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March 3, 2020

Puerto Rico in Bunkers~~~Could This Take This Long in France or Florida?






Here is the set that was played at the La Isla Bonita 2 Fundraiser for Puerto Rican earthquake relief. It was an amazing night and I hope that this helps you relive it if you were there.
Listen, stream and share, but most of all DANCE!








GUÁNICA, P.R. — Nearly two months after an earthquake sent the population of southwest Puerto Rico rushing into the streets, thousands of people are still slumbering each night under camping tents, on cots, in their cars and in enormous open tents that serve as government shelters.

Long after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake sent powerful shock waves across the island on Jan. 7, the ground continues to shake. Over the past week, 43 earthquakes classified as “significant” have struck, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, part of a prolonged and terrifying series of seismic events not seen on the island since 1918.  A house in the town of Guánica recently collapsed after a fresh 3.8 magnitude temblor.

And while most of the recent aftershocks have been relatively mild — only five over the past week exceeded 3.5 in magnitude — the cumulative damage and constant rattling have left many Puerto Ricans with their confidence deeply shaken.

Hundreds of families are unable to pay for repairs to their ravaged homes. Others are unwilling to trust government inspectors’ assurances that their houses are safe.
“I expected to be relocated to a trailer or a hotel,” said Pedro A. Ramírez, a 65-year-old war veteran who was still staying last week in a government shelter in Guánica with his wife, daughter and two grandchildren. “I am not expecting them to give me a house. But the only way to get assistance for food is by being here, so they force you to be here. It’s a trap.”

The number of earthquake survivors still living outdoors has surfaced as a tricky challenge for local and federal agencies that are struggling to find housing on an island where more than 8,000 homes are in need of an overhaul as a result of the temblors.

More than two years after Hurricane Maria brought devastation that in some places has still not been repaired, emergency management officials facing the latest natural disasters appear to lack cohesive strategies to keep survivors safe and are improvising as they go along, according to a number of local officials, legal advocates and academic analysts who are watching the response.

“If they learned anything from Hurricane Maria, they are not making it apparent,” said Yarimar Bonilla, an anthropologist at Hunter College who has spent extensive time in the camps. “Maybe they learned that they don’t have to do anything and people will sort it out because that’s what they are doing.”


Shelters were located in flood-prone areas, causing some of the dormitory-style tends to be flooded with mud, and more than 150 schools have yet to reopen.  Distrust of the government prompted many people to set up their own camps along busy roads rather than use shelters managed by the authorities.

Mr. Ramírez and his family stayed under a large, three-sided tent provided by the island government. He and his wife took turns keeping watch over their salvaged belongings while they waited to find out whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency would offer enough disaster aid to repair their damaged home. When their 12-year-old grandson had to go to the bathroom, Mr. Ramírez accompanied him: a registered sex offender from his neighborhood was also staying at the shelter.

After almost two months, the family finally gave up on waiting for federal assistance and went to a relative’s house.

“My granddaughter is asthmatic and spent the whole time at the camp coughing,” Mr. Ramírez’s wife, Nancy Santiago, said.

Out of the roughly 8,300 houses that were damaged in the Jan. 7 earthquakes, about 2,500 are uninhabitable, according to the Puerto Rico Department of Housing.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far allocated $20 million to about 8,500 applicants, most of that for home repairs and some to pay for rent.  More than 30,000 people applied.

But government officials insist that at least half of the people sleeping under the stars are responding not to structural damage to their homes, but to the emotional strain of frequent tremors. There were more than 3,000 quakes within about 20 miles of the epicenter of Puerto Rico’s quake in January alone, according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network.

The U.S. Geological Service said the aftershocks will continue for “years to decades” and that there is up to a 30 percent chance of an aftershock as big as the Jan. 7 quakes.

“Fear is the greatest enemy we have right now,” said Elizabeth A.  Vanacore, a seismologist at the University of Puerto Rico.

 Maria Aquino, at her damaged home in Yauco, P.R., has been sleeping outside in a tent.



Maria Aquino, at her damaged home in Yauco, P.R., has been sleeping outside in a tent.
Calls to the island’s suicide hotline have soared to up to 1,600 a day, according to the government mental health agency.

“It keeps shaking and the cracks in the house open even more,” said  Edel Santiago, 39, who set camp in a parking lot with his wife, son and 73-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
He said his family was one of many who were denied aid because their homes were certified as safe, a ruling he disagreed with.

“They certified my house as green, even though it has big, ugly cracks,” Mr. Santiago said. “The guy from FEMA said I could not live there, then another inspector came and put a green sticker on it.”

FEMA sent inspectors to nearly 30,000 homes and gave green armbands to any shelter resident whose house passed, though they were still allowed to remain at the shelter. People who disagree with the safety assessment on their house are being offered money to hire structural engineers, said Alex Amparo, FEMA’s coordinator in Puerto Rico.

 Christian Marcial Santiago, 9, plays with his dog at a makeshift camp in Guánica.


Onelio Velezleft and Luis Febus work on one-room structures at an encampment in Yauco where 10 families have been living since January.

Luis Vargas Delgado in his new temporary house at the encampment in Yauco. He lost his home during the earthquake and was injured after falling from his bike after a strong tremor.

Luis Vargas Delgado in his new temporary house at the encampment in Yauco. He lost his home during the earthquake and was injured after falling from his bike after a strong tremor.
“You see the green armband, you know their house is OK, but there is an emotional fear they have,” he said. “At this point, our job is not really to judge them, but to help them through that.”
FEMA has spent more than $2 million to help Puerto Rico’s office of mental health services provide help to rattled residents, including counseling to reassure them that it is safe to go home if their house has passed inspection. Counselors are suggesting that some people may feel safer by sleeping in their living room near an escape route.

Despite the hundreds who remain in camps,  most people have returned home as the tremors have diminished in frequency, Mr. Amparo said.

“If I had 800 people sleeping outside last night, I have to get that to zero,” he said in late February.

The Puerto Rico government reported that fewer than 600 people remained outdoors in 24 different official and informal shelters as of last week. But that does not count a large number of people camping out on their own properties.

FEMA records obtained by The New York Times show that as of Feb. 25, the agency still showed more than 3,000 people living in “emergent” conditions, based on information provided in applications for federal aid. This included nearly 600 who said they were staying in their vehicles and 1,603 living in tents.  The bulk of the people outside their homes had been denied aid because they had insufficient damage to their homes or had insurance, the records show.

FEMA records also show that most people who received cash assistance got less than $500.

Students of the damaged Hipolito Garcia Elementary School in Yauco are expected to study in event tarps erected in a baseball field.

Students of the damaged Hipolito Garcia Elementary School in Yauco are expected to study in event tarps erected in a baseball field.
And although 1,000 families qualified for placement in hotels, just 157 of them have taken the government up on the offer, as people refuse to leave their neighborhoods, Mr. Amparo said.

 Students of the damaged Hipolito Garcia Elementary School in Yauco are expected to study in event tarps erected in a baseball field. 


Jenniffer Santos-Hernández, a research professor at the University of Puerto Rico who has visited the camps, said the authorities have not done enough to provide temporary housing near people’s homes. She visited one community that is building one-room shacks with metal roofs that she said to look like something from a shantytown.

“There is no sense of urgency,” she said. “These are inhumane conditions.”

William Rodríguez Rodríguez, Puerto Rico’s administrator of public housing, said the government’s response plan has been adjusted along the way to deal with problems as they arose. The biggest challenge, he said, has been dealing with a disaster that, unlike a hurricane, does not seem to end.

“This directly affects people’s spirit,” he said. “We are used to an event that once it passed, it’s over and we can recover. In this case, it’s a constant effort.”

Mr. Rodríguez Rodríguez said the Puerto Rico government — which is bankrupt — is offering a combination of options to those with damaged homes, including federal housing vouchers and public housing. There is enough housing supply for everyone, he said, but people in the hard-hit south are going to have a hard time if they insist on staying in their neighborhoods. 

“They have to be open to moving,” he said.

“We are blind, and only the government has eyes,” the leaders said in a statement.

 The 8x12 foot wooden homes with metal roofs will not be suitable for hurricane season, which begins in June

 “We feel safe,” Amelia Vélez said of the temporary wooden homes in the encampment. “But we have to have a Plan B.”


Rosita Leomaris Hernández, one of the leaders, said officials seem oblivious to the many obstacles people face: the waiting list for federal Section 8 housing assistance is often a year-long; apartment rentals require a year lease, and some of the hotels FEMA is using are too close to the epicenter of most of the quakes. People who earn more than $1,000 a month did not qualify for most aid, she said.

“What the people are demanding is help to rebuild their homes,” she said.

In Yauco, Amelia Vélez, 38, and a few dozen members of her family who are appealing their denials from FEMA for money to repair their homes are making do with 8- by 12-foot wooden structures with metal roofs that a local pastor built for them at the edge of a cliff. She likes her new digs but recognizes that hurricane season starts on June 1, and the structures are not suitable for storms.

“We feel safe,” she said among the hammering of nails. “But we have to have a Plan B.”


January 14, 2020

Millions of Puerto Ricans Wait To See If Trump is Going to F* Over The Island Again!




     

After Passing Paper Towels After hurricane Maria, Trump Passes Some food that some Puerto Ricans Cooked in an Outside kitchen but he wanted the shot maybe to say he was cooking now for the Island.




CBS


Millions of Puerto Ricans are waiting to see if President Donald Trump will sign a major disaster declaration to authorize much-needed aid. Four thousand people are still in shelters and many others are sleeping outside after yet another powerful earthquake.
5.9 magnitude earthquake shook southwestern Puerto Rico on Saturday just before 9 a.m. It was the strongest since last week's 6.4 quakes. More than 2,000 tremors have occurred since December 28.

Saturday's earthquake didn't injure or kill anyone, but there were landslides and damage to homes and businesses.
"You never know what could happen. Anything can just go just like this," said Praxides Rodriguez, snapping her fingers. "Love your family, appreciate them, you know, just thank God every day for what you have."
Rodriguez and her husband have been living in a tent in Guanica, one of the hardest hit areas. Many people there have set up camps at the top of a mountain because that's where they feel safest as aftershocks continue.
Rodriguez said she's okay, but hopes more help is coming for those less able to take care of themselves.
"We don't know how much longer we're going to be here," she told CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. "We have a lot of elderly that are really in bed, that can't even move out of bed."


UP CLOSE: A grandmother with Alzheimer's was in a bed in the front yard of her family's home, sunburned and sweating.

After a series of earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the family had no power, no water and couldn't find an ambulance. @DavidBegnaud reports: https://cbsn.ws/2QKczRy 


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Elizabeth Vanacore, with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, warned residents that they should still expect "some aftershocks." The network has more than 20 sensors installed around the island to detect earthquake magnitude. 
Mr. Trump has not yet signed the major disaster declaration. The island also hasn't received more than $18 billion in federal funding that was designated after hurricanes that struck more than two years ago, according to the Washington Post
But, FEMA's top official in Puerto Rico, Alex Amparo, said they're not waiting.
"We've got our teams out in the field," he said. "The tremendous amount of mutual aid that's happening from the island, I'm sure you saw on your way here."
Traffic was backed up Sunday in the mountains of the hardest-hit regions as Puerto Ricans came from near and far to bring supplies to their neighbors in need. Since Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans say they've learned they can't rely on the government in times of disaster.

September 19, 2019

Trump Sent Him Back to Mex But Kidnaped Within 5 Hours latter{This Sort is The Norm)


Deportees


                      

"David's story is not unique" but a lot of people don't know it. I know through adamfoxie there will a few hundred in the US that will find out within the next 12 hrs and the same for our international audience. Thanks to Emily Green and Vice.  It took me an hour or so to work on this story with this just becoming pea soup once I was about to save it. but is done and apologize if one or two (at the most) items are not line up perfectly. The story is there and is important to know what we are doing as Americans. I believe in a strong health border but not like this. You don't need to walk with the devil to open

open door s for you.What happened to your god?

As people in other nations, you have to be aware that this United States you heard off is not the same as 5 years ago. Hopefully, some of us will try to show to the people that think they know the way because they know God but are lost and need encouragement to be good and go in the right path. I always say when I encounter one of these guys, read your bible, listen to your Christ.
doors for you when you have the keys but are too dumb cozy to check which ones will fit.

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — David wept as U.S. immigration agents marched him and his child across the bridge into Mexico. “They say here in this country, where we are, they kidnap a lot of people," he said.
They didn't even last the night. Hours later and just three miles away, cartel members surrounded David and a dozen other migrants at a bus station. They were forced into trucks, and abducted.
David is among the estimated 42,000 asylum seekers who’ve been returned to Mexico in recent months under President Trump’s new asylum policies. The Trump administration calls the policy “Migrant Protection Protocols,” but far from offering protection, the policy has led to a brutal wave of kidnappings in some of Mexico’s most dangerous border cities.  
“They are sending them to a place that is too dangerous,” Laura, David’s sister, told VICE News. “Why are they doing this? Why, if Mexico is a place that is so dangerous?” 
Powerful criminal organizations have seized on Trump’s changes, targeting asylum seekers with family in the U.S. by holding them hostage until their relatives come up with thousands of dollars to pay for their release. 
VICE News spoke with multiple asylum seekers who have been kidnapped or narrowly escaped being kidnapped upon being returned to Mexico. All of them said they suspected Mexican immigration officials were working in coordination with the cartels. Often, they were grabbed at the bus station or along the three-mile stretch from the Mexican immigration office to their shelter. The stretch between the border and the shelters may be a few miles, but it is among the most dangerous part of a migrant’s journey. 
“[The U.S. agents] told us they were going to bring us to a shelter,” David told VICE News, a few hours before he and his child were kidnapped. “They lied.” VICE News has changed names and withheld certain details of David’s story to protect the identity of him and his family. 

The Phone Call

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CLOTHES AND SHOES ARE SET OUT TO DRY INSIDE A PHONE BOOTH AT A MIGRANT SHELTER IN IN NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO. SERGIO FLORES/VICE NEWS

 
Nuevo Laredo is one of the most dangerous cities in one of the most dangerous regions of Mexico. It’s marked not only by the near constant crime that fuels the city but also by the impunity with which criminals here operate. The corruption and crime is so prevalent that local news barely covered the recent kidnapping in broad daylight of a minister who ran a shelter for migrants, deeming it too dangerous to report on. 
“Why are they doing this? Why, if Mexico is a place that is s o dangerous?”
At the Mexican immigration offices, David was frazzled and desperate to reach Laura, who lives in the U.S., and was prepared to wire him money so he could get a bus ticket to a safer city nearby. He borrowed the cellphone of a man he said identified himself as an immigration agent and wore the agency’s typical white-shirt uniform. Outside the office, men in a white four-door truck kept an eye on who came and left the building’s parking lot. 
The man who lent David his phone spoke with Laura, also identifying himself to her as an immigration agent. He told her he would help David and instructed her to send the money directly to his account. David didn’t have a Mexican ID or passport to receive a wire transfer on his own, but the man assured them their money was in safe hands. 
But after Laura sent the money, the man stopped picking up. At 8 p.m. that night, Laura received a call from a different number. “A man got on the line and said my brother had been turned over to him.”  David believes the immigration agents never intended to help them. 
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A GROUP OF MIGRANTS CROSS BACK INTO MEXICO AFTER BEING SENT BACK UNDER
 THE MIGRANT PROTECTION PROTOCOLS. SERGIO FLORES/VICE NEWS 
He said when he and another dozen or so asylum seekers who had been returned that day to Mexico arrived at the bus station in Nuevo Laredo, a group of 20 men were already waiting for them. Immediately, the men forced David, his child, and the other migrants into trucks, as an immigration official looked their way but did nothing. 

Mexico’s Institute of Migration, which is in charge of carrying out Mexico’s immigration policies, said that it is “committed to combating any behavior that violates the rights and integrity of migrants,” and that it has not received any recent complaints regarding Mexican immigration officials turning migrants over to cartels or turning a blind eye to their kidnapping. 
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard downplayed the issue on Thursday, saying he didn’t see the kidnapping of migrants “as a massive phenomenon.” But minutes later, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the government was attentive to the issue. “The more migrants that arrive at the [border], the more criminal groups there are, and the higher the risks.”

Ebrard’s office later contacted VICE News to say it was looking into the problem. 
David said the kidnappers took his few belongings, including the paperwork U.S. Customs and Border Protection had given him. Without it, he and his child can’t enter the U.S. to attend their hearing in December.  The kidnappers took a dozen pictures of each of the migrants who were being held, and they took notes on everyone — their full names, where they were from, their family members. The cartel was also holding at least 20 other men, plus dozens of children and women, who “were treated like pieces of meat,” David said.
They separated the women from the men, and beat any of the men who turned to look. David said one man tried to escape and they shot him dead. 
Back in the U.S., Laura was desperately trying to negotiate the release of her brother and his child. But she works in a factory earning $10.50 an hour. She didn’t have a dollar to spare, much less the thousands the kidnappers were demanding. 
“It’s absolutely pointless to go to the police” 
Over the course of several days, Laura received up to three calls a day from them, recordings of which VICE News has reviewed. She was passed between an underling and his boss, as they alternately comforted and threatened her while demanding money. 
“I need you to send me the money as fast as possible, Grandma,” one of the men told her. 

When she told them there was no way she could pay the extortion fee, they said she didn’t need all the money at once and could start depositing it in pieces. “You’ll get all the money, mother, don’t worry.” 
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MIGRANTS PLAY TABLE TENNIS AT A SHELTER IN NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO. SERGIO FLORES/VICE NEWS

Kidnapping and extortion stories like these have become the norm in Nuevo Laredo since the U.S. started returning migrants there in mid-July. 
There is no way to know exactly how many migrants have been kidnapped because most victims and family members are too terrified to file a report to the police, who are also believed to have ties with the cartels. It’s estimated that hundreds, if not thousands, of migrants have been kidnapped, raped, and targeted for extortion after being returned to Mexico under Migrant Protection Protocols. 
“It’s pretty clear that the Department of Homeland Security is essentially delivering asylum seekers and migrants into the hands of kidnappers, and people who are attacking the refugees and migrants when they return,” said Eleanor Acer, senior director for refugee protection at Human Rights First. She added that in these regions of Mexico, “it’s absolutely pointless to go to the police.” 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security didn’t respond to queries about whether it was aware of the widespread kidnapping of migrants returned under Migrant Protection Protocols. Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said earlier this month that he has heard “anecdotal allegations” of migrants being kidnapped, but that “Mexico has provided nothing to the United States corroborating or verifying those allegations.”

The Business of Kidnapping

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The business of kidnapping migrants is so entrenched in Nuevo Laredo that it’s referred to as “passing through the office,” according to victims and one person with knowledge of the process. 
One woman, whom VICE News is calling Ana to protect her identity, was kidnapped with her husband and two children the day after the U.S. sent them back. She said they were at the bus terminal buying a ticket for a nearby city when a group of men surrounded them and said the family needed to go with the men.
The first night they stayed at an abandoned house. Then they were taken to a hotel, where they spent the next six nights. Ana, her husband and children slept in one bed. Many others were forced to sleep on the floor, she said. Every day captives were taken out and more were brought in. The hotel door was guarded by a single man. Meals were provided daily. Unlike David, Ana said the kidnappers never showed force. But they didn’t need to. She said the man guarding the door made clear the consequences if they tried to escape. “I promise you won’t make it two blocks before we will catch you again and the situation will be much worse for you,” he told them. 
The kidnappers searched Ana, looking for slips of paper with U.S. telephone numbers. They didn’t find any and demanded she give them numbers of family members. She gave them Honduran phone numbers. “We don’t want those. We want numbers from the U.S.,” they chastised. 
Ana gave her the number of a brother in the U.S. In a separate room, hidden from her, the kidnappers negotiated over the phone. Over the next week, the brother scraped together more than $15,000 for their release and wired the money. 
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A WOMAN WASHES DISHES AT A MIGRANT SHELTER IN NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO. SERGIO FLORES/VICE NEWS

Ana said when they were released, they were given a keyword as a form of security: If they were kidnapped again, the keyword would indicate what cartel they pertained to and that they had already paid the ransom fee. 
The cartels keep records of the people they kidnap, according to the person with knowledge of their operations. That includes how many people they have kidnapped, where they are from, who could pay, who couldn’t pay, where they crossed into the U.S., and how many opportunities the coyotes gave them to cross. 
Throughout Mexico, migrants who travel with smugglers are given keywords that indicate what smugglers they have traveled with — and by extension, what cartels have been paid off. If the migrants don’t have a keyword, or the keyword corresponds to the wrong region, they are vulnerable.  
“Here, organized crime is actually organized,” said the person with knowledge of the cartel’s operations. “It’s a company that functions like a clock. Exactly like it should.”

The Threat 

In the U.S., Laura was getting desperate. The kidnappers had promised to call back at 3 p.m. but hadn’t. 
She managed to pull together a few thousand dollars from family members to pay the kidnappers. When they called the following afternoon, the man on the other end of the line berated her for not having more. 
Still, he told Laura that she should deposit what she had into Mexican bank accounts, and that he would talk to the boss. VICE News has reviewed records of the money deposits.
“I can’t sleep thinking about it. Every night, I dream about everything that has happened to us” 
After Laura deposited the money, members of the cartel drove David and his child back to the bus station. They told him the cartel would be watching him from there, that they had people everywhere. Dozens of migrants remained behind, including at least 10 children, he said. 
“They told me they would kill me if I talked,” he said. 
He has no idea how he will pursue his asylum claim in the U.S. since the cartel took away his paperwork that allows him to enter the U.S. for a hearing before a judge. But even then, the idea of staying in Mexico until December is untenable. 
David can’t stop crying, and his young child has stopped talking altogether.  
“One of the kidnappers told me that the kidneys of my [child] were good for removal,” David said, sobbing so hard he could barely get the words out. “I can’t sleep thinking about it. Every night, I dream about everything that has happened to us.” 
Cover: Migrants who were returned to Mexico under Migrant Protection Protocols prepare to be taken to a processing center in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Sergio Flores/Vice News
Design and illustrations by Hunter French.

August 6, 2019

The Monster in Chief Blames "Mentally Ill Monsters" "There Are Real Nice People on Both Sides"






President Trump condemned “racist hate” Monday morning in the wake of a pair of mass shootings, one of which appears to have been carried out by a white supremacist who may have been inspired by Trump’s own racist rhetoric.
“The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” Trump said in an address from the White House. “Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.” 
Trump also described the El Paso shooter as a domestic terrorist.
The speech came two full days after the El Paso shooting, and more than a day after the other in Dayton, Ohio. The pair of massacres left at least 29 people dead and many injured.
Trump blamed mental health issues and “gruesome and grisly video games” for the regular occurrence of mass shootings in the U.S., though there’s no solid evidence that video games inspire violence.
In a press conference Monday morning, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said it was "fundamentally problematic" that Betts carried an assault-style weapon. But Biehl did not bring up any concerns surrounding mental illness, nor video games.
He also called for some limited gun control measures, including “red flag laws” that would allow people to petition the court to keep mentally ill relatives or friends from acquiring guns. Many states do have such laws, but not Ohio and Texas. 
“The choice is ours and ours alone. It is not up to mentally ill monsters; it is up to us that we are able to pass great legislation. After all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain,” Trump said, before misidentifying one of the cities where a mass shooting occurred this weekend. 
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo,” Trump said.
The alleged El Paso shooter appears to have adopted some of Trump’s anti-immigrant language in his own manifesto, describing an “invasion” of Hispanics, though he made a point to say he’d held those views since before Trump’s comments. Democrats have drawn a connection between Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and the El Paso shooting.
Trump has regularly discussed an “invasion” of Hispanics from the southern border, often using racist rhetoric. In just the last few weeks, he called on four nonwhite congresswomen to “go back” to their countries of origin, even though three of them were born in the U.S., and he slammed Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” as he attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who is black.
Trump’s extended remarks also followed a pair of tweets Monday morning where he suggested pairing legislation for “strong background checks” with immigration reform, two of the most charged issues in politics. House Democrats passed legislation months ago that would require background checks on private gun sales by unlicensed dealers, closing the so-called “gun show loophole.” Senate Republicans have refused to act on the bill.
This isn’t the first time Trump has suggested an openness to gun control legislation — but in the past he hasn’t shown a willingness to stick with it. In early 2018, he proposed increasing the minimum age required to buy assault weapons in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, but he backed off after meeting with National Rifle Association leaders. 
He did push through a ban on bump stocks, which modify semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons, after that slaughter. But he also signed legislation that made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.  
Editor's note 8/5 12:07 p.m. ET: This story was updated with information from a police press conference in Dayton, Ohio. 
Cover: President Donald Trump speaks about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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