Top News Headlines- Sept. 23, 2019
The U.S., ElSalvador Sign Asylum Deal, Details to be Worked Out
On Friday, Sept 20, the United States signed an agreement that will now send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador, which is considered to be one of the most violent countries in the world. The deal is one of the latest steps taken by the Trump administration to put some of the pressure on other countries to take in immigrants and help stop the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. immigration officials are forcing more than 42,000 people to now remain in Mexico as their court cases play out. Acting Homeland Security Adviser. Kevin McAleenan and El Salvador’s foreign minister Alexandra Hill Tinoco signed the ‘cooperative asylum agreement’ in a live-streamed press conference on Friday.
There has been swift condemnation from migrant and refugee advocates towards the agreement, decrying that El Salvador is not a safe place for asylum seekers to go. McAleenan called the agreement ‘ a big step forward’. Hill Tinoco discussed the need for U.S. assistance in making El Salvador a safer and more prosperous place for its citizens. The Trump administration threatened this year to withhold all federal assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras unless they did more to end the migrant crisis.
Galveston, Texas Underwater: Tropical Storm Imelda Soaks Parts of Texas
On Thursday heavy rain from Tropical storm, Imelda flooded parts of East Texas and Louisiana prompting hundreds of water rescues, one hospital evacuation, and road closures. Weather forecasters warned that Imelda could drop as much as 35 inches of rain through Friday. There have now been 5 deaths that are blamed on the storm.
East of Houston along the I-10 corridor from Houston to Louisiana. Rainfall caused heavy flooding. Some are saying it is worse than what they experienced from Hurricane Harvey two years ago. The National Hurricane Center said Imelda weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall as a tropical storm Tuesday near Freeport. Tx. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. TWC reported that Imelda was the first named storm to impact the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey that dumped nearly 50 inches on the flood-prone city in August 2017.
Trump Deploys Troops to Saudi Arabia, UAE After Oil Attacks
The Pentagon has announced it will be deploying U.S. troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is in response to an attack by Iran last weekend on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday, “ The President has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which are primarily defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defense.”
He went on to say, “ We will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to enhance their ability to defend themselves.”
It was not disclosed at the briefing exactly how many troops the U.S. would be sending. According to the Washington Examiner, the number is likely to be in the hundreds.
The Secretary of Defense also commented, “ Despite repeated calls from President Trump to begin diplomatic talks, Iranian aggression continues to increase. In the face of this sustained malign behavior, the United States and other countries have demonstrated great restraint in hopes that Iranian leadership would choose peace and reverse Iran’s deep decline into isolation and economic collapse.
President To Focus on Religious Freedom at the Next UN General Assembly
President Trump is going to make religious freedom a key focus at next week’s United Nations meeting in New York. A senior official with the administration told reporters on Sept 20, “ The President will highlight American values and underscore that America is a positive alternative to authoritarianism. Specifically, he will use this opportunity to showcase the Administration’s commitment to upholding democracy and protecting religious freedom.”
Leaders from all over the world will gather in New York next week for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The event will start on September 23 at U.N. Headquarters. President Trump will host the event. An official said, “ The President is calling on all world leaders to begin to just not talk about religious freedom but to take action to acknowledge it and move forward.”
Ingraham Angle Exclusive: Seattle Homeless Crisis
According to a recent article in The Seattle Times, a local police officer has filed a $ 10 million claim against the city. He alleges he was exposed to an ‘extremely dangerous man-made toxin’ after he was assigned to clean up a homeless camp in the industrial SoDo neighborhood in January.
Laura Ingraham’s, Fox show, The Ingraham Angle, showed exclusive videos with comments made by some of the local residents when asked about what they thought of the city’s homeless situation. On her show Laura made this statement, “ That’s how dangerous this is; Now you have police officers apparently getting sick. They’re concerned about bringing the diseases home to their families at night.”
A former Reagan administration official and author, Jeffery Lord, joined Laura on her show. Lord blamed liberalism for Seattle’s situation and commented. “This is the governing philosophy of liberalism at work. One city after another, ruled by liberals for decades–and they have this problem.”
Today’s Quote is from Aristotle.
“ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”