May 25, 2018

Border Patrol union criticizes Trump's deployment of National Guard

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Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council — a national union for the U.S. Border Patrol — criticized President Trump's deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border calling the move "a colossal waste of resources," the L.A. Times reports.

Why it matters: The group endorsed Trump during the election, and had hopes that this deployment would help "alleviate the Border Patrol's workload," per the Times. But Judd says "that has not happened at all."

A Homeland Security spokeswoman, Katie Waldman, defended the deployment telling the Times: "While the National Guard deployment has not yet reached full capacity, it has clearly and unquestionably been a success with thousands of additional apprehensions and millions of dollars of drugs kept out of our country. ... More help is on the way."

  • Judd told the Times: "We generally support the administration, but we're not going to be cheerleading when things are not going well."

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Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

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Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

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A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.