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LOS ANGELES — Willie Garson, an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on "Sex and the City" and Mozzie on "White Collar," has died. In HBO's wildly popular "Sex and the City" series, Garson portrayed talent agent Stanford, the witty and stylish best male friend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker). Garson reprised the role in the franchise's films, "Sex and the City" and "Sex and the City 2," and had recently been filming HBO Max's upcoming revival series, "And Just Like That." "The 'Sex and the City' family has lost one of its own. Beyond "Sex and the City," Garson co-starred as cunning conman Mozzie on USA Network's "White Collar" from 2009 to 2014.
Persons: Willie Garson, Stanford Blatch, Garson's, Garson, Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Patrick King, Mario Cantone, I'm, I’m, HBO Max, Ralph, Gerald Hirsch, Henry Coffield, William Garson Paszamant, Ally McBeal, Peter, Bobby Farrelly, Mary, John Malkovich, Duke, Nathen, You'll Organizations: Stanford, HBO, Twitter, Wesleyan University, Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama, Disney Channel Locations: Garson's, Manhattan, Highland Park, N.J, Cleveland
WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Tuesday that would fund the government through Dec. 3 and extend the debt limit until after the 2022 elections. House Republican leaders pressured their members to oppose the bill. Pelosi said the debt limit "is about paying bills already incurred." After all, they control the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate," he said. Democrats, however, noted that there was bipartisan support for raising the debt limit during the Trump administration.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Dan Meuser, Tom Cole, Trump, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Marcy Kaptur, I'm, Israel, Stephanie Murphy, Hoyer placated Organizations: Republicans, Democrats, Senate, Republican, Democratic, White, Trump, Israel's, Party, Moderate, Iron Locations: Ky, Ohio, Afghanistan, Israel, America
That would have the effect of letting Republicans avoid voting for a debt limit increase ahead of next year's congressional elections. After the House vote, McConnell and fellow Republican Senator Richard Shelby said they had introduced a bill to fund current government operations through Dec. 3, but without raising the debt limit. Democrats have resisted doing that so far, saying the vote to raise the debt limit should be a bipartisan one. The Treasury Department will some time in October exhaust its borrowing authority unless the debt limit is raised. Republicans said they would support a temporary spending bill to avert a shutdown if the debt limit extension were stripped out of the bill.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell's, McConnell, Richard Shelby, Schumer, Pelosi, Joe Biden, They’re, Republican Steve Scalise, Donald Trump's, Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell, David Morgan, Scott Malone, Kieran Murray, Peter Cooney Organizations: Capitol, J6, REUTERS, Republicans, Senate, White, Democratic, Treasury Department, Democrats, Social Security, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, America, U.S
White flags commemorate 600,000 American lives lost to COVID
  + stars: | 2021-09-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Haitians fleeing a country hammered by political turmoil and two natural disasters make up most of the thousands of migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under a bridge in southern Texas, in a growing humanitarian and political challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden.
Persons: Joe Biden Organizations: U.S Locations: Texas
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lauded state troopers for erecting a "steel barrier" of vehicles to stop people from crossing into the US. He said Texas is sending a message to those thinking about crossing the border that they may be jailed. Thousands of refugees seeking to enter the US are camped underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Thousands of Haitian refugees are camped underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — a border town of around 35,000 on the about 150 miles west of San Antonio. It's unclear why so many migrants have amassed at Del Rio so quickly, but misinformation that the border would be easier to cross there may have played a part, reported The New York Times.
Persons: Greg Abbott, Abbott, Jovenel Moïse, Joe Biden, Jozef, Biden Organizations: Texas, Service, Policy, Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS, Migrants, White, Department of Homeland Security, CNN, Del, New York Times, Haitian Bridge Alliance, Times Locations: Texas, Del Rio , Texas, San Antonio, Haiti, Del Rio
WASHINGTON — A long-delayed bill to provide financial support to U.S. government personnel believed to be suffering from Havana Syndrome is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the House passed it Tuesday. NBC News reported that diplomats affected by Havana Syndrome voiced frustration over continuing challenges in getting medical care and benefits in a tense hourlong conversation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken this month. The first incidents of the syndrome “medically confirmed” by the U.S. government were in Havana in 2016 and 2017. Many U.S. workers thought to be suffering from Havana Syndrome reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads. For years, those who have come forward reporting potential Havana Syndrome have complained about immense bureaucratic hurdles to getting proper medical care.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Sen, Susan Collins, , Collins, Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia, Republican Marco Rubio, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Kamala Harris ’, William Burns, Rubio, ” Rubio Organizations: American, Neurological, White, Senate Intelligence, Democrat, Republican, NBC News, Havana Syndrome, CIA, State Department, U.S, NATO, National Academies of Science Locations: U.S, Havana, HAVANA, Maine, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, Cuba, China, Vietnam, India, Western Europe, Austria, Germany, Russia
MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe edged up 0.13%, following Monday’s biggest percentage drop in two months. The Cboe Volatility Index fell 1.35 points to 24.36 after hitting a four-month high a day earlier. In currency trading, the dollar index fell 0.012%, with the euro down 0.03% to $1.1722. Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes last fell 5/32 in price to yield 1.3243%, from 1.309% late on Monday. U.S. crude settled up 0.4% at $70.56 per barrel and Brent settled at $74.36, up 0.6% on the day.
Persons: Wall, DAX, China Evergrande, Price, , Chuck Carlson, , Germany’s DAX, Justin Trudeau’s, Edward Moya, Brent Organizations: China, Horizon Investment, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, Federal, Treasury Locations: U.S, Britain, Japan, Europe, Evergrande, Beijing, Hammond , Indiana, Central, United States, New York
U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue, White House says
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Clouds pass over the White House in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration will continue to argue that the U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue and push Republicans and Democrats to vote to raise it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. "We will continue to make the case that it should be" raised, Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "It is not a partisan issue to want to protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and... we will continue to press for bipartisan support for moving forward." Republicans have refused to vote to increase the debt limit, citing Democrats' spending plans on infrastructure and social programs.
Persons: Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, White, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Donald Trump's, Heather Timmons, Chris Reese, Dan Grebler Organizations: White, REUTERS, Air Force, Republicans, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States
In his first meeting with the cohort of State Department staffers affected in Cuba and China, Blinken spent more than an hour offering reassurances and fielding questions, with most affected staffers joining remotely by phone. “It's confounding and puzzling to everyone who works on this that we have not been able to determine the cause or attribution,” the senior State Department official said. Diplomats have bristled at the fact the FBI did not directly interview the diplomats affected. On the Sept. 10 call, when Blinken asked how the department could reduce the skepticism, at least one diplomat encouraged the State Department to publicly refute that report. “The FBI study is one I have actually read,” she told the diplomats, according to notes from the call.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken, “ It's, they’re, , , Trump, Biden, “ That's, , Kamala Harris, William Burns, Pamela Spratlen, Spratlen Organizations: WASHINGTON –, State Department, NBC, Havana Syndrome, State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services, Pentagon, National Intelligence, NBC News, CIA, U.S, White House National Security Council, FBI, Diplomats Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON – U.S, Havana, Cuba, China, U.S, Vietnam, India,
European indexes rose solidly while Wall Street’s main gauges were gaining in afternoon trade. “There are still issues that the market is dealing with,” said David Joy, chief market strategist at Ameriprise Financial in Boston. The Cboe Volatility Index retreated after hitting a four-month high a day earlier, last down 2.25 points to 23.46. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 1%, with Germany’s DAX rising 1.4%. In currency trading, the dollar index fell 0.053%, with the euro up 0.02% to $1.1727.
Persons: DAX, Price, , David Joy, Germany’s DAX, Justin Trudeau’s, Edward Moya, Brent Organizations: U.S ., China, Financial, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, Federal Locations: Britain, Japan, Evergrande, Beijing, Boston, Central, United States, New York
South African rand slips to 3-week lows, stocks rise
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Illustration photo shows a two-rand coin above a South African flag April 12, 2017. At 1500 GMT, the rand was trading at 14.8730 against the dollar, 0.6% weaker than its previous close. The currency has been hit this week by the fallout especially on emerging markets from Chinese property firm Evergrande's (3333.HK) debt debacle, a rout in commodity prices and a stronger dollar. The South African Reserve Bank's monetary policy meeting on Sept. 23 will also be a key event for the local currency. Stocks rose, rebounding alongside commodity prices after the previous day's heavy selling.
Persons: Thomas White, Fitch, AngloGold, Promit Mukherjee, Olivia Kumwenda, Emelia Sithole Organizations: REUTERS, HK, U.S . Federal, South, Johannesburg Stock, Thomson Locations: JOHANNESBURG, Johannesburg
MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.19%, following Monday’s biggest percentage drop in two months. European indexes rose solidly while Wall Street vacillated in early trade. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.74%, with Germany’s DAX up 1.3%. Canada’s main stock index gained as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s limited victory in the federal election raised hopes that his government would keep the stimulus taps open. In currencies, the dollar index rose 0.025%, with the euro down 0.03% at $1.1721.
Persons: Germany’s DAX, Price, , David Joy, Justin Trudeau’s, Stephen Miller, Brent Organizations: U.S ., China, Financial, Dow Jones, Nasdaq, Federal, Treasury Locations: U.S, Europe, Britain, Japan, Evergrande, Beijing, Boston, Central, United States, .
The world's biggest music label, which represents musicians and song catalogues from Billie Eilish to The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, saw its market value leap to 47 billion euros ($55 billion) in Europe's largest listing of the year. The company was spun off by France's Vivendi (VIV.PA), which handed a 60% stake in Universal to its shareholders. 1/2 The logo of Universal Music Group (UMG) is seen at a building in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2021. read moreUniversal has increased sales for six years in a row, with core earnings of 1.36 billion euros in 2020 on revenue of 7.43 billion euros. Before Universal, Amsterdam had attracted a record 14 IPOs this year.
Persons: Billie Eilish, Bob Dylan, William Ackman, China's Tencent, Vincent Bollore, Lucian Grainge, Ackman's Pershing, Matti Littunen, Bernstein, Littunen, Ackman, Arnd, BIEBER, Justin Bieber, Grainge, Toby Sterling, Sudip Kar, Gwenaelle Barzic, Mathieu Rosemain, Pamela Barbaglia, Ingrid Melander, Sarah White, Mark Potter, Pravin Organizations: France's Vivendi, Universal, Vivendi, HK, Ackman's, Warner Music, Sony Music, Pershing, Universal Music, REUTERS, YouTube, Spotify, Reuters, Paris Match, Euronext, European Union, BNP, Thomson Locations: Amsterdam, AMSTERDAM, Europe's, Hilversum, Netherlands, Santa Monica , California, Zurich, Switzerland, Lagardere, Paris, London
Housing starts advanced 3.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.615 million units last month, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. Data for July was revised up to a rate of 1.554 million units from the previously reported 1.534 million units. Housing starts jumped 17.4% compared to August 2020. Single-family starts, which account for the largest share of the housing market, dropped 2.8% to a rate of 1.076 million units. The multi-family housing segment is being boosted by demand for rentals as COVID-19 vaccinations allow companies to recall workers to offices in city centers.
Persons: Octavio Jones, Rubeela Farooqi, Conrad DeQuadros, Lucia Mutikani, Andrew Heavens, Paul Simao Organizations: REUTERS, Housing, Commerce Department, Reuters, West, National Association of Home Builders, Brean, Thomson Locations: Tampa , Florida, U.S, WASHINGTON, Midwest, Northeast, White Plains , New York, New York
REUTERS/Jeenah MoonCHICAGO/LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - America's reopening to international air travelers can't come soon enough for U.S. and European airlines which have sorely missed the lucrative transatlantic market. "The transatlantic market is a key profit generator for the main European legacy airline groups," said Bernstein analyst Daniel Roeska. LEAN WINTERThe lifting of restrictions coincides with the onset of winter season, historically a lean period for international travel, when many airlines tend to make a loss. In the United States, though, airlines fear the travel recovery could by blunted by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. In early September, U.S. airline passenger volumes for international travel were just 44% of the pre-pandemic levels, according to data from trade body Airlines for America.
Persons: Biden, IAG, Bernstein, Daniel Roeska, Colin Scarola, Savanthi, Raymond James, David Shepardson, David Gregorio, Chris Sanders, Pravin Organizations: JetBlue, JFK International Airport, REUTERS, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, U.S, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Transatlantic, White House, Air, Virgin Atlantic, CFRA Research, Airlines for America, Thomson Locations: London, Queens, New York City , New York, U.S, CHICAGO, LONDON, United States, Air France, New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami, Europe, Washington
WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan to press forward with legislation aimed at preventing abuses of presidential power, strengthening Congress’ ability to enforce subpoenas and boosting protections for whistleblowers in what supporters of the measures say is largely a response to Donald Trump's actions as president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will highlight the Protecting Our Democracy Act during a press conference alongside its chief sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. It would also ensure that incoming presidents have access to resources for the transition period following an election and would require the disclosure of contacts between the White House and Justice Department. Democrats introduced the measure in previous Congresses. If the measure advances in the House, Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to support the package for it to advance to a final vote.
Persons: Donald Trump's, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Trump, Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Democrats, House Intelligence, Protect, White, Justice Department, House, Republicans
Investors pointed to the broadly positive market backdrop with central bank money-printing and the recovery in the world economy post-pandemic as reasons to stay bullish. MSCI’s index of world stocks edged up 0.14%, having plunged 1.6% on Monday. Evergrande shares fell 0.4% as focus now shifts to Thursday when the company is due to make bond interest payments. The OECD said it was too early for governments and central banks to withdraw exceptional support for their economies. Central banks will likely be watching gas price moves, with sharp price increases possibly exacerbating inflation risks and hurting the economic recovery.
Persons: , , Angelo Meda, Hong, Evergrande, Hui Ka Yuan, Stephen Miller Organizations: Wall, Nasdaq, SIM, Japan’s Nikkei, BHP, Rio Tinto, Fed, Treasury, OECD, Brent Locations: Britain, Japan, U.S, Milan, China’s, Beijing, United States, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland
The speech will be Biden’s first as president at the meeting, which will look much different from past gatherings with many world leaders opting to deliver their remarks virtually. “America is back,” Biden said during a meeting with the U.N. secretary general Monday. Among the challenges Biden plans to address are the Covid pandemic, climate change, trade and economics, investments in clean infrastructure, counterterrorism, and “vigorous competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War,” the official said. This year’s gathering of world leaders will be largely scaled down because of the pandemic. The UN has said that 83 leaders will make their remarks in person with the rest of the global leaders’ making pre-recorded remarks.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Scott Morrison, Boris Johnson, ” Biden, , we’ve, , America's, Emanuel Macron, Jen Psaki, Still, Organizations: WASHINGTON, United Nations General Assembly, Australian, White, United Nations, NATO, French, World Health Organization, WHO, The, U.S, Trump, Covid, UN Locations: Afghanistan, New York, U.S, France, Australia, United Kingdom, United States, The U.S, Europe
The logo of Universal Music Group (UMG) is seen at a building in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoAMSTERDAM, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Universal Music Group's (UMG.AS) shares leapt more than a third in their stock market debut on Tuesday as investors bet a boom in music streaming still has a long way to run. read moreHere are facts about Universal and its flotation:FROM THE BEATLES TO BILLIE EILISHBy revenue, Universal Music Group or UMG is the largest of the "big three" record labels. Major competitors include Sony Music, part of Sony (6758.T), and Warner Music Group (WMG.O). REVENUES AND COVID-19 IMPACTUniversal reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of 1.49 billion euros on sales of 7.43 billion euros in 2020.
Persons: Arnd, Billie Eilish, Bob Dylan, EMI's, Pink Floyd, Vincent Bollore, China's Tencent, William Ackman's, Tencent, Universal, Toby Sterling, Sarah White, Keith Weir, Mark Potter Organizations: Universal Music, REUTERS, Universal, Sony Music, Sony, Warner Music Group, Decca Records, Spotify, YouTube, Vivendi, HK, William Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings, Thomson Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, British, U.S, South Korea, Brazil, India, Russia, Amsterdam, Europe's
The STOXX index of Europe’s biggest shares rose 0.6% while Wall Street futures rebounded 1% after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq suffered their biggest daily percentage drops since May on Monday. German and U.S. government bonds, in heavy demand amid the stock market selloff of Monday, saw yields slip 2-3 basis points respectively. MSCI’s index of world stocks was flat, having plunged 1.6% on Monday. Evergrande shares fell 4% as focus now shifts to Thursday when the company is due to make bond interest payments. Australian stocks rose 0.35% as miners BHP and Rio Tinto attempted to bounce back from nine-month troughs hit on Monday amid demand fears.
Persons: , , Angelo Meda, Hong, Evergrande, Hui Ka Yuan, Stephen Miller Organizations: Nikkei, SINGAPORE, Wall, Nasdaq, SIM, Japan’s Nikkei, BHP, Rio Tinto, Fed, Treasury, Brent Locations: LONDON, U.S, Milan, China’s, United States, Britain, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland
The logo of Universal Music Group (UMG) is seen at a building in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2021. The company was spun off by France's Vivendi (VIV.PA), which handed a 60% stake in Universal to its shareholders. But that saw Vivendi's own shares plunge more than 20% as investors reassessed the media group's value without the music label. Shares in Bollore , which holds 27% of Vivendi (VIV.PA), were up 2.8%, while Amsterdam-listed shares of Bill Ackman's Pershing (PSH.AS) rose by around 5%. Before Universal, Amsterdam had attracted a record 14 IPOs so far this year.
Persons: Arnd, Billie Eilish, Bob Dylan, William Ackman, China's Tencent, Vincent Bollore, Bill Ackman's Pershing, Ackman, Justin Bieber, Toby Sterling, Sudip Kar, Gwenaelle, Ingrid Melander, Sarah White, Mark Potter Organizations: Universal Music, REUTERS, Vivendi, France's Vivendi, Universal, HK, Pershing, YouTube, Spotify, Euronext, European Union, Vivendi deprives, Thomson Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, AMSTERDAM, Europe's, Amsterdam, Bollore, Paris, Universal
(Adds details, share price update)AMSTERDAM, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Universal Music Group’s shares surged at the start of trading on Tuesday, as owner Vivendi spun off the record label in the biggest European listing of the year. The spin off hands 60% of Universal shares to Vivendi shareholders, while U.S. hedge fund billionaire William Ackman and China’s Tencent due to retain large slice alongside Vivendi’s 10%. Universal Music Group (UMG) was trading at 25.61 euros by 0710 GMT, up by around 38% compared to its reference price of 18.50 euros, giving the world’s biggest music label a market value of over 46 billion euros($54 billion). The COVID-19 pandemic hit live concerts and Universal’s merchandising business, but ad-supported revenues have picked up after a blip. ($1 = 0.8522 euros) (Reporting by Toby Sterling, Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Sarah White)
Persons: Group’s, William Ackman, China’s, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Toby Sterling, Sudip Kar, Ingrid Melander, Sarah White Organizations: Vivendi, Universal, Universal Music, Spotify, Warner, Sony Music, Sony Music . Universal, YouTube Locations: AMSTERDAM, U.S
Universal Music Group shares surge on stock market debut
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
The logo of Universal Music Group (UMG) is seen at a building in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoAMSTERDAM, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Universal Music Group's shares (UMG.AS) surged at the start of trading on Tuesday, as the company behind singers such as Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift made its stock market debut. Universal Music Group (UMG) was trading at 25.50 euros by 0705 GMT, up by around 37.8% compared to their reference price of 18.50 euros. UMG's listing will be Europe's largest this year and will hand 60% of shares to the shareholders of French media conglomerate Vivendi (VIV.PA). Reporting by Toby Sterling, Ingrid Melander and Sarah White; Editing by Sudip Kar-GuptaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Arnd, Group's, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Toby Sterling, Ingrid Melander, Sarah White, Sudip Kar Organizations: Universal Music, REUTERS, Vivendi, Spotify, Warner, Sony Music, Gupta, Thomson Locations: Zurich, Switzerland
Chase's digital banking app is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on September 20, 2021. The venture, if successful, could see the U.S. bank expand into continental Europe and then globally, he said. "With a strong technology platform, significant financial resources and a global brand name, JPMorgan could be a serious player in the UK retail banking space," Nic Ziegelasch, Analyst at broker Killik & Co said. JPMorgan is following U.S. rival Goldman Sachs (GS.N), which scooped up billions of pounds in deposits when it launched its Marcus digital bank in Britain in 2018 with a then-market-beating interest rate of 1.5% on savings. The bank has already hired some 500 staff in Britain, Viswanathan said, and will add more as it builds up its customer support teams.
Persons: Chase, , Sanoke Viswanathan, Nic Ziegelasch, ” Viswanathan, Goldman Sachs, Viswanathan, Lawrence White, Bernadette Baum Organizations: Reuters, JPMorgan, Lloyds, Barclays, NatWest, HSBC, Chase, Killik, Marcus, Thomson Locations: North America, United States, U.S, Europe, Britain
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are tracking large groups of Haitians in Latin America, including more than 20,000 in Colombia, who like the thousands now massed on the Texas border may soon try to reach the U.S., according to an internal document obtained by NBC News. The incident, captured by a news photographer, drew widespread criticism Monday, prompting White House press secretary Jen Psaki to describe it as “horrific.”In addition to the 20,000 Haitians gathered in northern Colombia, DHS is also monitoring groups of about 1,500 in Panama and 3,000 in Peru, the document said. Recent economic conditions in those countries, as well as what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas described as misinformation about the Biden administration’s willingness to take in Haitians, have triggered many to seek protections in the U.S. When DHS has previously monitored caravans of migrants headed to the U.S. border in large numbers, there has been a two to three-week lag between their departure and their arrival. But many of the recently arrived Haitians took buses through Mexico, expediting their arrival and increasing their numbers.
Persons: Jen Psaki, Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON —, NBC News, The Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Border Patrol, White, Homeland Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON — U.S, Latin America, Colombia, Texas, Del Rio , Texas, Panama, Peru, U.S, Del Rio, Central, South America, Haiti, Mexico
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