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Thu Jun 13, 2019 AT 2:50 PM EDT

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President Donald Trump’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency funding for the border is getting a much-needed jolt of momentum in Congress.

Appropriators are drafting legislation that would provide billions in humanitarian aid for the border, marking the first sign of movement on the issue since funding was yanked from a disaster aid package.

While it faces plenty of hurdles ahead, the package’s chances of making it to Trump’s desk by the end of the month suddenly look more possible.

“Hopefully the House Democrats will be amenable to working with us to get that done,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Senate Republican.  Read Full Story

Thu Jun 6, 2019 AT 12:13 PM EDT

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Brigitte Macron watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump on Thursday joined French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, offering praise for those who stormed the beaches, dozens of whom were in attendance.

“To more than 170 veterans of the Second World War who join us today, you are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live,” Trump said.

“You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic,” he added. “And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Read Full Story

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tue Jun 4, 2019 AT 10:22 AM EDT

Border Patrol was criticized for not better publicizing its rescue of two disabled migrants left for dead in the Rio Grande River, one of the most humanitarian recoveries made by the agency in recent time.

Agents with the Border Patrol Sector Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team witnessed a group of 12 illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday near the town of Eagle Pass, Texas. As the migrant group approached the river bank, smugglers dumped a handicapped individual, a double amputee missing one leg and one arm, into the water. Agents witnessed the individual immediately struggle to stay afloat in the river.

The BORSTAR team responded instantly, swimming out into the Rio Grande and saving the drowning victim before it was too late. Just as the agents were able to pull the person safely to the river bank, the migrant smugglers were reportedly seen throwing another disabled person — this time a paraplegic man— into the same area of the river. Read Full Story

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