Migrants at the Transit Center in Lesbos. Photo: IOM 2016/Amanda Nero

Trump Unveils New Deportation Policy

This move will have broad international implications. “President Trump has directed his administration to more aggressively enforce the nation’s immigration laws, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. Documents released on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security revealed the broad scope of the president’s ambitions: to publicize crimes by immigrants; enlist local police officers as enforcers; strip immigrants of privacy rights; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations. The new enforcement policies put into practice the fearful speech that Mr. Trump offered on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” and warning that such unauthorized immigrants “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/2lDJ44J

Children at risk…Nearly 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2lHR5Gg)

Investigative report of the day: The UK Home Office is accelerating its drive for “illegal” migrants and those refused asylum to return home voluntarily – a tactic publicised as more cost-effective and “humane” than forced returns. But how “voluntary” are these returns really? And how have NGOs become complicit in this strategy? (IRIN http://bit.ly/2kHNg4r)

PHOTOS: Inside the world’s largest stockpile of humanitarian relief. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2lDL399)