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News Wrap: Migrant boy who died in U.S. custody had the flu

November 9, 2019


WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The partial government shutdown
ended its first full week today, with no signs of negotiations before the new year and the
new Congress. President Trump insisted again today that
any spending bill to reopen the government must include billions of dollars in funding
for a southern border wall. He wrote on Twitter that — quote — “We will
be forced to close the southern border entirely if there’s no money for the wall.” The president has also cited the case of Gustavo
Perez Arriaga, an illegal immigrant accused of killing a policeman in Northern California. He was arrested today in Bakersfield. In Modesto, the sheriff of Stanislaus County,
where the killing occurred, said California’s sanctuary law blocked any prior effort to
have the man deported. ADAM CHRISTIANSON, Stanislaus County, California,
Sheriff: Based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal
has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited from sharing any
information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you
protect a community. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Investigators say Officer
Ronil Singh was shot and killed after he pulled Perez Arriaga over for allegedly drunk driving. New Mexico officials now say a Guatemalan
boy had the flu when he died in federal detention on Christmas Eve. Eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez was the
second child to die this month while in the custody of Border Patrol. He had been held in New Mexico, but passed
away at a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Meanwhile, the secretary of homeland security,
Kirstjen Nielsen, visited El Paso today to discuss the case with officials. In Syria, the danger of new fighting escalated
at a key town where U.S. troops have been supporting Kurdish fighters. Syrian forces arrived near Manbij, apparently
to aid the Kurds against a possible attack by Turkey. The Turks consider the Kurds terrorists. But a Turkish buildup also continued, and
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed aside Syria’s move. RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, Turkish President (through
translator): We know there is a situation where their Syrian flag has been hoisted,
but there is nothing confirmed that serious yet. Our entire aim is to make terror organizations
leave the area. If terror organizations leave, then there
is no work left for us anyway. WILLIAM BRANGHAM: These Syrian and Turkish
military movements have accelerated since President Trump announced last week that U.S.
troops will leave Syria. Right now, about 2,200 are deployed there. Crews in Indonesia struggled today again to
reach an erupting volcano and assess the dangers of a new tsunami. Bad weather and an enormous cloud of volcanic
ash spewing a mile high hampered the effort for a second day. The eruptions triggered a monster wave last
Saturday that killed 426 people. More than 40,000 others are still displaced. Back in this country, flood warnings were
out today from Louisiana to New Jersey, as a powerful storm dumped heavy rain. It had already sent up to a foot of rain rushing
through the streets of Columbia, Mississippi, today. The downpours moved north and east. Meanwhile, another storm brought blizzard
conditions across the Dakotas and Minnesota. Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement
over the fake accounts the bank opened in customers’ names. The agreement, made public today includes
all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The company admitted in 2015 that employees
opened millions of fake accounts in order to meet sales goals. It has already been ordered to pay more than
$1.2 billion in penalties. And Wall Street’s rally ended today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 76 points
to close at 23062. The Nasdaq fell five points, and the S&P 500
slipped three. For the week, the Dow and the S&P gained nearly
3 percent. The Nasdaq gained nearly 4 percent. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the Trump
administration rolls back environmental regulations on coal plants; the world’s worst humanitarian
crisis, the famine in Yemen; analysis from Michael Gerson and Jonathan Capehart on the
week’s political news; and much more.

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