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Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 6:48 PM
Updated: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 9:18 PM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A state police helicopter flying above a clash between protesters crashed Saturday near a golf course in the Virginia woods, killing two people on board, police said.
Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates were killed in the crash, Virginia State Police said.
“(The helicopter) was assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation,” state police said in a statement when it crashed around 4:50 p.m. near the Birdwood Golf Course. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Helicopter crash fully involved believed to be VSP Helicopter working the protest but agency not confirmed.— VPFF President Bragg (@Hoosff) August 12, 2017
FAA: "A Bell 407 helicopter crashed seven miles southwest of Charlottesville at about 4:50 pm today." pic.twitter.com/q5ZX6hImrs— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2017
No one on the ground was injured.
The crash happened just a couple hours after a car plowed into a crowd of people.
Cullen graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 1994. He joined the avaiation unit in 1999. He is survived by a wife and two sons.
Bates graduated from the academy in 2004 and had transferred to the aviation unit in July. He would have turned 41 Sunday. He is survived by a wife, a son and daughter.
“Our state police and law enforcement family at-large are mourning this tragic outcome to an already challenging day,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:41 AM
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have delayed a vote on a compromise immigration reform bill until next week, hoping to rally more support for the measure, according to news reports.
The move follows the defeat Thursday of a separate, more conservative immigration bill in the House of Representatives.
Update 7:34 a.m. EDT June 22: A senior Trump administration official told the Associated Press that approximately 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from families at the border have been reunited since May. But the official did not specify if the children remained detained with their families or if they have been released, the AP reported.
The official, who spoke with AP on the condition of anonymity, said that many parents and children were reunited after a few days. But some parents have told reporters that they don’t know where their children are and can’t get answers from officials. Some say mothers were deported without their children, the AP reported.
500 immigrant children have been reunited with their loved ones, but it's unclear how many of those families are still in detention centers. https://t.co/CAhd4FtOms— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) June 22, 2018
After Republicans delayed the vote on immigration reform plans, President Donald Trump posted on Twitter Friday morning, telling lawmakers to wait until November to take on the bill, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported.
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Trump also called Democrats obstructionists who won’t give the bill the 10 votes needed to pass.
Even if we get 100% Republican votes in the Senate, we need 10 Democrat votes to get a much needed Immigration Bill - & the Dems are Obstructionists who won’t give votes for political reasons & because they don’t care about Crime coming from Border! So we need to elect more R’s!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Update 9:30 p.m. EDT June 21: Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order on Wednesday rescinding his own policy of separating migrant children from their families during illegal border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, multiple states are suing the Trump administration over the policy, according to The Hill.
The states involved in the lawsuit contend the executive order does not solve the problems created by the separation of families, The Hill reported.
Democratic attorneys general from Washington state, Maryland and Massachusetts, among others, contend the administration “violated the due process rights of parents and children who were separated.” The lawsuit was expected to be filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington state.
Some 2,300 children have been separated from their families during the past six weeks the administration has been enforcing its “zero tolerance” policy.
Update 7:30 p.m. EDT June 21: President Donald Trump is criticizing Democrats for their opposition to the hard-line Goodlatte immigration bill, which was defeated in the U.S. House Thursday.
Tweeting that “they won’t vote for anything,” the president complained that Democrats are blocking reform.
“You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do,” Trump tweeted Thursday night.
You cannot pass legislation on immigration whether it be for safety and security or any other reason including “heart,” without getting Dem votes. Problem is, they don’t care about security and R’s do. Zero Dems voted to support the Goodlatte Bill. They won’t vote for anything!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Update 7:00 p.m. EDT June 21: House Republicans are delaying a vote on a so-called compromise immigration measure until next week, according to The Associated Press.
A vote on the legislation was first rescheduled from Thursday until Friday after another, more severe immigration measure was defeated.
Republican leaders reportedly hope they can get more support for the compromise measure by delaying the vote.
BREAKING: Leaders delay vote on compromise GOP immigration bill until next week and plan changes in hopes of salvaging measure.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 21, 2018
Update 5:00 p.m. EDT June 21: The more conservative of two immigration bills in the U.S. House of Representatives went down in defeat Thursday as 41 Republicans joined the Democrats in a 231-193 vote against the measure, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree.
The hard-line measure called for extreme limits on legal immigration and only temporary protections for “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.
41 House Republicans joined all Democrats in defeating a more conservative immigration bill https://t.co/vHvxLeFYEv— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 21, 2018
The second bill is seen as more of a compromise measure, but it’s unclear if Republican leadership can manage to get the votes needed to pass it on Friday, and even if they do, it faces an even bigger hurdle in the Senate, where Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an immigration bill on their own. They’ll need Democrats’ support to get it done.
The Washington Post is reporting an important House moderate in the immigration debate, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) has said he won’t support the compromise measure.
Hurd has said he opposes the measure because it includes funding for a border wall, a campaign promise Trump made to supporters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He called the proposed wall “an expensive and ineffective 4th century border security tool that takes private property away from hundreds of Texans,” according to the Post.
Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 21: The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to change the rules around the detention of child migrants one day after the president ended his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the border, The Associated Press reported.
Officials aim to change rules governed by the Flores settlement, which requires the government to release children from custody after 20 days to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.
The move is aimed at stopping the separation of children from their families amid a new policy where anyone caught crossing the border is charged criminally.
Update 2:25 p.m. EDT June 21: The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected one of two proposed GOP immigration reform bills, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
House defeats more conservative immigration reform bill pic.twitter.com/pCTuVsht1M— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) June 21, 2018
Meanwhile, aides said the House will wait until Friday to vote on a second immigration bill, The Associated Press reported.
BREAKING: Aides say House will delay until Friday vote on GOP compromise immigration bill as party divisions remain.— The Associated Press (@AP) June 21, 2018
Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns.
My Administration is acting swiftly to address the illegal immigration crisis on the Southern Border. Loopholes in our immigration laws all supported by extremist open border Democrats...and that's what they are - they're extremist open border Democrats.... pic.twitter.com/F73I5gu0Q5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.
Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.
She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.
"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.
Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”
She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.
.@NancyPelosi: "It is not a compromise. It may be a compromise with the devil, but it's not a compromise with the Democrats in terms of what they have in their bill."— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
Full video here: https://t.co/PKnwkpPCFo pic.twitter.com/d6fZcuMrTY
Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.
“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”
He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.
“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.
.@SpeakerRyan: "If these bills do not pass today then we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But the last thing I want to do right now is undercut the votes that we are about to have on what I think are pretty darn good immigration measures." https://t.co/Y4rSBy1brL pic.twitter.com/MvQXhfBwFQ— CSPAN (@cspan) June 21, 2018
The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.
The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.
Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”
The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years. At some point Schumer and Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem. Schumer used to want Border security - now he’ll take Crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Democrats want open Borders, where anyone can come into our Country, and stay. This is Nancy Pelosi’s dream. It won’t happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.
It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.
Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.
“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”
What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2018
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:31 AM
— Hip-hop fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of rapper XXXTentacion after news of his death broke early this week.
On Monday, the rapper, 20, was shot and killed while sitting in his car in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested in connection to his death.
The artist, who rose to fame within the last couple of years, released several chart-topping songs. He was also known for his legal troubles.
Want to learn more about the emcee? Here are five things you should know.
He was mainly raised by his grandmother.
Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy on January 23, 1998 in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion was separated from his mother at an early age. His mom, who was pregnant with him as a teen, had financial issues, so he often lived with other people. By the time he was 12, he began living with his grandmother.
“My grandma really feels like my mom," he said in a Miami New Times article. “My mom almost feels like more of a sister.”
He gained notoriety on SoundCloud.
The musician gravitated towards music after his aunt persuaded him to join a choir, he once said in a No Jumper interview. Although he was kicked out for fighting, he continued to dabble in music, exploring nu-metal, hard rock and rap.
He released his first track “News/Flock” on SoundCloud in 2013. As he continued to upload new music, his fan base grew. He garnered thousands of streams, and by 2018, he had more than 2 million followers.
He released several Billboard top-charting songs.
Throughout his career, he’s released two studio albums, four mixtapes and five extended plays. His single “Look At Me!” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 100 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. His mixtape “Revenge” reached No. 44 on the Billboard 200, and his first studio album “17” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “17” spawned the hits “Sad,” which was certified two-times platinum, and “Changes,” which was certified platinum. His latest album “?,” released in March 2018, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
He had ties with various artists, including Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty.
He collaborated with many rappers, such as Travis Barker, PnB Rock and Lil Yachty.
In 2017, he was selected for XXL’s “2017 Freshman Class,” a feature that highlights up-and-coming hip hop artists. He was joined by Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ugly God and others.
He had many legal issues.
In 2014, he was sent to a youth detention center for gun possession charges. While in custody, he beat up a gay cellmate, because “he started staring,” he said in the No Jumper interview.
At the time of his XXXTentacion’s death, he was awaiting trial. He was accused of domestic violence against his pregnant ex-girlfriend. According to an October 2016 arrest report, he was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment.
In March 2017, he pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm and was released from jail on bail March 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve six years of probation.
In December 2017, he was accused by prosecutors of witness tampering and was jailed again before being released on house arrest.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:29 AM
A day after Republicans in the House defeated one more conservative immigration reform plan, and delayed action until next week on a second bill because of a lack of GOP votes, President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a different avenue entirely – urging Republicans in Congress to drop the issue until after the November elections.
“Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November,” the President tweeted early on Friday morning, saying the answer was simple – get more GOP lawmakers in the 2018 mid-term elections.
“Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world,” Mr. Trump pledged, as he blamed Democrats and the Senate rules, which would force him to get 60 votes to do what he wants on immigration.
Mr. Trump’s suggestion came as GOP leaders were still looking for a magic legislative formula on immigration reform, as the issue has divided Republicans in both the House and Senate.
The suggestion by the President that immigration efforts are a waste of time came as Republicans were trying to fine tune a second immigration bill in the House, with hopes of approving that next week, before lawmakers go home for a July Fourth break.
Many GOP lawmakers had been hoping that the President instead would come out very publicly in favor of those efforts, and help convince some reluctant House Republicans to get on board, and vote for the plan, despite misgivings about certain provisions.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:20 PM
— Following the implementation of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, aimed at those who would cross the border illegally, upward of 2,000 children were separated from their parents as the adults were turned over for criminal prosecution.
While the adults went to jail, the children, some only infants, were placed in the custody of the federal government. After briefly being detained by the Customs and Border Patrol, the children were then transferred to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.
From there, children were sent to shelters – around 100 in 17 states – until family or friends can take custody of them or they are assigned to foster homes or other centers.
One company providing shelter for thousands of migrant children that have come before and after the zero tolerance policy is Southwest Key Inc. For years the company has had contracts with the federal government to care for immigrant children. Those contracts have made the company more than $1 billion in the past decade.
Here’s are a few things to know about Southwest Key: