19 | MAR | 2019
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All migrants deserve a humane treatment: Kerry

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The U.S. is a nation of immigrants, he said.

During the celebration of the International Migrants Day, Secretary of State John Kerry praised those who look into crossing international borders in search of a better life.

He also pointed out that the United States are a nation based on immigration and said that migrants deserve a humane treatment.

In a press release, Kerry expressed that "on International Migrants Day ... we pay tribute to all those who venture abroad in search of safety, dignity, and a better life.

"We recall the heartbreaking images and harrowing stories that have captured the attention of the world, and the more than 3600 migrants and refugees who have died this year alone attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

"Whether they are escaping war or poverty or seeking opportunity, migrants’ quests can benefit everyone, from families back home that depend on their earnings, to employers abroad who need their energy and skill. In some cases, remittances provide more resources to poor nations than development assistance does. And in countries with labor shortages or aging populations, migrants can propel economies forward," expressed Kerry.

The secretary also pointed out that "the vast majority of the more than 200 million people who migrate each year make the trip legally. But regardless of what documents they carry, all should be protected and treated humanely.

"All countries should help -- not just the ones next door," added Kerry, in a time of a growing anti-immigrant environment in the U.S.

Kerry also expressed that "our own nation is built upon migrants’ dreams. Their daring, their striving, and their freedom to imagine a better future, has fueled our own prosperity and become an indispensable part of our heritage and national character."

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