Iraqi Kurds cite work, graft as reasons behind Minsk gamble
Rising unemployment, endemic corruption and a recent economic crisis that slashed state salaries have pushed Iraqi Kurds to sell their homes, cars and other belongings to pay off smugglers with the hope of reaching the European Union from the Belarusian capital of Minskwashingtonpost.com
Del Rio faith-based community lending a hand to Haitians in need
The faith-based community in Del Rio has helped more than its <a href="https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/03/20/border-relief-agencies-appeal-for-help-of-their-own-to-meet-growing-demand/" target="_blank">share of immigrants</a> from Mexico and Central America, but the thousands of arrivals from Haiti were a first.
Bosnia authorities move migrants to camp in northern town
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Tuesday rounded up more than 200 migrants who were squatting in an abandoned building in a northern town in order to move them to a nearby tent camp. The Lipa tent settlement on the outskirts of Bihac has room to accommodate the migrants who were previously staying in the center of the town, authorities said. “We found 242 migrants who were staying in this building and all of those migrants will be transferred to the improvised tent settlement Lipa,” said Mirsad Buzar from Bosnia’s foreigners’ service.news.yahoo.com
Rep. Gonzalez meets with VP Harris on asylum seekers
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, met with Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday to discuss the number of asylum seekers being encountered at the border, according to a news release issued by Gonzalez's office.myrgv.com
Kind notes of support dropped off for migrant teen arrivals in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Catholic Charities says the 500 migrant teens who arrived in the city on Monday are being welcomed by people who care in the San Antonio community. “They’re bringing personalized gifts with notes that say, ‘We love you, and we’re praying for you, and we hope you’re well,’” said Tara Ford, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities. AdShe said about 1,000 people already have offered to volunteer, but more are needed since more migrant arrivals are expected over the next several weeks. “We’ll understand a little bit more over the next few days about what is needed,” Ford said. “We’re very grateful to our community in San Antonio for stepping up and always serving with us,” Ford said.
500 unaccompanied migrant minors arrive at Freeman Coliseum expo center
SAN ANTONIO – Buses filled with hundreds of migrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border arrived at the Freeman Coliseum’s expo center Monday night. Roughly 500 children are now sheltered at the facility, which is expected to house as many as 2,400. The intake site is providing standards of care for the children, which includes clean and comfortable sleeping quarters, meals, recreational activities and access to medical services. AdVolunteers worked all weekend to help set up the facility and to make sure they have things like clothing and hygiene products. Wolff along with Congressman Joaquin Castro and Commissioner Rebecca Clay Flores, are expected to tour the facility later on Tuesday.
Uvalde residents voice concerns about increase in migrant border crossings
UVALDE, Texas – Like the rest of the southern border, the U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector is also seeing an increase of migrants crossing the border. Some Uvalde residents are voicing concerns and say migrants have caused property damage. Think about the guys that are on the border,” Sewell said. “I have some encounter with either the Border Patrol or illegal traffic at least four times a week, if not 10 times a week,” Sewell said. In the last fiscal year, which ended in February, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 6,438 families and 2,410 unaccompanied children.
Laredo’s only overnight shelter braces for more migrant arrivals
Let’s be prepared.’”Smith said Laredo’s only overnight migrant shelter with just 70 beds expects to receive families still left in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, under what had been Migrant Protection Program under the Donald Trump administration. Holding Institute could see migrants arrive by the end of the month, Smith said. Smith said people are tested before leaving Mexico, and again, when they arrive at Holding Institute. Smith said he’s also seeing more families being released from two detention centers in Webb County, perhaps to make room for more arrivals as early as April. Smith also said the lack of uncertainty over the policies under the new Biden administration have made many cautious about crossing.
Nonprofit organization helping asylum seekers in Eagle Pass
EAGLE PASS, Texas – The nonprofit organization Mission: Border Hope in Eagle Pass is working closely with U.S. Border Patrol to help asylum seekers who are being released after they’ve been processed. But of course, it’s a lot of family units, people with children, pregnant moms,” said Valeria Wheeler, executive director of Mission: Border Hope. The mayor of Eagle Pass said the increase of asylum seekers and migrants is putting a significant strain on Border Patrol agents. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is constructing a facility to hold migrants who cross the border in Eagle Pass. CBP released the following statement:“CBP is currently constructing a soft sided facility in Eagle Pass, TX to help accommodate migrants in our custody.
Exhausted migrants travel through the night to Austria
Thousands of desperate migrants are fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East arriving in Austria from neighboring Hungary. Thousands more travel by foot, bus, and train and are expected to arrive in Austria later today. Charlie D’Agata reports.cbsnews.com
African migrants kept in squalid Libyan detention center
Libya is in a state of civil war with two rival factions vying for power. As the country has descended into chaos and lawlessness, it's become fertile ground for human smugglers. Holly Williams visited a Libyan prison where migrants who are caught trying to get to Europe are locked up for months on end, waiting to be deported.cbsnews.com
"60 Minutes" follows migrants fighting to survive
Eight hundred people may have drowned in a Mediterranean migrant tragedy. Some of the migrants were refugees from Syria's brutal civil war, but most were fleeing the harsh dictatorship in the North African country of Eritrea. Clarissa Ward, who got extraordinary access to survivors on assignment for "60 Minutes," joins "CBS This Morning" to preview Sunday's report.cbsnews.com