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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Spain: Ten Children On Intercepted Migrant-Smuggling Boat

The closure of Spain's borders to immigrants wishing to enter and live in this country without first obtaining a work contract has not curbed the continuous influx of undocumented migrants, including infants, who by law cannot be deported.

Ten babies and 19 adults were on a small boat that was intercepted late Monday by the Spanish police around 30 km from the Strait of Gibraltar.

Sixteen of the adults were women, one of whom was pregnant. They all came from sub-Saharan Africa, although the police have not yet determined their nationalities.

Another overcrowded boat carrying 24 Moroccan men was intercepted a few hours later.

.... poverty in Africa will continue to make the search for new horizons in prosperous Europe inevitable.

"There are no walls or police or military controls that can stop people from trying to get into Europe in search of a better life for themselves and their families," said Yolanda Villavicencio, president of the America-Spain Solidarity and Cooperation Association.

In seeking a better life, people put their lives at risk, because the conditions in which they are forced to travel have become increasingly dangerous.
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