‘Stop Donald Trump’s xenophobic policies’

This 13 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Lights for Liberty in Sacramento remembers children lost in detention centers at border

It was a heartfelt evening in Sacramento as dozens of people gathered to remember children who lost their lives in detention centers at the border.

By Kristina Betinis in the USA:

Thousands march in Chicago to demand end to US immigrant detention camps, raids and deportations

15 July 2019

Thousands gathered in Chicago on Saturday morning to protest the planned raids of immigrant neighborhoods and the detention and deportation policies of the Trump administration. One day earlier, two hundred protested at Federal Plaza, part of nationwide protests throughout the US. …

Demonstrators in Chicago

Only a small number of Democratic Party representatives participated. Neither Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Democratic Party Chair Toni Preckwinkle, or Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin endorsed the event.

From the stage on Saturday, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton spoke of her office’s efforts to move legislation to improve the conditions of immigrant families under the Trump administration. A bill signed into law by Pritzker at the end of June made Illinois the first state in the country to ban private civil detention centers.

Recently elected Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and corporate attorney, issued a press release calling on the Chicago Police department not to cooperate with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. Despite calls from many immigrant rights groups to issue an executive order to that effect, she refused, and instead offered extended support services like legal advice. …

Chicago demonstrators

Instead, the Democrats are working with the Trump administration’s Jared Kushner and Republican leader Lindsey Graham to implement a new asylum law that will place immense burdens before immigrants seeking entry into the US.

Durbin and Graham, who have long worked together on immigration legislation, have been collaborating on a bill that aims to transform asylum law, each bringing legislation to their own parties. The bill would force those emigrating to make asylum claims in their home countries first, before arriving at the US border. It could also extend the time minors can legally be detained with their families to 100 days, up from the current maximum of 20 days.

Durbin has been reported to be carrying around a sheet of yellow legal pad with “potential areas of consensus.”

“I’ve identified to [Graham] five or six things that I believe Democrats in the Senate and the House will support. And I’ve begged him: Take it,” Durbin said of the discussions, according to Politico. Durbin said that Democrats had dropped the effort to block Trump’s cuts to aid for Central American countries, indicating they would return to that at a “second level” of negotiations.

Durbin, the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the US Senate, takes no responsibility for the horrific conditions created by US intervention in Latin America. He recently “supported” and “applauded” the Trump administration for its aggressive regime change policy in Venezuela.

Jennifer Gallardo

Jennifer Gallardo, from Michigan, spoke with the WSWS: “I’m an immigration attorney, and I’m here to say this is not okay. I think that migration is a human right, and borders are a man-made illusion. It can’t be that on one side [of a border] you have certain rights but on the other side you don’t. It’s not natural. It’s a man-made phenomenon.”

Sophia, a service worker, said: “I am tired of seeing my friends and family being treated like animals. I don’t agree with the Democrats giving Trump billions of dollars. He’s not putting that money where it should be going. It could be going to housing, education, actually taking care of immigrants that are being detained for just trying to live their lives. Until we build a democratic society, this is how it’s going to be.”

On the building of a working class party fighting for socialism, she said, “The way we’ve been going about trying to change this hasn’t been doing anything. I would absolutely be in favor of that. History just keeps repeating itself and repeating itself, and we’ve never really tried this. So it’s worth a shot.”


Jackson, an art student at Senn High School on the far north side, brought part of an art project to the demonstration. A stuffed child’s toy wearing a reflective emergency blanket was at the center of it. He explained, “I couldn’t bring the dog cage, but it’s supposed to be in a cage.”

He continued: “Seeing reports of the detention of children really hurt me. This could have been me. I had to do something.” Jackson’s parents, also attending the demonstration, explained he was adopted. He arrived in the US speaking no English and, were it to happen today, his life would be in danger.”

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA, 15 July 2019:

Voices from the protests against Trump’s attack on immigrants

Campaign teams for the World Socialist Web Site attended the “Lights for Liberty” vigils across the United States over the weekend, called to protest deportations and the setting up of concentration camps to detain immigrants. …

Detroit, Michigan

Around 200 people rallied in front of the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations Field Office in downtown Detroit. Detroiters rallied at this same spot one week ago, on the Fourth of July.

Goran, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, said, “We all should live in a society that provides for our basic needs, to be happy, explore ourselves, our interests and help each other. This system is the most selfish I’ve ever lived in. It’s a rotten system.”

When asked about his experiences in Yugoslavia, he said, “I don’t believe in the nation-state system. I was born in one place in the middle of the country and then suddenly [during the break-up of Yugoslavia] I was between two countries.” He added, “I needed a passport just to go where I spent my childhood across the bridge. All of it is BS to keep us in control, to make us dependent. I think it should be abolished. There should be free movement for everyone.”

Amy said, “What they’re doing to these children is horrible. The Democrats and the Republicans are the same”, she added. “They both support capitalism.” …

Ann Arbor, Michigan

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, at least 500 people attended the candlelight vigil at the Federal Building downtown. …

IYSSE member Carlos addressed the crowd in Ann Arbor.

This video is called Lights4Liberty – Carlos Delgado (IYSSE) speaks at Ann Arbor vigil in defense of immigrants.

New York City, New York

Thousands of people gathered at Foley Square in New York City at a site where migrants are processed every day.

Kare, a paralegal in New York City, said, “Change certainly won’t be coming from the top. This has been going on too long, and now that people are aware of it, we have to stand up,” she said. “I don’t know what it will take to get [Trump] out of office. The atrocities are on the news every day. We can’t wait until there is no one left to stand up against this.”

Laith, a graphic designer in New York City, said, “The US government should take their hands off the Latin American countries. They are responsible for what is happening in Venezuela, in Mexico. We are the land of ‘freedom,’ but we are abusing children here. The Democrats are not fighting, or rather they aren’t serving the American people.

“It is not enough to just oppose Trump,” she added. “Any other country would have healthcare and free education.”

Berkeley, California

In Berkeley, California, more than 500 people gathered on Saturday to protest the concentration camps at the border. Alicia, a young community college student from Oakland, signed up to get involved with the IYSSE immediately after speaking to campaigners from the WSWS. After speaking with IYSSE campaigners, Alicia said, “I completely agree that we need a socialist revolution, every major problem today comes down to capitalism.”

Rachel, a young mother, told the WSWS that the camps were “disgusting”. She continued, “My daughter is reading the diary of Ann Frank. When I was telling her about what going on, she said, ‘Isn’t that like a concentration camp?’ We need to raise awareness about this crime.”

San Diego, California

In San Diego, a rally of several thousand was held at the San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest border crossings in the world.

Angel came up to WSWS reporters to take a picture of our sign. “This is one of the best signs here. No one else is bringing up the Democratic Party. The Democrats had nothing to say when the Deporter-in-Chief Obama was president.”

Angel told reporters he was moved by the revelations of Wikileaks and the WSWS campaign to free Julian Assange. “I love the World Socialist Web Site and read it often. Chelsea Manning and Assange are really in trouble. The ‘left’ loved Assange back in 2011 when revelations dragged Bush through the mud, but I saw how they turned on him in 2016. That really affected me and was a turning point in my politics.”

David told the WSWS, “I think they should close the camps. Follow the money; I think it’s an industry. I’m half Japanese. I have family that was interned at Manzanar. My great uncle was interned and had business in LA. His wife stayed in Manzanar and he fought in the Nisei regiment. So he had to deal with discrimination and imprisonment. I think what’s going on now is disgusting.”

Los Angeles, California

Some 500 people rallied at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Samantha, who is a junior in high school, said, “I’m here because I see this as an attack on humanity, families are getting separated. You hear about six-year-old children having to raise kids who aren’t even related to them. I can’t even fathom that this is happening,” she said.

Randy is a freshman at Long Beach State University whose parents migrated from Mexico. “There are millions of illegal immigrants here. We put a lot of money into the system, but we are living with the bare minimum. My dad has to be careful when he goes out. They used to do raids when he was at work. Immigrants get blamed for all kinds of problems, drugs, poverty. But who are the ones at fault? The
big corporations, the super-rich, who want quick money. But they are never blamed.”

Washington D.C.

At a rally of about 2,000 people in Washington D.C., Damon, an attorney, told our reports that he felt that Trump’s assault on immigrants was a “call to arms”.

“I’ve spent too much time looking at screens, watching ICE raids and deportations. Now I’m doing something about it.” Damon told the WSWS that he had volunteered to “bear witness” and represent immigrant families swept up by ICE if any raids happen in the region.

Emma, a Holocaust survivor, told our reporters that today’s world is “screaming”, and that people must use their right to protest now, because under dictatorship “you can trust no one.” Speaking about life in Germany, she said, “You could trade knitting patterns, or recipes with friends and neighbors, but you did not want to know what anyone really thought. You didn’t want to be forced to inform on anyone.”

Norfolk, Virginia

Kathy, a retired nurse, attended a small vigil in Norfolk, Virginia. “I’m a mother, a grandmother, a decent human being, and I’m appalled at what is being done in the name of me, an American, to people who only desire a better life. It’s morally wrong. I’ve also been upset about the Somalis coming to Italy that are left to drown in the Mediterranean Sea.”

When asked about the role of Trump and the extreme right she added, “If you talk about fascism, we’re there. This president does whatever the hell he wants to do and there are no consequences. And because there are no consequences, they continue to ramp it up. The rich talk about anything that helps people as socialism, so fixing the Flint water crisis is socialism and giving food to the poor is socialism. But what about all the tax breaks for corporations?”

Donald Trump concentration camp for immigrating, photo by Nick Miroff

GOP SILENT ON TRUMP’S RACIST RANT President Donald Trump’s urging of Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from has drawn widespread condemnation, with congressional Democrats declaring his rhetoric racist, xenophobic and bigoted. A rebuke from Republican counterparts has yet to materialize. [HuffPost]

IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL WON’T PROMISE NO FAMILY SEPARATIONS Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli refused to guarantee that Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids would not result in the separation of families. [HuffPost]

The growth of popular opposition found expression in the larger-than-expected demonstrations that took place this weekend in 700 cities across the country. In many areas, neighbors are using social media to warn immigrants of police activity. The Wall Street Journal reported that residents of two buildings in Harlem turned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents away during a raid on Saturday. The opposite sentiment predominates in the ruling class. In Tacoma, Washington, hours after a nearby pro-immigrant demonstration concluded Saturday, police shot and killed a 69-year-old protestor who lit an ICE van on fire at a for-profit detention center: here.

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