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‘Dangerous overcrowding’: 900 migrants cram into Border Patrol center designed for 125 people

CLOSE A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally into El Paso, Texas, is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said Thursday. (May 31) AP, APThe surge of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has led to “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at Border Patrol stations around El Paso,…

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A group of 1,036 migrants that crossed the border illegally into El Paso, Texas, is the largest the Border Patrol has ever encountered, the agency said Thursday. (May 31)
AP, APThe surge of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has led to “dangerous overcrowding” and unsanitary conditions at Border Patrol stations around El Paso, Texas, according to a government watchdog report released Thursday.Inspectors highlighted the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center, which was designed to hold 125 people but was crammed with 750 migrants on May 7 and 900 migrants the following day, according to the report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General. The report included photos of dozens of migrants squeezed together in holding cells and hundreds of migrants massed in the center’s outdoor parking lot as they waited to be processed. Border Patrol agents told inspectors that some migrants were forced to stand “for days or weeks” because there wasn’t enough room to sit on the floor. Some migrants even stood on toilets “to make room and gain breathing space.” CNN first reported the story Friday.The situation has become so dire that the inspectors had only one recommendation for Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees Border Patrol: take “immediate steps” to alleviate the overcrowding.”Although CBP headquarters management has been aware of the situation…for months and detailed staff to assist with custody management, DHS has not identified a process to alleviate issues with overcrowding,” the report concluded.A Border Patrol agents looks through the border fence in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 1, 2019. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Border Patrol officials have been warning Congress for months that they were facing an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking migrants. Yet the report shows, according to Thompson, that Border Patrol officials “completely and utterly failed” to prepare for the very surge they warned about, leading to the dangerous conditions inspectors found.”The findings serve as further evidence that the Trump Administration is not just neglecting to address the crisis — they are, in fact, exacerbating it,” Thompson said in a statement. The revelations come as the Trump administration struggles to prevent Central American migrants from coming to the U.S., and to properly care for them once they arrive.The administration has tried several maneuvers to cut off or limit asylum requests— some have been blocked by federal courts, some have been allowed to go into effect. On Thursday, President Donald Trump tried a new tact, threatening to impose an escalating series of tariffs on Mexican imports if the Mexican government does not completely stop Central American migrants moving through that country on their way toward the U.S. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThose efforts haven’t worked, as the U.S. continues setting new records for the number of families and children crossing the border to request asylum. Border Patrol agents set an all-time record in April by apprehending 58,474 members of family units. And on Thursday, the agency set a different record when a group of more than 1,000 migrants crossed the border together near El Paso, Texas.That has led to crowded conditions inside and outside of Border Patrol stations, detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and privately-run shelters that are caring for migrants who are released from custody. Six migrant children have died in U.S. government custody in the past year.  In its response to the Inspector General report, the Department of Homeland Security said it has already built a tent that can hold up to 500 migrants in El Paso, will erect another similar tent there by July 31, and is planning a much larger expansion “within 18 months.”Thank you! You’re almost signed up for Keep an eye out for an email to confirm your newsletter registration.The department has also received $450 million from Congress to improve humanitarian conditions along the southern border, and is requesting an additional $1 billion to continue that work. The Inspector General described Homeland Security’s response as “partially responsive” to its recommendation, and urged the department to take more immediate steps to resolve the overcrowding problem.Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/31/watchdog-finds-dangerous-overcrowding-el-paso-border-patrol-stations/1300906001/
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Joe Biden endorsed, Trump excoriated by nearly 500 retired top military, national security officials

CLOSE President Trump has reportedly used words like “suckers, losers and warmongers” to describe American war heroes and Pentagon brass. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Nearly 500 generals, admirals and former national security officials from both parties endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, and blasted President Donald Trump as “not equal” to the challenges of the…

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President Trump has reportedly used words like “suckers, losers and warmongers” to describe American war heroes and Pentagon brass.

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Nearly 500 generals, admirals and former national security officials from both parties endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, and blasted President Donald Trump as “not equal” to the challenges of the job in a letter released Thursday.The letter, signed by 489 members of the group called the National Security Leaders for Biden, includes former Obama administration Defense Secretaries Ash Carter, Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta, along with former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe, who served under both former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. Among the retired senior officers is Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who until last year was the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Trump.REPUBLICANS: Former governors, congressmen, Trump administration staffers supporting BidenThe signature of a senior official like Selva, with recent, relevant experience advising the Trump White House as the military’s second-highest ranking officer, indicates alarm about Trump’s fitness as commander in chief, said Michael O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution. O’Hanlon pointed to revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage” that showed the United States and North Korea were dangerously close to war in 2017. Trump’s erratic, “seat of the pants” decision-making has rattled senior military and civilian officials, he said.CLOSE

Prominent Republicans have publicly endorsed or shown support for Joe Biden instead of their party’s incumbent, Donald Trump.

USA TODAY”There is real concern among some of these folks that we’re living on borrowed time with this guy having his finger on the nuclear trigger,” O’Hanlon said of Trump.O’Keefe, a Republican, said in an interview that the statement is aimed at undecided voters. The group intends to write op-eds for news organizations and to speak out through the election, he said.”This is a referendum on whether we want to reinforce and establish what has kept this democratic experiment in play for the last 250 years or so or go into uncharted territory and redefine who we are as Americans,” O’Keefe said.The letter praises Biden for his morality, integrity and experience. The letter excoriates Trump without mentioning him by name.”The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small,” the group writes. “Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us.”President Obama, Vice President Biden, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey stand for the National Anthem during a ceremony marking the return of Gen. Lloyd Austin, right, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Dec. 20, 2011. The return of Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, marked the formal end to the U.S. military mission in Iraq. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)The letter is addressed to “fellow citizens.” Its signatories “are generals, admirals, senior non-commissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security leaders. We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it.”BIDEN VS. TRUMP:What each means for the militaryCLOSE

Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump for his reported remarks referring to fallen soldiers as “suckers” during a Tuesday campaign visit to the key battleground state of Florida. (Sept. 15)

AP DomesticThe list also includes officials from the White House such as Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser; John Kerry, his secretary of State; and  James Clapper, his director of National Intelligence.“Donald Trump has weakened our global alliances, undermined trust in U.S. leadership and competence, and time after time privileged Vladimir Putin over American national interests,” Rice said in a statement. “The United States cannot endure four more years of Trump’s failed leadership.”They conclude by saying the next president must deal with turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, recession and emboldened adversaries such as North Korea and Russia: “Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States; why we vigorously support his election; and why we urge our fellow citizens to do the same.”CINDY McCAIN: ‘Joe shares our values,’ John McCain’s GOP widow says in endorsementCLOSE

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Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers | CBC News

Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner. He said the next few weeks will be key in preventing the level of shutdowns due to COVID-19 that were seen in the spring.”We ask all Quebecers, regardless of colour…

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Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner. He said the next few weeks will be key in preventing the level of shutdowns due to COVID-19 that were seen in the spring.”We ask all Quebecers, regardless of colour code in their region, to restrict their public gatherings. This is very important,” he said, referring to the alert system that the province is now using to determine the severity of the spread of the virus. He said cancelling Thanksgiving plans would give Quebecers a shot at having “a nice Christmas.” One new region, MRC Avignon in the Gaspésie, moved into the yellow “pre-alert” stage Thursday. Montreal, Quebec City and Laval are already in the orange stage. WATCH | Explaining Quebec’s colour-coded COVID-19 alert system: Quebec has unveiled a new, colour-coded COVID-19 alert system. Here’s how it works. 1:55 Even though all Quebecers are permitted to gather in small numbers under the alert levels that are currently active, Dubé asked people to avoid meeting with those who do not live in the same household. With schools and businesses open, Dubé said some semblance of normal life has returned. But at the same time, he said there are about 300 active outbreaks across the province. With the virus being transmitted in the community, Dubé said exposing health-care workers to illness is perhaps his greatest worry as cases continue to rise. “Community transmission affects the staff of our health network and puts a lot of pressure on the health-care network,” he said, adding that the province is already dealing with a backlog of surgeries and other medical services that had to be put on hold last spring.  Officials single out dinner parties He said Quebecers must make this short-term sacrifice or face the level of shutdowns seen in the spring. While Dubé and Quebec’s director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, singled out dinner parties, they said the province’s restaurants can remain open. “In restaurants, there is a [level of] control that is really different from a party,” Arruda said. Regulations put in place by the province’s workplace health and safety board require masks to be worn when customers are not seated, and in orange zones, tables of more than six are not allowed. Those who do not comply can be fined up to $6,000.
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Liberals promise child care, one million jobs and more

6 hours agoRadio23:41On Wednesday, the Liberals laid out what they called an “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality” in the speech from the throne, pledging to extend some COVID-19 emergency supports, boost child care spending, create a million jobs, and more. Today, host of CBC’s Power and Politics Vassy Kapelos unpacks some of the ambitious…

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6 hours agoRadio23:41On Wednesday, the Liberals laid out what they called an “ambitious plan for an unprecedented reality” in the speech from the throne, pledging to extend some COVID-19 emergency supports, boost child care spending, create a million jobs, and more.

Today, host of CBC’s Power and Politics Vassy Kapelos unpacks some of the ambitious promises and the opposition’s response.
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