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Biden administration grants protection to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans, under pressure over border

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abc13.com – AP – 2023-09-20 23:06:03

SUMMARY: The Biden administration announced on Wednesday that it would grant temporary legal status to hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans already in the United States, allowing them to work. The move comes as the number of people fleeing Venezuela and other countries to reach the US-Mexico border continues to grow. The Department of Homeland Security plans to grant Temporary Protected Status to an estimated 472,000 Venezuelans who arrived in the US as of July 31, 2023. This decision aims to appease Democratic leaders who have pushed for more support for asylum seekers, but it may draw criticism from Republicans who believe the administration has been too lenient on immigration. The administration also plans to speed up work authorizations for migrants who arrived in the US since January through a mobile app or parole. This move does not apply to those who cross the border illegally and seek asylum. Mayors and governors have been urging the Biden administration to find a way for newly arrived migrants to work legally so that they can support themselves. The increase in the number of migrants attempting to cross the southern border poses a significant challenge for the administration, which has faced criticism from Republicans regarding border control. As a response, the administration is bolstering the number of National Guard and active-duty troops to support Customs and Border Protection staff, and it has also increased removals of individuals found to have no basis to stay in the country.

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‘Intimate’ class: Nine ATCEMS cadets graduate

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www.kxan.com – Erica Pauda – 2024-06-15 15:46:48

SUMMARY: Austin-Travis County EMS faced a staffing shortage, but new medic cadets graduated on Friday to help alleviate the issue. Chief Robert Luckritz emphasized that the small class size fostered closer integration among graduates. Despite these efforts, the agency continues to tackle the staffing crisis. In 2022, ATCEMS had Austin's highest vacancy rate for authorized sworn positions. Luckritz expressed optimism about improving staffing levels, noting significant progress but acknowledging ongoing fluctuations. He also mentioned that while the current class is small, the upcoming class will be one of the largest in recent times.

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Houston parents’ annual childcare expenses are less than the $25,181 national average, SmartAsset report shows

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abc13.com – CultureMap – 2024-06-15 15:38:39

SUMMARY: Raising a child in the Houston, Texas area — including The Woodlands and Sugar Land — costs over $21,000 annually, according to a new SmartAsset report. Despite this seemingly high cost, the Houston metro area ranks 13th among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas for having some of the lowest child-rearing expenses. The report emphasizes the significant financial consideration for those planning to start a family. For further details, the article recommends visiting Houston CultureMap. Watch ABC13 Houston for more and updates.

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Timeline: Recent British royal events as Kate Middleton appears in public while battling cancer

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abc13.com – AP – 2024-06-15 15:35:16

SUMMARY: Kate, Princess of Wales, made her first public appearance at King Charles III’s Birthday Parade since her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. Both Kate and King Charles have faced cancer treatments recently. Kate is progressing but still undergoing treatment and not returning to full-time duties yet. Charles resumed public engagements in April after a three-month hiatus for his treatment. Key recent events include Charles’ various state visits, Kate’s surgery and cancer treatment announcements, and issues surrounding privacy and misinformation. Kate received overwhelming public support and attended the Trooping the Color ceremony with her family, ending with a military flypast.

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