Migration

China’s creating, not stealing, US jobs; See the EB-5 visa

President Trump’s recent travel ban executive order and the xenophobic rhetoric that peppered his campaign show that anti-immigrant sentiment is running high in America. Carly O’Connell Asia Times Trump and his followers believe that immigrants and China are stealing American jobs. Well, I want to… China’s creating, not… Read More »

We can stop the boats and also act decently, fairly and transparently

The only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in… Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue The Guardian Proven refugees who are still Australia’s responsibility have been languishing in camps on Nauru and Manus Island for well over three… The Refugee Council of Australia and… We can stop… Read More »

Swiss voters accept new citizenship rules

Voters decide to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, according to official results. Al Jazeera News agencies Swiss voters have approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, in a defeat for right-wing nationalists who… Swiss voters accept… Read More »

Peaceful Protests Are Not a Crime

A bit of silver lining at the onset of the Trump administration has been the groundswell of activism by hundreds of thousands of Americans taking to the streets to face off against a president, and a Republican establishment, they see as reckless, divisive and destructive. The Editorial Board The New York Times But Republican lawmakers have been so alarmed by the size and intensity of the demonstrations — for women’s rights, immigrants and the environment — and by protests around ... Read More »

Hundreds Arrested in US Immigration Enforcement Raids

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a… VoA The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a… Hundreds Arrested in… Read More »

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his… BBC The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the… Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who… Chinese man trapped… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

Eva Cox’s wisdom: dare to be difficult

In a lifetime of pushing the boundaries, from her birth in 1930s Austria and through her postwar life in Australia, the feminist, academic and activist Eva Cox has never shied away from being difficult. David Fanner and Lucy Clark The Guardian Video In fact, she sees it as her duty. ‘Don’t worry about being called difficult. It shows you’re making a difference… We need the stirrers, we need the outsiders, we need the people who change things’ Eva Cox’s wisdom… Read More »

UK FM Boris Johnson renounces US citizenship

British Foreign minister Boris Johnson, who was born in New York, has renounced his U.S. citizenship, a United States Treasury Department document said on… Daily Sabah  Alexander Boris Johnson figured in the Treasury list of people who had given up their U.S. citizenship in the… UK FM Boris… Read More »

What’s behind the Great Wall of America?

Trump’s false advertising routine for a Mexican border wall provides an apt excuse for lucrative militarisation schemes. Belen Fernandez Al Jazeera On the Tuesday after Donald Trump’s January inauguration as president of the United States, journalist Jonathan Katz tweeted in reference to the… What’s behind the… Read More »

Moulitsas: Shifting on migrants

Over the course of many years, polling has consistently shown that the bulk of Americans — including sizeable numbers of conservatives — believe in legalization of our… Markos Moulitsas TheHill For example, Pew Research has consistently found that that at least 64 percent of Americans supported “creating a… Moulitsas: Shifting on… Read More »

When a president fights the law, there’s only ever one winner

Donald Trump’s fury at a federal judge who overturned his immigration order betrays his deep – and dangerous – ignorance of the constitution Richard Wolffe The Guardian There’s no point in judging Donald Trump by the standards of others. He obviously doesn’t care for ethics, the truth, allies, women or minorities. So let’s judge… When a president… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »