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Trump Compares Migrants to 'Hannibal the Cannibal'

And appears to express admiration for the 'Silence of the Lambs' character

(Newser) - In what the New York Times says has become "a staple of his stump speech," Donald Trump on Saturday compared migrants to Hannibal Lecter, the Silence of the Lambs character who is a serial killer and cannibal. The Guardian , too, points out that Trump has "praised" the...

Trump Spills Plans for Migrants, Abortion If He Gets to WH

Ex-president lays out for 'Time' what his next administration would do if he's elected again

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been spending his days of late mired in court proceedings , but he took some time out last month in Palm Beach, Florida, to chat with Eric Cortellessa for a new profile entitled "If He Wins" in Time . The former president, who wants to be the next...

After UK Clears Deportation Bill, 5 Die in English Channel

Human rights groups describe new legislation as cruel

(Newser) - At least five people have died while crossing the English Channel, according to French media, hours after the UK approved a migrant deportation bill, per the AP . The Voix du Nord newspaper said the bodies were discovered at the Wimereaux beach in northern France on Tuesday. The rescue operation is...

NYC's Biggest Girl Scout Troop Faces Backlash Over Migrants

Troop 6000 has embraced the city's newest residents, but not everyone is happy about it

(Newser) - Once a week in a midtown Manhattan hotel, dozens of Girl Scouts gather in a spare room made homey by string lights and children's drawings. They earn badges, go on field trips to the Statue of Liberty, and learn how to navigate the subway in a city most have...

Report: White House May Alter 'Credible Fear Interviews'

Biden administration is expected to take action after border bill's failure

(Newser) - After Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan border bill earlier this month, it was widely expected that the Biden administration would make a move independent of Congress to deter illegal migration at the southern border. Sources tell NBC News how those plans appear to be taking shape: Three unnamed officials say...

Inmates Make Violins Out of Migrants' Boats

Prison in Italy begins an unusual project

(Newser) - The violins, violas, and cellos played by the Orchestra of the Sea in its debut performance this week at Milan's famed Teatro alla Scala carry with them tales of desperation and redemption, per the AP . The wood that was bent, chiseled, and gouged to form the instruments was recovered...

SCOTUS Says Border Agents Can Cut Texas' Razor Wire

Court ruled 5-4 on emergency appeal

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sided 5-4 with the Biden administration on Monday, allowing Border Patrol agents to cut through razor wire Texas officials installed along the border to deter migrants. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar urged the justices to "restore Border Patrol's access to the border it is charged...

Texas Sets Up Legal Showdown Over Border

State rejects federal demand to give Border Patrol access to park along the Rio Grande

(Newser) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has rejected the federal government's demand to give Border Patrol agents access to a park along the border in Eagle Pass by the end of Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown over border policy. In a letter to Homeland Security general counsel Jonathan Meyer,...

NYC Sues Over Texas' Busing of Migrants

$700M lawsuit claims bus companies have violated state law on supporting 'needy' people

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams has responded to the thwarting of a rule limiting migrant arrivals by filing a $700 million lawsuit against the bus companies bringing them from Texas under Gov. Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star. "Just call it the Empire State strikes back," per...

As Migrant Surge Wanes, News on Border Crossings

Ports in Texas, Arizona, California to accept commercial, legal travel beginning Thursday

(Newser) - Four US-Mexico border crossings partially or fully closed in response to a wave of asylum-seekers will reopen Thursday after what Customs and Border Protection said was a sharp drop in migrants seeking to enter the US. Officials said Mexico's government had carried out "enhanced enforcement actions" to slow...

Texas Sidesteps NYC Rule About Busing Migrants

Migrants now being bused to New Jersey and given train tickets to New York

(Newser) - In response to migrants being sent to New York City from southern states, Mayor Eric Adams last week issued an order requiring charter bus companies to provide city officials with drop-off times, locations, and lists of passengers at least 32 hours in advance. The bus companies quickly found a workaround....

Migrant Crossings Hit All-Time High in December

US border officials were on track to process more than 300K people

(Newser) - US immigration officials were, as of New Year's Eve, on pace to process more than 300,000 migrants at the country's southern border—the highest count ever recorded since monthly tallies started being kept in fiscal year 2000. CBS News , citing internal Department of Homeland Security figures it...

Big-City Mayors Vent at Texas' Migrant Buses

Democratic leaders of New York, Chicago, Denver say they're overwhelmed by asylum-seekers

(Newser) - The mayors of Chicago, New York City, and Denver renewed pleas Wednesday for more federal help and coordination with Texas over the growing number of asylum-seekers arriving in their cities by bus and plane. The mayors' requests come as US cities have struggled to manage the increasing number of migrants...

Migrants Spend Christmas on the Move

'We have never, ever been in the street before,' says one walking toward US border

(Newser) - Christmas Day was the same as any other day for thousands of migrants walking through southern Mexico : more trudging under a hot sun. There were no presents, and Christmas Eve dinner was a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a banana handed out by the Catholic church to some of...

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Migrant Surge at Border Is 'Unprecedented'

More migrants are documenting their journey on social media, helping fuel the record numbers

(Newser) - "Wearily" is the word used by the Washington Post to describe how Troy Miller, the acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection, spoke. With good reason: "The numbers we are seeing now are unprecedented," he says of the illegal crossings at the border. Agents are...

Chicago Got Tough on Migrant Buses. Texas Turned to Planes

First flight arrived Tuesday with 120 migrants

(Newser) - Texas has begun flying migrants from the US-Mexico border to Chicago after the city took a tougher stance on the buses that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been sending north since last year, the AP reports. The first flight of 120 migrants arrived Tuesday, according to Abbott's office. The...

2 Texas Railway Crossings Closed Due to Migrant Surge

CBP employees will be moved from those crossings to help Border Patrol elsewhere

(Newser) - Freight trains stopped rumbling across Texas border bridges in El Paso and Eagle Pass Monday morning, a day after US Customs and Border Protection said it would put such crossings on ice in order to move staffers there to assist with the migrant surge elsewhere. The El Paso Times reports...

61 Migrants Are Killed When Waves Swamp Boat

Scores have died in this part of the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe

(Newser) - A boat carrying dozens of migrants trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, leaving more than 60 men, women, and children dead, the UN migration agency said. The shipwreck, which took place overnight between Thursday and Friday, was the latest tragedy in this part of the Mediterranean...

'Russia Started This': Finland Closes Border Crossings

Country of 5.6M accuses Russia of sending migrants without visas to its borders

(Newser) - Finland says Russia is sending hundreds of migrants from African and Middle Eastern countries across its border illegally and has closed all but one border crossing in response. Finland closed four of eight land border crossings last week, but reported "organized" crossings had continued and expanded north. It now...

In the Netherlands, 'a Stunning Lurch to the Far Right'

Geert Wilders' Party for Freedom won big, while 'human rights lost,' per Amnesty International

(Newser) - The party of anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders won a huge general election victory in the Netherlands, according to a nearly complete vote count early Thursday that showed a stunning lurch to the far right for a nation once famed as a beacon of tolerance, per the AP . With nearly all...

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