As conditions in the Middle East and Africa are causing thousands of people to seek ways to migrate into Europe, terrorist organizations like the Islamic State are profiting handsomely off of people that are trying to flee from the chaos these groups have helped cause, a recent report has found.
According to a report released Tuesday by The Global Initiative, terrorist groups including ISIS are benefiting from the lucrative human trafficking trade that illegally smuggles boatloads of people from the Libyan coast across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.
The report estimates that the human trafficking trade generates between $255 million and $323 million each year. more >>
An Iraqi nun who has been an outspoken critic of the Islamic State will finally receive a visa to travel to the United States to speak on Christian persecution in the Middle East.
In a reversal following much outrage, the US State Department has agreed to give Sister Diana Momeka, member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, a visa for a trip to Washington, D.C.
Sister Diana's trip was sponsored in part by the groups the Institute for Global Engagement and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. more >>
Most Evangelicals want to learn more about what the Bible can teach us about immigration. Will pastors meet this challenge?
The past few months have been frustrating for those of us who support comprehensive immigration reform. But for Christians who believe that Scripture compels us to seek more just immigration policies, recent polling offers hope and inspires us to redouble our efforts.
It is understandable that we feel discouraged. Once again, Congress is at a stalemate. Republicans continue with the desire to neutralize President Obama's executive action of late November last year or to eliminate provisions one-by-one. Meanwhile, a U.S. district judge in Texas has placed a preliminary injunction on the implementation of part of that presidential order designed to temporarily remove the threat of deportation. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to back a path to "full and equal citizenship" for illegal immigrants, and has accused Republicans of treating illegals as "second class."
"This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistake, not a single Republican ... is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one," Clinton said during a campaign stop in Nevada on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. "When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status."
Clinton further said that she backs President Barack Obama's executive actions that allow some with an illegal status to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. The president has also sought to expand a program that protects people from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. more >>
At least 15 Muslim migrants have reportedly been arrested by Italian police after murdering and throwing overboard 12 other migrants, Christians from Ghana and Nigeria, who were all on a boat heading to Italy.
BBC News reported that the Muslims were arrested when they reached the Sicilian city of Palermo, and were charged with "multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate."
Migrants from various parts in Africa travel to Italy by boat in large numbers every week, often resulting in massive maritime disasters. more >>
The conservative watchdog website Judicial Watch is claiming that Islamic State terrorists have established a training camp located 8 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and plan on infiltrating the United States with the help of drug cartel smugglers.
Judicial Watch reported on Tuesday that unnamed sources within the Mexican Army and Mexican Federal Police have informed that they found evidence of ISIS militants establishing a training camp just outside of the Mexico border town of Ciudad Juarez in Anapra, which is about 8 miles from the U.S.'s southern border.
The report also claims that the militant group plans to use the border areas between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas, and Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico, to infiltrate the U.S. It adds that the militants will be aided by "coyotes" who work for the Juarez Cartel and spotters who will be located in the East Potrillo Mountains in New Mexico. more >>