Immigration Issues

  • Britain gives extra £7m for French border migrant crisis

    Britain's interior minister announced Tuesday an extra £7 million ($11 million, 10 million euros) towards improving security at the French end of the Channel tunnel after a mass illegal immigration attempt. Home Secretary Theresa May made the announcement following talks in London with her French…

    AFP
  • Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean in 2015

    "Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions," the UN refugee agency warned in a report. The immigration crisis is a burning issue for the EU, where member states have been wrangling over the best ways to tackle human trafficking and arguing over how to share the…

    AFP
  • Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe 'hit 150,000 in 2015'

    Some 150,000 migrants and refugees have so far this year made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, and more than 1,900 of them have died, the International Organization for Migration said Friday. The IOM's announcement came just a month after the 100,000-mark was passed, and the…

    AFP
  • Mass trials to handle illegal immigration: Solution or shameful?

    The Operation Streamline hearing ends in just about two hours, but some have lasted as little as a half hour.  The convicted migrants, most from Mexico and Central America, then file out of the courtroom with dejected looks. In America’s attempts to address illegal immigration, Operation Streamline…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Lawyers: immigrant mothers coerced to wear ankle monitors

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds would suffice.

    Associated Press
  • Italian navy finds 11 dead migrants, rescues hundreds

    The Italian navy found 11 dead migrants on boats headed across the Mediterranean to Europe on Friday and saved some 570 others as numerous rescue operations were underway. Authorities discovered the bodies after the Italian patrol ship Bettica rescued 86 migrants from two inflatable boats, the navy…

    AFP
  • Over 1,800 migrants rescued off Italy, 13 bodies recovered

    More than 1,800 migrants have been picked up in the Mediterranean and 13 bodies recovered as the exodus from north Africa by boat endures, Italy's coast guard said Tuesday. Vessels taking part in EU border security operation Triton rescued the migrants from their rickety boats in five separate…

    AFP
  • Judge: Immigrant kids should be freed from family detention

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that immigrant children arriving on the U.S. border with their mothers should not be detained in secure detention facilities. But experts say it isn't entirely clear when they might get out.

    Associated Press
  • Some '2,000' migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel terminal

    Attempts by migrants desperate to reach England through the Channel Tunnel reached a new peak overnight, as about 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais. "It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said a spokesman for…

    AFP
  • Brussels clashes with Britain over Med migrant plan

    The European Union clashed with Britain on Wednesday over a plan to save thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, which includes controversial resettlement quotas for refugees. British interior minister Theresa May called for economic migrants to be sent back, saying the EU's manner…

    AFP
  • Donald Trump is more moderate than many Republican voters on immigration. This poll shows why.

    If a new CNN poll is correct, a majority of Republican voters are significantly to the right of pretty much every Republican elected official and every single Republican presidential candidate — including Donald Trump — on immigration. Mass deportation of unauthorized immigrants currently in the US…

    Vox.com
  • Correction: Immigration-Family Detention story

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story July 24 about the detention of immigrant children, The Associated Press reported erroneously which federal government agency was found to be in violation of a previous settlement involving the detention of immigrant children. The agency was the…

    Associated Press
  • Italian protesters torch beds to try block migrant arrivals

    Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants. Authorities in the village of Quito plan to accommodate 101 immigrants in empty apartments, but…

    AFP
  • Pope slams nations which 'close the door' to migrants

    Pope Francis said Wednesday that those who "close the door" to refugees seeking a safe haven in Europe should ask God's forgiveness, as tensions rose in the EU over the migrant crisis. A day after European interior ministers failed to agree on how to stem the flow of boat migrants across the…

    AFP
  • EU to open Niger shelters to keep migrants out of Europe

    Several shelters are to open in Niger for illegal African immigrants in a bid to dissuade them from trying to reach Europe and instead offering local alternatives, the French interior minister said Friday. The centres proposed by the European Union, in cooperation with Niger, "should be an…

    AFP
  • In Spanish-language interview, Jeb Bush commits to immigration reform

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sat down for his first Spanish-language interview as a 2016 candidate on Monday, committing to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality if elected president. "I do make that commitment, and I know we can do it," Bush said in Spanish to Telemundo's José…

    CBS News