Biden’s pledge to suspend deportations may be behind migrant caravan

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Migrant caravan member cites Biden’s pledge to suspend deportations for 100 days as reason for traveling to US
A migrant traveling with a caravan that left Honduras on Friday told a reporter he was headed to the U.S. because soon-to-be President Joe Biden is “giving us 100 days to get to the U.S.”

The migrant, seen in an interview shared by The Hill, did not provide his name but said he was from Roatán, a tourist island off the northern coast of Honduras.

He appeared to be citing Biden’s pledge to place a 100-day moratorium on deportations – one of several items on his agenda that will reverse some of President Donald Trump’s signature policies.

The migrant told a reporter he was fleeing a “bad situation” that was made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, and a president who is not helping the people.

When asked what he wanted, the migrant said it was “to get to the U.S. because they’re having a new president.”

“He’s gonna help all of us,” the migrant said of President-elect Joe Biden. “He’s giving us 100 days to get to the U.S.” to get legal status and “get a better life for our kids and family.”

Biden has promised a pathway to legal permanent residency for those in the country illegally and a suspension on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
–  Biden confronted with migrant caravan challenge as he takes office, GOP blames campaign rhetoric
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– Migrant caravan demands Biden administration ‘honors its commitments’
– Biden transition official tells migrant caravans: ‘Now is not the time’ to come to US

Clinton suggests Putin may have known about riot in Capitol, Pelosi wants 9/11 commission-type probe
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her podcast about the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been receiving updates about the chaos from President Trump.

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her podcast about the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month and hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been receiving updates about the chaos from President Trump.

Clinton, who hosts the podcast, “You and Me Both,” told Pelosi that she would be interested in obtaining President Trump’s phone records to see if he was on the phone with Putin while the Capitol was being breached.

Clinton lost to Trump in 2016 and said it is clear that Trump has a disdain for democracy, but its true depths may never be known. She said the president had “other agendas” while in the White House and hopes that one day it becomes known who exactly the president was “beholden to” and “who pulls his strings.”

“I would love to see his phone records to see if he was talking to Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” she said. She asked Pelosi if she believed the country would benefit from a 9/11-commission-type probe to investigate what exactly led up to the deadly riot. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Tucker Carlson: As troops swarm our capital, Democrats send clear message: We’re in charge now
– Capitol Police’s preparation for deadly riot remains shrouded in secrecy, thanks to FOIA exemption
– Capitol riot fallout continues as ex-law enforcement officer says: ‘This should have never happened’
– FBI searches for Capitol riot suspects in beating of DC officer who suffered mild heart attack

Closed California versus open Florida, who is outperforming the other?
Nearly a year since COVID-19 first touched the United States, California, and Florida – both of which have responded to the pandemic in their own ways – are yielding vastly different results.

Florida, which has been more open and less restricted than its west coast counterpart, has recorded just above 1.5 million cases. Yet California, despite being among the strictest in the nation when it comes to COVID lockdowns, has recorded nearly twice that figure since the start of the pandemic.

Though Florida has a smaller population than California, both states have roughly the same number of cases per 100,000 residents.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced harsh criticism for his strict handling of the coronavirus. Over the course of 2020, he has ordered bars, indoor dining, and other business shut down in counties passing a certain threshold of COVID-19 cases.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, has taken a different approach. Though he did take similar measures to Newsom early on in the pandemic, he allowed bars and restaurants to open by June. A few months later, he lifted more statewide restrictions on the economy and prohibited law enforcement from fining people who don’t wear masks. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:
– Los Angeles lifts air-quality limits for cremations amid a backlog of bodies caused by COVID-19
– Starbucks to help Washington’s coronavirus vaccine effort
– Coronavirus surge increases strain on funeral homes: ‘Our morgues are too full’
– UK coronavirus variant seen in Louisiana for first time: officials

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SOME PARTING WORDS
 

Sean Hannity said on “Hannity” that Democrats are suppressing dissent under the guise of “unity” as they prepare to take the reins of government Wednesday when President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

“In what can only be described as a chilling, Orwellian effort now has emerged to silence, cancel, erase any opposition voices,” Hannity said. “Now, couple this with the most radical, big government Socialist agenda that’s ever been proposed in American history, and a commitment to implementing it, and, of course, starting with this radical environmental Green New Deal and regulations canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and so much more – everything we warned you so much about.”

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