Jun 29, 2017

House passes Trump-backed bills on illegal immigration

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The House passed two bills Thursday which President Trump has promoted as part of his proposed crackdown on illegal immigration. One bill would deny federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities, and another, known as "Kate's Law," would increase penalties for deported people who try to return to the U.S. and get caught.

The Senate, which blocked an earlier version of Kate's Law last year, will have to pass the bills for them to become law.

The votes: The sanctuary cities bill passed 228-195, with seven Republicans voting no and three Democrats voting yes. Kate's law passed 257-157, with one republican voting no and 24 Democrats voting yes.

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Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

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President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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Q&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer five questions on smokers' vulnerability, food safety, visiting older parents, hair cut needs, and rural vs. urban impact.

The other coronavirus test we need

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Researchers are racing to develop tests that detect whether someone may have developed immunity to the coronavirus, which could help society return to normal faster.

Why it matters: These tests could help people know if they are able to go back to work, as well as aid researchers in tracking the scale and death rate of the disease — key data for current and future pandemic policies.

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