U.S. President Donald Trump said without evidence on Thursday Arizona "is bracing for a massive surge" of immigrants along part of the border that has no protective fence, reiterating his call for Democrats to back funding for his proposed border wall.
"Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area. WE WILL NOT LET THEM THROUGH," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, appearing to maintain pressure on lawmakers seeking to approve legislation to keep the government open through to Sept. 30 next year.
Representatives for the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon did not respond immediately to requests for comments. It was unclear if Trump had a specific group of migrants in mind.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that border agents in Arizona had apprehended two groups of families from Honduras and Guatemala comprising a total of 124 migrants who had crossed into the United States.
Migrants tend to be healthier, live longer: report
Migrants tend to be healthier than the residents of wealthy countries they travel to, such as the United States, and often help fight diseases by becoming healthcare workers in those nations, according to a study published on Wednesday.Populist arguments that migrants pose a health risk and a burden to health systems are myths used to drive anti-immigrant sentiment, the report published by University College London and the Lancet medical journal concluded. https://bit.ly/2ASQyqFThe two-year study found that migrants, in general, have a greater life expectancy than residents of host countries and were less likely to die of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.They were, however, more prone to diseases such as hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis, but tended to spread those infections among immigrant communities rather than the general population, the study found.UN sounds alarm on Greek 'push-back' of migrants"Our analysis suggests that migrants are healthier, migrants contribute positively to the economies of host countries, and in wealthy countries like the United Kingdom and United States, migrants constitute a large portion of the health workforce," said Ibrahim Abubakar, chair of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health that carried out the study.The report, which looked at 96 studies and 5,464 mortality estimates for more than 15 million migrants, found inconsistencies between migrant groups.Mortality was lower, for instance, among migrants from east Asia and Latin America than the general population of six European host countries studied. However, it was higher among migrants from north Africa and eastern Europe."In too many countries, the issue of migration is used to divide societies and advance a populist agenda," Lancet Editor Richard Horton said in a statement. "Migrants commonly contribute more to the economy than they cost."The results were based mainly on studies of migrant health in wealthier countries, due to a lack of data on low-income and middle-income countries. As a result, the study may not reflect the health of immigrants in those poorer countries that are the most popular destinations globally for migrants, the report cautioned. Bulgaria says will not join UN migration pactMore than 700,000 Afghans leave Iran as economy slowsScores of migrants rescued from boat in Aegean SeaOnline game 'Razor Wire' highlights migrants' hardship
The U.S. Congress approved a stopgap two-week spending bill on Thursday but lawmakers still need to agree on a longer-term funding measure to fund government agencies until the end of the fiscal year in September.
Trump, who has made the construction of the wall a foundation of his presidency, has demanded $5 billion this year from Congress for the boundary and has threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers do not accede.
Democrats have argued the wall would be ineffective at ending illegal migration and stemming the flow of illicit drugs across the border.
UN sounds alarm on Greek 'push-back' of migrants
UN officials are concerned by reports that Greek officials are sending back irregular migrants coming via Turkey -- “push-back” -- with no opportunity for them to seek asylum, including reports of violence.The alleged policy made headlines this week after three migrants were found in Turkish villages, without trousers or shoes, apparently frozen to death, reportedly victims of the policy.The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR "continues to receive numerous credible reports of alleged push-backs by Greek authorities, including by detaining persons, giving no opportunity to apply for asylum, and then summarily returning them to Turkey via the [border Meric] Evros River, with violence sometimes being used," said a UN statement Wednesday."Such reports are certainly a concern and UNHCR has raised this issue with the Greek authorities in the past and called for preventive measures," the statement added.Scores of migrants rescued from boat in Aegean SeaCountries have obligations under national, EU, and international law to protect asylum-seekers and refugees, the Greece office of the UNHCR told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.The Meric River -- called Evros in Greek -- is a dangerous route for irregular migrants, especially in winter, said the agency statement.The alleged “push-back” policy is risky, especially for children and other vulnerable individuals, said the UNHCR.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Greek Minister of Citizen Protection Olga Gerovasili denied the reports.Fifteen migrants die in boat off Libya, Egyptian survivor saysBodies of three migrants allegedly deported by Greece found in NW TurkeySeizures, forced return reported in GreeceIn testimony, migrants have said Greek security forces subjected them to violence and sent them back by boat.Afghan Jamalvddin Malangi, 29, who said he knew one of the migrants who froze to death, told reporters that after crossing the river into Greece, Greek police forced him to return to Turkey by boat.Greek soldiers have no mercy, said Malangi, but praised Turkish soldiers’ “merciful” attitude.Another migrant, Yasin Sidri, 25, from Morocco, told reporters that they were beaten by iron bars and their clothes, phones, and money were seized by Greek security forces. He said that they were sent back to Turkey via the Meric river.Algerian Abdulkadir Fikras, 23, said that after entering Greece, Greek police wearing masks took his migrant group to the river, seized their clothes, money, and phones, and sent them back to Turkey."People in the Turkish village where we took shelter and Turkish officials treated us very well," he added.Roughly 14,000 irregular migrants came to Greece in 2018, according to Greek officials.Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
Scores of migrants rescued from boat in Aegean Sea
A total of 51 irregular migrants were rescued off the coast of Turkey's Aegean province of Izmir on Wednesday, according to coast guard sources.The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the motor of the boat broke down in the sea.The coast guards responded to their call for help.The migrants were trying to go to Greece by illegal means, the sources added.Turkey has been the main route for refugees trying to cross into Europe, especially since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.Some 205,000 irregular migrants were held in Turkey in 2018 as of Oct. 15, according to the Interior Ministry.The irregular migrants were mostly Afghan, Pakistani, Syrian and Iraqi nationals.
Pentagon extends Mexico border mission until end of January
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved a request to extend the deployment of troops to the U.S. border with Mexico until the end of January, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that had been largely expected.The U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the support would include "limited aviation, engineering, medical, and military police capabilities." The current authorization was set to expire on Dec. 15. Galeri: Torrential downpour devastates migrants waiting in Tijuana