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    RANYA, Iraq (AP) — Shoes pile up outside the Mamand home in northern Iraq from relatives and friends who have streamed inside to offer solace as they anxiously await news of the family’s young son, who was lost at sea somewhere between France and Britain. Most are afraid to articulate their fear that 18-year old Twana Mamand may have drowned along with at least 26 others when their flimsy boat sank near the French coast last week. They had been bound for Britain with hopes of starting new lives. Zana Mamand, 33, wiped away tears and vowed to take revenge against the family of the smuggler who arranged for his brother’s journey. “I know him, I know his family here, I have all their phone numbers,” he said. In Ranya, a town of about 400,000 in Iraq’s Kurdish-run region, the plight of the migrants seems to be a topic that everyone knows something about. Those who want to get out ask local travel agents to connect them with smugglers in Turkey and elsewhere. Those who have returned from failed...
    CALAIS, France (AP) – The price to cross the English Channel varies according to the network of smugglers, between 3,000 and 7,000 euros (£2,500/$3,380 and £6,000/$8,000) though there are rumors of discounts. Often, the fee also includes a very short-term tent rental in the windy dunes of northern France and food cooked over fires that sputter in the rain that falls for more than half the month of November in the Calais region. Sometimes, but not always, it includes a life vest and fuel for the outboard motor. And the people who collect the money – up to 300,000 euros (£324,000/$432,000) per boat that makes it across the narrows of the Channel – are not the ones arrested in the periodic raids along the coastline. They are just what French police call “the little hands.” Now, French authorities are hoping to move up the chain of command. The French judicial investigation into Wednesday’s sinking that killed 27 people has been turned over to Paris-based prosecutors who specialize in organized crime. To cross the 33-kilometer (20-mile) narrow point of the Channel,...
    BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities said Saturday they have arrested 15 people suspected of smuggling Syrian, Lebanese and Egyptian migrants into the country, and seized 14 vehicles that were used to transport them. Police in Lower Austria province said they opened an investigation last month into the group that smuggled migrants from the Serbian-Hungarian border via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Austria’s northeastern corner. They were dropped off north of Vienna. The 15 suspected smugglers — citizens of Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan — were arrested mostly in checks in mid-November on suspicious vehicles as well as at a Vienna hotel, police said in a statement. All of them tried to flee when they were stopped. They allegedly loaded 12 to 15 people into the cars and vans used for the journeys, with the back seats removed and the back windows sprayed over. The suspects transported more than 700 people at a total cost of more than 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million), police said. The migrants were charged 4,000-5,000 euros per person for the trip, and said they planned...
    CALAIS, France (AP) — The price to cross the English Channel varies according to the network of smugglers, between 3,000 and 7,000 euros. Often, the fee also includes a very short-term tent rental in the windy dunes of northern France and food cooked over fires that sputter in the rain that falls for more than half the month of November in the Calais region. Sometimes, but not always, it includes a life vest and fuel for the outboard motor. And the people who collect the money — up to 300,000 euros ($432,000) per boat that makes it across the narrows of the Channel — are not the ones arrested in the periodic raids along the coastline. They are just what French police call “the little hands.” Now, French authorities are hoping to move up the chain of command. The French judicial investigation into Wednesday’s sinking that killed 27 people has been turned over to Paris-based prosecutors who specialize in organized crime. To cross the 33-kilometer (20-mile) narrow point of the Channel, the rubber dinghies must navigate frigid waters and...
    PROSECUTORS believe the people smuggling "mafia" behind the deaths of 27 people who attempted to cross the English Channel are based in Germany. Five men are being held in custody in France facing manslaughter charges over the deadliest incident of its kind over the past seven years which saw over two dozen men, women and children drown as they attempted to reach the UK. 4People smugglers are believed to be cashing in as they send migrants across the ChannelCredit: PA The 27 people all died after their craft deflated beneath them following a collision with a container ship in the channel - which is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. French cops believe the gang behind the tragedy operates out of Germany. And they believe the criminals bring migrants across the border into France to make the risky crossing from Calais. Smugglers then use boats they have brought with them to send migrants out into the sea. It is scheme understood to have been devised as a bid to avoid increased security around the...
    (CNN)British and French leaders have ramped up a war of words over dangerous crossings of the English Channel after at least 27 people died making the sea journey Wednesday, bringing to a head simmering tensions in the migration crisis.Ministers from both sides of the Channel on Thursday laid blame with their counterparts after dozens of people -- including a young girl -- drowned in bitterly cold waters off the French coast when their inflatable vessel bound for Britain sank. It is one of the largest losses of life in the English Channel in recent years.French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson both expressed horror at the tragedy, with Macron saying his country would not let the Channel become a graveyard. The leaders agreed to step up joint efforts to prevent the migrant crossings -- which have increased dramatically this year -- but also accused each other of not doing enough.In a phone call on Wednesday night, Macron went further and urged Johnson to stop politicizing the migrant crisis for domestic political gain, according to a French readout...
    CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Among the prison inmates of the Greek island of Chios, three young men from Afghanistan and Somalia are serving dramatically long sentences: 50 years for two of them, a staggering 142 for the third. But these are not violent criminals, even according to their trial verdicts. They were convicted for steering inflatable dinghies carrying them and other migrants after they say smugglers abandoned them in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. “I didn’t think saving people is a crime,” said Hanad Abdi Mohammad, 28, a soft-spoken Somali charged as a smuggler after arriving in Greece last December and sentenced to 142 years. Mohammad told journalists and European Parliament lawmakers visiting the three in prison last week that he had no choice but to drive the boat. The smuggler forced him to take over, hitting him in the face and threatening him with a gun before abandoning the dinghy in rough seas. And people’s lives were at stake. Even with hindsight, he said, “I would do it again, as long as I am saving lives.”...
    BERLIN (AP) — German federal police apprehended 23 migrants along the German-Polish border on Sunday morning and detained two suspected traffickers, German news agency dpa reported. Among the people discovered inside a van during a routine checkup were several children, police said. All the migrants were from Iraq, while the two suspected traffickers were Syrians. The car was stopped near the east German border town of Goerlitz. The driver of the car and his companion initially fled during the police control but were later detained and the van was confiscated, dpa reported. Last week, police found found an Iraqi man dead inside a small truck near the Polish border in a suspected people-smuggling effort gone wrong. Police found the body after officers spotted about 30 people getting out of the truck, also near Goerlitz. The 42-year-old driver of the vehicle is being sought. Authorities in Germany have registered an increase in people illegally entering from Poland in recent weeks. On some days, officers have picked up several hundred people a day. Many of those picked up by police are Iraqis...
    AS she gasped for breath in a sweltering lorry trailer, Pham Thi Tra My frantically texted and tried to call her mother. But her cries for help went unanswered and Tra My died before her mother - Nguyen Thi Phong - could reply.  7Tra My and 38 others lost their lives while being smuggled into the UK by lorryCredit: PA 7Tra My's mother Nguyen Thi Phong and father Pham Van Thin are still in debt to smugglersCredit: EPA The 26-year-old was one of 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in a refrigerated container in what is now dubbed the Essex Lorry deaths.  Speaking on BBC2’s Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers which airs next Wednesday, Phong tells how that moment still haunts her.  The mum-of-three said: “Her text message is still in my phone but I don’t dare look at it. I haven’t dared look at it since.  “Only my husband and sons are able to. I don’t even dare to look at her pictures, even once.” The devastating final words from Tra My read: “I am really really sorry mum and...
    VATHY, Samos (AP) — Greece’s prime minister flew to the eastern Aegean island of Samos Friday to view a new camp for asylum seekers that has replaced the old, squalid facility on the island, and said his government’s policy on migration has “crushed” migrant smuggling networks. Speaking in the remnants of the old camp on the edge of the island’s main town of Vathy, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he would continue to press European Union countries to come up with a common migration policy that would share responsibility for migrants among the member states. “We will continue to work in order to persuade those European countries who consider that this problem does not concern them, to change their stance and contribute to this big, joint European effort,” Mitsotakis said. Migrant entries into Greece have fallen by about 90% compared with those of 2019, the prime minister noted. “We have crushed the smuggling networks that were taking advantage of human pain and disappointment,” he said. The camp at Vathy had become “a shame for human dignity,” Mitsotakis said. Originally built to house...
    FROM the air, the sheer scale of Dover’s dinghy graveyard is staggering. Hundreds of discarded vessels that have ferried migrants across the English Channel lie stacked on a patch of industrial ground. 6Sun investigation reveals France boat ban is a load of hot air as GERMAN dinghy's are pictured overloaded with migrantsCredit: Getty 6 It’s the end point of a lucrative — and deadly — supply chain that today The Sun can reveal stretches 5,000 miles away to the factories of China, via GERMANY. Last week we told how France has banned the sale of inflatables and kayaks from Channel ports in an attempt to stem the crossings. But peering through the wire fence at the Dover storehouse, the name stamp on one dinghy revealed the flourishing boat supply line has a German source. The decrease in motor vehicle Channel crossings during the pandemic has supercharged small-boat people smuggling. In just three years, the smugglers’ cross-Channel business has developed from a cottage industry into an £80million trans-Continental organised crime operation. Often gangsters sell places on flimsy, unseaworthy vessels. Almost 300...
    Securing the border is a political debate that has raged for years. But lives are at stake, and in spite of the best efforts to reduce illegal immigration, migrants come and they're dying in record numbers.There are thousands of miles of the southern border, which consists mostly of desert wilderness. But the dream of life in the United States continues to inspire many to overcome the fear of dehydration, injury or even death to navigate wilderness not meant to be crossed.A highway in Mexico that can be seen from inside the U.S. is where many smugglers will leave people who will then have to find a way to make it through treacherous terrain to get into the United States.Eyewitness News spent the day with U.S. Border Patrol agents hiking from the border with Mexico, following an active smuggling route which is part of the 60 miles patrolled by the San Diego Sector.It is not an easy hike, even in the best of weather conditions. That's a fact smugglers often keep from the people they claim to be helping.RELATED: Migrants encamped...
    PEOPLE traffickers are making up to £700,000 from each Channel crossing, The Sun can reveal. They cram boats with up to 40 people, charging them 20,000 euros each — close to £20,000. 2People smugglers are making a fortune by cramming up to 40 people on boats to cross the ChannelCredit: Darren Fletcher 2Cops say the trade is worth more than drug dealing as migrants are charged up to £20,000 per Channel crossingCredit: Darren Fletcher Cops say the trade is more lucrative than drug dealing as all the smugglers have to pay out for is £2,000 on a boat. We joined French police chief Laurent Hurst on patrol as his team targeted illegal migrants around Calais. Commissioner Hurst said: “For the traffickers this business is worth more than drug smuggling — you have a very small outlay for a decent-sized boat and that is it. “You then fill it with as many as 30 or 40 people, sometimes more, and charge them 20,000 euros each. That’s almost one million euros and if you feel generous you may give them a life...
    A Honduran man recalled how a woman's body was partially cut off after the overcrowded van they were traveling in crashed on a highway in Texas, leaving 10 migrants and the driver dead. The 28-year-old migrant, who wished not to reveal his identity, was one of 20 people who survived when the driver lost control of the large vehicle as he neared a curve and plowed into a utility pole on Highway 281 in Encino last Wednesday afternoon. 'You will never forget all all of the people who died,' he said in an interview with Univision moments after he was released from a McAllen, Texas, hospital Friday. The Honduran national said the van departed from a stash house in the border town of McAllen and was nearly 90 minutes into the trip towards Dallas when tragedy struck. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Nearly 300 migrant children traveling alone arrested after... Undocumented immigrant from Nicaraguan dies from COVID-19 at... Share this article Share A former taxi driver back home...
    A 28-year-old man from Honduras told Univision that the driver of the van involved in a crash in Encino, Texas, on Wednesday, was on the phone and speeding before the vehicle flipped and hit a pole The illegal immigrants jam-packed in an overloaded Texas van before it crashed - killing 11 people - were traded like pawns between smugglers for five months, the sister of one of the survivors claimed. The Honduran woman's 28-year-old brother was among the 20 migrants who survived the crash on a Texas highway Wednesday. 'In those five months they had him there, they were only asking for money, money, money, and they never did anything for any of them. What they did was a pure scam, a pure robbery,' the sister, whose name was withheld, told Telemundo.   'I say they did that to grab more money,' she said. 'They put people at risk even though you put yourself at risk from the moment you put yourself in their hands. One does not know if they will arrive with their family member or not.' Her...
    At least 57 people have drowned off the coast of Libya after another boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, as people smugglers continue to operate in the area. At least 20 women and two children are thought to be among the 57 victims of the shipwreck, which took place off the Libyan coast near the port of Khoms. Local fishermen and the Libyan coastguard rescued a further 18 people. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), announced the suspected drowning deaths on Monday and told the EU-funded website InfoMigrants that those rescued were mainly from West Africa. Killed by People Smugglers: UN Says Migrant Drownings Double This Year https://t.co/ebSQ4lJRei — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 16, 2021 The website notes that many migrant boats that leave Libya or Tunisia often do so either at night or during bad weather, which allows them to avoid detection from the coast guard but increases risks to those on board, especially when boats are overloaded. People smuggling is a lucrative business for gangs in North Africa and Europe, with...
    Border Patrol authorities in Sierra Blanca, Texas, discovered 74 migrants Monday, including two suspected smugglers, after inspecting a pair of trailers at an immigration checkpoint. Law enforcement found several migrants concealed inside a "large travel trailer" after a K-9 alerted them to the contents of the vehicle, officials announced Thursday. Moments later, Border Patrol advised the Texas Department of Public Safety that another truck with similar cargo was in the area. Police initiated a traffic stop, and more migrants were found. It was not specified how many people were discovered at each stop, as only the total was disclosed. 33 MIGRANTS FOUND CRAMMED INTO U-HAUL IN SWELTERING HEAT The suspected smugglers, who were both U.S. citizens, were taken into custody by troopers, though one of the two, a juvenile, was released due to his age. United States Border Patrol agents and @TXDPS encountered two vehicles pulling travel trailers attempting to smuggle 74 undocumented non-citizens. Two United States Citizens are being prosecuted for their role in the smuggling scheme. https://t.co/TK3V4pIxt8 pic.twitter.com/Nsb6AHAuWo— Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin...
    A video from the border that was recorded Thursday night shows human smugglers bringing migrants across the Rio Grande River on rafts. The beginning of the video shows approximately seven adult migrants, including several who had small children in their arms, sitting on the shore near the Rio Grande River in Roma, Texas. Border Patrol and the National Guard had caught the migrants and were waiting for other groups to arrive. Two rafts were still waiting on the Mexican side of the border to take people over. (RELATED: Border Patrol Rescues 6 Children From Sinking Raft) The National Guard told the Caller they had about 30 people cross over and were waiting for many more. Migrants coming across on rafts has been a daily occurrence in Roma and across the border in general. Many of the migrants said they were from Honduras. One 17-year-old who had crossed the border had a white wristband that said “arrivals” and had a number on it. Around 1:30 a.m., coyotes began loading people into another raft in preparation to cross the border again....
    A pregnant woman is among seven who drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa late Tuesday night, as the ramifications of the vicious people-smuggling trade have led to its “umpteenth tragedy”. A shipwreck five miles off the coast of Italy has taken the lives of at least seven women — one of whom was pregnant — with another ten migrants, including some children, said to be still missing in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the 46 survivors. Following the latest trafficking deaths, the mayor of Lampedusa, Totò Martello, demanded a meeting with Italian President Mario Draghi, saying per La Repubblica: “This umpteenth tragedy in the Mediterranean is heartbreaking. What else must happen to make Italy and Europe understand that we cannot go on like this?” Agrigento Prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio has opened up an investigation into the case, saying that the first task will be to determine whether any smugglers were hiding among the shipwrecked migrant survivors. The deaths came amidst a heavy night of boat migration to the island of Lampedusa, with some 256 illegals landing on Tuesday...
    Facebook has been forced to shut down dozens of coyote groups after being blamed for fueling the border crisis as human smugglers use its platform to organize the passage of desperate migrants into the US in exchange for as little as $1,700. Dozens of Facebook pages and groups openly offer illegal crossings across the US-Mexico border, posting prices, routes, discount options, videos they claim show successful trips - and even testimonials from what they claim to be happy customers.   The Tech Transparency Project (TTP), which unearthed the groups in a damning report this week, said Facebook has become a 'one stop shop' for 'coyote' people smugglers and dangerous cartels and is contributing to migrants risking their lives on the perilous journey chasing the American dream.  The non-profit also revealed it had handed over details about 50 human smuggler pages in April to Facebook - at the platform's request. Two months on, the social media giant failed to remove them all, with 19 still in use on the platform, according to TTP. It's not clear how many of the groups or any other content...
    Nineteen pages on Facebook purportedly offering human smuggling services to help migrants illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border remained active on the platform for a least a month despite the company being notified about them, a report says.  The groups advertise things like routes and prices for those looking to make the perilous journey – and some other ones that have been discovered appear to have links to Mexican drug cartels, according to an investigation by the Tech Transparency Project.  "The prevalence of human smuggling on Facebook shows the company’s inability, or unwillingness, to identify and deal with dangerous content on its platform, even on a prominent national issue -- in this case, the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border," the website said in its report this week.  Arizona AG tells Biden to come home, fix border crisisArizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich tells President Biden to come home from the G-7 summit and deal with the border crisis FACEBOOK UNDER FIRE FOR ENCOURAGING BORDER CRISIS WITH ADS FOR HUMAN SMUGGLERS, CARTELS: REP. KAT CAMMACK  Facebook told Fox News on Friday that "we prohibit content that offers to provide or facilitate human...
    Home Secretary Priti Patel has reportedly demanded that social media companies censor videos of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel as they “glamourise” the perilous journey. The Home Secretary has increasingly come under fire for her failures to stop illegal migration and “take back control” of Britain’s borders following its official departure from the European Union at the beginning of the year. Patel’s latest scheme to drive down numbers of migrants crossing the Channel is to call on social media companies to take down videos, arguing that footage promoting the “lethal crossings” is “unacceptable”, according to the BBC. The letter from the Home Secretary was sent on Saturday, after a video showing a group of migrant men crossing from France in a rubber dinghy went viral on TikTok. “Posts which promote and even glamorise these lethal crossings are totally unacceptable. They encourage others to leave a safe European country and put theirs and their family’s life at risk and are even used by people smugglers to promote their deadly business,” Patel said. “What these posts don’t mention are the people...
                      by Bethany Blankley  Gov. Greg Abbott gave Americans a view of the Texas border area being breached every day by cartels and human smugglers in an interview on Sunday with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. Flying above the Rio Grande River, he said 2,000 people are entering Texas every day in rafts, boats, and through gaps in the unfinished border wall. Abbott said known criminals are entering Texas and the U.S. illegally as a result of the Biden administration’s open border policies. In the month of March alone, the Texas Department of Public Safety made 598 criminal arrests and 16,000 referrals to U.S. Border Patrol. Many being arrested are known criminals, sex-offenders and gang members, he said. Abbott said the Biden administration’s border policies “have created an open season for human traffickers, for drug smugglers, for drug cartels and gangs. “These criminals are preying upon women and children exposing them to abuse and to terror,” he continued. “Because the federal government is failing to respond to these dangers,” Abbott created Operation...
    Five people have been arrested and charged with federal crimes in connection to a stash house in Houston where more than 90 migrants were found on Friday. According to the Houston Chronicle, a criminal complaint alleges that the five illegally harbored, concealed and shielded immigrants in the country for private financial gain. The five individuals are Marina García-Díaz, 22; Henry Licona-Larios, 31; Kevin Licona-López, 25, Santa Barbara; Marco Baca-Pérez 30; and Marcelo García-Palacios, 21. They hail from Central American countries and Mexico. If convicted, they each face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The investigation was started after a woman contacted authorities on Friday saying her brother had been kidnapped, the Chronicle reports. The caller reportedly told authorities she had paid smugglers $11,000 in February to bring her brother into the U.S. from Honduras. She was then instructed by the smugglers to bring an additional $6,300 to Houston in exchange for her brother’s release or he would be killed. The woman recorded the phone call and gave the recording and smuggler's phone number to authorities,...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — Five people have been charged with smuggling 97 undocumented immigrants into the United States and holding them hostage in just two rooms of a house in Texas. The group appeared before a judge in Houston on May 3. READ MORE: Big Rig Involved In Major Crash As Tornado Reportedly Crossed I-35E In Ellis County Neighbors to the home in Houston said the idea that so many people were packed into the house is stunning. “I just pray they make it home, and the ones that did it — they need to be taken care with. Let them go to jail,” said Queidra Chaney, who lives nearby. The five people arrested and charged range in age from 21 to 35 and according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office were living in the U.S. illegally. According to the charges, deadbolts on the outside of the door prevented the 97 undocumented people from escaping the rooms. They were also made to strip down to their underwear. None of the victims were children and all but five were men. READ MORE: As...
    Three people are dead and over 20 hospitalized after a boat that was reportedly attempting to smuggle migrants into the U.S. capsized off the coast of San Diego, CA. CNN security correspondent Josh Campbell reported to Pamela Brown about the deadly accident, noting that some of the people who were rescued and taken to the hospital were seriously injured. Campbell said that authorities believed the boat was part of a smuggling operation. “Every indication from our perspective is that this was a smuggling vessel, smuggling migrants into the United States illegally,” said Customs and Border Protection official Jeff Stephenson. “We haven’t confirmed the nationality of the people involved. But our agents are with many of them at the hospital.” The investigation was “still unfolding,” Stephenson continued, but they had identified and detained the man they believe was the operator of the smuggling vessel. San Diego is about 15 miles from the U.S-Mexico border, said Campbell, and officials told CNN that smugglers frequently attempt to blend in with the shipping traffic along the coast there. The distress call came in just...
    HOUSTON, Texas -- More than 90 people were found inside a home in Houston on Friday, prompting police to launch in investigation into a possible human smuggling operation.According to the Houston Police Department, dozens of people were found inside the home located in the 12200 block of Chessington Drive, which is located just off the South Beltway near the Southwest Freeway.A tweet by the Police Department stated the incident was initially reported as a kidnapping before it turned out to be much more than that.Video shows smugglers lower 2 children down 30-foot border wall by rope in CaliforniaEMBED More News Videos Shocking video shows smugglers using a rope to lower down a mother and her two children over a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall last week. Police have dispatched their commanders to the scene. No other information was immediately given when HPD first tweeted about the incident at about 12:30 p.m.DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.HPD Commanders and PIO at 12200 Chessington Drive after dozens of persons found inside a residence. Incident...
    The Greek coastguard rescued 17 illegal migrants after people traffickers had abandoned them aboard a stolen boat that had been damaged. The boat had been stolen from the port of Agios Stefanos on the island of Corfu on Saturday, and investigators had been searching for the vessel until it was finally found adrift in the Ionian Sea. According to a report from the Greek newspaper Proto Thema, the boat was located in the westernmost part of Greece near the island of Othonoi after the Greek search and rescue coordination centre had been informed that the vessel had been damaged. The migrants on board told authorities that people traffickers had abandoned them after paying to get them to Italy, with the newspaper theorising that the traffickers likely accompanied the vessel with their own speedboat. The stolen ship has since been transferred to a port on Othonoi where it will be examined before being returned to its owner. The migrants, meanwhile, were transferred into custody in Corfu. Turkish Minister Accuses Greece of Handcuffing Migrants and Throwing Them into the Sea https://t.co/3kphOAIGBz — Breitbart...
    A BABY and four toddlers were among a group of up to 20 migrants who arrived in Dover early this morning after being rescued from the freezing Channel. The group were brought into the port by the border force patrol ship HMC Valiant after braving the treacherous crossing in high winds. 9Young children were among up to 20 migrants who arrived in Dover this morningCredit: Steve Finn 9The asylum seekers made the trip amid freezing and windy conditionsCredit: Steve Finn 9They were brought ashore by a Border Force patrol boatCredit: Steve Finn They were snapped leaving the vessel in bright orange life jackets at around 8.20am this morning. And today it emerged smuggling gangs are now using poorer refugees as "decoys" so they can smuggle "premium" passengers across the Channel. They are exploiting desperate asylum seekers by offering them lower rates to make the trip in cheap, flimsy crafts. Those dinghies are launched first in the expectation they'll quickly get into trouble and draw the attention of French patrol boats. Then more sturdy vessels packed with "cash rich" passengers who...
    (CNN)At least 42 migrants have died after a boat they were travelling in from Yemen capsized off the coast of Djibouti, East Africa, during the early hours of Monday morning, the United Nations' International Office for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.The IOM's Regional Director for East and the Horn of Africa, Mohammed Abdiker, also tweeted Tuesday that "grim pictures" of "children's bodies ashore" have now emerged. A tweet from Abdiker earlier said that at least 16 children (8 boys and 8 girls) were among the dead. A press release from the IOM on Tuesday said that the 60 "migrants were being transported by people smugglers" from Yemen to Djibouti and that this was the second tragedy of this nature "in just over a month." He almost died migrating to Europe. Now he is warning other Gambians about itLast month's tragedy saw smugglers throw 80 people overboard due to overcrowding, causing at least 20 people to drown, the press release said. "Every year, tens of thousands of young African migrants from the region make the dangerous journey from countries like...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says the death toll has risen to 42 after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti early Monday. Sixteen children were among the dead, spokeswoman Yvonne Ndege said. She said 14 people survived. “The smugglers have not yet been found,” she said. Olivia Headon, the IOM’s spokeswoman in Yemen, has said the migrants were returning from Yemen because of the dire situation in the Arab world’s poorest country, wrecked by war. “They were so desperate to leave Yemen they put their lives back into the hands of unscrupulous smugglers,” she said. Many people seek to make the voyage from Ethiopia and Somalia to Yemen and on to richer Gulf countries as they flee poverty and insecurity in search of work. But the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges force some to turn back. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A boat operated by human smugglers capsized off the coast of Djibouti, leading to the deaths of at least 34 on board, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Monday. It is believed around 60 people were on the vessel when it capsized early Monday, but the IOM did not provide further details on how the incident occurred, according to a press release. The smuggled migrants were being transported from Yemen, but the migrants’ country of origin remains unclear, the Associated Press (AP) reported. ‼️ BREAKING At least 34 migrants perished off the coast of Djibouti today after their boat capsized while being transported from Yemen by smugglers. Some 60 people are believed to have been onboard. — IOM – UN Migration ???????? (@UNmigration) April 12, 2021 Migration-connected drownings are not uncommon off the coast of Djibouti, and the region writ large. The incidents typically involve economic migrants from Ethiopia or Somalia attempting to escape poverty by finding work in one of the Persian Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, according to the IOM. Many of these migrants have...
    Human smuggling networks have been hawking their services on Facebook, guaranteeing illegal entry to America for Central American migrants, including unaccompanied children. The smugglers, NBC News reported, are charging $8,000 for the '100 percent' safe  voyage which includes a perilous passage through the U.S.-Mexico border that has claimed the lives of many. The since-deleted messages were posted on public Facebook pages, some which were named 'Migrants from Various Countries in Mexico' and 'Migrants in the Mexico-U.S.A. Border Awaiting Hearing.' A post written in Spanish promised migrants access to 'travel to Mexico to the United States. Costs $8,000. 100 percent safe.' Another read, 'cross through Matamoros. You walk one hour, after in automobile until you arrive to your relative.'  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained six migrants from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona, last Tuesday after they were abandoned by their driver, a citizen of the United States, when the vehicle they were traveling in was stopped at a checkpoint. NBC News learned that human traffickers are using Facebook to promote illegal crossings to Central Americans and are guaranteeing passage over...
    PEOPLE smugglers are sending fleets of small boats across the Channel at the same time hoping to overwhelm patrols. French coastguards stopped eight boats full of migrants heading to Britain in one day, as criminal gangs changed their tactics. 1Migrants packed tightly onto a small inflatable boat attempt to cross the English ChannelCredit: Getty In the 24 hours to dawn yesterday, 13 vessels, carrying more than 200 migrants heading for Britain, were intercepted. French authorities have deployed an extra 450 officers to the area. A source in Calais said: “It appears to be a tactic to try to overwhelm both the French and British authorities so at least some get through.” Last year, six people died trying to cross the Channel and so far this year almost 1,500 migrants have arrived compared with 511 for the same period last year. Most read in NewsCALIFORNIA DREAMINGPrince Harry flips his baseball cap on seaside dog walk in LAOPT OUTTwo moms arrested for 'refusing to...
    Washington (CNN)The Biden administration has placed around 28,000 radio ads in Latin America as part of a stepped-up campaign to discourage people from journeying to the US. But amid a dramatic spike in migrants to the southern border, many of whom have been lured by false information and rumors from smugglers, it's not clear the ads are resonating.At first, the message from the US government seems subtle. Set against a soft melody, a roughly 45-second radio ad running in Guatemala features a conversation between two men -- one who wants to join a caravan to travel to the US with his child and another trying to talk him out of it. The man wishing to leave says that it's easier to cross the border with a child, but his friend quips that he's wrong and lays out the dangers of traveling north, saying they can be assaulted, kidnapped or killed, and run a higher risk of contracting coronavirus. "Don't put your kids' lives at risk based on false hopes," the man argues, according to audio of a radio ad shared...
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” Border Patrol El Paso Sector Chief Gloria Chavez reacted to the video of smugglers dropping young children over a barrier at the border by saying that “we had not seen that type of tactic in the outskirts of the El Paso region,” and she’s concerned that smugglers will try such tactics in more remote areas where “the challenges that exist for Border Patrol agents to get to those locations are quite high.” Chavez said, “So, human life, human beings are a commodity to these ruthless smugglers. we know their tactics. I mean, I’ve been doing this over 25 years now. And we know exactly the tactics of these people. And for them, it’s just a profit. So, for us, we had not seen that type of tactic in the outskirts of the El Paso region, like in the New Mexico area. That terrain is desolate. That terrain is very rocky and mountainous. So, when we see an image like that, that raises my alert and my worry that they may...
    VIDEO captured the shocking moment "ruthless" smugglers dropped two girls, ages 3 and 5, over a 14-foot border wall in New Mexico. The footage was shared by a patrol agent, who said the little girls were dropped in the desert "miles from the nearest residence," on Tuesday. 5Shocking video showed the little girls being dropped over the US-Mexico border fenceCredit: AP 5The smugglers were seen running away after dropping the girls over the fenceCredit: AP In the video, one smuggler can be seen scaling the fence and going just over the top, before dangling the little girls one by one over the side. Both are then dropped from the 14-foot fence onto what looks like hard ground. The smugglers then toss something over the fence, presumably the girls' belongings, and head off into the night, leaving the toddlers alone. El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez shared the footage on Twitter, noting that she was "appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot barrier last night." 5Migrants attempt to cross Rio Bravo to get...
    Human smugglers are using social media to advertise their services to transport migrants -- some of them from countries overseas -- from Central America to the U.S. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, associate professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, has been studying the correlation between migrant smuggling and social media since about 2019, and the most common platforms among migrants are Facebook and Facebook-owned apps WhatsApp and Instagram. "When the migrant caravans started to arrive, myself and my team found out that a lot of the communication was done through WhatsApp. ... This is the way that people communicate normally," she told Fox News. WhatsApp is an encrypted messaging service popular in countries outside the U.S. because it offers a free messaging service that only requires WiFi or data to communicate with others.  The buttons of the photo app Instagram, surrounded by WhatsApp, Facebook, Messages and other apps on the screen of an iPhone. (iStock) "Some of these WhatsApp accounts were created just weeks before the caravan formed, and then when the ... life of the caravan was over, the...
    Jack Cowhick, The Western Journal March 25, 2021 0 Comments One Texas rancher says it’s time to show Americans what the border crisis really looks like. John Saunders, a rancher near Laredo, Texas, told Fox News’ “America Reports” on Wednesday that there’s “a real problem down here.” Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Saunders told host John Roberts that migrants and human smugglers cross the border and cause “consistent property damage” nearly “20 times per year.” Saunders explained those causing the damage are “mostly human traffickers” smuggling migrants into the country. “They take the back seats out of those trucks, they’re made to look like … regular ranch vehicles, they tint the windows and they fit as many people in the back as they can.” The rancher explained one of his properties is on a highway and close to the river, making it a prime location for trespassers. “When they’re getting chased by law enforcement, these usually human smugglers, they’ll just turn off the highway, at full speed mind you, and just go straight through the fence, straight...
    PRITI Patel was urged to be “tough to be kind” yesterday as she unveiled sweeping border reforms. Under the changes, people who arrive illegally will no longer have the same claim to asylum as those who arrive through proper channels. 3Priti Patel said: 'UK asylum should be based on need, not the ability to pay people smugglers'Credit: Dan Charity / The Sun The Home Secretary told MPs: “UK asylum should be based on need, not the ability to pay people smugglers.” She insisted that those entering from safe countries such as France are “not seeking refuge from persecution”, but instead choosing where to go at the expense of people who have no other option. Ms Patel revealed that 87 per cent of arrivals last year were men, with 74 per cent aged 18 to 39. She added: “We should ask ourselves, where are the vulnerable women and children that this system should exist to protect?” Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh asked Ms Patel if she is prepared to be “really tough in order to be kind”. He told the Commons:...
    In front of the deputies, in the House of Commons, the Minister of the Interior Priti Patel presented her project as “the most important overhaul of our asylum system in decades”. Described as “fair but firm”, it aims to discourage illegal immigration and plans to treat asylum seekers differently depending on whether they have arrived in the country legally or illegally. “Many people arriving illegally in the United Kingdom have crossed a safe country like France, where they could and should have applied for asylum,” said the minister, who intends to discourage these illegal arrivals. Migrants who entered the UK illegally and whose asylum claim is successful will receive a new, temporary, protective status and no longer an automatic right to settle. Their rights to family reunification and their access to social benefits will be limited. Those whose asylum application is examined and refused will be deported “promptly” from the UK. At the same time, “legal and secure” avenues for seeking asylum in the UK will be created. “Today we are moving forward in our commitment to fight illegal...
    New York : A suspected illegal smuggler drives down the Rio Grande in Roma, Texas. Photo: John Moore / . Images from the police patrol dashcam of Robert Balderas, head of Precinct 3 of Dimmit County, Texas, captured the moment the officer was chasing the drivers of a van with undocumented immigrants on board until the smugglers launch the foreigners from the moving vehicle. The dramatic images released this week by Telemundo they pick up the incident on Sunday that began in the town of Big Wells, just one hour from San Antonio. Balderas said nine people were thrown along Highway 85. The chase ended in Dilley. It is unclear if the suspected smugglers were arrested. But in the released images, a man is seen running out of the vehicle and escaping to the vacant lot. According to Balderas, two people were detained in connection with the transfer of undocumented immigrants. The interviewee added that incidents such as the one reviewed have increased dramatically in recent days, which is why local authorities have...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) stated that the number of people coming across the border “will grow tenfold and a hundredfold,” and that the state can’t get access to information on the health situation of children who have entered the U.S. or information so they can arrest and prosecute smugglers. Abbott said, “This is just the very beginning of what’s going to be a massive expansion of the number of people coming across the border. It will grow tenfold and a hundredfold, especially because of the way the Biden administration has handled this. Remember, during the presidential campaign when all of the candidates said we want open borders? Well, guess what? Biden has provided those open borders. He’s inviting everybody in and the floodgates are now open and Texas is at the forefront of it.” He added, “The Biden administration is not being transparent with either the governor of Texas or the Texas Department of State Health Services. We need to know what the health situation of these kids are. We...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” White House Coordinator for the Southern Border Roberta Jacobson stated that the Biden administration’s message that the border isn’t open is “getting out less than” the message conveyed by smugglers. Jacobson said, “I think you have to understand that the smugglers are agile and quick and word of mouth gets through and they are exploiting people’s hope and desperation. Our own message is getting out less than smugglers’. We always know that. But we are doing everything we can, and that includes Spanish-language radio, social media, making sure that we convey the message that the border is not open, that the majority of people will be returned, and that it is not ever a good idea to come in this irregular fashion. But the smugglers’ message is very pervasive. They prey on people and they prey on their hope and they tell them things that simply aren’t true. But we are fighting back.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    President Biden’s border czar said the White House’s message that migrants should not travel to the U.S.-Mexico border is not being heard in Central America because smugglers are drowning them out. “The smugglers are agile and quick and word of mouth gets through, and they are exploiting people's hope and desperation,” White House Coordinator for the Southern Border Roberta Jacobson told CNN Tuesday morning. “Our own message is getting out less than smugglers'. We always know that, but we are doing everything we can, and that includes Spanish language radio, social media, making sure that we convey the message that the border is not open, that the majority of people will be returned, and that it is not ever a good idea to come in this irregular fashion. But the smugglers' message is very pervasive. They prey on people, and they prey on their hope, and they tell them things that simply aren't true.” Rep. Henry Cuellar, a senior Democrat from a border district in Texas, said migrants he spoke with on the border last week said...
    Kipp Jones, The Western Journal March 10, 2021 0 Comments Roberta Jacobson, the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and current Biden administration coordinator for the country’s southern border, admitted Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are causing a crisis at the border. Jacobson was speaking at a White House media briefing when she divulged she is aware that the current administration’s relaxed border policies are driving a humanitarian crisis as unaccompanied minor migrant children flood into the country. The former U.S. envoy to Mexico began her remarks by issuing blame for the current crisis to former President Donald Trump. “President Biden has made clear from day one that he wants to change our immigration system. Doing so means truly building back better because we can’t just undo four years of the previous administration’s actions overnight,” she said. “Those actions didn’t just neglect our immigration system. They intentionally made it worse. When you add a pandemic to that, it’s clear it will take significant time to overcome.” She then admitted that Biden’s refusal to curtail crossings through...
    Fox News’ Tomi Lahren said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s policies regarding the U.S.-Mexico border were profiting coyotes, smugglers and cartels. Lahren discussed the situation on “Outnumbered” with Fox News host Harris Faulkner and Johanna Maska, who served as an aide to former President Barack Obama. (RELATED: Fox Hosts Criticize Democrats’ ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Police Responses To Protest Violence) WATCH: Maska responded to the situation first, saying that it was inaccurate to call Biden the president of open borders. “He is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, which is desperately needed, so we can figure out how to bring people out of the shadows in this country and into law-abiding system,” she said. Faulkner pushed back, asking Maska whether she believed Biden’s policies were working. “Do you think that President Biden coming in and flipping the switch on President Trump’s former policies is the way to go? Some of them were clearly working, Johanna, why did he do that?” “So I think actually I appreciate that President Biden is showing message discipline because we have reality TV star as president...
    At least 20 migrants have drowned after smugglers threw them off a boat while making a crossing from Africa into the Middle East. Around 200 desperate people including children had been crammed on to a boat crossing from Djibouti to Yemen when smugglers panicked and began throwing them overboard overnight Wednesday. In total, 80 people - mostly Ethiopians and Somalians - were pushed into the water and forced to swim for shore in the pitch darkness, UN monitors said. At least 20 migrants crossing from Djibouti into Yemen have drowned after being pushed off a smuggler's boat and into the water (file image, a smuggler's boat in Djibouti) Survivors said that around 20 people had drowned. Five bodies have washed ashore so far, workers from the UN's International Organization for Migration said.  The survivors are receiving medical treatment in the Djibouti port town of Obock and testimonies are still being collected. Two similar incidents in the Gulf of Aden in October claimed the lives of at least 50 migrants, the IOM said.  Every year, tens of thousands of migrants make...
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