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11 Dead, 31 Rescued After Helicopter Spots Capsized Boat

Boat loaded with suspected migrants overturned near Puerto Rico

(Newser) - A boat loaded with suspected migrants capsized north of an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico and 11 people had been confirmed dead while 20 men and 11 women were rescued Thursday, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were aboard the boat when it turned over, said...

UK's Controversial Plan: Ship Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

Refugee groups and humanitarian organizations are denouncing the plan

(Newser) - The British government on Thursday announced a plan under which some asylum-seekers—generally single men—will be put on a one-way flight to Rwanda. It's part of a deal that involves an up-front payment of $158 million being made to Rwanda. Once the asylum seekers arrive in that country,...

Sole Survivor of Capsized Boat Describes the Drownings

As he went to help his sister, 'people were grabbing her ... that’s why she drowned'

(Newser) - The sole survivor of a capsized boat found near Florida’s coast says at least 15 other migrants tried to cling to the overturned vessel but couldn't hold on, some desperately tired and hungry when they let go. Juan Esteban Montoya Caicedo, of Colombia, told a Spanish-language news conference...

Dozens Missing After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast

Survivor said group left Bahamas Saturday night

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard searched on Tuesday for 39 people missing for several days after a boat believed to be used for human smuggling capsized off Florida’s coast en route from the Bahamas. A good Samaritan called the Coast Guard early Tuesday after rescuing a man clinging to the...

53 Migrants Dead in Horrific Truck Crash
Horrific Mexico Crash
Leaves 53 Dead

Horrific Mexico Crash Leaves 53 Dead

Another 54 injured as freight truck smuggling migrants appears to lose control

(Newser) - Rescue workers rushing to a highway accident found a horrific scene of death and injury after a freight truck jammed with as many as 200 migrants tipped over and crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico. The migrants inside the cargo trailer were flipped, tossed...

After Deaths, Macron Tells UK to 'Get Serious' on Migrants

France disinvites British official from meeting over unwelcome proposals

(Newser) - France and Britain are butting heads over how to address the migrant crisis in the Channel following the deaths of 17 men; seven women, one of whom was pregnant; and three children on Wednesday, per the BBC . French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain to "get serious" after Prime Minister...

At Least 31 Dead in English Channel Disaster

Migrants' boat capsized after leaving France

(Newser) - At least 31 people bound for Britain died Wednesday when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest tragedy involving migrants on the dangerous crossing to date. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 34 people were believed to have been on the boat,...

Its Canoes Were Used to Cross the Channel, So It Halted Sales

Decathlon won't sell dinghies in 4 stores in northern France

(Newser) - A sports equipment retailer has announced it won't be selling kayaks, canoes, and other dinghies in northern France anymore, and not because there's no market for them. Quite the opposite: Decathlon says the move has been made in an effort to curtail the number of migrants attempting to...

Belarus Ruler Threatens to Turn Off Heat in Europe

Natural gas pipeline runs through country from Russia

(Newser) - Alexander Lukashenko stepped up tensions with Western nations on Thursday by saying he'd reach for the gas shutoff in the event more sanctions are imposed on Belarus. "We are heating Europe," Lukashenko said, the Washington Post reports. "They still threaten us that they will close the...

A Tense Situation Unfolds at Poland's Border
A Tense Situation Unfolds
at Poland's Border

A Tense Situation Unfolds at Poland's Border

Masses of migrants from Belarus are trying to get in

(Newser) - Poland has increased security at its border with Belarus, on the European Union's eastern border, after a large group of migrants in Belarus appeared to be congregating by the frontier seeking to try to force their way into Poland, per the AP . Video footage from Belarusian media showed people...

Migrants Break Free of City, Head to US Border

Delays in refugee paperwork leads to march of more than 2K in Mexico

(Newser) - Over 2,000 migrants, mainly Central Americans, began walking out of a city in southern Mexico on Saturday where they have essentially been trapped. The migrants walked along a highway leading west and north from Tapachula toward the US border, and pushed past a line of state police who were...

Poles Protest Migrants' Treatment at Border
Thousands Back Migrants

Thousands Back Migrants

Families are camped out in the cold at Poland-Balarus border

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched Sunday in two Polish cities in solidarity with migrants and asylum-seekers at the Poland-Belarus border who have been pushed back by Polish authorities. Several thousand people marched in Warsaw, and others protested in Krakow under the slogan "Stop torture at the border." Marchers accused...

They Didn't Survive the Journey. He Gets Them Home

A profile of Spanish funeral parlor owner Martín Zamora

(Newser) - "Sometimes, I get the feeling that some years ahead—in 30, 40, 50 years, I don't know how many—they will look at us like monsters. They’ll see us all as monsters because we just let people die this way." It's a powerful quote that...

While Trying to Reach US, Things Took a Gruesome Turn

Smugglers handed David Sanabria and his daughter over to kidnappers

(Newser) - In November 2020, Hurricanes Eta and Iota took everything from David Sanabria and his young daughter Ximena in their native Honduras. With the crops they relied on for survival destroyed, the 32-year-old worked out a plan with his brother Denis, who lived in Nashville. As Noticias Telemundo Investiga reporter Juan...

Richard Gere to Testify Against Italy's Former Deputy PM

Matteo Salvini faces trial over refusal to let migrant ship dock in 2019

(Newser) - Italy's former deputy prime minister is going on trial for refusing to let a Spanish ship carrying rescued migrants dock at an Italian port—and Richard Gere has agreed to testify against him. The actor was on vacation in Italy with his family in August 2019 when he heard...

After Outcry, Photographer Says He Saw No Violence

Biden joins outcry at mounted agents' conduct, promising consequences

(Newser) - The people who have responded with horror to images of Border Patrol agents on horseback appearing to corral Haitian immigrants at the Rio Grande include the US president and vice president. Some of the photos seem to show agents using whips, KTSM reports. But that's not quite what the...

State Department Fires Back at Exiting US Envoy to Haiti

Diplomat accuses US of 'inhumane' policies, and the department says he's distorting facts

(Newser) - The Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti has resigned, protesting "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland as it is wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, US officials said Thursday. Daniel Foote was appointed to the position in July, following the assassination of Haitian President...

Texas Creates 'Steel Barrier' to Deter Surge of Migrants

As thousands remain under Del Rio International Bridge

(Newser) - Texas' latest move to deter the unprecedented number of migrants surging into the state: a "steel barrier" that stretches for miles. No, it's not an actual wall; as CNN explains, Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles are parked along the border, Texas Gov. Greg...

Harris 'Deeply Troubled' by Images From Border
Harris 'Deeply Troubled'
by Images From Border

Harris 'Deeply Troubled' by Images From Border

Homeland Security says behavior of mounted Border Patrol agents will be investigated

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris says she is "deeply troubled" by images and videos of mounted Border Patrol officers using their animals to try to force back migrants at the Rio Grande. "Human beings should never be treated that way," Harris said Tuesday. Harris and Homeland Security Secretary...

White House Calls Apparent Use of Whips at Border 'Horrific'

Border Patrol says matter is being looked into

(Newser) - White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that images of federal agents apparently using whips on Haitian migrants at the border are "obviously horrific" and that the administration is trying to learn more about what happened. "I don't have the full context. I can't imagine what...

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