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Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU Says

Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU SaysVarious branches of the federal government worked in tandem to time interviews



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Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrants

Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrantsThe Aquarius, run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), rescued 141 people in two separate operations off the Libyan coast last week. As that rescue was underway, SOS Mediterranee and MSF asked for guidance on where to take those they had saved. “What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” said Nick Romaniuk, search and rescue coordinator for SOS Mediterranee.



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Spain-France border town sees marked increase in migrants

Spain-France border town sees marked increase in migrantsIrĂșn (Spain) (AFP) – With migrant arrivals to Spain’s southern shores on the rise, more of them are heading north to the border town of Irun, some sleeping rough as they wait to cross into neighbouring France, locals and officials say. Residents and associations in the northern Basque city joined forces last month in an informal network to bring food and clothes for the migrants after they were alarmed at the increase, said Bibi Liras, an activist.



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Venezuelan migrants throng Ecuador-Colombia border high up in Andes

Venezuelan migrants throng Ecuador-Colombia border high up in AndesImpoverished Venezuelans are fleeing food shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime in their homeland, often taking days-long bus rides across South America because they cannot afford flights. Ecuador’s government on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in three provinces due to a jump in Venezuelans who arrived through Colombia. Authorities said up to 4,500 Venezuelans had crossed daily since the weekend, up from around 500 to 1,000 people previously.



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Trump officials won't say whether the government is still separating child migrants from their parents

Trump officials won't say whether the government is still separating child migrants from their parentsTrump administration officials refused to answer whether children are still being separated from their parents at the border during a heated conference call with reporters.



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Migrants in limbo as Italy blocks rescue ships

Migrants in limbo as Italy blocks rescue shipsConfusion reigned in the Mediterranean on Monday after a chaotic weekend with the Libyan coast guard claiming to have rescued about 1,000 migrants, Italy stepping up the ante and several humanitarian and commercial ships waiting for more clarity before carrying out more operations. Italy, on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis, has turned away rescue vessels with its new populist government saying the onus was on Libya to take them in. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, is moored about 30 nautical miles off Malta with 234 migrants who were rescued on Wednesday, including 14 women and four children younger than three.



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Five migrants die, nearly 200 rescued off Libya

Five migrants die, nearly 200 rescued off LibyaFive migrants died and nearly 200 were rescued off the coast of Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in two boats, the Libyan navy said Saturday. Three children and nine women were among 94 migrants rescued on Friday when their inflatable dinghy sank 12 nautical miles from Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli. Five migrants — from Sudan, Nigeria, Chad and Egypt — aboard the same vessel lost their lives, said navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem.



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Italy to pick up migrants, impound German charity ship

Italy to pick up migrants, impound German charity shipBy Steve Scherer and Angelo Amante ROME (Reuters) – Italy appeared to relent on Thursday after at first refusing to accept 226 migrants on board a German charity rescue ship, saying later in the day it would take them in but would impound the vessel. Anti-immigrant interior minister Matteo Salvini initially said the Dutch-flagged ship Lifeline should take the people it plucked from the Mediterranean to the Netherlands and not Italy. “We will assume the humanitarian generosity and responsibility to save these people and take them onto Italian coastguard ships,” Toninelli said in a video posted on Facebook.



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Macron backs Merkel in German row over migrants

Macron backs Merkel in German row over migrantsFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Friday offered his backing to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bitter row with her interior minister over her liberal immigration policy. “Countries are committed to the paths taken by their heads of state or government,” he told reporters. “Germany also has a head of government,” he said of Merkel, saying it was she who was “responsible before her people and her parliament”.



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Italy's Far-Right Government Leaves Hundreds Of Migrants Stranded At Sea

Italy's Far-Right Government Leaves Hundreds Of Migrants Stranded At SeaItaly's new hard-line interior minister prevented a rescue ship carrying 629



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