in rural Postville, Iowa. What most observers miss when they learn about this event is the devastation of the entire Postville community captured in Luis Argueta’s documentary. Businesses supported by the patronage of immigrant workers and their families shuttered. Schools lost students and funding. Churches lost their faithful. Natives and newcomers suffered the effects of immigration rules enforced without regard to the local community. The 389 Central American and Eastern European workers at the plant lost their families, friends, and livelihoods. The town was devastated thanks to the reduction of migrants to the legal facet of their lives as members of the Postville community.

India | India – Bangladesh: ‘Friendship’ through barbed fence

by Apu Sarwar

Fulani was one of Bengali migrant workers who moved back and forth between Bangladesh and India. Indian Border Security Force (BSF) ruthlessly killed Felani while crossing the border on 7 January 2012. She had gotten stuck on the barbed when she was shot and remained stuck in the barbed fence for 5 hours until she bled to death. Felani’s body hanging on a barbed fence become a symbol of Indian Border Force brutality and Indian attitude to its neighbouring countries people. The images of Felani’s hanging body in the media created a big uproar among the people in Bangladesh. Since then some political and social organization observe 7 January as “Felani Day” – a symbol of protest against India.

USA | Zero Dollars For Detention, Zero Dollars for the Border Wall!

Interview with Immigrant Rights Activist E.J. Esperanza on the Meaning of the Border Wall Agreement

(reprinted from the February 2019 issue of The Organizer newspaper)

[Note: The following interview with E.J. Esperanza, an undocumented organizer with the Immigrant Liberation Movement (ILM) in the San Francisco Bay Area, was conducted by The Organizer newspaper on February 12, 2019 two days before President Trump announced that he would sign the Congressional agreement on the spending bill, to avoid another government shutdown, while also declaring a national emergency to secure more funding for the border wall. See front-page editorial on the political and Constitutional crisis opened with the Trump declaration of the national emergency.]

Germany | Germany tries to lure foreign workers

Worker-starved Germany plans to ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers and replenish its fast aging workforce, despite mounting public resistance against new arrivals.

Germany’s first immigration law, expected to be agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday, is eagerly anticipated by industries.

Italy | Lite Lite sulla Roma-Lido: un tentativo di rapina alla base dell’aggressione sul treno

Un tentativo di rapina. Sarebbe questa la causa che ha portato all’aggressione di un passeggero e di una donna messasi in mezzo fra i litiganti avvenuta intorno alle 21:30 dell’1 novembre su un vagone della Roma-Lido. Le violenze, riprese con un telefono cellulare da un passeggero presente sul “trenino” che collega la Capitale al litorale, erano divenuti virali nel volgere di breve (qui il video della lite).