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Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic?

    Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic?

As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. “We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures…

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Death at the Border: Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used as Political Pawns

    Death at the Border: Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used as Political Pawns

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced in a surprising move on February 29 that he would be reopening his country’s border to Europe, allowing tens of thousands of mostly Syrian refugees into Greece and other European countries. Expectedly, over 100,000 people rushed to the Ipsala border point in the Edirne province separating Turkey from Greece, hoping to…

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The US Opened Its Borders to 750,000 Refugees After the Vietnam War and It Can Do so Again

    The US Opened Its Borders to 750,000 Refugees After the Vietnam War and It Can Do so Again

The thousands of people now trying to flee violence in Central America are small in number compared to those who were desperately trying to escape from Vietnam and other Indochina countries decades ago. In the spring of 1975—with the U.S. either on the brink of pulling out of Vietnam, or already gone—over 131,000 South Vietnamese…

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Abused Asylum-Seekers Launch Legal Battle Against ICE and its “Concentration Camp” Prisons

    Abused Asylum-Seekers Launch Legal Battle Against  ICE and its “Concentration Camp” Prisons

ADELANTO, CALIFORNIA – A group of refugees from Central America, who faced beatings and abuse while detained at a California detention center last year, are pursuing legal action in hopes of drawing attention to the systematic abuse of migrants who are being confined in a growing network of concentration camp-style facilities across the United States.…

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White House Will Miss Court-Mandated Deadline to Reunite Migrant Families

  White House Will Miss Court-Mandated Deadline to Reunite Migrant Families

As was widely expected after a judge ruled last month that the Trump Administration would have 30 days to reunite families separated at the border, the US government is struggling to meet the deadline, with Reuters reporting that only half of the detained children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday,…

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As Post-Colonial Migrants Cross the Mediterranean, Europe Says “Go Home” in Every Language

  As Post-Colonial Migrants Cross the Mediterranean, Europe Says “Go Home” in Every Language

MALTA — (Report) The standoff in June between Malta and Italy over the fate of over 600 migrants on board the Aquarius — a rescue boat operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) — made headline news for the wrong reasons. As both countries prioritized populist rhetoric, with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and Maltese Prime…

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The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers

  The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers

Immigrant rights advocates on Tuesday applauded a federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration cannot detain asylum seekers who are awaiting immigration hearings—a practice that breaks the government’s own policies as well as international law. Today’s ruling means the Trump administration cannot use indefinite detention as a weapon to punish and deter asylum seekers. It…

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The US Ruined Their Countries, Now Trump Calls Them “Animals” and Sends Them Back

  The US Ruined Their Countries, Now Trump Calls Them “Animals” and Sends Them Back

TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — Late on the evening of June 28, 2009, two days before voters were scheduled to go to the polls to vote on a referendum amending the Honduran Constitution, army officers forced President Manuel Zelaya — wearing only his pajamas and slippers — to board a military airplane for Costa Rica. Three months…

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Don’t Kid Yourselves, US Immigration Prisons Are Absolutely “Concentration Camps”

  Don’t Kid Yourselves, US Immigration Prisons Are Absolutely “Concentration Camps”

In our previous report on the U.S. immigration enforcement regime, MintPress News looked at how the for-profit prison industry and anti-immigrant lobbyists have driven the U.S. government’s war on immigrants. In this report, we look at the factors that fueled the monstrous growth of the migrant incarceration system and concentration camp network sprawling across the…

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When is a “Retreat” Really an Attack? Trump’s Decree Hides Devil’s Horns Under Angel’s Wings

  When is a “Retreat” Really an Attack? Trump’s Decree Hides Devil’s Horns Under Angel’s Wings

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order reuniting families who were being separated at the border is hardly what it’s cracked up to be. Advocates are warning that although it may free young children from their steel wire cages and allow them to rejoin their parents, it could also see their basic protections be…

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