The Trump administration has recently implemented a policy of separating migrant children from their parents if they cross the southern border other than at a checkpoint. But they began testing a similar policy a year ago.
A pregnant woman from Honduras and her young daughter broke away from a caravan and crossed the Rio Grande to get to the US. Had she done so just a few weeks later, she would have been arrested and separated from her child under a new DHS policy.
Between 500 and 600 migrants are back in Calais after the demolition of the “Jungle” migrant camp and dispersal of some 10,000 people last October. French authorities are doing everything they can to keep a new camp from developing there.
The World’s Richard Hall reported aboard Save the Children's rescue ship in the Mediterranean. On Tuesday, they saved 635 people — a record for the group's sea rescue operations. Doctors Without Borders rescued another 1,004 people on the same day.
As more and more migrants head to Paris, the shelters can't keep pace. Recently, the international NGO Doctors Without Borders brought in a mobile clinic to serve homeless migrants in the French capital.
“Sometimes I’d like to imprison the immigration officials, the judge, the president, so that they can endure 19 days in there with their children,” says one woman who was recently released from immigration detention.
Thousands of migrants seeking safe-haven in Europe are expected to risk their lives this summer crossing the Mediterranean in ramshackle boats. So two humanitarian organizations are teaming up to help avert disasters at sea.
Despite the clear and growing dangers of crossing the Mediterranean Sea in search of refuge in Europe, the stream of migrants is only getting bigger. The people making the journey say it's better to take a deadly chance than die slowly in civil wars or along the dangerous routes away from home.
The European Union has a plan to divvy up the burden of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. It's an effort to prove that European countries can control their borders, but it's one that ignores the underlying problem of why people are leaving their countries by the thousands.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh are currently stranded at sea after being abandoned by their ships’ crews. And while nations like Thailand and Malaysia are refusing to let them land, at least some of the migrants — the Rohingya people — have nowhere to go.
Hundreds of migrants are sleeping in the rough around train stations in Rome and Milan. Reporter Megan Williams says the stalled travelers are mainly migrants from north Africa who've been blocked from journeying further north.
Iceland's government says it's willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.