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Immigration News

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Los Angeles - Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 military reservists to the state's border with Mexico, to tackle a surge in immigrant children flooding into the United States.
In the Media by AFP

Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

Valletta - The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel's hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.
In the Media by AFP

Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

Rome - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.
In the Media by Dario Thuburn (AFP)

Hundreds of immigrants land in Italy

Rome - Hundreds more immigrants arrived in Italian waters on Friday, a day after the navy said it had intercepted at least 1,400 asylum-seekers on six boats crossing from Libya.
In the Media by AFP

Up to $1,000 a day to care for child migrants

Washington - As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border.
In the Media by AFP - 4 comments

Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at U.S. border

Los Angeles - Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by U.S. border agents after being held for several hours Tuesday.
In the Media by Michael Thurston (AFP)

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Sydney - Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter U.S.

Guatemala City - The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala Friday, amid a raging U.S. debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.
In the Media by AFP

Migration helps boost EU population to 507.4 million

Brussels - The population of the European Union stood at 507.4 million people on January 1, official EU data showed Thursday, with a significant boost from immigration.According to the Eurostat agency, the EU's population grew by 1.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Syrian stillborn child sparks Swiss border control investigation

An investigation has been launched in Switzerland into the case of a 22-year-old Syrian migrant who gave birth to a stillborn baby after being ignored by Swiss border authorities when she told them she was heavily bleeding and needed medical attention.
In the Media by Madeleine French - 1 comment

Obama tells C. Americans not to send kids over border

Dallas - US President Barack Obama warned parents in Central America not to send their children alone on the perilous journey through Mexico to illegally cross the US border.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Australian minister in Sri Lanka as boat crisis deepens

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister arrived in Colombo early Wednesday as a group of Sri Lankan migrants controversially turned back by Canberra at sea said they were treated worse than dogs.
In the Media by AFP

Obama seeks $3.7 bn to stem illegal border entries

Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with a surge of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.
In the Media by AFP

Returned Sri Lanka migrants vent fury at Australia

Galle - Sri Lankan migrants aboard a boat that was controversially turned back mid-sea by Australia slammed Canberra on Tuesday, claiming they were abused, given little food and treated "worse than dogs".
In the Media by Amal Jayasinghe (AFP)

Singapore doubles riot police after guest worker fracas

Singapore - Singapore is doubling the size of its frontline anti-riot forces and stepping up surveillance after a rampage by Indian workers exposed police weaknesses following four decades of strict social order.
In the Media by AFP

Australia court bars return of Sri Lanka refugees

Sydney - A High Court on Monday barred Australia from handing back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy.
In the Media by Martin Parry (AFP)

Op-Ed: Facts and myths about illegal immigration

Washington, D. C. - Once again the sideshow distraction that occurs along the US-Mexican border is gripping the headlines. It’s time for Americans to receive a reality check about the myths and facts of illegal immigration.
In the Media by Justin King - 30 comments

Australian minister to visit Sri Lanka amid boat dispute

Colombo - Australia's immigration minister will visit Colombo this week for talks on illegal immigration following international concern at his country's handling of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, it was announced Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Backpacker arrested for remaining in U.S half hour too long

A South American backpacker visiting the United States was locked in federal detention after reportedly over-extending his stay by 30 minutes. Diego Simonassi said he roamed freely with just a backpack in the United States for six months.

UN voices 'profound concern' over Australia boat claims

Sydney - The UN expressed "profound concern" Thursday over reports that Australia was screening Sri Lankan asylum-seekers at sea and handing them over to Colombo, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott denied breaking international law.
In the Media by AFP

Immigrant children pose humanitarian crisis for US

Los Angeles - A massive wave of immigrant children flooding into the United States across Mexico's border is posing a growing humanitarian crisis, and escalating into a political one.
In the Media by Sara Puig (AFP) - 4 comments

U.S. protesters use their bodies to block transport of immigrants

Murrieta - Around 150 protesters blocked an access road for three buses that were carrying immigrants to a processing center for deportation. The buses had to turn around and find another route to take.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

80 more migrants drown in latest Italy boat tragedy

Rome - Eighty more migrants are feared drowned after another shipwreck off Italy, just days after dozens of others suffocated in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Traffickers left migrants to die 'like beasts': Survivors

Rome - Horrific accounts emerged Tuesday of how 30 migrants were left to die, bolted by traffickers into the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat, as their bodies were brought to Sicily for burial."There were too many of us.
In the Media by Ella IDE (AFP)

Anger in Italy over 30 migrant deaths

Rome - Anger erupted in Italy Monday over the deaths at sea of 30 migrants, as Rome stood accused of worsening a years-long crisis which has seen 5,000 desperate refugees rescued in the past 24 hours.
In the Media by Ella Ide (AFP)

Around 30 bodies found in migrant boat: Italian authorities

Rome - About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies reported Monday, citing the navy and coastguard.
In the Media by AFP

Italy rescues 1,600 boat migrants over weekend

Rome - More than 1,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy and coast guard this weekend, authorities said Sunday, as the annual arrivals toll crept towards a record high.
In the Media by AFP

Australia offers asylum-seekers $10k to return home

Sydney - Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: It is time for 'dreamers' to hold onto their dream

Every year more than 20,000 of young migrants arrive to the United States in what hopefully will be the promise of a better life. Before 2012, these migrants were at high risk of being deported even if they had spent many years living in the U.S.
In the Media by Valerie Benguiat

Biden to discuss child migrants on Guatemala visit

Guatemala City - US Vice President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the growing numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico illegally trying to cross the US border.
In the Media by Edgar Calderon (AFP)
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