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Biden pushes shots, not more restrictions as variant spreads

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According to this article on Associated Press, by ZEKE MILLER

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and receive a booster shot as he seeks to quell concerns Monday over the new COVID-19 variant omicron, but won’t immediately push for more restrictions to stop its spread, his chief medical adviser said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and Biden’s leading COVID-19 adviser, said Monday that there were as yet still no cases of the variant identified in the U.S. but that it was “inevitable” that it would make its way into the country eventually.

Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Fauci said scientists hope to know in the next week or two how well the existing COVID-19 vaccines protect against the varian t, and how dangerous it is compared to earlier strains.

“We really don’t know,” Fauci said, calling speculation “premature.”

Any omicron-specific vaccine probably could not begin to be produced for another two or three months, so getting boosters now is a “very important initial line of defense,” said Dr. Paul Burton, chief medical officer for the vaccine-maker Moderna, said Monday.”

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Uber drivers aiding transport of illegal immigrants from border to US interior

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According to this article on Fox News, by Matt Leach and Matt Wall

“YUMA, Ariz. – Illegal immigrants regularly use Uber to travel from the border to destinations within the interior of the United States, two drivers in the border town of Yuma, Arizona, told Fox News.

One driver said the riders confirmed to him that they were in the U.S. illegally. Another said he deduced their immigration status based on the circumstances, such as getting picked up with bags alongside large groups in remote locations near the border with destinations at hotels. Fox News granted both anonymity so they could speak freely.

“I just will get a notification of a pickup, head down to the location and there will be a group of 20 plus immigrants standing on the corner, waiting for Ubers,” one driver told Fox News. “It’s legit in the middle of nowhere.””

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Texas Border Arrests Surpassed 104,000 in November, Ticking Back Up After Moderate Drop in October

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According to this article on The Texan, by HAYDEN SPARKS

“In November, encounters with illegal aliens jumped to a combined total of 104,285 in the El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio, Laredo, and Rio Grande Valley sectors, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) most recent statistics. It is more than double the number of apprehensions in November of last year.

Single adults composed 63 percent of that total, followed by family units, who accounted for 27 percent, and unaccompanied children, who accounted for 10 percent of the encounters.

In terms of the nationalities of those who were taken into custody, CBP reported that 28 percent were Mexican, 18 percent were Honduran, 15 percent were Guatemalan, nine percent were Salvadoran, and 30 percent were of some other nationality.”

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Analysis: Republicans see election opportunity in Biden border struggles

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According to this article on Reuters, by Ted Hesson and Matt Spetalnick

“WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The leading Republican vying to unseat an Arizona Democrat in a crucial U.S. Senate race next year gets heated when he talks about Democratic President Joe Biden’s “failed border policies,” occasionally throwing in expletives when decrying their alleged financial cost and what he says is the threat they pose to Americans.

The candidate, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, is betting the message will resonate with voters Republicans need to mobilize in the 2022 elections to change the balance of power in Congress.

“Immigration in and of itself is not a bad thing,” Brnovich, himself the son of immigrants from Montenegro and Croatia, said in an interview with Reuters. “But illegal immigration undermines the rule of law.”

Echoing some of the hard-line rhetoric of Republican former President Donald Trump, Brnovich supports the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico and tougher immigration enforcement.”

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