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(Im)migration News Recap, Feb. 10-15


Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro walks near where the border wall ends that separates Tijuana, Mexico, left, from San Diego, right, Feb. 5, 2019, in San Diego.

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Downsizing the Wall
As the U.S. president holds onto the idea of a new barrier along the border with Mexico, he keeps slamming into the biggest wall Washington can put up - a lack of Congressional funding shattering Trump's dreams for a barrier behemoth. He's unhappy with lawmakers, but faced with the prospect of another government shutdown and Democrats who wanted to rein in his deportation escalation, the president yielded to Capitol Hill this week but then declared a national emergency to collect wall funding from other parts of the government.

The longest winter
Winter in the remotest parts of the desert between Syria and Jordan is bone-chillingly brutal. For 40,000 refugees at Rukban camp, there is no doctor and few supplies. Eight children have died since January. The conditions, described by a refugee nurse, are like "operating in the stone age."

Refugee situations worsen in South Sudan, Myanmar
Fighting in South Sudan leaves thousands of displaced people without food, water and pushes thousands more into DRC for safety.

Violence in Myanmar's southern Chin State and Rakhine State prompts more departures.

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