Tag: federal government

Local Leaders Seek Reimbursement for Aiding Immigrants

MCALLEN (KFXV) — Governor Greg Abbott’s visit to the Rio Grande Valley tomorrow, prompting political leaders to ask him about money that the city of mcallen has not yet been reimbursed. This after giving half a million dollars towards immigrant humanitarian aid. The high influx of immigrants crossing the border into the Rio Grande Valley since 2014 has led the city of McAllen to invest more than half a million dollars in immigrant humanitarian aid. But for more than 3 years, the city has yet to receive reimbursement from federal government, something they say is stated under FEMA regulation....

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Second Border Wall Prototype Built by Company in Brownsville

Brownsville (KFXV) — One local man is continuing his bid to become the construction company chosen by the federal government to build the proposed border wall. Don Cameron, a Brownsville resident, completed a second prototype he is presenting to the government. Cameron constructed this second prototype on his land,and says securing both sides of the border is necessary. According to Cameron, the entire construction would take 12 to 18 months to complete and would cost around three to four million dollars per mile, depending on materials selected by U.S. Customs and Border...

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Ivanka Trump signals flexibility on paid parental leave

BY MATT O’BRIEN AND CATHERINE LUCEY PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A proposal for paid parental leave championed by Ivanka Trump could go back to the drawing board. Two weeks after the plan was outlined in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, his daughter and adviser signaled she is open to other strategies for providing the benefit for new parents. Ivanka Trump met this week with a bipartisan group of scholars pitching a different paid-leave approach. “She said that was just a placeholder or a stake in the ground and they’re open to other ideas,” said Isabel Sawhill, a scholar at...

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Border Residents Receive Federal Notice of Land Purchase

U.S./ MEXICO BORDER (KFXV) — Residents along the border are starting to receive notices from the federal government about purchasing their land to build the proposed border wall. One family near Los Ebanos told Fox News that they received a letter from the department of Homeland Security a week before the president took office about the purchase of their land at $2,900 dollars an acre. The Salinas family said that if they refused to sell their 16 acres near the Rio Grande River, their land could be confiscated. Other families in the area received similar...

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In surprising turnabout, Oklahoma eyes Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite bitter resistance in Oklahoma for years to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican leaders in this conservative state are now confronting something that alarms them even more: a huge $1.3 billion hole in the budget that threatens to do widespread damage to the state’s health care system. So, in what would be the grandest about-face among rightward leaning states, Oklahoma is now moving toward a plan to expand its Medicaid program to bring in billions of federal dollars from Obama’s new health care system. What’s more, GOP leaders are considering a tax hike...

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