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Smugglers Drop Sisters, 3 and 5, Over Border Fence

Authorities say girls' mother is in the US

(Newser) - A border wall. Smugglers. Small children being dropped into America in the darkness. A grainy video released Wednesday by authorities—its figures visible only in ghostly white outline, its stark storyline dramatic and obvious—captures, in mere seconds, the dangers for migrant children at the southern US border. A man...

More Than 3K Migrant Kids Crowded Into Texas Facility

Biden administration finally allows journalists into detention facility for children

(Newser) - The Biden administration for the first time Tuesday allowed journalists inside its main border detention facility for migrant children, revealing a severely overcrowded tent structure where more than 4,000 people, including children and families, were crammed into a space intended for 250 and the youngest were kept in a...

Mom Tries to Cross Rio Grande With Kids, 9-Year-Old Dies

BP agents were able to resuscitate migrant mother, 3-year-old, but girl didn't regain consciousness

(Newser) - Tragedy has struck a mother from Guatemala trying to make her way into the US with her two children, both Mexican nationals. Newsweek reports that on March 20, US Border Patrol agents received a rescue call after bystanders saw three people stranded on an island on the Mexican side of...

Biden Says Harris Will Lead Response to Surge in Migrants

'When she speaks, she speaks for me'

(Newser) - President Biden has tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to tackle the migration challenge at southern border. Biden made the announcement as he and Harris met at the White House on Wednesday with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas...

Lawmaker Releases Photos of Border Facility Crowded With Kids

Biden administration hasn't allowed media access

(Newser) - A Democratic lawmaker from Texas has released photos of children being held at overcrowded conditions at a Border Patrol facility, saying he wants to raise awareness of the "terrible conditions for the children." Rep. Henry Cuellar, who provided photos of the temporary overflow center in Donna, Texas to...

Biden Has a Clear Message for Migrants

'Don't come over,' president says on ABC

(Newser) - President Biden did not mince words Tuesday in an interview with ABC News set to air in full Wednesday on Good Morning America. "Do you have to say quite clearly, 'Don't come'?" George Stephanopoulos asked the POTUS as they discussed a surge in migrants and unaccompanied...

Report: Convention Center Will House 3K Migrant Boys

It's being called a 'decompression center'

(Newser) - Up to 3,000 minors detained after crossing the border could soon find themselves in a downtown Dallas convention center. According to a government memo to Dallas City Council members seen by the AP , authorities plan to use the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for up to 90 days to...

US Reports a Surge of Kids, Families at Border

Republicans are using the increase to attack President Biden

(Newser) - The number of migrant children and families seeking to cross the US southwest border has surged to levels not seen since before the pandemic, a challenge for President Biden as he works to undo the restrictive immigration policies of his predecessor, the AP reports. Statistics released Wednesday by US Customs...

Smugglers Throw Migrants Overboard, Killing at Least 20

UN agency says 80 migrants were tossed into sea during passage to Yemen

(Newser) - Smugglers threw some 80 migrants off a boat that was crossing from East Africa to the Arabian Peninsula on Wednesday, resulting in at least 20 drowning deaths, according to a UN agency. Yvonne Ndege of the UN's International Organization for Migration said at least five bodies were taken from...

Biden's Move on Migrant Children Courts Controversy
Biden May Have 'Brewing
Crisis' on Child Migrants
the rundown

Biden May Have 'Brewing Crisis' on Child Migrants

Decision to reopen an emergency facility brings charges of hypocrisy

(Newser) - When President Trump was in office, critics said his immigration policies resulted in children being held in "cages." Now that President Biden has reopened what it calls an "emergency facility" in Carrizo Springs, Texas, for immigrant minors, his critics are accusing him of hypocrisy. Coverage of the...

Migrants Made to 'Remain in Mexico' Will Soon Arrive in US

Biden administration rolls back Trump DHS program, will start letting asylum-seekers trickle in

(Newser) - Starting next Friday, asylum-seekers languishing south of the border will start to see a respite. Under the Trump administration, Central American migrants trying to cross into the US from Mexico were made to "Remain in Mexico"—Trump's name for the Migrant Protection Protocols program , set up in...

Migrants' 911 Calls Spur Search for Truck: 'We Are Dying'

Local authorities in San Antonio, DHS desperately seeking white tanker that may have 80 trapped

(Newser) - Authorities from the San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and even the Department of Homeland Security have embarked on a desperate search for a tanker truck that may be crammed with dozens of trapped migrants in a human smuggling operation. Sheriff Javier...

Guatemalan Forces Clash With Migrants Trying to Reach US

Other nations, including Mexico, have said they'll stop caravan from Honduras

(Newser) - Guatemalan police and soldiers launched tear gas and wielded batons and shields against a group of Honduran migrants that tried to push through a roadblock Sunday. A group of about 2,000 migrants had stopped short of the roadblock the night before. The roadblock was strategically placed at a chokepoint...

Snow Falls on Migrants Stuck in Burned-Out Tent Camp
Migrants Left
in Snow and Cold
Plead for Help

Migrants Left in Snow and Cold Plead for Help

About 1,000 people in Bosnia have no heat, little to eat

(Newser) - Hundreds of migrants were stranded Saturday in a squalid, burned-out tent camp in northwest Bosnia as heavy snow fell and winter temperatures suddenly dropped. Migrants at the Lipa camp Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to protect against the biting winds in the region, which borders European Union...

How Men Headed for Italy Ended Up Dead in Paraguay

The 'Guardian' charts a deadly migrant journey

(Newser) - The seven men squeezed their way into a shipping container that they thought would deliver them to a new life in Italy. Instead, their bodies were found months later in the center of South America. "We imagine that their destination wasn’t South America, as they would never have...

Pence Overruled Health Experts, Closed the US Border

Top aide Stephen Miller played an important role

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation's top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the US borders, overruling the agency's scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus, according to two former health officials, the AP...

Banksy on His Migrant Rescue Boat: 'All Black Lives Matter'

Artist is on a mission to help migrants in distress in Mediterranean Sea, says EU doesn't care

(Newser) - Street artist Banksy has released a video with a strong political message explaining why he became involved in a search and rescue ship helping migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. "Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med," the...

Border Officials: Let's Use That 'Heat Ray' on Migrants

Back in 2018, Kirstjen Nielsen nixed it right away

(Newser) - Right before the 2018 midterms, a Homeland Security meeting gave birth to an extreme idea: zapping border migrants with a "heat ray" to make them feel like their skin was burning, former officials tell the New York Times . Customs and Border Protection officials apparently suggested it to Homeland Security...

3 Men Caught, Sentenced Over Infamous Drowning

Turkey sentences them to 125 years each

(Newser) - Turkey has thrown three human traffickers behind bars in the case of a Syrian toddler whose death made headlines around the world, CNN reports. The three organizers, caught by Turkish law enforcement after fleeing the trial, were each sentenced Friday to 125 years in prison. Their crime: "killing with...

EU to Migrants: Europe Is 'Closed'
EU to Migrants:
Europe Is 'Closed'

EU to Migrants: Europe Is 'Closed'

As Cypriot police pepper-spray protesters

(Newser) - Cyprus riot police used pepper spray on Saturday to thwart Turkish Cypriot protesters trying to shove their way through a barricaded crossing point in the heart of the ethnically divided island nation's capital, the AP reports. Several dozen protesters tried to push their way through a cordon of riot...

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