Nov 6, 2018

Border Patrol postpones exercise after voter intimidation complaints

A border fence in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Border Patrol postponed a scheduled "crowd control" exercise in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday after complaints that it could intimidate potential voters, BuzzFeed News reports.

The big picture: The "caravan-related exercise" in the hometown of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke was set to take place near a neighborhood along the U.S.-Mexico border that is "almost exclusively Hispanic," according to Texas Monthly. Activist groups argued its Election Day timing could dissuade Hispanic voters from going to the polls, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection blamed the postponement on "inaccurate reporting that caused unneeded confusion."

What they're saying:

  • Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos told Texas Monthly he's "convinced the exercises aren't getting in the way of Texans going to the polls."
  • O'Rourke said: "Why the president is stirring these issues up at this moment with 24 hours before we decide this election, I'll leave that to you to conclude."
  • A CBP spokesperson said in a statement to Axios: "The U.S Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector postponed joint caravan-related exercises on the El Paso border scheduled for today out of an abundance of caution and due to inaccurate reporting that caused unneeded confusion in border communities. We will continue training exercises in the following days, as necessary to ensure border security and the safety of the American people, the traveling public, CBP personnel and the communities in which we serve."

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Coronavirus updates: Global death toll tops 32,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 32,000 people around the world — with Italy alone reporting over 10,000 deaths, per data from Johns Hopkins.

The big picture: The number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 2,000 on Saturday. The United States leads the world in confirmed coronavirus infections, with more than 125,000 by noon on Sunday. The number of those recovered from the virus in the U.S. surpassed on Saturday evening.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 685,623 — Total deaths: 32,137 — Total recoveries: 145,706.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 125,313 — Total deaths: 2,197 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement.
  4. Public health updates: Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from virus.
  5. State updates: Louisiana governor says state is on track to exceed ventilator capacity by end of this week.
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Fixing America's broken coronavirus supply chain

Polowczyk speaks at a coronavirus at the White House March 23. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The senior Navy officer now in charge of fixing America's coronavirus supply chain is trying to fill the most urgent needs: ventilators and personal protective gear. But barely a week into his role at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he's still trying to establish what's in the pipeline and where it is.

Driving the news: "Today, I, as leader of FEMA's supply chain task force, am blind to where all the product is," Rear Admiral John Polowczyk tells Axios.

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