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US Homeland Security Chief: Timing of Migrant Raids ‘Unfortunate’

VOA News/By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON -The acting Homeland Security chief on Sunday defended raids last week on food processing plants in Mississippi searching for hundreds of undocumented migrants, but acknowledged "the timing was unfortunate," just days after a gunman targeted and killed 22 Hispanics in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Kevin McAleenan told NBC's Meet the Press that of the 680 migrants detained in the raids on operations at five companies, 200 had criminal records and will be subject to deportation to their native countries. Television footage showed children weeping when they realized parents had been detained in the raids…
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Shooting Attacks Renew Debate Over Domestic Terrorism in US

VOA News By Sirwan Kajjo VOA's Jeff Seldin contributed to this ; WASHINGTON — One of the two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, is being treated as a case of domestic terrorism by federal ; The El Paso attack, which has left 22 people dead, has renewed debate over how to combat domestic terrorism in the United ; The FBI has expressed concerns that such attacks could inspire more homegrown extremists to carry out further violent attacks in the ; "The FBI remains concerned that domestic violent extremists could become inspired by this weekend's attacks and…
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Panic in Times Square After Motorcycle Is Mistaken for Gunshots

By Alex Marshall Just before 10 Tuesday, Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theater, was giving her final speech of the night when a nearby motorcycle backfired several times. But just days after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead, many people outside the theater feared another attack. The Daniels Group, a construction firm, posted footage on Twitter of people fleeing Times Square. Soon, frightened passers-by were screaming and banging on the doors of the theater, on West 44th Street, trying to get in, Ms. Keenan-Bolger wrote on Twitter. “It was terrifying for us…
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US Mass Shootings Stoke Issues of White Supremacism and Gun Control

VOA News/ By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - A pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the Saturday and Sunday have dragged two of the most divisive issues in American politics -- the rise of violent white supremacism and gun control -- to the forefront of public conversation as politicians across the ideological spectrum are preparing for what is expected to be an extremely contentious 2020 election campaign. The two shootings, which left 29 people dead and at least 53 more wounded, combine to create a clear political crisis for the Trump administration and its allies in Congress. The first…
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Trump Remained Out of Sight for Hours After Mass Shootings

VOA News/By Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and attacking his political foes. Americans did not get a glimpse of the president in the immediate aftermath of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people and, hours later, one in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed at least nine lives. Not until…
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Trump Signs Bill to Replenish September 11 Victims Fund

By VOA News President Donald Trump Monday signed a bipartisan bill to ensure that a Victim Compensation Fund related to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 never runs out of money. "Our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay. But we can and we will keep our nation's promise to you," the president said in the White House Rose Garden, flanked by first responders. The president called the first responders "true American warriors." The $ billion fund had been running low, with benefits slashed severely. The legislation signed Monday extends the…
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Trump Continues Attacks on Baltimore and One of its Lawmakers

VOA News/ By Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump remained focused Monday on his criticism of the eastern city of Baltimore, Maryland, and one of its top officials, Congressman Elijah Cummings, who has been critical of the Trump administration. "Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action!" Trump wrote on ; "So tired of listening to the same old , Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!" The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding an event…
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Three Dead in California Garlic Festival Shooting

Among the victims is a 6-year-old boy, who was identified as Steven Romero by family members. By VOA News Authorities in the western state of California say a shooter killed at least three people Sunday afternoon at a garlic festival. The attack happened in the city of Gilroy, where police say the shooter was armed with a ; Another 15 people were injured, but it was not clear whether they were shot. There were officers present at the festival, and Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said they quickly engaged the suspect and shot him dead. Smithee told reporters at a late…
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Mueller Testimony Frustrates Both Parties by Rarely Straying From His Report

VOA News - By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - “I’ll refer you to the report on that.” “That’s accurate based on what’s in the report.” “I don’t want to wade in those waters.” So it went for more than five hours as former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared before two congressional committees Wednesday to testify about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and alleged presidential obstruction of justice, closely hewing to a final report he submitted to Attorney General William Barr in March. Ahead of his appearance before the House judiciary and intelligence committees, Mueller, a former FBI…
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Spokesman Denies Reports of Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation

By VOA News A spokesman for Puerto Rico's embattled governor tamped down rampant media reports that Ricardo Rossello was about to step down after two weeks of massive protests calling for his ;"Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares has not resigned," Anthony Maceira said Wednesday. "As he said yesterday, he is in a process of reflection and listening to the people." Maceira said that some media outlets had published "incorrect rumors'' and that "whatever decision is taken will be officially communicated, as always.'' Also Wednesday, Puerto Rican House Speaker Johnny Méndez told Rosello that the island's lawmakers had begun impeachment proceedings against ;Several officials in the Rosello administration…
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