Rick Santorum: Migrant children the government lost track of aren't lost
Rick Santorum said Sunday that the roughly 1,500 migrant children whom the government has lost track of aren't lost. During a panel discussion on CNN's "State of the Union," the former GOP senator from Pennsylvania claimed that the children are not missing just because the government doesn't currently know where they are."They were placed in vetted homes," Santorum said of the children. "The question is, they haven't had communicaDuring a panel discussion on CNN's "State of the Union," the former GOP senator from Pennsylvania claimed that the children are not missing just because the government doesn't currently know where they are.
French police began on Monday to clear out two illegal refugee camp sites in Paris, following a similar operation last week, in the government's latest attempt to deal with a migrant influx that France has been facing for the past three years.
A statement from the Paris police department said authorities were in the process of clearing out two illegal refugee campsites at the Porte des Poissonniers, in northeast Paris, and another site next to the city's Canal Saint Martin.
Last week, authorities had cleared out around 1,000 migrants from the larger "Millenaire" camp, also in northeast Paris. Those migrants had subsequently been taken to various accommodation centers around the capital.
'Spiderman' hailed hero after rescuing child dangling from Paris balcony
A young Malian migrant is being lauded in France after he scaled the outside of a building in Paris to rescue a young child dangling from a balcony. Video of the rescue shows 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up four floors of the apartment building in just seconds to rescue the child, to cheers from onlookers.By the time Parisian emergency services arrived at the building, he had already pulled the child to safety.Speaking to CNN-affiliate BFM TV after the rescue, Gassama said he had been in the neighborhood to watch a football match in a local restaurant when he saw the commotion.
Europe has faced a migrant crisis since 2015, following wars in Libya and Syria. More than 1 million people from Africa and the Middle East, as well as many from Afghanistan, have tried to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.
In France, much of the migrant influx ended up in the northern port of Calais, where a giant slum was cleared by the authorities in late 2016. Most of the rest have gathered in Paris and the southeast near the Franco-Italian border.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
Italy vows migrant ship cannot dock as Paris-Rome clash escalates .
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