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U.S. House Passes Emergency Funding Bill for Migrant Care Crisis

Washington, D.C. It took last-minute changes and a full-court press by top Democratic leaders, but the House passed with relative ease Tuesday a $4.5 billion emergency border aid package to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill passed along party lines after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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Trump’s Threatened Mass Deportation: What’s So, What’s Not

Washington, D.C. On Monday evening, President Trump tweeted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” next week. Can this really happen? How soon? And what would that look like? This isn’t the first time Trump […]

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Children ‘Young as One’ Involved in U.S. Separation of Migrant Families

New York, N.Y. The current policy in the United States of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern border “always constitutes a child rights violation,” the U.N. human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. Since last October, “several hundred” youngsters – including a 12-month-old infant – have been separated […]

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UNICEF Warns of Risk for Migrant Children Arriving in Europe

New York, N.Y. More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, warning of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death that such children are facing. A group of Gambian boys survey the ocean from the beach […]

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Violence, Teargas at European Border ‘Matter of Great Worry’ – U.N.

New York, N.Y. The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about yesterday’s violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Eidomeni and the extensive scenes of teargas in use. Little boys warm up by a fire outside the camping tent that has been provided for them by humanitarian […]

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Survey: U.S. H-1B Visa Policies Too Restrictive

New York, N.Y. Policies supporting the special non-immigrant H-1B visa program in the United States are too restrictive, undercutting free enterprise and ultimately damaging the economy, according to a survey, of U.S. business executives, by a Dartmouth College dean. The H-1B visas, for which the U.S. began accepting new applications on April 1, are designed to […]

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Greek Hoteliers Offer Respite to Weary Migrants

Idomeni, Greece. Locals in northern Greece are divided about the flood of war refugees. Some say asylum-seekers cause chaos and steal. Others express deep sympathy for their plight, including staff at a five-star hotel in Thessaloniki, which last week boarded some refugees. Syrian children at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel enjoying their respite from the hunger, cold […]

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Imminent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece Amid Disarray: U.N.

New York, N.Y. Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis, largely of its own making, following a rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. A boy clutches and looks through a chain-link fence, on a rainy day near the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia town of Gevgelija, on […]

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