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273 Cubans Stopped at Sea After Florida Patrols Increase

Around 700 migrants arrived in the Keys over New Year's weekend

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard repatriated 273 migrants to Matanzas, Cuba, over the weekend following interdictions off the Florida Keys. More than 4,400 migrants from Cuba and Haiti have made their way by boat to the state since August, including 700 who arrived in the Keys over New Year's...

Rescuers Pull 200 Migrants From Sinking Boat

Syrian woman and child are reported killed in Mediterranean

(Newser) - Lebanon's navy and UN peacekeepers on Saturday rescued more than 200 migrants from a boat sinking in the Mediterranean Sea hours after it left northern Lebanon's coast, the military said in a statement. Two migrants were killed, the AP reports. The army statement said the vessel was carrying...

DeSantis Aide Used Back Channel in Migrant Flight Talks

Larry Keefe, Fla. governor's safety czar, was known as 'Clarice Starling' in messages to Vertol Systems

(Newser) - A top aide to Ron DeSantis might be known as Larry Keefe in real life, but in a secret back channel he used with a contractor that was seeking a deal to transport migrants from Texas to Martha's Vineyard , he called himself by a more familiar name: "Clarice...

Greg Abbott Slammed After Migrants Dropped Off in DC

Prominent Dems, WH blast 'shameful stunt'; Texas governor still hasn't confirmed he sent buses

(Newser) - The White House and prominent Democrats are blasting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after three busloads of migrants were dropped off in frigid weather on Christmas Eve outside of Vice President Kamala Harris' DC home. "Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on...

3 Busloads of Migrants Sent to VP's House on Xmas Eve

They arrived from Texas, and suspicion falls on Gov. Greg Abbott

(Newser) - Three busloads of unexpected guests turned up outside the residence of VP Kamala Harris in DC on Christmas Eve. All were migrants from Central or South America who were bused in from Texas, reports CNN . Aid groups were on hand to welcome them with blankets and warm clothes in temperatures...

Attacker Firebombs UK Migrant Center
UK Immigration Center Attacked

UK Immigration Center Attacked

Man threw firebombs, causing one minor injury, then killed himself, police say

(Newser) - An attacker threw firebombs at a processing center for migrants at an English port on Sunday, causing a small fire and one minor injury, police said. He then drove away from the installation in Dover and killed himself, Reuters reports. He had driven up in an SUV, gotten out of...

Biden Returns to Trump Policy to Deny Venezuelans Asylum

Administration has been critical of GOP treatment of arrivals

(Newser) - Two years ago, candidate Joe Biden loudly denounced President Donald Trump for immigration policies that inflicted "cruelty and exclusion at every turn," including toward those fleeing the "brutal" government of socialist Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Now, with increasing numbers of Venezuelans arriving at the US-Mexico border as...

Texas Sheriff Lists Migrants Shipped to Martha's Vineyard as Crime Victims

Move could help keep group in US on special visas

(Newser) - Migrants who were flown by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to Massachusetts are victims of a crime, a sheriff has decreed. The finding could help the nearly 50 people sent from Texas to Martha's Vineyard receive a special visa allowing them to stay in the US, WGBH reports. "Based...

Records Raise Questions on DeSantis' Migrant Flights

Companies were asked to submit bids for flights out of Florida, not Texas

(Newser) - New details have surfaced on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to fly dozens of Venezuelan migrants to Martha's Vineyard last month, raising more questions about whether he violated state law. According to records released Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation asked companies in July to submit bids to "...

Pope Calls Out Europe's 'Scandalous' Treatment of Migrants
Pope Rips Europe Over Migrants

Pope Rips Europe Over Migrants

Francis cites lessons from 2 new saints

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Sunday denounced Europe's indifference toward migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea as he elevated to sainthood an Italian bishop and Italian-born missionary whose work and life paths illustrated the difficulties faced by 19th century Italian emigrants. Francis departed from prepared remarks to slam...

NYC Declares Emergency as Migrants Pour In

Mayor seeks federal and state help to house arrivals being bused from Texas

(Newser) - With migrants from Latin America needing shelter and health care arriving by the busload, Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency for New York City on Friday, calling the situation a humanitarian crisis. The mayor said at least 17,000 people seeking asylum have been bused in from other...

'Perla' Lured Them Onto Planes: 'This Woman Lied to Us'

Woman allegedly involved in Martha's Vineyard flights IDed as ex-counterintelligence agent

(Newser) - As a class-action lawsuit proceeds against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his role in transporting mostly Venezuelan asylum-seekers from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, apparently under false pretenses, media outlets are reporting more on the woman who supposedly lured them onto the planes that took them there. Attorneys for some...

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...

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