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Sub-Saharan migrants disembark in the Canary Islands after being rescued at sea on June 17, 2021. Photo: Europa Press via Getty Images

The Spanish coast guard rescued 45 migrants off the coast of one of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Dangerous crossings from Africa to the islands' archipelago have been increasing exponentially the past few years, per Reuters.

  • More than 5,500 migrants have made the journey in 2021, "over twice as many as in the same period in 2020," according to Reuters.
  • From 2019 to 2020, there was an eightfold increase in migrant crossings to the islands.

The big picture: The 45 Sub-Saharan African migrants rescued Sunday included 24 women and eight children, per Reuters.

  • They were spotted by a larger ship about 38 miles off the coast of Gran Canaria.

Of note: Human Rights groups have criticized the conditions of migrant facilities in which many arriving to the Canary Islands must stay.

  • A November 2020 report by Human Rights Watch called on Spanish authorities to "immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions" in one of Gran Canaria's facilities.

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Photos reportedly show Border Patrol whipping at migrants from horseback

Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

New photos reportedly show Border Patrol agents whipping at and charging their horses at migrants in Del Rio who were attempting to make their way to an encampment under the international bridge, where thousands of Haitian migrants have sought refuge trying to seek asylum.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Russell Contreras: The images of Border Patrol agents on horseback charging at Haitian migrants drew an emotional response online since the Border Patrol has a troubled and violent history against communities of color.

Biden: There won't be "American forces moving into Ukraine"

President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that he does not foresee U.S. troops moving into Ukraine.

Why it matters: Biden's comments come as tensions between Russia and Ukraine persist, and a Russian invasion of Ukraine appears increasingly likely.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Axios-Ipsos poll: Omicron's big numbersAnother wave of death — FDA limits use of Regeneron and Lilly antibody treatments — Fauci: "Confident" Omicron cases will peak in February.
  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Biden admin withdraws temporary vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers — New York Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Hochul's mask mandate for public areas — Sarah Palin tests positive, delaying defamation trial — Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker

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