Over 400 migrants arrived on the Italian Island of Lampedusa on Thursday after having been rescued by the Italian Navy in a series of rescue operations.
They include 83 minors and at least ten new born babies.
The migrants come largely from Eritrea, Nigeria, Syria, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Mali.
"The U.S.-Mexico border is our Lampedusa. Migrants in this hemisphere try to reach it, but often die in the attempt," Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo said.