Kent Covington
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Illegal border crossings surged in February

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/06/19, 10:50 am

Agents at the U.S. southern border last month arrested a record 76,000 migrants who either crossed illegally into the United States or attempted to enter at a port of entry without permission—more than double the number from the same period last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday. The government plans to construct a new processing center in El Paso, Texas, to accommodate the increasing numbers.

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U.S. shares missile defense with Israel

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/05/19, 10:33 am

As Iran continues to develop increasingly powerful missiles, the United States has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the Israeli military announced Monday. The United States and Israel will use the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, in a joint military exercise. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the system’s deployment “further evidence of the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.”

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Police shooting decision sparks protests

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/04/19, 10:30 am

Angry protests erupted in Sacramento, Calif., over the weekend after authorities announced two police officers will not face criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black man. Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark following a foot chase last March. They pursued Clark through a neighborhood and confronted him in his grandmother’s backyard, where they mistook his cellphone for a handgun and shot him numerous times.

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