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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Biden. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Search efforts have paused at the site of the condo collapse in Surfside due to "structural concerns about the standing structure," Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference Thursday.

Driving the news: The halt in rescue efforts began at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday morning due to concerns that the remaining portion of the residential building could fall, per Miami-Dade fire chief Alan Cominsky.

The latest: President Biden thanked first responders who are working on rescue efforts Thursday afternoon.

  • "What you’re doing here is incredible, having to deal with the uncertainty," Biden said to a group of individuals who have been working at the site, AP reports.
  • “Until we need you, no one fully appreciates what you do. But I promise you — we know. We know," Biden said.
  • Biden, in a meeting with Levine Cava, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and other officials at his first stop at the site of the collapsed building, told reporters: "We're letting the nation know that we can cooperate."
  • "When it's really important ... we come together. This is life and death," he added.
  • Biden also said he believed the federal government has "the power to pick up 100% of the cost" of the rescue search and cleanup, per AP.
  • President Biden is currently meeting with family members of individuals who are missing in the building, CNN reports.

What they're saying: "We're doing everything that we can to ensure that the safety of our first responders is paramount," Levine Cava said. "Engineers are continuing to monitor the structure as we’ve paused the operation."

  • "I want to stress that President Biden's visit today will have no impact on what happens at this site," Levine Cava added.
  • "You all know it, because a lot of you have been through it as well," Biden said during his meeting with Florida officials. "There’s gonna be a lot of pain and anxiety and suffering and even the need for psychological help in the days and months that follow. And so, we’re not going anywhere."

State of play: One week after Champlain Towers South collapsed, 18 people have been confirmed dead and as many as 145 people remain missing.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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3 people charged with stealing identities of Surfside condo collapse victims

A woman cries as she visits a makeshift memorial where the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South building stood in Surfside, Florida on July 24, 2021. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Three people were arrested and charged with identity theft of seven victims of the June 24 Surfside condo collapse, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38, are charged with an organized scheme to defraud, as well as multiple counts of identity fraud and other crimes, the Miami Herald reports.

Biden takes his shot

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden says he's met the enemy — and it's America's unvaccinated.

The big picture: The majority of U.S. sentiment may be with him. But Biden's still taking a major political risk, and he and his team know it. He's testing business leaders' resolve, putting Democrats' standing in swing states and districts on the line ahead of 2022's midterm elections and tempting a tsunami of litigation over new requirements that could touch 100 million Americans.

Biden mandates COVID vaccines for federal workers, with no option for testing

President Biden speaks on workers rights and labor unions in the East Room at the White House on September 08, 2021. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden on Thursday signed executive orders requiring most federal employees to get the COVID vaccine, without the option of getting regular testing instead.

Why it matters: The orders go further than the Biden administration's previously announced policy, which required federal workers to be vaccinated or follow other rigorous safety protocols, including regular testing.