May 17, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis will fight "dumping" of migrants in Florida

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Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will fight any federal plans that include "dumping" hundreds of migrants in southern Florida from the U.S.-Mexico border — even if that means taking it to President Trump directly, reports the AP.

Why it matters: The federal government has reached capacity for processing the thousands of migrants crossing the border, forcing officials to find other options while they await court processing. DeSantis said shipping migrants to Florida could stress "resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies," per AP.

Details: Palm Beach and Broward County officials say they were notified that almost 1,000 migrants could be sent to southern Florida each month starting in two weeks, but federal officials have said there are no immediate plans to relocate these people to Florida, per AP.

Context: Trump and DeSantis have a historically strong relationship, with Trump's endorsement helping DeSantis to secure his gubernatorial seat. DeSantis recently signed a bill banning sanctuary cities.

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World coronavirus updates: World Bank warns economic pain unavoidable

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 caused a "global shock" and significant economic pain "seems unavoidable in all countries," the World Bank said in an economic update for
East Asia and the Pacific on Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 786,000 and the death toll exceeded 37,800 early Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy reported more than 11,500 deaths.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 3,000

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The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 3,000 late Monday.

The state of play: There were more than 164,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. early Tuesday — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data. The COVID-19 death toll stood at 3,170. The number of recoveries had risen to more than 5,900.

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