The government of Slovakia has said it will take in struggling migrants from Syria and other countries under a European Union scheme to share the burden of 40,000 new arrivals to the continent, but stipulated it will only be taking Christians, and not Muslims.
"We want to help Europe with the migration issue. We could take 800 Muslims but we don't have any mosques in Slovakia so how can Muslims be integrated if they are not going to like it here?" interior ministry spokesman Ivan Metik said, arguing that the policy is not discriminatory.
"We want to really help Europe with this migration wave, but … we are only a transit country and the people don't want to stay in Slovakia," he added. more >>
While short of an official endorsement, Sarah Palin was effusive in her praise for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, claiming the celebrity billionaire is in touch with working class "Joe Six Pack" values. "I am so happy that he is running," she said.
Appearing on Fox's On The Record with Greta Van Susteren Tuesday, Palin was asked if she was endorsing the candidate and billionaire business leader:
"Here's the deal Greta, he's the best thing to happen to the permanent political class since the beauty of the Tea Party genuine movement rose up and shined light on crony capitalism, and then pulled the rug right out from under the status quo politicians who just kind of embrace the permanent political class," said Palin. more >>
Donald Trump has revealed his immigration platform on Sunday and said undocumented immigrants in the United States "have to go."
In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News' Meet the Press, Donald Trump laid out his immigration plan, which has once again stirred controversy among the public. Trump, who is the present leading 2016 Republican presidential candidate in recent polls, told Todd that the United States has to revamp its immigration standards, according to The Guardian.
While sitting on his plane in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump was asked if he was going to "split up" families of illegal immigrants and deport their kids. more >>
Amidst a long and protracted political debate over immigration reform and federal inaction, California has been steadily moving towards effectively providing legal status to undocumented immigrants across the state.
Democrat Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation earlier this week striking the word "alien" from the state's labor code, as well as a measure allowing unauthorized immigrants to serve as election poll workers. Already statewide, undocumented immigrants have been appointed to state or local governmental positions in California.
According to The Associated Press, over 50 percent of new drivers licenses issued in California are given to unauthorized immigrants. The state also allows unauthorized immigrants to receive in-state tuition, and access to state healthcare programs. more >>
Pope Francis has called on world powers to take action and help migrants who are fleeing violence and seeking refuge in Europe and the U.K. The pontiff made his call to action as part of a speech in which he condemned governments that refuse to accept the refugees into their countries and provide them with assistance and shelter, saying their actions are nothing short of a "crime."
Francis spoke out about the refugee crisis to members of the Eucharistic Youth Movement on the island of Lampedusa in southern Italy earlier this month, after 200 dead bodies were found near a capsized boat close by, as reported by the Gazzetta del Sud.
The pope also called on residents to remember the mostly Muslim Rohingya refugees as "brothers" from Myanmar and Bangladesh who have been refused entry in to Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as the 170,000 that reached Italy by ship last year, as recorded by the International Organization for Migration data. more >>
Rosa Robles Loreto, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has spent over a year living inside a Tucson Presbyterian Church because she fears U.S. immigration officials will deport her.
Robles Loreto has received sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church (USA) since Aug. 7, 2014, and vows to stay until immigration officials provide assurance that they will not deport her and separate her family.
"It's like I lost a year," she commented in a Fox News Latino report. The 42-year-old woman has two sons, ages 9 and 12, who were born in Mexico and have grown up in the U.S. She has lived in Tucson since 1999, but returned to Mexico to give birth to them. Her husband and sons are all living in Arizona illegally, but do not face deportation because no one has reported them to immigration officials. more >>