US border agents gas 'rock-throwing' migrants on Mexican border, witnesses allege overreaction

US border patrol have deployed tear gas against migrants in Tijuana, just across San Diego. The authorities argue they repelled an attack by “violent” rock-throwers. Media reports suggest the action was uncalled for, however. Videos and photos circulated by various media outlets show plumes of yellowish smoke billowing up from the fence separating the US […]

Number of migrants crossing English Channel declared ‘major incident’

The rising number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel has been declared a “major incident” by the UK home secretary, Sajid Javid. Javid also asked for an urgent call with his French counterpart to discuss the issue and appointed a gold commander to deal with the crisis. The Home Office said there was […]

ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station on Christmas Eve

Gregory Bull/AP Hundreds of asylum-seekers spent part of Christmas Eve in a downtown parking lot in El Paso, Texas, without knowing where they’ll end up next. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents began dropping off migrants at a local bus station without warning local shelters. The total number of people could exceed 800 by Wednesday, according […]

Outgoing House speaker Paul Ryan pilloried for hypocrisy of parting nod to Irish migrants

Outgoing Republican House speaker Paul Ryan is being accused of hypocrisy and nepotism, for championing Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies yet pushing to loosen visa requirements for migrants from his family’s homeland. As one of his last acts as leader of the House of Representatives, Ryan managed to squeeze through a bill on November 28, […]

‘US stole from Honduras more’: Migrants at US border demand $50k ‘reparations’, faster processing

Two groups of Central American migrants, a fraction of the 7,000-strong human tide that massed at the border during US elections, are demanding speedy approval of their asylum claims – or $ 50,000 to go home. One group of about 100 Hondurans has asked the Trump administration to pay them $ 50,000 each to leave […]

400+ caravan migrants detained after crossing border fence in Texas

Hundreds of migrants from a Central American “caravan” turned themselves in to the US Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas. They hope to still get asylum in the US, due to to a court challenge to President Donald Trump’s new policy. Groups of migrants, including families, showed up at an opening in the border fence […]

Conditions are so dire at the US-Mexico border that migrants are getting sick, and contracting lice and chicken pox

Several thousand Central American migrants are living out of a filthy, overcrowded sports complex on the US-Mexico border.  They are facing sickness and indefinite waits amid shifting US border policies.  Since the migrants began cramming into the complex in Tijuana, there have been multiplecases of respiratory illnesses, lice, and chicken pox.  Many of the people […]

‘Your land, your future’! Germany offers migrants cash to go home in controversial ad campaign

As Germany still struggles to balance its migration policy, the Interior Ministry has apparently decided to take one of the issues into its own hands and, through an ad campaign, boost the numbers of voluntary repatriations. The ministry, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer, decided to lure potential repatriates with a supposedly […]

Germany’s ‘Achilles heel’? Report claims Middle East consulates sell forged visas to migrants

Corrupt officials at German consulates in some Middle Eastern states have been collaborating with people smugglers and literally selling forged visas to migrants seeking to come to Germany as refugees, according to reports. The corrupt schemes “have been run smoothly [by employees] in the visa centers of many German diplomatic missions abroad,” and the Middle […]