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43 bodies of migrants found after boats capsize off Djibouti

Forty-three bodies have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized in rough waters, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday.


Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at …


Survivors: Up to 117 migrants missing in capsizing off Libya

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time of the …


Pentagon asked to provide more help on border security

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, a defense official said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Trump blames Democrats for migrant child deaths at U.S. border

President Donald Trump deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children this month in U.S. government custody as his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

U.S. nixed FBI checks on staff at migrant teen detention camp

The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months …


Incoming Mexico gov’t: No deal to host US asylum-seekers

Mexico’s incoming government says it does not plan to assume the role of “safe third country” for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. after Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sworn …


George P. Shultz and Pedro Aspe: How we can help the migrant caravan

The highly publicized progress by a “caravan” of approximately 5,000 migrants from Central America to the United States underlines a persistent trend. The reason for the trend is obvious.


Tijuana protesters chant ‘Out!’ at migrants camped in city

Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have …


Migrant caravan embarks on ‘route of death’ through Mexico

Thousands of wary Central American migrants resumed their push toward the United States on Sunday, a day after arguments over the path ahead saw some travelers splinter away from the …


Third migrant caravan enters Mexico, heads for U.S. border

A third caravan of migrants – this time from El Salvador – waded over the Suchiate River into Mexico on Friday, bringing another 1,000 to 1,500 people who want to …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward U.S.

About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass …


Food, water, ride: Guatemalans aid Honduran caravan migrants

Sweaty, sunburned and exhausted, Jonathan Zuniga had been carrying his 1-year-old baby in his arms for five hours when help arrived unexpectedly from a local woman who offered him a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Italy arrests mayor for allegedly aiding illegal immigration

The mayor of a small town in southern Italy that became a model for immigrant integration was placed under house arrest Tuesday for allegedly aiding illegal immigration, a move that …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

U.N. teams to assess migrant treatment in Austria, Italy

The new U.N. human rights chief on Monday announced plans to send teams to Italy and Austria to examine migrants’ treatment, drawing a quick retort from Vienna.


Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly.


Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations …


Spain saves 223 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean

Spanish authorities say they have rescued 223 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.


Arizona clergy call activists to support migrants on border

Arizona clergy are calling activists to gather this weekend at the state’s border with Mexico and leave large jugs of water on remote trails for migrants who continue to cross …


Spain rescues nearly 1,000 migrants from the sea in 2 days

Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved nearly 1,000 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe from North Africa over the last two days.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 2:51 p.m.

19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Italy: France, Malta offer to take quarter of 450 migrants

Italy said Saturday that Malta and France had agreed to take 100 of the 450 migrants who were rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, claiming victory in the …


Martin W.G. King: On migrants, a petri dish of blame and bias

As the senior writer at the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D.C., I acquired an intimate knowledge of the principle that you never blame the victim of a crime. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

Report: Merkel secures deal with 14 EU nations on migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers as she seeks to end a schism in her government over …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Spanish boat saves 60 migrants but Italy locks its ports

A Spanish rescue boat plucked 60 migrants Saturday from a patched-up rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, igniting another political row between Italy and Malta over who should …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Italy, others to take migrants but fate of NGO ship unclear

Italy and at least three other countries agreed Tuesday to accept migrants from an aid ship that has been in a holding pattern off Malta for five days, but the …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

EU papers over differences after ‘frank’ migration talks

The leaders of 16 countries survived the “frank talk” of an emergency meeting on immigration and emerged with a veneer of common purpose Sunday as the European Union enters a …


Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s allies in Bavaria averted an immediate collision Monday with the German leader, giving her two weeks to make deals on migration with other European countries instead of …


Rescue ships dock in Spain as migrant debate roils Europe

Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the perilous Mediterranean only …


Spain saves 933 migrants, waits for another 630 on Aquarius

Spain’s maritime rescue service said it has saved 933 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past …