Posts in: immigrant rights

Racist Immigration Laws Resurrect White Australia Policy

Summer/Autumn 2000

Chasing votes. Enraging the remnants of One Nation, the Howard Government has pinched its immigration policy by enacting the Border Protection Act. This cruel law permits officials to board refugee boats and threaten the occupants. Refugees who are in danger of death will be limited to three-year temporary residency visas, if they’ve “arrived illegally.” The… Read more »

Amal Basry’s life inspires hope

Winter/Spring 2006

When Amal Basry died on the 18th of March this year, all asylum seekers lost a courageous voice. She was one of the survivors of the sinking of the so-called SIEVX (Suspected Illegal Entry Vehicle X) in which 353 people lost their lives. Amal survived the night in the ocean, clinging to the body of… Read more »

Rudd sticks with xenophobic border protection policies: Time to rebuild the movement to end the persecution of refugees

Summer/Autumn 2010

In October 2009, the Australian Customs ship, Oceanic Viking, rescued 78 people from their sinking boat in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Sixty-eight men, five women and five children, fleeing Sri Lanka’s genocidal war against the Tamil people, sought asylum in Australia. The Tamils are an ancient nation whose language is one of oldest in the world…. Read more »

Editorial: Hungarian rightists reject refugees

October 2017

Immigrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to stream across Europe’s southern borders to find safety and a new life. One of the places they land is Hungary. Its far-right government has erected a 13-foot-high fence along the border to keep people out. Migrants are beaten by border guards, deprived of food and medical… Read more »

Editorial: DACA double-cross

October 2017

Trump’s cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a cruel and cynical blow to 800,000 undocumented young people. It holds long-time resident youth as political hostages in order to get a dysfunctional and opportunistic Congress to authorize more crackdowns on border security, more ICE raids, and more deportations. Meanwhile, losing drivers’ licenses, work… Read more »

Locking up immigrants for profit: a case of human trafficking

October 2017

On what planet does a system with a declining prison population suddenly need a bunch of new jails? One where the prisons are privately run for profit and the only thing needed to make money is to fill them up. What happens when prison populations drop? That’s easy, profits fall. The solution? Find a way… Read more »