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Some thousands of migrants take shelter as they await to be processed near the Del Rio International Bridge after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, September 18, 2021. "The journey is profoundly dangerous and it will not succeed," Blinken told a news conference in Mexico's capital when asked about how the United States was ensuring humane treatment of migrants. Blinken said U.S. and Mexican officials are in "close contact" over a jump in Haitian migrants passing through Mexico, many having traveled from South America where they had initially settled. A border encampment in Del Rio, Texas in recent weeks grew at one point to 14,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti. Speaking alongside Blinken, Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said many Haitian migrants who trekked from South America to the border had been duped into thinking they could easily obtain legal residency in the United States.
Persons: Ciudad, Adrees Latif, Antony Blinken, Biden, Blinken, Filippo Grandi, Marcelo Ebrard, it's, Ebrard, Donald Trump, Simon Lewis, Stephanie Ulmer, Daina Beth Solomon, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Del, Ciudad Acuna, REUTERS, Adrees Latif MEXICO CITY, Haitian, United, United Nations, Blinken, U.S ., Thomson Locations: Rio Grande, Del Rio , Texas, Adrees Latif MEXICO, United States, Mexico, South America, Haiti, Central, U.S
Displaced Afghans plead for aid as desperation grows
  + stars: | 2021-10-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Burqa-clad Afghan women and children, who are among displaced families fleeing the violence in their provinces, stand at a makeshift shelter at Shahr-e Naw park, in Kabul, Afghanistan October 4, 2021. "So far, we have not received any aid from anyone," Nori told Reuters on Monday, cradling two sleeping children in his arms. Poverty and hunger have worsened since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, a country already suffering from drought and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Taliban has urged Afghans to remain in their homes and not to migrate to other areas of the country, or abroad. It has also said it welcomes international aid, though many donors froze their assistance after the Taliban came to power.
Persons: Jorge Silva KABUL, Nor Agha Nori, Nori, haven't, Filippo Grandi, Zia Gul, Alasdair Pal, Susan Fenton Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Shahr, Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan, Nor, Takhar province, Kunduz
Turkish Red Crescent sending aid to feed displaced Afghans
  + stars: | 2021-10-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +3 min
read moreTurkish Red Crescent President Kerem Kinik said the shipment of food would be sent from Pakistan towards Kabul on Saturday and provide for 16,000 people for a month. Public order needs to be provided for local production," he told Reuters by telephone, citing a halt in international trade, drought and a decline in international aid as reasons for the problem. He said the Turkish Red Crescent had provided support to areas under Taliban control before U.S. troops pulled out and there had been no problem in providing aid after the withdrawal. "The Taliban appointed an authority to the head of the Afghan Red Crescent for the transition process," he said, adding that they were cooperating to bring humanitarian aid to Afghans. The Turkish Red Crescent had provided some $250,000 since 2018 to Afghans who established their own businesses after returning to the country and would increase the amount, he said.
Persons: Stringer, Filippo Grandi, Kerem Kinik, Erdogan, Haberturk, Ali Kucukgocmen, Daren Butler, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Crescent, Taliban, European Union, NATO, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, ISTANBUL, Pakistan, Turkish, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, Bulgaria, Qatar
REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Haitian asylum seekers congregated outside Mexico's refugee agency in the capital and in shelters in the northern city of Monterrey on Wednesday, as migrants deterred by a crackdown at the U.S. border sought legal status in Mexico. Filippo Grandi, the head of the U.N refugee agency, has warned that U.S. expulsions to such a volatile situation might violate international law. read moreThe chaotic scenes at the border and news of the expulsion flights convinced some Haitian migrants transiting through Mexico that it would be better to petition for legal status there, rather than risk crossing the U.S. border. I never said it had to be in the United States," said Wilner Plaisir, a Haitian asylum seeker waiting outside the offices of the Mexican refugee agency COMAR in Mexico City on Wednesday. Statistics published by COMAR show that 18,883 Haitians applied for asylum in Mexico in the first eight months of this year, the second-highest nationality after Hondurans.
Persons: Edgard Garrido, Ciudad, repatriations, Filippo Grandi, Wilner Plaisir, COMAR, Josue Gonzalez, Jorge Lopez, Laura Gottesdiener, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Mexican Commission, Aid, Refugees, REUTERS, Edgard Garrido MEXICO CITY, Del, Ciudad Acuna, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, COMAR, Thomson Locations: Haiti, Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico's, Monterrey, U.S, Rio Grande, Texas, Del Rio, United States, Haitian, Mexican
A couple bath a child at a makeshift border camp along the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, U.S. September 22, 2021. The United States has returned 1,401 migrants from the camp at Del Rio, Texas, to Haiti and taken another 3,206 people into custody, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late on Wednesday. Wade McMullen, an attorney with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, said several hundred people, mostly pregnant women and parents with children, had been released in Del Rio, Texas, over the past several days. As the U.S. authorities have escalated expulsion flights, some Haitian families have decided to stay in Mexico and seek legal status there rather than risk being returned to Haiti. read moreEnex and Wendy were among those who planned to stay in Mexico with their 2-year-old daughter after hearing about the expulsions.
Persons: Adrees Latif CIUDAD ACUNA, Wade McMullen, Robert F, Kennedy, Filippo Grandi, Wendy, Enex, Juliana Exime, Exime, Daina Beth Solomon, Lizbeth Diaz, Kristina Cooke, Laura Gottesdiener Organizations: REUTERS, United, Department of Homeland Security, Kennedy Human Rights, DHS, International Committee, Thomson Locations: Del Rio , Texas, U.S, Texas, United States, Haiti, Del Rio, Rio Grande, Caribbean, Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, I'm, Chile, Mexico City, Veracruz, Monterrey, Tapachula, Guatemala, Haitian
REUTERS/Adrees LatifCIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Mexico and the United States were on Wednesday preparing to fly more Haitian migrants away from chaotic U.S.-Mexico border camps, as pressure mounted on U.S. President Joe Biden to stop expulsions of Haitians to their poor, disaster-hit homeland. U.S. authorities have deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday from a camp housing thousands of mostly Haitian migrants on the U.S. side of border, by the small Texan city of Del Rio. At the same time, Mexico has begun flying migrants away from the U.S. border, as well as sending some by bus, towards its border with Guatemala in the south. 'IT'S DIFFICULT'While reports abound of Haitians across Latin America heading towards the United States, some are having second thoughts. In Ciudad Acuna, Haitian migrant Maurival Makenson, 31, said his older sister was making her way to the border from Colombia but he was trying to persuade her to turn back.
Persons: Adrees Latif CIUDAD, Joe Biden, Biden, Filippo Grandi, Ciudad, Maurival, Daina Beth Solomon, Drazen Jorgic, Robert Birsel Organizations: U.S . Department of Homeland Security, South America, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Del Rio , Texas, U.S, Mexico, United States, Del Rio, Haiti, Guatemala, Rio Grande, Caribbean, Rio, America, Ciudad Acuna, Haitian, Colombia, Port, South, Mexican, Villahermosa, Tapachula
Migrants shelter in a makeshift camp near the border with the U.S., in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel BecerrilCIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Conditions deteriorated in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants have gathered, as pressure mounted on U.S. President Joe Biden to curb expulsion flights. Mexico and the United States were on Wednesday preparing to fly more Haitian migrants away from the camps. In Ciudad Acuna, Haitian migrant Maurival Makenson, 31, said his older sister was making her way to the U.S.-Mexico border from Colombia but he was trying to persuade her to turn back. Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon in Ciudad Acuna; Additional reporting and writing by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by Rosalba O'BrienOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Daniel Becerril CIUDAD, Joe Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Filippo Grandi, Ciudad, Maurival, Daina Beth Solomon, Mica Rosenberg, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, U.S . Customs, Authorities, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Daniel Becerril CIUDAD ACUNA, U.S, Rio Grande, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Del Rio, Haiti, Rio, Caribbean, South America, Haitian, Colombia, Port, Guatemala, Mexican, Villahermosa, Tapachula, New York
Authorities have moved thousands away for immigration processing and deported more than 500 Haitians since Sunday. 1/12 Migrants shelter in a makeshift camp near the border with the U.S., in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril Read MoreOne family in Ciudad Acuna was constructing a hut out of cardboard boxes. Jenny Joseph, a 37-year-old Haitian migrant in Ciudad Acuna, said she had lived for two years in Chile but left because she was unable to obtain legal status. Mexico has begun transporting some of the migrants via planes and buses towards its border with Guatemala in the south.
Persons: CIUDAD, Wade McMullen, Robert F, Kennedy, Biden, McMullen, Daniel Becerril Read, Jenny Joseph, Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Alejandro Mayorkas, Kamala Harris, Mayorkas, Filippo Grandi, Daina Beth Solomon, Kristina Cooke, Mica Rosenberg, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Kennedy Human Rights, Authorities, Department of Homeland Security, Trump, DHS, U.S, REUTERS, Republicans, Biden, Reuters, Thomson Locations: CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, U.S, Texas, Del Rio , Texas, United States, Haiti, Del Rio, Rio, Ciudad Acuna, South America, Chile, Caribbean, Port, Guatemala, Mexican, Villahermosa, San Francisco, New York
The Taliban flags are seen on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021. More than a month after the Islamist militants took control following a chaotic Western withdrawal from Kabul, EU governments are also limiting their presence to the Qatari capital, Doha, where the Taliban have a representation. "The Taliban will have to make a choice between money or isolation, but we have very little expectations of them," an EU diplomat said. The EU expects its personnel to be based in Doha and make only brief visits to Kabul for meetings. One diplomat said EU countries would need to provide their own security or hire contractors, rather than rely on any Western security alliance.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Josep Borrell, Pekka Haavisto, Tomas Niklasson, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Stanikzai, John Irish, Essi, Sabine Siebold, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, BRUSSELS, European, Taliban, United Nations, UNHCR, United, EU, Finland's, Reuters, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, Doha, EU, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Europe, United States, New York, Kandahar, Qatar, Brussels, Afghan, Denmark, Norway, Paris, Helsinki, Berlin
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Waseem KhanISLAMABAD, Sept 17 (Reuters) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities. With growing reports of human and civil rights violations, various groups and countries have urged international bodies to engage with the Taliban. Since the Taliban took over on Aug. 15, several street protests led by women have been broken up.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Waseem Khan, Grandi, Asif Shahzad, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Nations, Refugees, REUTERS, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, Waseem, Waseem Khan ISLAMABAD, Afghanistan
"The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains desperate," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement after a three-day visit to the South Asian nation. "If public services and the economy collapse, we will see even greater suffering, instability, and displacement both within and outside the country," he added in Wednesday's statement. "The international community must therefore engage with Afghanistan – and quickly – in order to prevent a much bigger humanitarian crisis that will have not only regional, but global implications." Even before the Taliban took over last month, Grandi said, more than 18 million Afghans, or about half the population, required humanitarian aid. More than 3.5 million Afghans were already displaced in a country that is battling drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Saeed Ali Achakzai, Filippo Grandi, Afghanistan –, Grandi, Antonio Guterres, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chaman
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi talks during an interview with Reuters in Gaziantep, Turkey September 10, 2021. "In reality we have not seen at this point large movements of Afghan people towards the borders of the country," Grandi told Reuters. If those things collapse then we have a massive humanitarian crisis on our hands and most likely massive displacement as well," Grandi said. Asked how many people may flee in the event of economic collapse, Grandi said it was "anybody's guess at that point". "I told Turkey, as I told everyone else, that I'm not a big fan of walls," Grandi said.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Grandi, Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Turkey, I'm, Dominic Evans, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer, Alistair Bell Organizations: Nations, Refugees, Reuters, REUTERS, Taliban, UNHCR, Union, European Union, Thomson Locations: Gaziantep, Turkey, Mehmet Emin Caliskan GAZIANTEP, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kabul, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, Bulgaria
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan will not end as evacuation flights wind down, the United Nations warned as the U.S. completed its withdrawal from the country. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning," he said. The Pentagon on Monday said the U.S. finished its withdrawal efforts from the Kabul airport, ending America's longest war. "The situation on the ground today is really of a humanitarian catastrophe that is looming," she said. However, the WHO also said the supplies can only "partially replenish" reserves and ensure that services can continue "for now."
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Joe Biden, Isabelle Moussard Carlsen, Refugees Grandi, Organizations: United Nations, UN, Pentagon, U.S, Isabelle Moussard Carlsen UN, Refugees, ISIS, United Nations Office, Humanitarian Affairs, World Health Organization, WHO Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghan, U.S, UN
Kabul’s airport has been the epicenter for evacuations, but with commercial flights now stopped, sights have shifted to Afghanistan's land borders. But the odds of Afghans reaching one of those borders without Taliban interference, being allowed to cross into a neighboring country and then being resettled in the U.S. are daunting. There were indications that more Afghans were crossing the Afghan borders with Iran and with Pakistan, but it was unclear if they were seeking asylum, he said. Iran and Pakistan have historically taken in millions Afghan refugees over four decades, according to the United Nations, many of whom are still living in those countries. Afghanistan also shares a small and remote stretch of border with China, but China was not part of the meeting.
Persons: , Becca Heller, Chris Purdy, Chris Boian, Boian, Bilal Askaryar, ” Askaryar, Biden, Filippo Grandi Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States, NBC News, International Refugee Assistance, Veterans, American, Human, Refugees, UNHCR, U.S ., United Nations, . Security Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul’s, U.S, Pakistan, Afghanistan’s, Iran, United States, , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China
"Far greater humanitarian crisis" looms in Afghanistan - UNHCR
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/StringerGENEVA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - As evacuations from Kabul wind down in coming days, "a larger crisis is just beginning" in Afghanistan and for its 39 million people, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday, appealing for support. "The airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning," Grandi said in a statement. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer GENEVA, Filippo Grandi, U.N, " Grandi, Stephanie Nebehay, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
He was told airport operations continued uninterrupted, it added. The drone attack killed seven people, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told China's state television CGTN on Monday, criticizing the U.S. action on foreign soil as unlawful. Afghans fearful of reprisals under Taliban rule continued to crowd the airport, appealing to foreign powers for a way out. Two U.S. officials told Reuters evacuations would continue on Monday, prioritizing people deemed at extreme risk. The Taliban will take full control of Kabul airport after the American withdrawal on Tuesday, Qatar's Al Jazeera television network cited an unidentified Taliban source as saying.
Persons: SGT Glen McCarthy, Joe Biden, Zabihullah Mujahid, Qatar's Al, Filippo Grandi, Grandi Organizations: Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Army, Hamid, Australia's Department of Defense, Reuters U.S, U.S, U.S ., Reuters, Pentagon, ISIS, Islamic, Taliban, U.S . Central Command, Agency Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Islamic State, Nangarhar, Qatar's Al Jazeera, Iran, Pakistan
Afghanistan News: Reassurances From Taliban, but Fearful Afghans Look for the Exits A surge of U.S. troops restored order at the Kabul airport a day after Afghans mobbed the runway in a frantic attempt to flee. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed. American men and women would have been fighting and dying once again in Afghanistan.” Mr. Sullivan expressed sadness over the likely plight of women and girls in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Members of the Taliban at their first press conference after they took control of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed.
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Syrian refugees walk as they carry containers at an informal tented settlement in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon March 12, 2021. Nearly 70% of those affected are from just five countries - Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Myanmar - according to the annual report on forced displacement by the U.N. Amid a rise in populism and nationalism in global politics, Grandi called on world leaders to "stop demonizing people" that are forced to move. Grandi, who recently visited Washington, praised new President Joe Biden's pledge to "restore a U.S. asylum system that is both effective and humane." The UNHCR report found that in 2020 just 34,400 refugees were formally resettled globally - one-third of the previous year.
Persons: Mohamed Azakir, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's, Michelle Nichols, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, . Refugee Agency UNHCR, Former U.S, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Lebanon, Syria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Mozambique, West Africa's, Tigray, Somalia, Washington, U.S, United States, Canada, Europe
"We will have to continue to encourage donors to support the response." That came after Colombia in February gave 10-year protected status to the 1.8 million Venezuelans it hosts. read moreKarina Gould, Canada's minister for international development, said the amount pledged showed donors were eager to support such efforts. In addition, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank pledged $600 million in loans to address the crisis, Gould said. ($1 = 1.2349 Canadian dollars)Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Luc Cohen; Editing by Cynthia OstermanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Ivan Duque, Luisa Gonzalez, Nicolas Maduro, Filippo Grandi, Maduro, Guillermo Lasso, Karina Gould, Gould, Juan Guaido, Michelle Nichols, Luc Cohen, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: U.S, Unidad, REUTERS, Refugees, World Bank, Inter, American Development Bank, Thomson Locations: Venezuela, Colombia, Cucuta, Canada, United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Venezuelan
Grandi pointed to a deadly attack last week on an international demining organization in northern Afghanistan, which killed 10 people. "This is a tragic indicator of the type of violence that may be resurfacing in Afghanistan and with the withdrawal of the international troops this is possibly or likely going to become worse," Grandi said. After 20 years, the United States has started a withdrawal of its remaining 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and aims to be completely out of the country by Sept. 11. Grandi said strong international support was needed for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Lowcock said that until a few years ago there had been a lot of international attention in Afghanistan.
Persons: Giorgos Moutafis, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Osama bin Laden, Mark Lowcock, Biden, Lowcock Organizations: Refugee Rescue, REUTERS, Reuters, UNHCR, NATO, United States, United, Nations, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Skala Sikamias, Lesbos, Greece, Nations, U.N, United States, U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Qaeda
REUTERS/Johanna Geron/PoolRussia must change its behaviour if it wants better relations with the European Union, a senior EU official said on Monday. "The downwards trend in EU-Russia relations can only change if Russia stops disruptive behavior," Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits, wrote on Twitter after a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In March, the EU imposed sanctions on four senior Russian officials close to Putin in response to Navalny's jailing. Other EU sanctions on Moscow include measures taken by the EU in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Michel said in a statement that EU-Russia relations were at a low point and added: "This situation or its further deterioration is in neither side's interest."
Persons: Charles Michel, Filippo Grandi, Antonio Vitorino, Johanna Geron, Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, Putin, jailing, Michel Organizations: UNHCR, REUTERS, European Union, EU, Twitter, Russian, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Russia, EU, Ukraine, Moscow, Crimea
U.N. refugee agency scorns Denmark's law on asylum claims
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
The U.N. refugee agency has voiced strong opposition to a law passed by Denmark's parliament that would allow processing of claims lodged by asylum seekers outside Europe, calling it an "abdication" of its responsibility under international law. Denmark on Thursday passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates and the European Commission. "UNHCR strongly opposes efforts that seek to externalise or outsource asylum and international protection obligations to other countries," he said. The new law will allow Denmark to move refugees arriving on Danish soil to asylum centres in a partner country to have their cases reviewed, and to possibly obtain protection in that country. Denmark has yet to reach an agreement with a partner country, but it has said it is negotiating with several candidate countries.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, U.N, Denmark's, Grandi Organizations: European Commission, Refugees, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Europe, Denmark, Danish
White House officials declined to comment on the record, but a government official said the White House position was that the rule was necessary given the many Americans who had not been fully vaccinated. The topic also leaves Mr. Biden open to political attacks from Republicans and moderate Democrats who say he risks losing control of the border. President Biden plans to meet several of Mr. Floyd’s family members at the White House on Tuesday. The meeting at the White House will be private, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a news conference on Monday. But the scheduling was delayed for weeks while they waited to see what Mr. Trump would do.
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WASHINGTON — President Biden is coming under increasing pressure to abandon a Trump-era immigration rule that has sealed off the United States to most migrants during the pandemic, with human rights officials and two of the administration’s own medical consultants saying the measure endangers vulnerable families. The policy, known as Title 42, allows border agents to turn away migrants at the southern border without giving them a chance to apply for protections in the United States. The order justifies the expulsions as a health measure to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in holding facilities. Most single adults and many migrants traveling together as a family, however, continue to be immediately turned around. The complaint comes days after Filippo Grandi, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, who rarely criticizes U.S. immigration policy, said the expulsions have had “serious humanitarian consequences.”
Persons: Biden, Filippo Grandi, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Department of Homeland Security Locations: United States
Migrants gesture as they approach aboard a coast guard vessel, part of the hundreds that arrived packed on boats, on the southern island of Lampedusa, Italy May 9, 2021. "The fact that over this weekend, we have witnessed again, arrivals through the central Mediterranean is further proof that ... Europe needs predictable mechanisms to deal with these matters," said Filippo Grandi, Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Grandi said he agreed with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson that Europe needs a mechanism that balances "proper arrival arrangements with solidarity through relocation". "I personally think that this is the least that Europe could put in place", he said. "We also need ... a good, efficient and fair, right space, but nevertheless fair mechanism of return to their countries of those that are not recognised as refugees."
Persons: Mauro Buccarello, Filippo Grandi, Grandi, Home Affairs Ylva Johansson Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, European Union, Home Affairs, Thomson Locations: Lampedusa, Italy, Europe
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