Americans Are Resigning From Their Jobs At Record Rates

It’s been recorded that around 4.4 million American workers have handed in their resignation during the month of September alone. Certain states are experiencing major spikes in job resignations, so much so that it’s being referred to as “The Great Resignation.” 

The increase in resignation is due to a multitude of pandemic and economic factors. Many parents are dealing with the dual demands of childcare and working full time, so many of them are opting to resign and apply for unemployment so they have enough time in the day to take care of themselves and their families. 

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Some employees are able to find better paying jobs as well, as many companies are reacting to this spike in unemployment by offering raised wages and attractive benefit packages. 

Beyond the pandemic, some states are experiencing a shortage in labor due to aging employees, low workforce participation rates, and other long-term issues that have existed long before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“A lot of states with elevated quits are states with higher-than-average COVID cases, but a lot of it is due to labor market tightness. Idaho has an extremely aging population — a lot of the tightness in Idaho is that it’s an older workforce. They also have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, so that means it’s a very good environment if you are a worker” looking for a new job,”  said Liz Wilke, chief economist at Gusto, which provides payroll and other services to small businesses. 

New Hampshire and Indiana are seeing an increase in resignation for similar reasons. Employees are leveraging their benefits and salaries to find more lucrative jobs. Typical hourly earnings increased by 4.9% in October due to these leveraging tactics as well. 

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The top 10 states with the highest resignation rates for the month of September are Hawaii (7.1%), Montana (4.8%), Nevada (4.5%), Alaska (4.3%), Colorado (4.3%), Indiana (4.3%), Idaho (4.1%), Oregon (3.9%), Louisiana (3.8%), and New Hampshire (3.8%).

According to Oxford Economics, for every job opening created in September there were only .74 unemployed people available to take the position, marking the lowest ratio on record. Economists are still confident, however, that America’s workforce will be able to rebuild itself in 2022. 

“One reason for optimism about the labor force re-entry of prime-age workers is that nearly all workers who left the labor force during the pandemic intend to re-enter in the next 12 months, suggesting that most prime-age exiters still view their exits as temporary,” Goldman Sachs analysts noted.

“Workers have ongoing concerns about workplace safety given the ongoing pandemic. It may take some time for some people to feel comfortable returning to work,” they also noted.

President Biden Reflects On ‘Deadlist Year On Reacord For Transgender Americans’ During Day Of Remembrance 

President Joe Biden released a statement for Transgender Day Of Remembrance, where he paid tribute to “those we lose in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans.” 

“We also remember the countless other transgender people, disproportionately Black and brown transgender women and girls, who face brutal violence, discrimination, and harassment.” 

The White House marked the day on Friday with a vigil in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, hosted by second gentleman Doug Emhoff. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is meant to be the final day of Transgender Awareness Week, and it takes the time to memorialize victims of anti-transgender violence all across the country. The Human Rights Campaign recently declared 2021 as the deadliest year on record for transgender and nonbinary people, with at least 45 transgender or gender-nonconforming people on record being killed in hate-filled acts of violence. 

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 “Our hearts are with all who knew and loved the 45 people who have been killed this year. The march to end this epidemic of violence continues.” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a tweet.

Within his statement, Biden called on the Senate to pass the Equality Act, which amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect people from being discriminated against based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

“The Equality Act will ensure that all people are able to live free from fear and discrimination, a right all Americans should have.” 

The Equality Act was passed in the House back in March, but has since been stalled by the Senate. “In spite of our progress strengthening civil rights for LGBTQI+ Americans, too many transgender people still live in fear and face systemic barriers to freedom and equality,” Biden wrote.

According to news reports, “the administration also released a report Saturday from the first Interagency Working Group on Safety, Opportunity, and Inclusion for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals, which is made up of representatives from the US Agency for International Development, the Departments of State, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Homeland Security, Labor, Interior and Veterans Affairs, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.”

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The report also emphasized that the “violence against transgender Americans is the direct result of systemic anti-transgender stigma and hate, pervasive discrimination, disproportionate criminalization, and marginalization and exclusion of gender minorities, with violence against transgender communities heightened today due to a historic spike in legislation targeting transgender people for discriminatory and unjust treatment.”

Biden’s statement is the latest in a series of administrative motions that aim to support the LGBTQ+ community. Biden has since revered former president Trump’s ban on transgender Americans in the military, reinstated a special envoy for LGBTQ+ rights, and issued the first presidential proclamation to mark Transgender Day Of Visibility as an official day in March. 

Beyond the heightened violence that transgender Americans have faced this year, from a legislative standpoint their rights were also being consistently threatened. In fact, 2021 also marked a record year for anti-transgender legislation; 100 bills have been introduced among state legislators across 33 states all of which aimed at restricting the rights of transgender individuals. 

A majority of the bills target transgender youth, to which Bien responded:

“To ensure that our government protects the civil rights of transgender Americans, I charged my team with coordinating across the federal government to address the epidemic of violence and advance equality for transgender people,” Biden stated. 

“I continue to call on state leaders and lawmakers to combat the disturbing proliferation of discriminatory state legislation targeting transgender people, especially transgender children. Today, we remember. Tomorrow — and every day — we must continue to act.”

Democrats Expected To Pass Biden’s $1.75 Trillion Climate And Social Spending Package This Week 

House Democrats are quickly trying to pass President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package this week. The package would give democrats a head start at making infrastructural changes before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The package has been extensively debated all summer and fall, mainly over the contents of the package and wear specific money will be allocated to. 

Democrats currently feel like they’re on the verge of a huge milestone in the House, where the passage of this package would be seen as a huge victory for the party. House moderate holdouts have promised to support the bill when it’s brought to the floor this week. 

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This Monday, Biden will be signing the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill as well, so the administration in general is gearing up for pushback, and to get moving on the actual plans within the bills. 

Despite the possibility of new drama in the Senate, we’re confident Congress can send the package to Biden’s desk by the end of the year. I think we’ll get it passed before Christmas,” one senior Democrat, G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Biden and the democratic party in general have been under fire for a recent slew of economic changes, such as general inflation, labor shortages, and a supply chain “clog” that’s preventing our retail markets from thriving. These issues in combination with the Covid-19 pandemic have led to a lot of disagreements among our leaders. 

“Democrats need to reassess their strategy. We need to have legislation that actually, forcefully delivers for working people,”  said progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). 

Moderate Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) is supportive of several key elements of the Biden package, such as “tackling climate change, extending the child tax credit and lowering prescription drug prices, but Democrats have failed to explain how the legislation will help struggling American families.”   

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“People are busy, they have jobs, they have lives, they have worries, they have kids, they have joys. If someone turns on the news and [hears] ‘We really need to make these major investments in human infrastructure,’ and they say, ‘There they go again. What the heck are those Democrats doing?’” 

“Now, if we’re saying, ‘I want to invest in the next generation of America’s children, and I want to do it by ensuring every kid goes to pre-K’ — like, that’s a different discussion, right?”  Spanberger stated. 

“I think this bill will make it over the finish line, but ultimately, this bill may not be identical to what we pass in the House when it does make it over the finish line.” 

Government officials also emphasized that the cost of not passing this bill will be much greater for lower to middle class Americans, who will be forced to deal with inflated costs for their everyday needs. 

“If we don’t act on Build Back Better … we won’t be able to cut child care costs. … We won’t be able to make preschool free for many families starting in 2022, saving many families $8,600. We won’t be able to get ahead of skyrocketing housing costs … and we won’t be able to save Americans thousands of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. 

“So our view is this makes a strong case for moving forward with this agenda. Because what we’re really talking about is the cost to American families.”

 United Nations Health Expert Condemns US Over Threat To Abortion Rights 

Special rapporteur for the United Nations, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, is calling on the US Supreme Court to uphold the right to abortion in America. Dr. Mofokeng is arguing that the US is risking undermining international human rights laws and are indirectly threatening the right to a safe abortion for other countries around the world. 

Dr. Mofokeng is one of many global observers whose main job is to travel the world and defend human rights. She argues in a brief filed in a US court that by overturning abortion rights, the nation would be violating international human rights treates that were ratified by the US; including the convention against torture, and forcing a woman to carry their pregnancy to term, regardless of the personal risk for the mother and child. 

In an interview, Mofokeng told the media she could have “filed a brief on abortion rights, in any other court, in any other abortion case, globally. However, the US courts are dealing with the direct threat posed to abortion rights in the supreme court’s upcoming session.

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“We have this joke among us that when the US sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold. So we know that politically that what happens in the United States… does have an impact in precedents elsewhere in the world.”

Roe vs Wade is the famous 1973 court case that gave Americans the constitutional right to an abortion in privacy. At the time, the case invalidated numerous state abortion bans and restrictions, and allowed individuals to terminate a pregnancy up to the point where the fetus can survive outside the womb; around 24 weeks. 

“If that gets overturned, it has catastrophic implications, not just for the US. I fear overturning Roe would embolden global attacks on reproductive rights.”

Mofokeng’s  most recent UN report outlined “the challenges Covid-19 posed to reproductive rights, and how colonialism continues to impact global policies on reproduction, from sterilization to abortion bans.”

“It means that even those people who are conservative, who are anti-rights, in any country in the world, will actually now start referencing the US court as an example of jurisprudence that should be followed, and this is why this is so dangerous.”

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“If Roe … [were] overturned, many US states will implement bans or near-bans on abortion access that will make individual state laws irreconcilable with international human rights law. This would cause irreparable harm to women and girls in violation of the United States’ obligations under the human rights treaties it has signed and ratified,” Mofokeng’s brief argued.

“The denial of safe abortions and subjecting women and girls to humiliating and judgmental attitudes in such contexts of extreme vulnerability and where timely health care is essential amount to torture or ill treatment.”

In one recent analysis, the Guttmacher Institute found “26 states are certain or likely to outlaw abortion should Roe be overturned.”

“The rise in global anti-gender and anti-women’s rights is such that people will grasp at anything that seems to make their case solid, and  the case before the supreme court now relies on non-medical, non-scientific misinformation,” said Mofokeng.

“It means we have a risk of now having global jurisprudence – or at least influences in the global world – using jurisprudence that’s ill-informed. And that’s very dangerous, to undo the court’s decisions takes decades, sometimes a lifetime, – and that’s why it’s dangerous.”

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New Court Filings Regarding Capitol Riot Reveal What Trump Is Trying To Hide From Congress 

The National Archives outlined, in a sworn declaration, more than 700 pages of handwritten notes, draft documents, and daily logs of former president Donald Trump’s top advisers in relation to the January 6th Capitol riot. The late-night court filings are reported to reveal all of the specifics of what Trump wanted to keep secret in terms of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

The US House told federal courts that Trump has no right to keep more than 700 pages of documents confidential. The court filings are in response to a lawsuit from Trump where he is attempting to block congressional investigators from accessing hundreds of pages of records they requested from the National Archives. The House also presented itself in agreement with the Biden administration. 

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The records Trump is attempting to conceal include handwritten memos from his chief of staff about January 6th, call logs between Trump and former vice president Mike Pence, and White House visitor records. The House Committee wrote a statement regarding the lawsuit and concealed documents. 

“In 2021, for the first time since the Civil War, the Nation did not experience a peaceful transfer of power. The Select Committee has reasonably concluded that it needs the documents of the then-President who helped foment the breakdown in the rule of law. … It is difficult to imagine a more critical subject for Congressional investigation.”

The records also include working papers from then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, press secretary and White House lawyer who had notes and memos about how Trump was attempting to undermine the election. In Meadows document, there are two handwritten notes about the Capitol riot and two pages listing briefings and telephone calls about the Electoral College certification, according to the archivist with the National Archives. 

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Laster’s documents reveal what was occurring within the West Wing during the initial moments of the January 6th riot. Trump is also looking to conceal 30 pages of his daily schedule. “The call logs, schedules and switchboard checklists document calls to the President and Vice President, all specifically for or encompassing January 6, 2021,” Laster said.

So far, the Biden Administration has declined to keep information about “the Trump White House leading up to January 6th private. The extraordinary Trump-led attempt to overturn the 2020 election and the ongoing bipartisan House investigation, and the Archives have sided with President Joe Biden’s directions.”

The Archives announced they have plans to release Trump’s records to the House beginning November 12th. A bipartisan group of 66 former Congress members, including some republicans, told a federal court that they support the US in their pursuit of these documents and this case. 

The former members said they need Congress to understand “the January 6 attack shouldn’t be undermined by Trump. Chutkan should reject his request for a court order that would stop the Archives from turning over documents. An armed attack on the United States Capitol that disrupted the peaceful transfer of presidential power — and not the document requests necessary to investigate it — is the only grave threat to the Constitution before the Court,” the former members write.

Getting Vaccine

US On Track To Begin Vaccinating Kids Aged 5 To 11 By November 

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci the US is currently on track to start vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 by early to mid-November. An advisory committee with the FDA is meeting today to vote on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the younger age group. 

Last week, a review panel for the FDA found that the benefits of the shots in young kids outweigh the risks. Currently the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for all US teens 12 and older. 

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The FDA announced on Friday that the vaccine showed a general efficacy rate of 90.7% against symptomatic infection in nearly 2,300 elementary-school-age children seven days after they got the shot. The most common side effects appeared after the second dose which included pain at the injection site, fatigue, and headache. No serious events have been reported in young children from the vaccine. 

Covid in general isn’t as much of a risk for children as it is for older individuals, however, more than 630 individuals under the age of 18 have died due to the virus in the US, according to the CDC. Additionally, nearly 6.2 million children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1.1 million of those were caused by the Delta variant. 

Moderna said early Monday that a “Phase 2/3 clinical study of its COVID vaccine in 5- to 11-year-olds generated a robust neutralizing antibody response.” The company also said it plans to submit the clinical data to the FDA in the “near term.” 

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According to a New York Times tracker, the US is continuing to average more than 1,500 Covid-related deaths a day, however, hospitalization rates are declining. The US is averaging about 75,000 new cases a day, which is less than half what it was in early September, according to the tracker. 

Most cases and deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated, causing experts to continue to urge skeptical groups to get their inoculations and avoid dying a preventable death. Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Colorado are all hotspots in the US right now. 

According to the CDC, about 190.6 million people in the US are fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to about 57.4% of the population. Experts are still adamant that the nation needs to pass the 70% mark in order to truly stop the spread of this virus. Vaccine mandates have begun being enforced throughout many different sectors of business, and the government.

Alec Baldwin Shoots Prop Gun, Kills One, Injuries Another On Set Of ‘Rust’

Actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on Thursday that killed one crew member while injuring another on the set of the upcoming film “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico, Santa Fe County’s sheriff confirmed.

“Rust” director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed while director Joel Souza, 48, was injured when Baldwin, 63, discharged the prop gun, a statement released Thursday evening by the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office said.

According to NBC News, officials said that Souza was taken to the hospital via an ambulance and received emergency care. Actress Frances Fisher, who is also staring in “Rust,” tweeted that Souza has since been released.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office stated that Hutchins was flown to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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No charges have been made at this time, and the sheriff’s office stated that an investigation is currently underway to determine how the shooting occurred and what type of projectiles were discharged from the prop gun.

Despite the seemingly accidental nature of the shooting, sheriff spokesperson Juan Ríos assured the case wouldn’t be operated any different. “We’re treating this as we would any other investigation.” Baldwin has also been cooperative, going to the sheriff’s office to provide a statement. Photos captured Baldwin outside of the sheriff’s office, with him on the phone while looking disheveled and distressed.

A statement was made by a spokesperson for Baldwin, explaining the accident while also confirming the production for “Rust” has since been halted. The spokesperson assured the safety and wellbeing of every crew member is their “top priority.”

Speaking with NBC News, Hollywood weapons expert Larry Zanoff explained that firearms being used as props on set are only allowed to use blanks – cartridges that don’t have bullets. There is also a 20 feet minimum safety distance from the muzzle, due to possible ember and smoke that can shoot out of the gun.

Baldwin is well known for his work as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s comedy show “30 Rock,” in addition to “Saturday Night Live” – he’s hosted the show a record 17 times, and took up the mantle of portraying Donald Trump, an impression that drew quite a bit of ire from the actual Trump.

In 2019, Baldwin pleaded guilty after being charged with misdemeanor attempted assault and harassment during a parking spot dispute. As part of the plea agreement, Baldwin agreed to take a one-day anger management class.

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Hutchins was born in Ukraine in 1979, then part of the Soviet Union, and grew up as an “army brat” due to living on a military base. As The Guardian explains, Hutchins started her career as a reporter, then experienced a transition into full-time filmmaking a decade ago that stemmed from a love of storytelling.

She’s worked on films such as 2020’s “Archenemy,” and was named a “rising star of cinematography” by American Cinematographer in 2019.

In response to the accident, many are bringing up the death of Brandon Lee. The son of famed martial artist Bruce Lee, Brandon was set to star in the lead role of the movie, “The Crow.” During filming in 1993, Lee, 28 at the time, was fatally shot in the chest by a gun designed to shoot blanks.

Lee’s Twitter account, run by his sister Shannon, commented on the tragedy, expressing sadness while also saying these kinds of gun accidents on sets should never happen in the first place.

“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on “Rust.” No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”

CNN notes that while negligence was determined to be a factor in Lee’s death, no charges were ever brought fourth due to there being no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Baldwin’s case will likely following a similar path, baring a surprising development.

Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Dies From COVID-19 Complications

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has passed away at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family announced on Facebook Monday morning in a statement. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family stated. The family also confirmed that Powell had been vaccinated.

Powell’s work for his country was polarizing, resulting in high honors and low points. Powell was born in 1937 in Harlem, New York, to immigrant parents. During college, Powell would join the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), which would thrust him into a military career.

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As an advisor sent to Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Powell was injured by a Vietnamese booby-trap in 1963, which earned him a Purple Heart. Powell would return to Vietnam for a second tour of duty in the late 1960s.

Following other tours of duty and promotions to brigadier and major generals, Powell would then serve under numerous presidents — which includes Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.

In 1987, Powell was named National Security Advisor for the Reagan administration, and was then appointed to Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs by H. W. Bush two years later. In 2000, W. Bush appointed Powell as Secretary of State, becoming the first African-American to hold the position.

As ABC News notes, Powell saw many historic moments in history during his time in top roles, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the crisis in Bosnia, the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Gulf War, and the 1989 invasion of Panama.

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In 2003, Powell’s role in the invasion of Iraq was one that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Powell testified to the United Nations Security Council that the country was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and possessed an ongoing weapons program, helping to build support for the invasion.

However, Powell admitted in 2004 to the U.S. Congress that his intelligence reports were incorrect and that it was unlikely Iraq was harboring nuclear weapons. This monumental error would permanently hurt the legacy and reputation of Powell, who later resigned. Speaking to Larry King years after, Powell said he “regretted” his U.N. speech because of the wrong information.

George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, released a statement on Powell’s passing, calling him a “great public servant” while remembering the positions he held and the impact he made during his many decades of service in the military and government.

He [Powell] was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend. Laura and I send Alma and their children our sincere condolences as they remember the life of a great man.”

Bush’s former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose relationship with Powell turned bitter during the height of the Iraq and MWD conflict, also released a statement on his passing. Cheney said that Powell was a “trailblazer and a role model for so many,” and was someone who “loved his country and served her long and well.”

Following his retirement, Powell would write a memoir titled “It Worked For Me: In Life And Leadership” in 2012 that looked back on his life and the lessons he learned, while also addressing the more tainted parts of his career.

NBC News explained that in recent years, Powell had become highly critical of the Republican party. Powell called Donald Trump a “national disgrace” in leaked emails back in 2016, while also saying he could no longer call himself a Republican following the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

U.S. Plans To Reinstate “Remain In Mexico” Policy Next Month

The Biden Administration announced its plans to reinstate a Trump administration policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), in mid-November that will force migrants on the U.S. southern border to remain in Mexico while they await a hearing.

Texas U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk had ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the MPP in mid-August after Attorney Generals in Texas and Missouri sued the cancellation. The Supreme Court then denied a request from Biden asking to stay the lower court order of the required reinstatement.

The reimplementation of the policy known as “Remain in Mexico” hinges on whether the Mexican government will accept the migrants that are expelled from the U.S.

ABC News notes that Mexico “generally wants cases to conclude within six months and ensure that asylum-seekers have timely and accurate information about hearing dates and times and better access to legal counsel.” Mexico also wants exemptions for migrants who are termed as being “more vulnerable.”

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations also discussed its desires for “addressing the structural causes of migration,” with the U.S., while also emphasizing possible transfer programs for migrants that would provide opportunities.

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Priorly, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had ended the policy in June. In a memo of termination released, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave details regarding his review, saying he determined MPP to “not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens.”

Additionally, Mayorkas cited other factors such as COVID-19 challenges that caused millions of dollars to be wasted and migrant cases to be postponed indefinitely, forced additional responsibilities from the MPP that drove the Department away from its mission sets, and questions that arose about the program’s “design and operation.”

Despite the DHS appealing a court injunction that required the Department to work in good faith in reinstalling the MPP, they stated they have done just that while also saying they remain “committed to building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system that upholds our laws and values.”

According to CBS News, officials told reporters that the Biden administration is making several changes to the MPP that will better reflect the administration’s goals and treatment towards migrants, while also addressing concerns raised by the Mexican government.

One change the administration may make to the MPP is better and more frequent representation for those who are being held in the program, as the American Immigration Council explains.

“Representation rates for the 70,000 people subjected to MPP were exceedingly low. Data suggests that just 7.5% of individuals subject to MPP ever managed to hire a lawyer, though the true representation rate may be even lower because that number includes individuals who were initially placed into MPP and then were later taken out of the program and allowed to enter the United States.”

The administration will also be building tent courts for migrants at Laredo and Brownsville, Texas — both which are located on the border — that will have a monthly cost of $24.6 million to operate, per ABC News, while also ensuring capacity in the system.

Despite having disregarded the MPP before while also ensuring not to repeat Trump’s approach towards immigration, the Biden administration continues to enforce the controversial “Title 42” policy, which allows the U.S. to expel migrants without giving them the chance to apply for asylum. This was recently enforced in September, when thousands of Haitian refugees flooded the Texas border.

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A Pew Research Center report stated that the U.S. Border Patrol reported up to 200,000 encounters of migrants along the U.S.-Mexican border in July, which was the highest monthly total since March of 2000, when over 220,000 were reported.

Those numbers are up by over 183,000 from April 2020, which saw just 16,182 migrants. Before the pandemic, total migrant encounters were slowly on the decline at the start of May 2019, which was considered to be a “breaking point.”

In July, 53% of migrant encounters resulted in apprehension (where migrants are held in the U.S. as they await a decision) while 47% resulted in expulsion back to Mexico. Both those numbers have greatly fluctuated in the past year – In May 2020, migrant encounters resulted in 93% expulsion and 7% apprehension.

Cause Of Gabby Petito’s Death Revealed To Be Strangulation

In a Tuesday news briefing, Teton County coroner Brent Blue confirmed what so many expected and feared – that Long Island native Gabby Petito’s death was a homicide by strangulation through “human force” after her remains were examined following their discovery weeks prior.

While Blue explained it is possible for strangulation to occur by other means, such as mechanical, paperwork explicitly states it was “manual strangulation and throttling,” which could not have been done by an animal.

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Appearing on “Anderson 360,” Blue told Anderson Cooper that Petito’s body was left in the wilderness for about three-to-four weeks, although the exact date of her death is difficult to pinpoint due to variables such as weather.

Important details, such as what condition the remains were found in or how the remains were found, were left out of the report. However, Blue confirmed that the autopsy revealed more information that was withheld from the public due to ongoing investigations.

Blue also explained that having to work on the case was “quite the media circus and continues to be,” and made an assumption that this was a case of domestic violence.

Speaking to Fox News, criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh said that Petito’s strangulation will likely result in a first-degree murder charge for the arrested suspect – which all signs seem to be pointing is fiancee Brian Laundrie, 23, who was the last person to be with Petito, 22, in August.

“I think there’s a strong argument that if premeditation didn’t exist prior to the physical contact, it certainly was developed at some point during the strangulation.”

Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan told Fox News that the autopsy has likely revealed enough information in private to either disregard Laundrie as a suspect, or connect him to the homicide. While Laundrie has yet to be charged for murder, he is the prime “person of interest” to the police and FBI, and is wanted for the unauthorized use of a debt card.

Laundrie and Petito, who both shared a love for nature, left from New York in mid-June for a four-month cross-country road-trip that would take them through multiple national parks and landmarks. Despite their engagement, the two appeared to have a rocky and unstable relationship at times.

On Aug. 12, the couple were pulled over by police for a domestic disturbance. Then, on Aug. 27, the two were once again seen fighting in a restaurant. Sources told ABC News that Petito left in tears while Laundrie looked “pissed off.”

The restaurant would be the last place Petito was seen alive, while Laundrie arrived back to his home in North Port, Florida on Sept. 1 in Petito’s white van – alone.

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After returning, Laundrie and his family were reportedly uncooperative with authorities. Laundrie then managed to slip away to go “hiking” and has been missing since Sept. 14. This resulted in a currently on-going nationwide manhunt that has specifically targeted the Carlton Reserve, which has more than 80 miles of hiking trails.

Despite the intense amount of coverage this story has received, there are still no confirmed sightings of Laundrie. Of course, there’s no guarantee that Laundrie is even still alive. Laundrie’s sister Cassie called him a “mediocre survivalist” in an interview with ABC News.

Additionally, WESH went over the numerous obstacles that Laundrie would currently be facing in the wilderness. The Reserve is home to dangerous wildlife such as alligators, bears, hogs, snakes, and even reportedly panthers.

Mix in other factors such as the “difficult” Florida climate, Laundrie’s likely decreasing state of mind, his lack of food, water, and supplies, and the overall outlook is potentially grim. The general feeling of survival experts that spoke to CNN is that Laundrie is no longer in the area, or he isn’t alive.