Some U.S. migrant children shelters accused of violations – report

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The new report cites government and other reports for accusations of physical and sexual abuse, and violations of standards for children's safety and care. The alleged breaches occur at privately-run shelters where migrant children receive long-term housing.

TENT ENCAMPMENT. Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Clooneys open wallets as celebrities attack family separations

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:49 AM

John Legend and Bruce Springsteen are among the other artists who call on the Trump administration to stop the separation of children from their parents at the US border

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Honoree George Clooney (L) and Amal Clooney attend the American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 389980 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner/AFP

Trump orders halt to family separations

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:46 AM

(UPDATED) Despite the order, reports say there is no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families

SIGNED. US President Donald Trump, accompanied by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence (R), signs an executive order that will end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the United States on June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. The order would detain parents and children together. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

UK PM calls U.S. images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The British Prime Minister Theresa May says: 'On what we have seen in the United States, pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing... this is wrong'

DISTURBED. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

Anger mounts in Hollywood over Fox immigration coverage

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:23 PM

'Modern Family' creator Steve Levitan and 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane are among the celebrities that publicly slam the network

SPEAKING OUT. Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane, and Steve Levitan take to Twitter to slam the Fox News. File photos from AFP

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(UPDATED) A handful of House Democrats yell out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress

US IMMIGRATION. (R-L) U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) hold signs as they stage a protest outside a meeting between US President Donald Trump and House Republicans at the US Capitol June 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Here is a look at the key facts and figures behind the crisis

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

CBCP hails 'wise' DOJ move to let Sister Fox stay for now

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, thanks the Department of Justice for its 'wise' decision on Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox

PETITION GRANTED. Sister Patricia Fox is allowed to stay in the Philippines, at least for now, after the Department of Justice nullified a Bureau of Immigration order forfeiting her missionary visa. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Trump says U.S. not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States,' President Donald Trump says. 'Not on my watch.'

US BORDER. People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Christ Chavez/Getty Images/AFP

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at U.S. border

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:26 PM

'The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein during the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

HUMAN RIGHTS. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Italy, France tensions spiral over rejected migrant ship

Jun 14, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Italy's new economy minister shelves a meeting with his French counterpart in Paris as their countries trade barbs over the treatment of more than 600 migrants rescued off the Libyan coast at the weekend

MIGRANTS. Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel 'Diciotti' following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily. Photo by Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Argosino accused as 'main plunderer' in immigration bribery scandal

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Amended charges identify Al Argosino as the main plunderer, apparently to satisfy legal standards introduced by the Supreme Court when it acquitted former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of plunder

BRIBERY SCANDAL. Former immigration Associate Commisioner Al Argosino gets emotional during the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on January 31, 2017, on the P50-million bribery scandal. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:24 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses Italy's leaders of "cynicism and irresponsibility" and said they had broken international maritime law by refusing the boat the right to dock.

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy on Tuesday, June 12, for 'irresponsibility' after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants. File photo by AFP

Trump defends border policy as UN says childrens' rights violated

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the 'zero tolerance' policy is legal and necessary to deter the thousands of families crossing the border and asking for asylum each month

BORDER POLICY. The Trump administration defends its policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents. File photo by AFP

EXPLAINER: Patricia Fox case puts spotlight on PH immigration laws

Jun 05, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The forfeiture of the Australian nun’s missionary visa calls into play guarantees such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. But do they apply to a foreigner?

APPEAL. Australian nun Patricia Fox files a reply to the Department of Justice on June 5, 2018, as she continues to appeal the Phillippine government to keep her missionary visa and continue doing social works in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

De Lima: Probe 'influx of Chinese nationals' in Philippines

Jun 03, 2018 - 12:14 PM

This influx of Chinese nationals 'steals jobs away from ordinary Filipinos,' says the office of Senator Leila de Lima

SENATE URGED. Leila de Lima asks the Senate to look into the rise of Chinese workers in the Philippines. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron

May 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

But several aid groups accuse President Emmanuel Macron of 'political exploitation,' 'hypocrisy,' and covering up a harsh policy towards migrants

'SPIDERMAN.' French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Guevarra extends Sister Patricia Fox’s deadline to leave PH

May 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

In Guevarra’s order, Australian nun Patricia Fox has until June 18 to leave the Philippines

EXTENDED. DOJ allows Sr. Patricia Fox to stay until ... Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Australian nun Patricia Fox appeals to DOJ to let her stay in PH

May 25, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The nun will not leave the country despite an Immigration order for her departure on Friday, as her lawyers claim the appeal means the order is on hold

Sr. Patricia Fox files a petition at the DOJ on May 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Appeal denied: PH orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave

May 23, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Bureau of Immigration says Sister Patricia Fox, whose missionary visa was forfeited, can still return to the Philippines as a tourist since she is 'not yet' blacklisted

Priests led by running priest Fr. Robert Reyes pray over Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox at the UP Diliman’s Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump says some migrants are 'animals'

May 17, 2018 - 4:30 PM

'You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country,' US President Donald Trump tells California Republicans visiting the White House

'ANIMALS'? US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Sister Patricia Fox hits BI's definition of 'missionary work'

May 05, 2018 - 7:43 AM

While she has joined rallies for social justice, Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox calls these activities 'part and parcel of my apostolate and missionary work'

SEEKING PRAYERS. Priests pray over Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at UP Diliman's Parish of the Holy Sacrifice on April 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mike Pence blasts 'weak' immigration laws in speech at U.S.-Mexico border

May 01, 2018 - 9:12 PM

The US vice president visits a construction site for a barrier in the Californian border town of Calexico, 200 kilometers east of the San Diego-Tijuana crossing

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (not in frame) at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017.  Pence launches a Latin America tour that has taken on new significance following President Donald Trump's threat of a possible "military option" against Venezuela. The weeklong trip, aimed at coordinating a regional diplomatic action to the political crisis in Caracas, begins in Colombia and also includes Argentina, Chile and Panama. / AFP PHOTO / STR

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Sister Patricia Fox: 'Whatever happens, I will be forever grateful'

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:10 PM

'I may lose my right to be in the Philippines, but I can never lose the learnings and beautiful memories,' says Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox, whom the Bureau of Immigration ordered to leave the Philippines

DETAINED OVERNIGHT. Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox (C) is escorted by immigration officers during her release from detention at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila on April 17, 2018, a day after she was arrested. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Lawful or harassment? Senators clash on Australian nun's deportation

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Administration senators say it is well within the Philippines' power to deport the Australian missionary, but opposition senators say it is a crackdown on dissent

The Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox who was arrested and detained by immigration officials appealed Friday, April 20, 2108, for due process from the Philippine government, at the Human Rights Commission office in Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Malacañang backs BI order for Australian nun to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stresses that Sister Patricia Fox 'violated the terms and conditions' of her missionary visa in the Philippines

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 25, 2018, slam the BI order to forfeit the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Philippines orders Australian nun Patricia Fox to leave

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Bureau of Immigration forfeits the missionary visa of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox 'due to her involvement in partisan political activities'

ORDERED TO LEAVE. Australian nun Patricia Fox is ordered to leave the Philippines because she supposedly engaged in 'partisan political activities.' File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR: Arrest of Australian nun a 'dangerous' precedent for human rights workers

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'Framing their work as interference without concrete basis may discourage foreign nationals from doing important missionary and humanitarian work in our country,” the Commission on Human Rights says

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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Duterte admits ordering probe vs Australian nun

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) 'Huwag mo papasukin kasi walang hiya ang bunganga ng madre na 'yan,' says a fuming President Rodrigo Duterte about Sister Patricia Fox

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence – which is being used to deport Philippines-born James Garcia Dimaya – is too vague

SURPRISE VOTE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch speaks after he was sworn-in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Arrest of nun shows Duterte gov't 'has much to hide, guilty as hell' – rights group

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay says that the action of President Rodrigo Duterte's regime against international human rights observers and development workers 'betrays its guilt'

Bureau of Immigration releases Australian nun Patricia Fox

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'I haven't joined political rallies in terms of party politics, but I have been active in human rights issues,' says released Australian nun Patricia Fox

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte critics slam detention of 71-year-old Australian nun

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Lawmaker Carlos Zarate refutes claims that Sister Patricia Fox is engaging in partisan activities, as upholding human rights is not a form of meddling

DETAINED NUN. Protesters in a rally outside the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on April 17, 2018, call for the release of Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox from the BI. Photo by Maria Tan

Binay, Pangilinan hit Bureau of Immigration over nun's arrest

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'How can an Australian religious person be as outlawed as those Chinese syndicates in the country involved in drugs, gambling, and prostitution?' says Senator Nancy Binay

DETAINED NUN. The Bureau of Immigration detains missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox on April 16, 2018. Photo from CBCP News

Bishop fears crackdown amid Australian nun's detention

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:12 PM

'Ibig sabihin wala pang martial law ngayon, iniisa-isa na nila ang mga taong kumokontra sa kanila,' says Bishop Pabillo as he visits detained Sister Patricia Fox

DETAINED NUN. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (right) visits detained Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox at the Bureau of Immigration in the evening of April 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

Bureau of Immigration detains Australian missionary nun

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Detained Sister Patricia Fox, 71, is a missionary with the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, and has worked in the Philippines for 27 years, says CBCP News

DETAINED NUN. The Bureau of Immigration detains missionary nun Sister Patricia Fox on April 16, 2018, says CBCP News. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

PH blacklists EU political party official over ‘partisan’ activity

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:47 PM

‘A tourist does not enjoy the rights and privileges of a Philippine citizen, particularly the exercise of political rights which are exclusively reserved to Filipinos,’ says Immigration Chief Jaime Morente

BARRED FROM ENTERING. Party of European Socialists (PES) deputy secretary general Giacomo Filibeck is barred from entering the Philippines on April 15, 2018. All photos from Akbayan

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PNP refuses Crame detention for officials in immigration bribery scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Suspects Al Argosino, Michael Robles, and Wally Sombero claim their lives are threatened by drug war detainees in Camp Bagong Diwa. The PNP says these supposed threats are 'speculative.'

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Former Immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino and Michael Robles are detained at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

LIST: New Boracay rules during 6-month closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:47 PM

DILG Assistant Secretary Densing III releases a rough list of rules that the government considers for residents, tourists, foreigners, and journalists

NEW RULES. Boracay is scheduled to be 'shut down' starting April 26. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Wally Sombero: 'I think I'm safe with police'

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Is retired police colonel and alleged Jack Lam middleman Wenceslao 'Wally' Sombero batting for detention inside Camp Crame?

FORMER COP. Wally Sombero voluntary surrenders to incoming PNP chief Oscar Agbayalde and CIDG chief Roel Obusan at Camp Crame on Wednesday, April 11. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jack Lam 'middleman' Wally Sombero surrenders to police

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Incoming Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Sombero sent surrender feelers on the same day the Sandiganbayan released the arrest order against him

Ex-immigration execs in Jack Lam bribery case detained

Apr 10, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles are accused of accepting P50 million in exchange for the freedom on undocumented Chinese nationals arrested in an online casino in Pampanga in November 2016

PLUNDER ALLEGATION. Former Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are facing plunder charges for allegedly accepting ₱50 million in exchange for the release of 1,316 undocumented Chinese nationals arrested during a raid in Clark, Pampanga, in November 2016. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Boat carrying dozens of Rohingya arrives in Malaysia

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015