5 things to know for September 21: Immigration, Covid-19, Canada, Congress, Evergrande

5 things to know for September 21: Immigration, Covid-19, Canada, Congress, Evergrande

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1. Immigration

The White House says it is seeking more information about video that appears to show mounted U.S. border patrols aggressively confronting Haitian migrants at the southern U.S. border. About 10,000 people, many of them Haitian refugees, are still close to the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas after the Department of Homeland Security moved about 3,000 people to other treatment facilities yesterday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his agency facilitates one to three deportation flights to Haiti and elsewhere daily. Only refugees from Haiti who arrived in the United States before July 29 are eligible for temporary protected status, he said. Many Haitians now at the border are believed to have lived in South America after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but the pandemic’s toll on the region drove migration to the US border.

2. Coronavirus

Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their lower-dose Covid-19 vaccine proved to be safe and generated a “robust” antibody response in children ages 5 to 11. But before these children can be eligible for the vaccine, four things must happen. First, Pfizer must apply for FDA approval for this new age group. Thereafter, the FDA had to change the vaccination permit for emergency use to include younger people. Then the CDC had to weigh in. Finally, rollout logistics had to be addressed, including how to tackle vaccination doubts among parents. Meanwhile, the United States has crossed another dark threshold: At least 675,000 people have now died from Covid-19, which is more than the U.S. death toll from the 1918 flu pandemic.

3. Canada

The results of Canada’s quick general election are in. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defeated conservative rival Erin O’Toole, meaning his Liberal Party will form Canada’s next government. Trudeau’s side, however, failed to win the 170 seats needed to form a majority government. The Liberals won 157 seats for the Conservatives’ 122. The election highlighted polarizing issues in Canada and mobilized a small but vocal sector angry at Trudeau’s Covid-19 protocols. Trudeau told supporters that the result means “millions of Canadians have chosen a progressive plan.”

4th Congress

The Democratic leaders of Congress have announced that they will attach a suspension of the debt limit to a spending bill that must pass in order to keep the government funded. That way, Republicans are forced to choose between addressing the debt limit – something many have said they will not do – and risking a government shutdown. Parliament is expected to vote today on the bill of expenditure, known as a continuing resolution. The vote will be an early litmus test to see if Republicans are willing to vote to shut down the government. Democrats have already changed their goals on the issue. Last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House would move to suspend – rather than raise – the debt limit.

5. Evergrande

Evergrande, one of China’s largest real estate developers and one of the largest companies in the world, is causing a major setback for the global economy. The massive business has massive debt – worth about $ 300 billion – and had to pay the interest on some of its bank loans yesterday. As the company remains at risk of default, the US stock market and other global markets have taken a tumble. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have also fallen. The Chinese government could intervene to limit the fallout should Evergrande default, but investors are still extremely nervous about how such large amounts of loans could affect market stability. Some resemble a possible crash with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, which at the time was a nadir of the credit crunch.


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FedEx raises its shipping rates next year

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Boeing is reportedly investigating empty tequila bottles found on an upcoming Air Force One

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$ 586,000

That is how much Poland has to pay Per day to continue the operation of a controversial coal mine near its Czech and German borders, the European Court of Justice ruled. Poland’s neighbors have fought to have the Turów lignite mine closed for environmental reasons.


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