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Trump Threatens To Deport Millions Beginning Next Week
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to deport millions of people living in the United States illegally, heralding a plan that could help energize his supporters just ahead of formally announcing his reelection bid .
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week will "begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump said in a pair of tweets Monday night.
"They will be removed as fast as they come in," he wrote.
An administration official said the effort would focus on the more than 1 million people who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges but remain at large in the U.S. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to explain the president's tweets.
Other U.S. officials with knowledge of the preparations have said the operation was not imminent, and that ICE officials were not aware the president would make public sensitive law enforcement plans on Twitter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
It is unusual for law enforcement agencies to announce raids before they take place. Some in Trump's administration believe that decisive shows of force — like mass arrests — can serve as effective deterrents, sending a message to those considering making the journey to the U.S. that it's not worth coming.
The acting head of ICE Mark Morgan said in an interview with journalists earlier this month that there would be enforcement action coming that would include deporting families, and that it would be done humanely.
Trump has threatened a series of increasingly drastic actions as he has tried to stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing the southern border, which has risen dramatically on his watch. He recently dropped a threat to slap tariffs on Mexico after the country agreed to dispatch its national guard and step-up coordination and enforcement efforts.
A senior Mexican official said Monday that, three weeks ago, about 4,200 migrants were arriving at the U.S. border daily. Now that number has dropped to about 2,600.
Immigration was a central theme of Trump's 2016 campaign and he is expected to hammer it as he tries to fire up his base heading into the 2020 campaign.
Trump will formally launch his re-election bid Tuesday night at a rally in Orlando, Florida — a state that is crucial to his path back to the White House.
Associated Press writer Luis Alonso Lugo contributed to this report.
Gov. Abbott Says Texas Dedicating Nearly $1 Billion To Help Secure Border
AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott says Texas is ready to do what it has to to protect it's border.
The Governor took to social media to announce the state is dedicating almost one billion dollars to do what the federal government is failing to do.
Governor Abbott says the state is funding the National Guard and Department of Public Safety to help the U.S. Border Patrol.
"We’re adding boats and planes to detect and deter cartels that try to smuggle people into Texas" said Abbott.
Abbott added the crisis on the border will continue until Congress passing meaningful immigration reform laws.
Texas is dedicating almost a billion dollars to help secure the border.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 17, 2019
We’re funding the National Guard & Department of Public Safety to help Border Patrol.
We’re adding boats & planes to detect & deter cartels that try to smuggle people into Texas. #txlege pic.twitter.com/70deqMnZmI
Texas Officer Lures Aggressive Dog To His Squad Car, Keeps Him Safe
Update: June 18th
The photo of smiling Cujo on the Kilgore Police Facebook page received tons of attention.
The officer had to pickup the pitbull after reports of an aggressive dog. Cujo enjoyed the officer's beef jerky.
Now, the dog formerly known as Cujo is back with his Dad.
It turns out his real name is Chato and that he's a very loving dog. Police say he was just scared after escaping from his yard.
Now, Chato is home resting with a new "leash" on life.
A Kilgore, Texas officer's Facebook post about a dog is going viral.
Kilgore Police say they recently received a call about an aggressive pit bull.
An officer found Cujo and thought he could quickly catch him. So, he left the back door open and tried to get the dog to jump into a caged area in his squad car.
But, Cujo has other plans. He jumped in through the back door.
The officer says Cujo became aggressive so he shut the door to keep him and the dog safe.
The dog looks like he's smiling in the picture after enjoying the air conditioning and the officer's beef jerky.
Later, an animal control officer helped get Cujo out of the car.
Texas Man Drowns In Red River
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says firefighters found the body of Louis Jackson of Denison, Texas in the river Sunday afternoon.
They say he was fishing with a member of his family at the Denison Dam when he went to sleep in a vehicle.
He was gone when a family member came back.
He was not wearing a life vest.
Heavy Storms Stranded Hundreds At Bush Intercontinental Airport In Houston
HOUSTON (KRLD) - Many passengers expressed frustration after their flights were cancelled or delayed overnight.
A good portion were left without transportation, hotels or their luggage. United Airlines issued a statement saying in part:
We continue to monitor the weather at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and are working to get impacted customers to their destinations as quickly as possible.
We’ve issued a travel waiver for those affected and customers can change their flight at no cost.
Record Number Of African Migrants Coming To US-Mexican Border
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanish-speaking migrants.
Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after flying across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then embarking on an often harrowing overland journey.
In one recent week, agents in the Border Patrol's Del Rio sector stopped more than 500 African migrants found walking in separate groups along the arid land after splashing across the Rio Grande, children in tow.
That is more than double the total of 211 African migrants who were detained by the Border Patrol along the entire 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border in the 2018 fiscal year.
"We are continuing to see a rise in apprehensions of immigrants from countries not normally encountered in our area," said Raul Ortiz, head of the U.S. Border Patrol's Del Rio sector.
The immigrants in Texas were mostly from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Cameroonians have also been traveling up through Mexico and into the U.S. in larger numbers and seeking asylum at ports of entry.
On recent Saturday in Tijuana, there were 90 Cameroonians lined up to get on a waiting list to request asylum that has swelled to about 7,500 names. Also on the waiting list are Ethiopians, Eritreans, Mauritanians, Sudanese and Congolese.
Cameroonians generally fly to Ecuador because no visa is required and take about four months to reach Tijuana. They walk for days in Panama through dense jungle, where they are often robbed and held in government-run camps. They come from Cameroon's English-speaking south with horrifying stories of rape, murder and torture committed since late 2016 by soldiers of the country's French-speaking majority, which holds power.
A few days after the big groups of African immigrants were apprehended in Texas, federal officials dropped off dozens of them in San Antonio. Officials in the Texas city sent out a plea for French-speaking volunteers for translating work "and most importantly, making our guests feel welcome."
Many were bused to Portland, Maine, about as far as one can get from the Mexican border and still be in the continental United States. Word has spread among migrants that the city of 67,000 is a welcoming place. Somali refugees were resettled in Portland in the 1990s.
A total of 170 asylum seekers arrived in recent days. Hundreds more are expected in an influx that City Manager Jon Jennings called unprecedented. With one shelter already full, a basketball venue called the Portland Exposition Building was converted into an emergency shelter.
Portland officials tweeted Thursday that rumors some of the migrants are carrying the Ebola virus "are patently false," and said that as asylum seekers, they are in the United States legally.
On Thursday afternoon, families in the Expo chatted in French and Portuguese as children kicked a soccer ball near rows of cots. One of the men, 26-year-old Prince Pombo, described himself as a pro-democracy activist and said he had fled his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, because of political oppression. He went to neighboring Angola, then flew to Brazil. There, he met a local woman and they had a baby they named Heaven. Now 16-months old, she giggled as she played with her mother in the Expo. Pombo said his journey from Congo to America took three years.
More migrants are on the way. Mexico is on pace to triple the number of African immigrants it is processing this year, up from 2,100 in 2017.
Mbi Deric Ambi, from the English-speaking part of Cameroon, is among them. In a recent interview in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, Ambi said he was waiting for a document from the Mexican authorities that would allow him to proceed north to the U.S. He traveled overland through South and Central America after flying to Ecuador.
Human Rights Watch says 1,800 people have been killed and half a million have fled their homes in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon since late 2016. A United Nations official says 4.3 million people need humanitarian assistance.
"We don't have jobs in the English part, the educational system is poor, they are looking at us as dogs," Ambi said as a crowd of migrants jostled outside an immigration center in Tapachula, waiting for their names to be called to collect their travel document. Ambi has been waiting every morning for six weeks.
"We just have to be patient, because there is nothing we can do," he said.
The explosion in immigration to the United States from sub-Saharan Africa coincides with a steep drop in the migration flow across the Mediterranean to Europe after European countries and two main embarkation points — Turkey and Libya — decided to crack down. From Jan. 1 to June 12, only 24,600 migrants arrived in Europe by sea, compared to 99,600 over the same period in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration.
But IOM spokesman Joel Millman doubts the migrant path for Africans has swung over from Europe to America.
Pombo, who was a teacher in Congo, learned in an internet search and by asking around that Portland is good place for migrants. He said his next step is to start rebuilding a life for himself and his family.
"I'd like to feel safe. I'd like to build a decent life," he said. "I need to start again."
Bush Family Remembers George H.W. And Barbara For Their Birthdays
COLLEGE STATION (1080 KRLD) - The Bush family remembered President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Saturday for their birthdays.
Members of the family gathered to lay a wreath at the couple's gravesite in College Station. George Bush enjoyed skydiving and 12 of the couple's grandchildren had planned to go skydiving along with military veterans before high winds cancelled the outing.
George H.W. Bush's birthday was on June 12. Barbara Bush's birthday was June 8.
Third Suspicious Fire To Hit An El Paso Church
EL PASO (1080 KRLD) - For the third time in just over a month, a suspicious fire has hit a Catholic church in El Paso.
The latest happened Saturday at the St. Jude Church on the city's west side. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the church's main sanctuary, then discovered a broken window near the altar.
The El Paso Catholic Diocese confirmed the incident is treated as an act of vandalism with an incendiary device. Last month, there were fires at St. Matthew's Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral, and both are being investigated as arson.
At the cathedral, an apparent Molotov cocktail was thrown against one of the cathedral’s windows, bounced off and detonated on the sidewalk.
The FBI is investigating the May incidents.
Ice Cream Cone Flavored Blue Bell Is Back
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A popular Blue Bell Ice Cream flavor is back in stores.
The announcement was made on social media Friday that the Ice Cream Cone flavor has been re-released.
The flavor is a vanilla ice cream with a chocolate swirl, chopped roasted peanuts, and ice cream cone pieces coated in dark chocolate. It's available by the pint or the half gallon.
We’ve disguised the carton as an ice cream cone. Genius! Ice Cream Cone is a tasty vanilla ice cream loaded with dark chocolate-coated cone pieces, chopped roasted peanuts, all surrounded by a rich chocolate sundae sauce swirl. Available in the half gallon and pint sizes! pic.twitter.com/UdMYLVAHBC— Blue Bell Ice Cream (@ILoveBlueBell) June 13, 2019
Governor Abbott Passes Beer-To-Go Law
DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott signed a "beer-to-go" law Saturday morning, allowing Texans to take home beer from craft breweries.
"Craft brewing is a big business in Texas," Abbott said in a Twitter video.
House Bill 1545 now allows Texans to purchase and take home craft brews from the breweries directly.
Presented by Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), this lets brewers test out new beers before being sent to wholesalers.