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Red Cross network urges end to mistreatment of migrants

Updated Tuesday, July 10, 2018 | 11:55 a.m.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian network is urging governments to end mistreatment of vulnerable migrants and remove barriers that prevent them from obtaining food, health care and legal services.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says that the shift of government policies toward restriction and control of migrants is creating "a humanitarian crisis."

Federation President Francesco Rocca told a news conference launching the report on Tuesday that "all people regardless of immigration status should have access to basic services and humanitarian assistance."

He pointed to governments discouraging and even banning and criminalizing humanitarian assistance to migrants, and armed attacks on boats trying to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. He also called the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant parents and children "unacceptable."