US officials decide to ferry migrants from Libya back to Libya

New wave of migrants puts US and other countries to the test

After weeks of media coverage about the growing flow of migrants across the Mediterranean, US officials have taken extraordinary measures to ensure that they reach the US legally.

They’ve taken the unusual step of deploying a US military cargo plane to ferry migrants from Libya back to Libya, where many of them have spent the past three-four years, and a Coast Guard ship en route to the US.

But the strategy has drawn questions from many quarters since it was reported by the Associated Press, including on Capitol Hill. And even some in the president’s own party have spoken out against the plan.

“I don’t know why we have [the Coast Guard ships] to do it,” Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama said on Friday.

An estimated 700 African migrants had spent months in limbo in Libya, with no word of their future, when a group of US officials decided last week that they needed to make some decisions about their status.

The group includes some who’ve spent three-four years on the run. They have no papers, no money and very little food, according to the Associated Press.

The European Union offered $5,000, while the United Nations said it would give each migrant $1,200 to help pay for them to cross the Mediterranean.

The European Union offered $5,000, while the United Nations said it would give each migrant $1,200 to help pay for them to cross the Mediterranean.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

After weeks of media coverage about the growing flow of migrants across the Mediterranean, US officials have taken extraordinary measures to ensure that they reach the US legally.

They’ve taken the unusual step of deploying a US military cargo plane to ferry migrants from Libya back to Libya, where many of them have spent the past three-four years, and a Coast Guard ship en route to the US.

But the strategy has drawn questions from many quarters since it was reported by the Associated Press, including on Capitol Hill. And even some in the president’s own party have spoken out about the plan.

“I don’t know why we have [the Coast Guard ships]

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