Australia's hardline approach to asylum seekers includes turning away refugees arriving by boat and offshore detention. Both measures have been condemned by the UN previously.
The multi-day operation was expected to target around 2,000 recently-arrived families in about 10 cities who have been ordered deported by an immigration judge.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
A lack of adequate healthcare services and the heavily securitised environment have resulted in the deterioration of the mental health of more than 600 men in the country's offshore detention facilities.
Maribyrnong detention centre is one of several facilities used to lock up immigrants who arrive into the country without papers.
Trump’s Muslim ban complicates the recently signed Australia-US refugee deal – and Australia complicates it further by denying journalists and rights activists entry to the contentious Manus Island detention centre.
At least 54 children are slated to reunite with their families by a court-ordered deadline says government lawyer Sarah Fabian. The 54 are a tiny fraction of the more than 2,000 children separated from their families under a Trump immigration policy.
House Republican leaders postponed the Friday vote on GOP immigration legislation. Despite Trump's order to stop children from being separated from their families, it remained unclear how this will be achieved.
US President Donald Trump says "we are keeping families together" after outrage in the US and abroad over the separation of 2,300 minors from their families since May 5.
US first lady Melania Trump also joined the debate saying in a rare public statement that she "hates to see children separated from their families" and hoped lawmakers from both sides can agree on immigration reform.
Around 30,000 people are detained in the UK every year. Many of these detainees are asylum seekers and victims of torture, trafficking and sexual abuse. They now face fresh trauma in detention centres.
The Australian government needs to be held to account for its shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. The government's policies fly in the face of the core values that underpin Australian society and history.
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