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    MSNBC host Joy Reid faced backlash for a comment she made Tuesday evening comparing Floridians evacuating ahead of Hurricane Ian to the illegal migrants flooding the US border. Reid was slammed online for politicizing the natural disaster, which has so far left 650,000 Floridians without power, and imperiled the lives and livelihoods of millions more. On the Tuesday edition of The ReidOut, the host remarked that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) would have to pause 'owning the libs' in order to manage the natural disaster impacting his state. DeSantis was governor of Florida throughout the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and oversaw a successful mitigation effort and reopening of its economy. He also oversaw the response to Hurricane Sally, which struck the Florida panhandle in September 2020. 'It’s a bit ironic now that you might have Floridians having to pour over the borders and go north and get out of the state of Florida in the exact same crisis we have been talking about on a trolling level in that state for a long time,' said Reid. 'Be careful about attacking people...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has once again sued President Joe Biden’s administration, this time over Biden’s attempt to codify the “catch and release” policy into federal law. In March, the Biden administration announced a regulation that would restructure the asylum process and put decision-making in the hands of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security rather than federal immigration judges. Biden’s rule would let asylum officers determine whether to grant migrants asylum claims at the southern border. This new process would allow for the mass entry of migrants into the United States while their asylum claims are pending. As the Texas Tribune explained: Under the new process, asylum-seekers could be released into the country pending the outcome of their cases instead of being held in custody. If a migrant apprehended at the border claims they could be persecuted or tortured if they return to their home country, the asylum officer would decide if they have a credible claim. If the officer declines an asylum claim, migrants could appeal to an immigration judge. With the help of the America First Legal Foundation,...
    CAIRO (AP) — More than 90 people in an overcrowded boat drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, a prominent humanitarian group said, in the latest tragedy involving migrants departing from North Africa to seek a better life in Europe. Doctors Without Borders said late Saturday the migrants were on a vessel that left Libya last week. It was unclear exactly when the boat ran into trouble, said Juan Matias Gil, the group’s head of mission. The group, also known by its French acronym MSF, said an oil tanker rescued four migrants early Saturday in international waters. The survivors reported that they were on the boat along with about 100 other migrants, it said. MSF said the tanker did not respond to its calls not to return the migrants to Libya, where “they will almost certainly face detention, abuse and ill-treatment.” The group urged Italy and Malta to “assign a place of safety for the survivors before it is too late.” It also called for The European Union border protection agency Frontex and other EU agencies to reveal the details of the...
    MADRID (AP) — Around 1,000 migrants tried unsuccessfully to climb over the barrier separating Morocco from one of Spain’s African enclaves on Tuesday, authorities in Spain said. The representative for Spain’s government in Melilla said that Moroccan border guards repelled the attempt while Spanish border guards remained positioned on the other side of the frontier. The failed attempt to reach European Union territory came less than a week after an unprecedented 2,500 people tried to enter the city, with 491 managing to get across two 6-meter (20-foot) fences onto the Spanish side. That was followed a day later by another push by some 1,200 people, resulting in another 380 crossings. People fleeing violence or poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa sometimes use mass border incursions to try to reach Melilla and Spain’s other city on the North Africa coast, Ceuta, as a springboard to continental Europe. The attempts include violent clashes between those crossing and the agents charged to stop them. ___ Follow AP’s coverage of migration issues at https://apnews.com/hub/migration Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a group of migrants who became lost in the Huachuca Mountains near the Arizona border with Mexico. Agents found one of the migrants, a woman, to be severely dehydrated and had to carry her out of danger. Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted a photo of a migrant woman whose life was saved by Sonoita Station agents this week. The agents responded to a 911 call from a group of three lost migrants. Sonoita Station agents #rescued 3 migrants in the Huachuca Mts. after they called 9-1-1. One female was severely dehydrated and struggling to stay awake. An EMT certified agent provided aid before agents carried her off the mountain to an ambulance, saving her life. #HonorFirst pic.twitter.com/kuWc8H9FSo — John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) December 29, 2021 Agents responded to the area and found the three migrants. A medical assessment revealed a female migrant to be suffering from severe dehydration and had difficulty remaining awake. An agent trained as an Emergency Medical Technician provided medical aid to the woman. The agents then...
              more   Thousands of migrants are attempting to cross the U.S. Southern border in Yuma, Arizona, according to multiple reports. Many of the individuals are claiming to seek asylum, as the “Remain in Mexico” policy formed under the Trump administration resumes operation. “Just talked with Yuma Co. Sheriff Wilmot. He says this morning it looks like probably 4000 in custody waiting to be processed by @CBPalready and 600 along levee by river waiting to get picked up. Yuma is being compared to the crisis we saw in Del Rio in September,” tweeted journalist Ali Bradley. AZ: Just talked with Yuma Co. Sheriff Wilmot. He says this morning it looks like probably 4000 in custody waiting to be processed by @CBP already and 600 along levee by river waiting to get picked up. Yuma is being compared to the crisis we saw in Del Rio in September. pic.twitter.com/GBwzAhTQES — Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) December 6, 2021 Bradley also detailed that the Yuma County Sheriff estimates that more than 1,000 people have entered the state illegally in the past few days. Officials...
    Poland remains under sustained attack from the Belarus side of its eastern border, with a group of at least 200 migrants making an attempt to storm the nation Wednesday night, according to Polish border guards as tensions continue to build. Polish border guards stated that the group of 200 or so migrants made an attempt to storm the border on the evening of November 24th near the village of Czeremcha, just over an hour drive from the Belarusian city of Brest. Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska commented on the incident, telling news agency Reuters, “They were trying to break through the border, attacking the border,” and added, “They were throwing branches and stones and the attempt was stopped by our officers.” On Thursday, Polish broadcaster Radio Kielce reported that within the last day alone, Polish board guards had reported at least three attempts by migrants to attack and storm the border, some of them using stones to attack officials as well as laser in an attempt to blind them. Wczoraj,24.11,na odcinku ochranianym przez Placówkę SG w Czeremsze grupa ponad 200 osób...
    San Diego lifeguards rescued three Mexican nationals from the ocean Monday night after receiving a report that dozens of residents were trying to swim to the United States. San Diego officials received a report from officials in Tijuana that said there was “some sort of commotion down by the marine boundary line” near Border Field State Park. When Border Patrol agents investigated the scene, they found three people — a man, a woman, and an unaccompanied child who were all Mexican citizens, according to the Los Angeles Times . 'I WILL SEND THEM TO DELAWARE': DESANTIS THREATENS TO REMOVE MIGRANTS FLOWN TO FLORIDA BY BIDEN ADMINISTRATION Rick Romero, a San Diego lifeguard lieutenant, said the three rescued Mexican migrants were uninjured. Border Patrol agents took custody of the trio and continued searching for others in the water until after midnight, though no one else was found, the outlet reported. It was not the first time authorities received word of migrants trying to swim across the border, as an estimated 70 residents tried to swim the...
    Migrants, mostly Haitians, wait for asylum processing by Mexico's Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) outside a soccer stadium, in Tapachula, Mexico October 12, 2021.Jose Torres | Reuters The Biden administration on Friday announced its second attempt to terminate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. This comes two weeks after the administration complied with a Texas federal judge's order to reinstate the policy, known as "Remain in Mexico," by mid-November.  While the administration is carrying out the order to reimplement the policy, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced his intentions to end "Remain in Mexico" if the order is lifted by the federal judge who issued it or an appellate court. He issued a first memo in June that terminated the program until the federal judge's order thwarted his plan. The "Remain in Mexico" policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP, was first implemented in 2019 by former President Donald Trump amid an increase of Central American families crossing the southwest border.  In the memo, Mayorkas...
    Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, warned Haitian migrants against attempting a voyage to the US as more 12,000 migrants were camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. "We are very concerned that Haitians that are taking the irregular migration path are receiving misinformation—that the border is open or that Temporary Protected Status is available to them despite the fact they are arriving long after the date that presents the deadline for TPS eligibility," Mayorkas told journalists during a conference call, the Miami Herald reported. "This is not the way to come to the United States." Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio, Texas, estimated that there were more than 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers at a border location. The U.S. aims to expel many of the migrants camped around a bridge in Del Rio, a report said. Starting Wednesday, there will be seven expulsion flights daily to Port-au-Prince and to Cap-Haitien, the Associated Press reported, citing a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Flights will continue to depart from San Antonio...
    Hundreds of illegal migrants die annually in the Arizona desert. Photo: Jeff Topping / . Authorities from the United States Customs and Border Protection Office reported that human smugglers cloned one of their vehicles in Tucson, Arizona border with Sonora, Mexico, for the illegal transport of immigrants. Acting Chief Agent of the Tucson Border Patrol, John R. Modlin, reported that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) together with the US Border Patrol detained a driver who was trying to smuggle ten immigrants, which were also placed at the order of the authorities. It was reported that a man wearing a fake border patrol uniform He drove a Chevrolet Tahoe-type truck with logos, an economic number and a similar torrera and tried to go unnoticed, but was identified by the border authorities and the capture was carried out. This is not a Border Patrol vehicle. @HSIPhoenix and #BorderPatrol agents from #Tucson Station foiled a smuggling attempt using a cloned vehicle and a fake uniform. The driver and 10 migrants were taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/tpl4cLkUhE – John R....
    A group of undocumented migrants in camouflage clothing burglarized a ranch house in Texas and attempted to evade arrest, authorities said Monday. Border agents from Uvalde Station encountered the five males, who were in possession of clothing, binoculars, and knives from the nearby ranch house, the U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector said. MIGRANT ARRESTS AT SOUTHERN BORDER ROSE YET AGAIN IN JUNE TO 188,000, TOPPING 1M THIS FISCAL YEAR After a brief investigation, agents located the owner of the stolen property and local law enforcement took the illegal migrants into custody, officials said. After an investigation by border agents, local law enforcement took the men into custody. (U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector) CBP has reported over 900,000 illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border since January. Nearly 190,000 migrants were encountered in June alone. In late June, three undocumented migrants were arrested after breaking into a Texas ranch house in Sierra Blanca and stealing firearms, ammunition food and clothing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Local law enforcement took the three men into custody without incident. CLICK HERE...
    LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station found a horse trailer being used for human smuggling after law enforcement partners conducted a vehicle stop near Hebbronville. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) It happened the morning of July 21, when the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office (JHSCO) requested help with a vehicle stop involving a pick-up truck hauling a horse trailer on Farm to Market Road 3073. JHSCO deputies found 17 individuals inside the horse trailer while others had taken off on-foot from the truck into the nearby brush. Responding agents apprehended four additional individuals hiding in the brush. The 21 undocumented individuals taken into custody were from the countries of Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras and were processed accordingly. JHSCO took custody of the truck and trailer.
    More On: turkey Thousands of flamingos die in drought in central Turkey Biden picks former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake to be ambassador to Turkey Oil wrestling festival returns in Turkey See the outfit that got a bodybuilder banned from an American Airlines flight ISTANBUL — A boat carrying 45 migrants was sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat ran into trouble about 60 miles south of the Greek island of Karpathos. It said two ships and one plane was involved in the rescue attempt. Commercial ships were also issued “search sectors” through a marine announcement system. Migrants have tried to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece in the hopes of starting new lives in Europe. The journey is a deadly one. A migration deal between Turkey and the EU, which was reached in 2016, helped stem refugee flows but many still attempt the dangerous sea routes to try and reach one of the Greek islands. In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, file...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — A boat carrying 45 migrants has sunk in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat capsized about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) south of the Greek island of Karpathos. It said two ships and one plane was involved in the rescue attempt. Migrants have tried to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece in the hopes of starting new lives in Europe. The journey is a deadly one. A migration deal between Turkey and the EU, which was reached in 2016, helped stem refugee flows but many still attempt the dangerous sea routes to try and reach one of the Greek islands. ___ Follow AP’s global migration coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/migration Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a search and rescue operation is continuing off the coast of the southern island of Crete for several people believed missing a day after a boat carrying dozens of migrants sank in high winds. Greece’s coast guard said three vessels were involved Friday in the search and rescue operation southeast of Crete. A total of 37 people were rescued late Thursday, including one child and one woman, with some pulled from the sea and others from the sinking sailboat, the coast guard said. According to survivors, there were a total of about 45 people on board the vessel. The passengers’ nationalities, original departure point and intended destination were not immediately clear. Greece is one of the preferred smuggling routes into the European Union for people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The vast majority attempt to cross to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast in inflatable dinghies, but occasionally some attempt a longer crossing in larger boats, sometimes leaving the coast of north Africa and hoping...
    MADRID - Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly attempt to force their way over the 12-kilometer-long border in Melilla and in Spain's other enclave in the northern African coast, Ceuta, as a stepping stone to reach the European continent. The migrants often attempt to cross in large groups to surprise police agents on both sides of the fences. In one of the largest attempts in recent months, more than 300 Sub-Saharan men tried to cross in the early hours of Thursday, according to a statement from the Spanish government's delegation in Melilla, a city of 84,000 residents. It said the migrants were carrying hooks to climb the fences and that three Spanish Civil Guard officers were slightly injured when they tried to stop the migrants. The 238 who made it in were taken to a migrant processing center where they need to self-isolate to prevent the possible spread...
    MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain’s autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it to the Northern African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly attempt to trespass the 12-kilometer-long (7.4-miles) border in Melilla and in Spain’s other enclave in the northern African coast, Ceuta, as a stepping stone to reach the European continent. The migrants often attempt to cross in large groups to surprise police agents on both sides of the fences. In one of the largest attempts in recent months, more than 300 Sub-Saharan men tried to cross in the early hours of Thursday, according to a statement from the Spanish government’s delegation in Melilla, a city of 84,000 residents. It said the migrants were carrying hooks to climb the fences and that two of three Spanish Civil Guard officers were mildly injured when they tried to stop the migrants. The 238 who made it in were taken to a migrant processing center where they need to self-isolate to prevent the possible...
    A man pled guilty to involvement in a smuggling scheme that resulted in a high-speed chase and car crash which killed five illegal migrants, the Justice Department announced Monday. Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr., 23, fled in a car driving over 100 miles per hour attempting to evade Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County Sheriff deputies before crashing in Big Wells, Texas, in July 2018, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Four of the 13 illegal migrants traveling with Monsivais died at the scene of the crash while nine others were transported to a hospital for treatment, but one person died on the way to the hospital, according to the DOJ. Border Patrol officials detained 23 illegal migrants, mostly from Mexico, involved in the apparent smuggling attempt. Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr, 23 of Eagle Pass, pleaded guilty today to federal charges in connection with a smuggling scheme that resulted in the deaths of five undocumented noncitizens @HSI_HQ @USBPChiefDRT https://t.co/9s2dRDjkpZ — U.S. Attorney WDTX (@USAO_WDTX) May 24, 2021 Monsivais pled guilty to five charges including conspiracy to harbor illegal...
    One person died and eight others were injured in a suspected smuggling attempt off the coast of San Diego, California, officials said Thursday morning. Border officials attempted to intercept a panga-style boat carrying at least 15 people near La Jolla, California, KUSI News reported. Agents notified San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards of several people who were previously seen on the boat in distress in the water. Lifeguards rescued 10 people from “rough water conditions” and some of them had life vests, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The boat continued up the coastline before crashing near Wipeout Beach where lifeguards administered CPR to one person who was found in the water and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Muñoz. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials apprehended a total of 15 illegal migrants who were taken into custody for processing, Border Patrol agent Jacob Macisaac said in a statement. It’s unclear how many illegal migrants were on the boat or if any evaded apprehension. “My message for anyone that’s considering making the journey would...
    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops aborted early Sunday an attempt to smuggle dozens of Syrian migrants to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the military said. The attempt to smuggle 69 Syrian citizens comes as Lebanon is witnessing a severe economic and financial crisis that has thrown more people into poverty. There have been attempts over the past year to smuggle migrants to European Union member Cyprus during which some of the migrants were killed. The Mediterranean island and Lebanon have an agreement to curb the arrival of boats loaded with migrants from reaching Cyprus. The Lebanese army said in a statement that soldiers and members of the army intelligence thwarted the attempt in the northern district of Arida near the border with Syria. It added that the smuggler who took money from the migrants to take them to Cyprus has been arrested and is being questioned. Last year, numerous boatloads of migrants sailed to Cyprus — approximately 107 miles (172 kilometers) from Tripoli, Lebanon — alarming Cypriot authorities that say the island can’t handle any more migrants seeking asylum for...
    Mexican authorities disrupted a large-scale human smuggling attempt at a border state international airport. The discovery led to the arrest of 95 migrants found to be illegally in Mexico. The group was made up mostly of family units and unaccompanied minors. The arrests took place this week at the Monterrey International Airport, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by Mexico’s National Immigration Institute. Monterrey is located 100 miles from the Texas border and is considered a main logistical hub for legal and illegal commerce — including human smuggling. The migrants arrived at the airport via two separate airplanes from the southern Mexico cities of Villa Hermosa, Tabasco, and Cancun, Quintana Roo. Authorities did not reveal if the migrants were headed to a particular place in Mexico or to the Texas border as part of the ongoing immigration crisis as family units, unaccompanied minors, and asylum seekers continue to arrive in numbers not seen in many years. The group consisted of 70 migrants from Honduras, 14 from Guatemala, six from El Salvador, and five from Cuba. According to Mexican...
    A group of migrants running into the streets of Laredo interrupted an interview between Breitbart Texas and U.S. Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) who was visiting the area. During an interview at night near the banks of the Rio Grande, Congressman Roy was in the process of sharing some of his observations when the interview was cut short as a group of migrants ran north from the river toward a shopping mall in downtown Laredo. “Run for the ladder, run for the ladder,” a cartel-connected human smuggler yelled from the river as the migrants ran north. The area of the smuggling attempt does not have any physical barriers such as fencing or walls, making the shallow waters of the Rio Grande the only obstacle. As U.S. Border Patrol agents rushed to intercept the group, the smuggler from the river yelled at them to run back. Some were able to return to the river and make their way back into Mexico while authorities detained two males. Federal law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart Texas that during that night just inside the city...
    Cartel-connected human smugglers led a group of migrants across the Rio Grande and tried to have them run into the streets of Laredo. Breitbart Texas was there when authorities were able to turn them back. Breitbart Texas was in the border city of Laredo documenting the ongoing crisis caused by as thousands of migrants seeking entry into Texas each day. Laredo and the surrounding areas have minimal border fencing–presenting a unique challenge for authorities since they have to rely on reduced manpower to detain migrants. While filming in the neighborhood known as Rincon Del Diablo in the city’s downtown area, a cartel-connected smuggler led a group of migrants and sent some running into the city. U.S. Border Patrol vehicles in the area rushed to intercept. The rest stayed on the banks of the Rio Grande as the smuggler yelled at them to run back to Mexico. Federal law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas say these types of incidents are a common for the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas as a way to divert manpower from certain areas....
    Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents found groups of migrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul truck and two tractor-trailers. The migrants had no means of escape. Eagle Pass South Station agents assigned to the Highway 57 immigration checkpoint near Eagle Pass, Texas, on March 3 stopped a U-Haul truck for an immigration check. Agents conducted a search of the truck’s cargo area and found several migrants packed inside, according to a tweet from Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero. Eagle Pass South Station agents stopped this truck Wednesday, discovering several illegal aliens trapped in the storage area. With no way to exit the vehicle and no seatbelts, the dangers of this smuggling attempt are clear. Luckily, no one was harmed during this attempt. pic.twitter.com/niLZu9usX1 — Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero (@USBPChiefDRT) March 5, 2021 Chief Skero said there was no way for the migrants to exit the cargo area as the smugglers had secured the rear door. “Luckily, no one was harmed during this attempt,” he wrote. Agents assigned to the Highway 77 immigration checkpoint...
    San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents rescued seven migrants from a drainage culvert after they illegally crossed the border from Mexico into California. The agents also found the body of a man who drowned in the culvert. San Diego Sector agents patrolling the border east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry on January 29 discovered a man clinging to a closed grate inside a drainage culvert, according to information released this week by sector officials. The culvert filled with water due to debris clogging the grate. The agents quickly worked to open the grate clogged with trash and other debris. As the grate came open, the water rushed out, ejecting the man and another migrant, officials reported. Emergency crews from the San Diego and Chula Vista Fire Departments arrived and helped get ten Mexican nationals out of the cross-border drainage culvert. Agents reported two of the migrants as being non-responsive. Six others required rescue efforts. Border Patrol agents successfully revived a non-responsive female migrant. The second non-responsive victim, a male, could not be revived and was pronounced dead at...
    CBP Air and Marine Operations agents assisted other law enforcement agencies in apprehending 15 migrants after a boat landing on the coast of California. A multi-agency effort ended with the arrest of 15 migrants being smuggled in a small boat off the coast of California, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. A U.S. Coast Guard maritime patrol aircraft spotted a panga-style vessel that made landfall near Goleta, California. The group began to scatter once they reached the beach. Border Patrol agents and ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents — including members of the Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Taskforce — arrived on the scene and began a search for the fleeing migrants. The search concluded with the successful arrest of 15 migrants. An immigration interview identified the migrants as ten adult males, one juvenile male, and four adult females. Officials reported two of the men were Venezuelan nationals. The others were all identified as Mexican nationals. All 15 had no documents for legally being present in the United States, officials stated. The multi-agency operation included CBP...
    GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers reached a boat carrying over 30 migrants and brought them safely to the Canary Islands, but not in time to save one child who reportedly died at sea. Rescuers said the small boat was discovered late Friday some 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Gran Canaria island. On board there were 11 men, 20 women and three children travelling in very poor conditions. The survivors said a 9-year-old boy had died during the journey and they had tossed his body overboard. Some 23,000 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands in 2020, up from some 3,000 in 2019, according to Spain’s Interior Ministry. More than 500 died in the attempt. The people taking the boats are understood to be fleeing poverty, violence or other circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, in African countries and elsewhere. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    For the first time in four decades the Census Bureau will miss their deadline on reporting apportionment figures used to divvy up congressional seats. The missed deadline will likely subvert President Trump’s plans to remove people living in the country without legal permission from the process. Trump pushed to have immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission discounted from the final census count, which is used by the U.S. House of Representatives to decide how many House members each state gets – a move that some theorized would benefit GOP lawmakers. CENSUS WHIPLASHED BY CHANGING DEADLINES, ACCURACY CONCERNS The 2020 census will also be used to help determine how to redraw district lines, a process that occurs every 10 years. "This important process, which has been a part of every decennial census, is critical to produce data that can be used for apportioning seats in the House of Representatives among the states," the Census Bureau said in a statement Wednesday. "The schedule for reporting this data is not static. Projected dates are fluid." The deadline on Dec. 31, has yet to be...
    ROME (AP) — A sea rescue charity said Friday that its ship carrying rescued migrants declared an onboard state of emergency in the Mediterranean Sea after six migrants tried to kill themselves and the distress of others that no country would let them on land put the safety of the crew and other survivors at risk. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement that some of the 180 migrants aboard have started physical fighting among themselves or been threatening fellow survivors and crew members. The charity said it lodged seven requests for permission to enter a safe harbor, but Italy and Malta said no. There were no immediate government responses from either country about the alleged refusals. The migrants were rescued from the unseaworthy boats of people smugglers in the central Mediterranean during four operations between June 25 and June 30. SOS Mediterranee said the first operation took place in international waters where Italy and Malta have overlapping rescue jurisdiction, while the other rescues occurred in Malta’s search-and-rescue area. The people rescued include a...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents interdicted a maritime human smuggling attempt off the coast of California. The smugglers attempted to move 18 illegal immigrants into the United States. Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents patrolling off the coast of California in a multi-role enforcement aircraft on the night of June 24 spotted a panga running at sea with no lights. The agents picked up the boat on surveillance equipment as it departed Mexican waters, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. The aircrew tracked the panga until handing it off to a second AMO aircraft, officials stated. Agents on board the aircraft directed two coastal interceptor watercraft to interdict the suspected human smuggling operation. Approximately four hours later, the marine interdiction units encountered the suspected smugglers and boarded the panga about 35 miles office coast of San Diego. Those onboard the panga complied without incident, officials stated. A search of the vessel revealed 18 people onboard — 16 men and two women. The agents transported all 18 to...
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