Not a single illegal immigrant will stay, says India after Assam register excludes millions

Threat comes after controversial project in border state that forced 33 million residents to prove their heritage Indias home affairs minister has said his government will not allow a single illegal immigrant to stay amid outcry over a citizenship register in Assam that could leave almost 2 million people stateless. The comment were made by Amit Shah during a visit to the border state. The home affairs ministry, paraphrasing Shahs speech, said he was satisfied with the timely completion of the process. Over the past four years, about 33 million people in Assam have been forced to prove they are citizens by demonstrating they have roots in the state dating to before March 1971. Shah, prime minister Narendra Modis right-hand …

Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage

The long read: From Trump to Orbn, politicians are winning votes by stoking age-old hatreds. Where does this fear of migrants come from? The west is being destroyed, not by migrants, but by the fear of migrants. In country after country, the ghosts of the fascists have rematerialised and are sitting in parliaments in Germany, in Austria, in Italy. They have successfully convinced their populations that the greatest threat to their nations isnt government tyranny or inequality or climate change, but immigration. And that, to stop this wave of migrants, everyones civil liberties must be curtailed. Surveillance cameras must be installed everywhere. Passports must be produced for the most routine of tasks, like buying a mobile phone. Take a look …

Through Our Eyes pictures taken by young migrants in Greece

Teenage asylum seekers document daily life in a camp on Samos Island This collection of photographs taken by teenage asylum seekers in Samos offers an intimate and powerful portrait of the hardship they face at the islands refugee camp, which was built for 650 people but is home to more than 4,000. The camp is one of five registration centres, or hotspots, for asylum seekers on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Original Article : HERE ;

‘May God bless you’: evangelical pastors’ hidden role in human smuggling’s boom

As trusted individuals in a Guatemalan culture rooted in religion, pastors and priests play a role in the booming business behind immigration Early in the morning, Antonio knelt before an altar with white candles and a small statue of the Virgin Mary and prayed for a miracle. It was still dark when he piled into a blue van with his six-year-old son, Gaspar, and a group of other farmers and their family members hoping to reach the United States. They set out from their home town in the highlands of Guatemala and rode for hours before pulling down a narrow dirt road which ended in a clearing near the Mexican border. The migrants bowed their head as their guide an …