Migration

Separating mothers and kids is wrong on every level

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(CNN) – The most anti-immigrant administration in modern history appears poised to outdo itself. Raul A. Reyes CNN On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed to CNN that his agency is considering separating children from their parents at the US border. “We have tremendous… Separating mothers and… Read More »

A Muslim ban is a ban is a ban is a ban

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THE NEW, watered-down executive order on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations that President Donald Trump signed Monday probably won’t bring the insane chaos at the airport or the last-minute court filings that his first stab at the… Editorial Boston Globe But one can certainly count on lawsuits challenging the… While now more… A Muslim ban… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

How Trump’s new travel ban targets the whole world

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

The revised order contains provisions that could affect countries beyond the six Muslim-majority states that are singled out. Nahal Toosi Politico It’s not just a few countries. It’s not just… How Trump’s new… Read More »

Lady Liberty’s dimming light

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A savage stroke of the pen makes America into the country we were told to fear. Roya Hakakian Politico NEW YORK — If a debate, and the sentiments it subsequently evokes, can ever undo a nation’s character, the debate over “the wall,” the banning of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations and the refusal to take in refugees… Lady Liberty’s dimming… Read More »

Laughing in the dark

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As a former Soviet citizen, I can tell you: it’s never a good sign for a political system when artists start speaking out against it. Nina L Khrushcheva Asia Times And when their statements visibly strike a nerve, chances are that the system is sick. In a democracy, art… Laughing in the… Read More »

EU citizens ‘should have guarantees after Brexit’

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MPs have heaped pressure on ministers to guarantee the right of EU citizens in Britain to remain after Brexit ahead of a crucial vote this… Paris Gourtsoyiannis The Scotsman A report from the Commons Exiting the EU select committee has condemned Home Office processes for considering permanent residence applications as “not fit for purpose” after it… EU citizens ‘should… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

‘Control’ is the new core of Germany’s refugee policy

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The purpose of the German chancellor’s trip to Egypt and Tunisia is to help to reduce irregular migration into the EU. Thorsten Benner Al Jazeera News On March 2 and 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Egypt and Tunisia. Concerns about migration… ‘Control’ is the… Read More »

We need to hear the stories of exploited unlawful migrant workers, not just deport them

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Migration status – even for those with the right to work in Australia – is often used as leverage to exploit workers. Marie Segrave The Conversation This is evident from my ongoing research, other research and government inquiries. So, if the… We need to… Read More »

Think Trump’s travel ban was bad? Peter Dutton may soon have the power to play God

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Two bills before parliament would dramatically expand the power of the immigration minister while decreasing transparency and accountability Elizabeth Colliver, Lauren Bull and Shawn Rajanayagam The Guardian The world reacted in horror as President Trump’s executive order to limit travel from seven Muslim-majority nations saw families torn apart and… Think Trump’s travel… Read More »

Citizenship as commodity: Free movement for the rich

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The world is becoming a playground for the rich, as governments work towards putting a price on citizenship. Richard Seymour Al Jazeera News Citizenship is one thing that is never supposed to depend on how much money you have. The sheer luck… Citizenship as commodity… Read More »

Catholicism has done more harm to Australia than Islam. Where’s the outrage?

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Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t… Kristina Keneally The Guardian There is zero chance that sharia law – as a repressive criminal code used in certain Muslim majority nations – is going to be enshrined in Australia. Zero. Catholicism has done… Read More »

Woman deported from UK despite being married to Briton for 27 years

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Irene Clennell, who has children and a grandchild in the UK, lost indefinite leave to remain after spending time in Singapore caring for… Nicola Slawson The Guardian A woman living in the UK who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been forcibly removed from the… Irene Clennell, who made headlines when she was placed in… Woman deported from… Read More »

Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

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Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. BBC A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on… Germany hate crime… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

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Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Mexico is in a state of crisis. John Daniel Davidson The Federalist If Trump wants a secure border, he should help stabilize, not isolate, Mexico. On Tuesday, the… It’s Time To… Read More »