Nearly 2,000 children still in limbo as separated parents wait to be reunited – NBC News

Nearly 2,000 children still in limbo as separated parents wait to be reunited


The government says about 500 migrant children have been reunited with their parents. For the parents separated from their children, they wait in agony to see their sons and daughters again.


Source: Nearly 2,000 children still in limbo as separated parents wait to be reunited – NBC News


The dark history behind Trump’s inflammatory language – The Washington Post

It is remarkable, in retrospect, how many and varied were the dictatorships of the past century. Murderous regimes — states that killed large numbers of their own citizens for political reasons — arose in every possible type of society. Communist, fascist and tribal ideologies evolved in places whose cultural histories, economic status and religious traditions had nothing in common. Wealthy Germany and impoverished Rwanda. Buddhist Cambodia and Orthodox Russia.

Yet these different regimes did all have one thing in common. It was the obsession that one French scholar , writing of Cambodia, called the “mania for classification and elimination of different elements of society.” In each one of them, the groundwork for violence against a specific group — whether an ethnicity, an economic class or a political faction — was originally laid by a very particular way of using language.

In the first instance, inflammatory language was used to define an ethnic minority and to give it fictional characteristics and properties. In some cases, the targeted “tribe” was entirely fictional, created by rhetoric alone. In China, the regime sought to identify the enemy as “Blacks,” as opposed to the friendly “Reds.” The Russian Bolsheviks defined and blamed the “Enemies of the People.” The Khmer Rouge in Cambodia sought to eliminate the “75ers,” the people who had been expelled from cities in 1975.

After the unwanted group had been defined, propaganda was used to demonize and dehumanize it. In the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin characterized Russia’s ex-rulers as “former people,” as if their humanity had somehow been dissolved by the revolution. Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Russia’s Joseph Stalin went further, describing unwanted categories of human beings as “vermin” or “parasites” or “poisonous weeds.” The Nazis even made posters, depicting Jews as lice.

For the past half-century, memory of where it once led has made this kind of language taboo in Western democracies. Now it is undeniably back. I am not comparing President Trump or his European counterparts to Lenin or Hitler; even to do so gives all of them a significance they don’t deserve. But they have brought back the “mania for classification and elimination of different elements of society,” and this will have real consequences.

It is worth noting how often the president repeatedly conflates refugees with illegal immigrants and MS-13 gang members. This is not an accident: He has targeted a group and given them characteristics — they are violent, they are rapists, they are gang members — that don’t belong to most of them. He then describes them with dehumanizing language. Democrats, he has tweeted, “want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like MS-13.” The image of “infestation” evokes, again, vermin and lice. A few weeks earlier, he spoke of MS-13 as “animals,” once again making it unclear whether he meant actual gang members or simply those who distantly resemble them.


Source: The dark history behind Trump’s inflammatory language – The Washington Post

Trump tells Republicans to ‘stop wasting their time’ on immigration | TheHill

President Trump on Friday told Republican lawmakers to “stop wasting their time” on immigration legislation, even as the House grapples to reach a compromise.

“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” the president

wrote on Twitter. “Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!”

The tweet comes while Republicans in Congress are scrambling to address immigration issues, reportedly with the president’s support. But Trump has been fuming over the lack of action. The House rejected a hardline immigration bill Thursday and Republican leaders delayed the vote on a separate, more moderate bill to next week.

“Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world,” Trump said Friday.


Source: Trump tells Republicans to ‘stop wasting their time’ on immigration | TheHill

‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online

This is the shocking moment a train passenger called a woman a “black slave” before bragging to police “I’m a multi-millionaire footballer”.

Union official Jenna Davis recorded the abuse she received on her phone.

The incident took place on a Virgin train to Birmingham and began when the man was accused of throwing chips at Jenna, who then confronted him, Birmingham Mail reports.

The footage shows the man verbally abusing Jenna, a workplace organiser for GMB Union.

As well as calling her a black slave, he is also alleged to have called her a “black wolf”.


Source: ‘Multi-millionaire footballer’ calls woman a ‘black slave’ then brags to police: ‘I’m not some civilian’ – Mirror Online

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tells Israel: “We cannot turn a blind eye to these repeated and dangerous breaches of international law.” | Nye Bevan News

To survive in the world post-Brexit, we need to stop relying on other people speaking English – The i – 

In addition to securing the UK’s departure from the EU, the June 2016 Brexit referendum exposed deep-seated prejudice against speakers of languages other than English.

Politicians and pundits, including former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, fuelled xenophobic rhetoric by claiming that “in many parts of England you don’t hear English spoken any more”. Meanwhile the media has reported that people are being harassed or attacked on public transport, in shops or on the streets of British towns for “not speaking English”.

Though the EU itself has no plans to use English any less in meetings and documents, Britain cannot rely on this fact to justify its own monolingualism. Speaking other languages and working with other cultures is a global fact and, post-Brexit, Britain will need to work with countries all over the world more than ever.


Source: To survive in the world post-Brexit, we need to stop relying on other people speaking English – The i 

The US is at War With Itself : Counter Punch

The United States is at war with itself. It is actually a function of the nation’s heritage—the past contesting specific aspects of a modern present. This results in traditions in flux. Some examples of this are the racism, the pseudo-frontier mentality, and the religious fundamentalism that persist into the present moment. These are traditions that characterized the first half of the nation’s history, and while some of these may have retreated into latency over the past fifty years, they are back with us now. As a result, Americans are in the midst of an ongoing culture war that in many ways is as old as the nation itself.

Let’s take look at the issue of racism, the latest display of which is the infamous Roseanne Barr tweet. Roseanne’s racist opinions are nothing new. Nor, since the advent of Donald Trump, is their public display. Here is how I contextualize the nation’s growing racist revival based on an updated earlier analysis entitled Civil Rights Takes a Hit, posted 5 March 2013 on the occasion of the Supreme Court’s ill-advised weakening of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.

(1) A culture of racism shaped the American way of life since before the founding of the United States. This culture became particularly deep-rooted in the southern colonies/states, where slavery became not only a foundational economic institution but one that shaped the South’s self-image. In the North, a racist culture was also pervasive and society was segregated. The significant difference here was that the North’s labor system was not based on slavery.

(2) In the South, this deeply embedded culture of racism was briefly interrupted when, following the Civil War, a short period of


Source: The US is at War With Itself : Counter Punch

Separating Families is Inhumane | American Civil Liberties Union

“I was given only five minutes to say goodbye,” said J.I.L., a Salvadoran woman whose children were ripped away at the border. “In tears myself, I asked my boys to be brave, and I promised we would be together soon.”

But J.I.L., like thousands of other immigrant parents in her position, doesn’t know when or if she’ll ever see her boys again. She’s part of our lawsuit and a victim of the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border – a cruel scheme to discourage immigration by using children as pawns.

This is the worst thing I’ve seen in my 25+ years of civil rights work. There’s no time to waste. Will you add your name now to demand that the government stop separating children from their parents?

Why is the Trump administration separating parents from their children? The administration has provided no detailed reasoning, constantly skirting this issue when pressed in court.

The clearest answer we’ve received is from Chief of Staff John Kelly, who said outright that family separation is a “tough deterrent” for future asylum seekers. “The children will be taken care of – put into foster care or whatever.”

We have an opportunity now – with public outrage at a fever pitch – to pressure the administration more than we ever have before. If we have any hope of putting an end to this inhumane policy, we must act now.

This scheme to terrorize immigrant parents and children must stop. Please add your name now to demand an end to family separation.

I’m fighting family separation in the courtroom, but we need you to show the government we won’t stand for this shameful policy. It’s a national disgrace and violates the core values of this country, and it needs to stop now. There are too many lives on the line – and too many children at stake.

Thanks for your support,

Lee Gelernt
Deputy Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project


Source: Separating Families is Inhumane | American Civil Liberties Union

Supreme Court deals defeat to workers’ rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only – Chicago Tribune

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees.

With the court’s five conservative members in the majority, the justices held that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints about wages and overtime. Four dissenting liberal justices said the decision will hit low-wage, vulnerable workers especially hard.

While the complaints in Monday’s decision involved pay issues, the outcome also might extend to workplace discrimination and other disputes if employee contracts specify that they must be dealt with in one-on-one arbitration.

Workers who want to take action against sexual harassment, pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and racial discrimination “may now be forced behind closed doors into an individual, costly – and often secret – arbitration process,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center.


Source: Supreme Court deals defeat to workers’ rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only – Chicago Tribune

Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes

HOOPERS ISLAND, Md. — This community voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But now his immigration restrictions are killing its livelihood — legendary crabs that are a mainstay of the local economy and a regional delicacy.

For decades, Hoopers Island, known for its crabbing industry, has relied on a federal seasonal work program — known as H-2B visas — to keep its businesses humming. This has allowed employers to hire foreigners, mostly Mexican women, to come temporarily to pick crab meat.

But this year, the Trump administration’s cap on H-2B visas — and a shift from the first-come, first-served based model to a lottery system that has disadvantaged Hoopers Island seasonal workers — has left the island without 40 percent of the visas they have needed in the past.


Source: Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes