HOUSTON (AP) – The Newest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all occasions native):
President Donald Trump is promising billions to assist Texas rebuild from Harvey, however his Republican allies within the Home are taking a look at chopping virtually $1 billion from catastrophe accounts to assist finance the president’s border wall.
The pending discount to the Federal Emergency Administration Company’s catastrophe aid account is a part of a spending invoice that the Home is scheduled to think about subsequent week when Congress returns from its August recess. The $876 million minimize, a part of the 1,305-web page measure’s homeland safety part, pays for roughly half the price of Trump’s down cost on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
It appears positive that GOP leaders will transfer to reverse the catastrophe help reduce subsequent week. The optics are politically dangerous and there is solely $2.three billion remaining in catastrophe coffers.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it isn’t conducting immigration enforcement operations in storm-affected areas.
The company’s assertion Wednesday got here in response to reviews a day earlier that impersonators have been knocking on doorways in Houston and figuring out themselves as Homeland Safety Investigations brokers. ICE says the impersonators are reportedly telling individuals to evacuate, presumably with the intention of robbing their empty houses.
ICE is encouraging individuals to demand to see badges and credentials. The company has despatched staff to assist with search-and-rescue operations.
The newest assertion is extra specific than one issued earlier this week and maybe extra reassuring to individuals within the nation illegally. On Monday, ICE stated it will not conduct “routine, non-legal immigration enforcement operations” at evacuation websites and shelters, however that the regulation won’t be suspended.
Venezuela says it’s going to supply assist to victims of Harvey via the U.S. subsidiary of its state oil firm.
Overseas Minister Jorge Arreaza introduced Wednesday that President Nicolas Maduro had ordered Venezuelan officers to develop a plan to assist these affected by the storm.
Arreaza says that Citgo will present as much as $5 million in heating merchandise to individuals in Houston and that when somebody fills up their tank at a Citgo,…