House passes Biden’s $1.9tn Covid relief bill projected to slash US poverty in 2021 – live

House passes Biden’s $1.9tn Covid relief bill projected to slash US poverty in 2021 – live

March 11, 2021

  • Biden will sign coronavirus relief bill on Friday
  • ‘Help is on the way,’ Democratic leaders say after House passes bill
  • Merrick Garland confirmed as attorney general
  • Marcia Fudge confirmed as HUD secretary
  • CDC director: US is ‘at a critical point’ in pandemic
  • Reports: US to double order of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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The number of migrant children and families seeking to cross the US-Mexico border has increased to levels not seen since before the coronavirus pandemic – a challenge for Joe Biden as he works to undo the hardline immigration policies of predecessor Donald Trump.

Statistics released Wednesday by US customs and border protection (CBP) showed the number of children and families increased by more than 100% between January and February.

Related: Surge in migrants seeking to cross Mexico border poses challenge for Biden

The FBI must develop a strategy to respond to white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement agencies and address its past failures to take the issue seriously, a prominent Democratic congressman has argued in a letter to the FBI director, Christopher Wray.

Multiple internal FBI reports over the past 15 years have labeled white supremacist infiltration of police departments as a serious threat. But last year, FBI officials refused to testify in a hearing about the topic, repeatedly telling congressional staffers that “it did not believe that this threat was supported by evidence” and “that there would not be any utility in the bureau offering testimony”, the Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin wrote in a letter to Wray on Tuesday.

Related: FBI must target white supremacists’ infiltration of police agencies, congressman says

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