White House didn`t OK immigrant releases: Report

An internal Homeland Security Department report says immigration officials decided on their own, strictly for budget reasons, to release more than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013.

Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded fishing boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said Tuesday.

Germany eases dual citizenship rules

Germany has adopted a new law that allows dual citizenship for the children of immigrants, a step that will benefit mainly young people from the country`s three-million-strong Turkish-origin community.

Immigrant children held in crowded, concrete cells

Children`s faces pressed against glass. Hundreds of young boys and girls covered with aluminium foil-like blankets next to chain-link fences. The pungent odour that comes with keeping dirty travellers in close quarters.

At least 36 immigrants die in Libya shipwreck: Navy

At least 36 immigrants died and 42 are reported missing after a makeshift boat was wrecked off Libya`s coast, a naval spokesman said on Sunday.

Rescued desert migrants to be escorted to Sudan town: army

About 300 illegal immigrants abandoned by people traffickers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, where 10 died , will be escorted to a Sudanese town from Friday, the army said.

9 illegal migrants die, hundreds rescued in Sudan-Libya desert

Nine illegal immigrants have died among some 300 abandoned by smugglers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, with the others in poor condition, Khartoum`s army said on Wednesday.

Eight drown as immigrant boat sinks off Turkey

Eight people died, including a child, and five others were missing today after a boat carrying migrants towards Greece capsized off western Turkey, local media reported.

Italy sounds alarm after rescuing 4,000 immigrants

Italy has rescued about 4,000 immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean by boats to reach its shores in the past two days, the interior minister said Wednesday, calling the crisis "increasingly glaring".

Jeb Bush says illegal immigration often ``an act of love``

Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Sunday that illegal immigrants who come to the United States to provide for their families are not committing a felony but an "act of love."

Morocco launches process to normalise illegal immigrants

Morocco launched an operation to give residency permits to tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally, after the King expressed concern about their harsh treatment by the police.

Bulgaria warns migration laws risk Britain`s reputation

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, warned Prime Minister David Cameron his tough rhetoric and policies on immigration risked damaging Britain`s reputation and leaving it isolated.

Four immigrants sew mouths shut in protest at Italy detention

Four North Africans held in a migrant centre on the outskirts of Rome have sewn their lips together in protest at their lengthy detention, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Saturday.

UK introduces tougher English test for migrants

The UK is introducing a series of tougher new tests that immigrants will have to clear before they can claim state benefits.

Saudi Arabia warns of action against illegal immigrants

Saudi Arabia said Saturday that there would be no leniency toward organisations that hire illegal immigrants, Xinhua reported quoting Saudi Press Agency as saying.

Obama pushes for passage of immigration reform by year end

US President Barack Obama on Thursday asked the Republican-majority House of Representatives to pass by the year end a stalled immigration bill over which India has expressed deep concern.

Dozens of children among 163 immigrants rescued off Sicily

Dozens of children were among a group of 163 immigrants rescued off the Italian coast on Tuesday, sparking immediate calls from local officials for emergency funds to help for their care.

White House slams Republican plan for immigrants

A White House senior adviser is accusing the House Republicans of "cruel hypocrisy" for contemplating legal status for unauthorized immigrants brought to the US as children without also legalizing their parents.

Flood of `fertile immigrants` needed to boost US economy, said Jeb Bush

American politician and former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush has said that US immigration needs reform so that `more fertile` immigrants can help offset US population decline and boost the economy.

US House votes to resume deporting immigrants

The Republican-controlled House voted to resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.