Apr 12, 2019

Trump "strongly" considering holding illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities

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President Trump said his administration is "giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities" on Friday, following a story published Thursday by the Washington Post.

The big picture: Immigration and Custom Enforcement's legal department previously rebuffed this proposal, reportedly first floated on Nov. 16 and again in February during the government shutdown. The White House and a DHS spokesman told the Washington Post earlier this week that the proposal was no longer on the table, saying: "This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected." The plan would hit back at Trump's political rivals.

“We are giving very strong consideration to having people, after a 20 day period — because legally we’re not allowed to hold them for more than that — we will move them to sanctuary cities,” Trump said on Friday.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

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.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,251 people and infected almost 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.