Why Those Spring Breakers Chanted ‘Build That Wall’

by on April 19, 2017

Why Those Spring Breakers Chanted ‘Build That Wall’

We shouldn’t be surprised—they’re the children of unending war.

By Greg Grandin
Originally posted at: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-those-spring-breakers-chanted-build-that-wall/
March 21, 2017

Reports come from Cancún of a spring break “pirate ship” cruising off the coast of Mexico, with US college students breaking out into a chant of “Build That Wall.”

Let’s assume they are juniors or seniors, about 20 or so years old. They might have just been conceived when Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that the death of half a million Iraqi children was “worth” the “price” of isolating Saddam Hussein. Maybe they were just born, a year old, when Clinton launched one of his children-killing cruise missiles into Baghdad, including one time in 1998, shortly before the House impeachment vote related to the Monica Lewinsky affair, that was described by The New York Times as a “a strong sustained series of air strikes.”

They probably entered kindergarten around the time that Bush and company manufactured evidence about Iraqi WMDs, picking up an assist by the mainstream media to begin the systematic destruction of a country we weren’t at war with, that committed no offense against US citizens. They might have been in the first grade when US forces decimated Fallujah, and in the second grade when those photos of Abu Ghraib began to circulate, kicking off a never-ending debate over whether it is moral or not to torture. They’ve lived through the horrors of Blackwater and global rendition.

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May Day 2017

by on April 18, 2017

May Day 2017

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Trump’s executive orders are racist, anti-migrant, anti-refugee

by on January 30, 2017

Trump’s executive orders are racist, anti-migrant, anti-refugee

A step towards a more xenophobic America?

This is the question that the International Migrants Alliance poses as it criticizes the recent moves of US President Donald Trump to further restrict immigration in the United States through executive orders he has signed in his first week of office.

Trump recently ordered a four-month suspension of its refugee program while limiting entry through more rigorous processes for asylum seekers and refugees coming from seven Muslim-majority countries to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” Those of Christian religion however, are extended exemption.

Earlier in the week, Trump ordered the immediate construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to IMA chairperson Eni Lestari, Trump, through his executive orders and pronouncements, is only fanning the flames of anti-Islamism, racial hate, ostracism, and bigotry that are fast spreading throughout America.

“By alluding to those believing in Islam as possible terrorists, Trump justifies racism and his actions encouraging more racial conflict and divide. He brings the ‘with us or against us’ mantra of the George W. Bush presidency, a presidency known for waging the war of invasion on Iraq,” Lestari stated.

According to Lestari, it is tragic that a country of migrants and refugees, the country where the global compact for migrants and refugees was agreed upon by states, peoples’ organizations and various stakeholders in 2016, will have a president who will champion racism and discrimination instead of solidarity and unity.

IMA expresses urgent concern for the safety and security of the Muslim-Americans as well as other people of color residing in the U.S. “Such statements from the current president could only encourage attacks on Muslim Americans and many others who will fit this racial profile. Not only that, these statements could lead into more oppressive state-instigated actions, which include immigrant arrests, crackdowns and deportation,” Lestari added.

IMA expresses solidarity with its member organizations based in the U.S. as well as many organizations and individuals who joined the Women’s March and expressed opposition to Trump’s anti-migrant statements and policies.

“With his policies and orders, the Trump presidency poses a threat to solidarity, racial understanding and justice that many of us uphold and promote. We will not allow this to happen. IMA will mobilize its member organizations in the U.S. and all over the world in protesting against this most hated policy of a racist and anti-woman president of the U.S.A.” concluded Lestari.


Eni Lestari, IMA Chairperson

Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests

by on January 15, 2017

Immigrant Defense Project

Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests, the product of IDP’s and CCR’s collective work against ICE arrests under Bush and Obama, serves as the first comprehensive guide and organizing resource to fight back against the Trump administration’s efforts to criminalize communities and deport millions of people.

Download Entire Toolkit (incl. Appendices) (Total 212 pages)

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Appendix A (111 pages) : Select documents pertaining to ICE enforcement tactics obtained in the Immigrant Defense Project et al. v. ICE et al. FOIA litigation.

Appendix B (50 pages): Reports of raids collected by IDP, broken down by the identified ICE tactic, demonstrating the range of strategies used in their enforcement actions.

Appendix C (7 pages): Press coverage on the human toll of raids. Select stories that have been in the press humanizing individuals who have been subject to ICE enforcement.

Visit here for other resources related to ICE raids and community arrests, including Know Your Rights flyers and emergency preparedness tools.

Based on years of community defense experience, litigation, and legal research, including hundreds of first-hand accounts of ICE raids from immigrants, our joint #stopICEcold toolkit offers social justice advocates, lawyers, and community members critical information and analysis of our country’s massive detention and deportation system, as well as straightforward guidance on how to prepare for the ICE raids.

Inside the #stopICEcold toolkit:

  • Definitive information on who ICE targets for deportation, priority locations for ICE activity, and common ICE arrest tactics and strategies.
  • Recommendations for immigrants and advocates on emergency preparedness for those at risk of deportation, individual rights during ICE encounters, and potential legal and community challenges to ICE raids.
  • Key takeaways from years of critical research and experience with the mechanics of the world’s largest detention and deportation apparatus — including an initial forecast of what we may see under a Trump administration.
  • Select internal DHS/ICE enforcement memos and training documents secured through a pending FOIA litigation — as well as summaries of raids reported to IDP, organized by common ICE tactics and ruses.

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President Obama: Prevent Trump’s Muslim Registry

by on December 2, 2016

Sign the petition: Urge President Obama to take immediate steps to stop Donald Trump’s Muslim registry.

President Obama must immediately revoke the regulatory framework of the Bush-era registry program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which predominantly targeted Muslim immigrants based on their countries of origin. In the hands of Donald Trump, this program can potentially be used to target, register, and deport Muslims—on a much larger scale than previously implemented. This is the moment to shut this program down once and for all and to resist any new effort.

I’m Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and we’re working day and night to stop Donald Trump’s Muslim registry from ever happening.

Donald Trump and his appointees have proven that anti-Muslim and discriminatory policies will be among the hallmarks of the Trump administration.1 Just recently, Carl Higbie, a Donald Trump surrogate, went on Fox News and said that the Japanese internment camps during World War II were a “precedent” for a Muslim registry program.2

Despite how low Trump and his supporters continue to go, there are steps that President Obama can take right now to impede their efforts. And we need to make sure that he does.

Click here to sign our petition asking President Obama to help prevent Trump’s Muslim registry.

The idea of a Muslim registry isn’t new—and, unless President Obama acts, Trump doesn’t even have to create the program from scratch. The infrastructure from a Bush-era program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) already exists and can be reactivated again if President Obama does not act immediately to dismantle it once and for all.3 If we succeed in applying enough pressure and ending NSEERS, Trump will be forced to either spend time undoing President Obama’s actions or start from scratch and experience fierce resistance from grassroots movements and legal advocates alike.

At DRUM, we saw firsthand how our membership in New York City was adversely impacted by NSEERS. We heard from many family members whose male relatives went to register and were then detained for days—and some never returned home.

Sign our petition—and help make sure our membership and Muslim communities across the country never have to go through this again.

The NSEERS program registered over 83,000 immigrant men from Muslim-majority countries and put over 13,000 of them into deportation proceedings. Out of all the registrations and deportations, no one was ever connected to any violent activity.4 The program failed its stated goals—which means that there’s no justification whatsoever for trying to bring it back.

Now—in this moment—we need everyone to pour their energy into making sure President Obama shuts this program’s infrastructure down once and for all.

Click here to add your name to ask President Obama to stop the Muslim registry program, and then share this petition with your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do and your commitment to protecting Muslim and immigrant communities.

—Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)

P.S. After signing the petition, be sure to click here to share this petition with your friends on Facebook.


  1. “Donald Trump: The Islamophobia president,” Al Jazeera, November 9, 2016
  2. “Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says,” The Washington Post, November 17, 2016
  3. “The Bush-era Muslim registry failed. Yet the US could be trying it again,” CNN, November 18, 2016
  4. “Donald Trump’s proposed ‘Muslim registry,’ explained,” Vox, November 16, 2016