Key Fact Obscured in Immigration Coverage: MS-13 Was Made in US By Justin Anderson

22 July 2018 — FAIR

[Although the US is the subject of this piece, firstly, it applies equally to this septic isle as it does to the US and secondly, you have to hunt hard to find journalism of this quality here in the UK, to our lasting shame. WB]

Atlantic: Enforce the Border--Humanely

David Frum (Atlantic, 6/20/18) rejects the “extremism” of holding the US responsible for creating the conditions that force mass migration.

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IRR News (6 – 19 July 2018)

20 July 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

The lethal consequences of ‘hostile environment’ policies continue to be revealed in our regular calendar of racism and resistance. On 20 June, as Harmit Athwal reports, 23-year-old Mustafa Dawood was found dead after falling from a building in Newport, Wales, as immigration officers carried out a raid at a car wash.

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The “Global War on Terror” Created The “Global Refugee Crisis”

25 June 2018 — Global Research News

Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Torturing and Killing Our Children

By Robert J. Burrowes, June 25, 2018

Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school. Continue reading

The “Global War on Terror” Created The “Global Refugee Crisis”

25 June 2018 — Global Research News

Humanity’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’: Starving, Enslaving, Torturing and Killing Our Children

By Robert J. Burrowes, June 25, 2018

Every day, according to some estimates, human adults kill 50,000 of our children. The true figure is probably significantly higher. We kill children in wars. See, for example, ‘Scourging Yemen’. We kill them with drones. We kill them in our homes and on the street. We shoot them at school. Continue reading

NHS data-sharing U-turn is welcome – but more to do to scrap the ‘hostile environment’By Peter Pannier

11 May 2018 — OurNHS

Image: Medact

Recent attention to the Windrush scandal has focused attention on the many ways migrants are deterred from accessing healthcare. The government has this week announced it will be suspending “with immediate effect” the controversial memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which NHS Digital shared NHS patients’ details with the Home Office.

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IRR News (24 March – 6 April 2017)

6 April 2017 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

It was not just Britain First and the English Defence League that tried to make political capital out of the attack in Westminster by Khalid Masood that led to the deaths of a police officer on duty, a US tourist, a South London pensioner and a teacher picking up her children from school. We’ve collected together some of the statements of UK politicians and international figures who were not slow to add their very unhelpful pennyworths to the supposed analysis of the atrocity. Predictably, the extreme Right linked the attacks to immigration, reigniting toxic debates about immigration and social change that had already been unleashed by Brexit. As a Kurdish teenage asylum seeker from Iran fights for his life, after a brutal racist attack in Croydon, we join those who call for an end to the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.

This week, IRR News delves deeper into the immigration debate. Liz Fekete in ‘Stop feeding the beast!’ examines themes thrown up by the National Theatre’s My country: a work in progress based on seventy interviews with ‘leavers’ and ‘remainers’, and concludes that immigration (with the aid of the tabloids) now stands in for a set of general disillusions at the end of an era of full employment. Jenny Bourne takes issue with David Goodhart’s The Road to Somewhere: the populist revolt and the future of politics which demands a place in the sun, in the name of ‘decent populism’ for majority grievances against immigration. Grievance as a form of identity, she argues, is a very superficial way of interpreting the seismic changes being brought about by neoliberalism, the changes now presenting such a challenge to the Labour Party and trade union movement.

Returning to the Westminster attacks, Sue Conlan, takes issue with demonisation by the mass media of a whole city – Birmingham – as a convenient scapegoat for the production of supposed extremists. Finally, our regular calendar of racism and resistance, a fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, is available here.

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Making the NHS a “hostile environment” for migrants demeans our country By Erin Dexter

24 October 2016 — OurNHS

What kind of country treats migrants like this?

Image: Flickr/SMA

As the Calais “jungle” migrant camp closes today, high profile controversy over the UK’s external borders are only one side of the story.

Three years have passed since Theresa May, then home secretary, committed to creating a “hostile environment” for so-called “illegal” migrants in the UK. Since then the UK has reinforced and multiplied its inland borders, making border guards of teachers, landlords, and healthcare workers.

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UK: The Police, Squat Evictions and Housing Precarity By Izzy Köksal

8 May 2014 — New Left Project

A recent tweet by Lambeth MPS brags about the eviction of a squatted doctors surgery in Brixton on a rainy January morning: ‘another crime generator closed down!’ they exclaimed. Happily, the twitter account was met with a barrage of abuse, but this tweet shows how the police are often found intervening in what is a civil matter to make people homeless. UKBA officers had got an invitation to this eviction as well, meaning that people were not just made homeless but detained and imprisoned because of their immigration status. In the run up to the eviction Lambeth police had been harassing the squatters through paying regular visits to the squat and trying to look through the windows.

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