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Migrants Flown to Martha's Vineyard Sue DeSantis

'No human being should be used as a political pawn'

(Newser) - Venezuelan migrants flown to the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his transportation secretary Tuesday for engaging in a "fraudulent and discriminatory scheme" to relocate them. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, alleges that the migrants were told they were...

Texas Sheriff on DeSantis Stunt: 'What Was Done to These Folks Is Wrong'

Javier Salazar is investigating flights that brought migrants to Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - The sheriff of the Texas county from which 48 Venezuelan migrants were flown to Martha's Vineyard last week is investigating the incident. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says the migrants were apparently "lured under false pretenses" onto charter flights, arranged by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and flown to...

NYC Mayor: We May Put Migrants on Cruise Ships

Eric Adams suggests the idea as more flood into city

(Newser) - As New York City scrambles to handle a deluge of migrants bused in from the southern border, Mayor Eric Adams has raised a controversial idea—putting them on cruise ships. "We're examining everything, from the legality of using any type of cruise ship for temporary housing," Adams...

Mass. Asks DOJ to Look Into DeSantis' 'Inhumane Acts'

Officials want probe into whether moving migrants to Martha's Vineyard was human trafficking

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to transport 50 Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard has been slammed by critics as "gross," "unbelievably cruel," and "crimes against humanity." Whether it was illegal or not is another matter, and one that the state of...

Migrants Arrive at Harris' Home, Sent From Texas By Governor

Abbott says he wanted vice president to understand the border situation

(Newser) - Gov. Greg Abbott escalated his standoff with the Biden administration over border crossings, dispatching two buses carrying migrants to the Washington residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. The buses dropped off about 100 people early Thursday near the main gate to the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official home,...

DeSantis Flies 50 Migrants to Martha's Vineyard

Critics slam Florida governor's move as a stunt

(Newser) - Ron DeSantis has joined the leagues of Republican governors who've transported migrants to Democratic states, though the people he sent didn't arrive by train but by chartered plane—a total surprise to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, which quickly pulled together to assist the confused and...

Flight of Cuban Exiles Is Largest Since 1980

NBC News has the story of one woman who survived a perilous sea journey

(Newser) - Barbara Viltres survived the journey that claimed the lives of some of her fellow Cubans who were illegally trying to enter Miami. But she didn't survive it unscathed. NBC News shares her story against the backdrop of the largest Cuban "exodus" that's occurred since 1980. Amid shortages...

Teams Search for Victims After 9 Deaths in Rising Rio Grande

River water was flowing five times faster than usual after heavy rain

(Newser) - Officials on both sides of the US-Mexico border searched for more victims Saturday after at least nine migrants died while trying to cross the rain-swollen Rio Grande, a dangerous border-crossing attempt in an area where the river level had risen by more than 2 feet in a single day. US...

Vendor Murdered on Busy Italian Street: 'You Are Killing Him!'

32-year-old Italian man has been arrested for death of Nigerian migrant Alika Ogorchukwu, 39

(Newser) - A man is in custody for murder after a Nigerian immigrant was killed in the middle of the day on a busy Italian street. Police say 39-year-old Alika Ogorchukwu, who'd reportedly been living in Italy for nearly a decade and made a living selling items such as lighters and...

Ships Rescue Nearly 1.2K Migrants
Ships Rescue Nearly
1.2K Migrants

Ships Rescue Nearly 1.2K Migrants

5 died on fishing boat adrift in Mediterranean

(Newser) - Italian vessels have recovered five bodies and rescued 674 people packed on a fishing boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard said Sunday, while European charities reported saving more than 500 more. Some of the survivors had to be plucked from the sea in...

Men Indicted in Horrific 'Death Trailer' Case

It was the deadliest migrant smuggling tragedy ever

(Newser) - Two men were indicted Wednesday in the case of a hot, airless tractor-trailer rig found last month with 53 dead or dying migrants in San Antonio, officials said. A federal grand jury in San Antonio indicted Homero Zamorano Jr., 46, and Christian Martinez, 28, both of Pasadena, Texas, on counts...

Teen Saves 4-Month-Old After Mediterranean Shipwreck

Photojournalist's stomach was 'twisting in two' during dramatic rescue

(Newser) - French photojournalist Michael Bunel says that when the Doctors Without Borders ship he was on arrived at the scene of a "catastrophic" shipwreck in the Mediterranean, he put down his camera to start saving people—but he took a few moments to capture the dramatic rescue of a 4-month-old...

Survivor of Migrant Trailer: Friend's Advice Saved Me

Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás was told to stay near the door where it would be cooler

(Newser) - Simple advice from a friend to stay near the door may have saved Yenifer Yulisa Cardona Tomás from the deadly fate that befell 53 other migrants when they were abandoned trapped in a sweltering semi-trailer last week on the edge of San Antonio. Speaking by phone from her hospital...

Officials: Suspected Driver of Migrant Truck Found High, Hiding

Officials say Homero Zamorano was found high on meth, hiding near truck

(Newser) - The man suspected of driving the tractor-trailer where 53 migrants were found dead earlier this week in San Antonio was high on meth when authorities discovered him cowering in the brush near the truck, according to a Texas congressman. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar tells Reuters he was briefed by US...

She Told Sons: 'I Hope You Triumph.' They Died in the Truck

Tractor-trailer with migrants had passed through federal checkpoint hours earlier

(Newser) - Among the 53 people who died from extreme heat inside a tractor-trailer in San Antonio this week are two boys from southwestern Guatemala, ages 13 and 14, and a pair of brothers from northwestern Honduras who'd hoped to buy their mother a home. Karen Caballero says her sons, Fernando...

What We Know About the Migrant Truck Deaths
What We Know About
the Migrant Truck Deaths
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What We Know About the Migrant Truck Deaths

With number of fatalities at 50, it's the worst such smuggling tragedy in reported US history

(Newser) - The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday is the deadliest such incident in US history, reports the Washington Post . As of Tuesday morning, the death toll was at 50, per the AP , but others remained hospitalized. Three suspects are in custody,...

46 Found Dead in 18-Wheeler in San Antonio

16 others hospitalized

(Newser) - Inside an 18-wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, a horrific sight: 46 bodies, and another 16 people still alive but in dire shape. Shortly before 6pm Monday, a worker in the area called police after hearing a call for help from the truck, the Texas Tribune reports. Authorities arrived to find...

11 Dead, 31 Rescued After Helicopter Spots Capsized Boat

Boat loaded with suspected migrants overturned near Puerto Rico

(Newser) - A boat loaded with suspected migrants capsized north of an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico and 11 people had been confirmed dead while 20 men and 11 women were rescued Thursday, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear how many people were aboard the boat when it turned over, said...

UK's Controversial Plan: Ship Asylum Seekers to Rwanda

Refugee groups and humanitarian organizations are denouncing the plan

(Newser) - The British government on Thursday announced a plan under which some asylum-seekers—generally single men—will be put on a one-way flight to Rwanda. It's part of a deal that involves an up-front payment of $158 million being made to Rwanda. Once the asylum seekers arrive in that country,...

Sole Survivor of Capsized Boat Describes the Drownings

As he went to help his sister, 'people were grabbing her ... that’s why she drowned'

(Newser) - The sole survivor of a capsized boat found near Florida’s coast says at least 15 other migrants tried to cling to the overturned vessel but couldn't hold on, some desperately tired and hungry when they let go. Juan Esteban Montoya Caicedo, of Colombia, told a Spanish-language news conference...

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