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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... More »

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... More »

Thousands of Refugees Mass at EU Border

They gather at Turkey's western border to enter Greece

(Newser) - Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey's western frontier Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe, the AP reports. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military... More »

Oprah's New Book Club Pick Proves Controversial

'American Dirt' criticized for inauthentic portrayal of Mexican migrants

(Newser) - One of the most highly anticipated books of 2020 is out. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, a selection of Oprah Winfrey's book club, follows a middle-class Mexican bookseller as she journeys to the US with her son after her journalist husband is killed by a drug cartel. "From... More »

Mexico Breaks Up Migrant Caravan

800 people were rounded up after crossing border

(Newser) - Eight hundred Central American migrants were rounded up and hauled onto buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway. The migrants had stopped for the day at a shaded crossroads when hundreds of national guard... More »

Thousands of Migrants Try Pushing Across Bridge

Mexico closes border point after scuffle on bridge between Guatemala and Mexico

(Newser) - Mexican authorities closed a border entry point in southern Mexico on Saturday after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala, the AP reports. Normally, migrants who want to request asylum in Mexico are allowed to freely... More »

CBP Takes 7-Year-Old Into Custody. She Had Only Hours

Seems she hadn't eaten or drunk water for days

(Newser) - A 7-year-old migrant girl died after the Border Patrol took her into custody last week—which is likely to increase scrutiny of CBP facilities as families pour over the southwest border in record numbers, the Washington Post reports. The girl, still unidentified, was apprehended with her father and 161 others... More »

Video of Migrant Teen's Last Hours Raises Questions

An ailing Carlos Vasquez died in a holding cell and was not spotted for hours

(Newser) - In the early morning hours of May 20, 16-year-old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died in his Border Patrol holding cell in Texas. Now, the journalism organization ProPublica has obtained video from his final hours, and it raises questions about the treatment and supervision of the sick Guatemalan teenager. Be warned:... More »

He Put Up Fake Border Signs. Then He Took Them to 'Finland'

Con man arrested for swindling migrants, dumping them in Russian forest instead of the EU

(Newser) - They thought they'd found a new life in Finland—but they were really just wandering in circles in a Russian forest. The BBC reports four men from South Asia forked over more than $11,000 each to a man they thought was going to provide them safe passage to... More »

Minors Who Sought Asylum With Their Families Now Return Alone

135 such children are in US custody and, for now, can't be sent back

(Newser) - Children as young as 4 are crossing the US-Mexico border alone in what CNN reports is a dangerous consequence of the Trump administration's policy of requiring some migrants to remain in Mexico while their immigration cases play out. Some 60,000 migrants seeking asylum in the US have been... More »

Biden to Protester: 'You Should Vote for Trump'

Joe Biden was confronted by activists at Lander University in South Carolina

(Newser) - Joe Biden got a little frustrated with protesters at a town hall event Thursday and even told one of them to go "vote for Trump," Fox News reports. Speaking before roughly 800 people at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, Biden was confronted by an immigration activist who compared... More »

Police Trace Final Journey of 39 Found Dead in Truck

'To put 39 people into a locked metal container shows a contempt for human life that is evil'

(Newser) - Authorities found 39 people dead in a truck in an industrial park in England on Wednesday and arrested the driver on suspicion of murder in one of Britain's worst human-smuggling tragedies. All 39 were Chinese citizens. Police are reconstructing the final journey of the victims and trying to piece... More »

The Immigration Numbers Are in—With a Big Surprise

The Census Bureau released data from the Brookings Institution

(Newser) - New immigration data includes one no-brainer—that immigration influx is down—and one possible surprise about where immigrants are choosing to live, City Lab reports. Released by the Census Bureau and gathered by a Brookings Institution demographer, the analysis says America's immigrant population grew by only 200,000 from... More »

Trump Has New Plan for Migrants' DNA

The DNA would be placed in a huge crime database

(Newser) - The Trump administration is planning to expand the collection of DNA from migrants who cross US borders, and to include the information in a massive criminal database operated by the FBI, the AP reports. The effort is separate from and much broader than the rapid DNA testing done on families... More »

Report: Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs

He wanted alligators in border trench, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump aired some disturbing ideas during a "frenzied" week in March when his frustration with border security reached a boiling point, reports the New York Times , which cites "more than a dozen White House and administration officials." According to the sources, during one meeting in March... More »

Administration Loses Attempt to Hold Migrant Children Longer

Federal judge issues permanent injunction in Flores agreement case

(Newser) - The Trump administration has lost its effort to impose new rules that would let it detain migrant children with their parents indefinitely. After a hearing Friday in Los Angeles, the Washington Post reports, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction, preventing the administration from withdrawing from the Flores agreement . That... More »

Hurricane Survivor, 12, Was Sent to Migrant Detention Center

Bahamian girl has now been reunited with family

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl from the Bahamas who ended up in a migrant detention center in Florida after fleeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian has been reunited with her family. Kaytora Paul flew to Miami with her godmother on Sunday after being evacuated from hard-hit Abaco Island, where the roof... More »

White House Makes Its Move Against Flores Agreement

Will issue new rule that would end 20-day limit on detaining migrant kids

(Newser) - The Flores agreement was put into place during the Clinton administration; the Trump administration is now formally trying to replace it. The federal consent decree has since 1997 put parameters around the detention of migrant children and teens. The new rule the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of... More »

Trump Finds New Way to Discourage Migrants

But swamped immigration courts manage to fast-track family cases

(Newser) - Rosita Lopez said armed gang members demanded money from her and her partner at their small grocery store on the Guatemalan coast and threatened to kill them when they couldn't pay. When her partner was shot soon afterward, they sold everything and fled north, the AP reports. Just over... More »

Trump Loses Court Battle Over Asylum

Federal judge's ruling halts the policy across the Mexico border

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new asylum restrictions for immigrants at the US-Mexico border, marking the latest defeat for a president waging an all-out battle in the courts to stop the flow of migrants into the country, the AP reports. The ruling by US... More »

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