In our Friday news wrap, New Mexico officials now say the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody this week had the flu. DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen visited El Paso on Friday to discuss the case. Also, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant, was arrested in the killing of a California police officer. The sheriff said the state's sanctuary law had prevented Arriaga's deportation.
The partial government shutdown ended its first full week today, with no signs of negotiations before the new year and the new Congress.
President Trump insisted again today that any spending bill to reopen the government must include billions of dollars in funding for a southern border wall. He wrote on Twitter that — quote — "We will be forced to close the southern border entirely if there's no money for the wall."
The president has also cited the case of Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an illegal immigrant accused of killing a policeman in Northern California. He was arrested today in Bakersfield.
In Modesto, the sheriff of Stanislaus County, where the killing occurred, said California's sanctuary law blocked any prior effort to have the man deported.
Based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.
Investigators say Officer Ronil Singh was shot and killed after he pulled Perez Arriaga over for allegedly drunk driving.
New Mexico officials now say a Guatemalan boy had the flu when he died in federal detention on Christmas Eve. Eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez was the second child to die this month while in the custody of Border Patrol. He had been held in New Mexico, but passed away at a hospital in El Paso, Texas.
Meanwhile, the secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, visited El Paso today to discuss the case with officials.
In Syria, the danger of new fighting escalated at a key town where U.S. troops have been supporting Kurdish fighters. Syrian forces arrived near Manbij, apparently to aid the Kurds against a possible attack by Turkey. The Turks consider the Kurds terrorists.
But a Turkish buildup also continued, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed aside Syria's move.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (through translator):
We know there is a situation where their Syrian flag has been hoisted, but there is nothing confirmed that serious yet. Our entire aim is to make terror organizations leave the area. If terror organizations leave, then there is no work left for us anyway.
These Syrian and Turkish military movements have accelerated since President Trump announced last week that U.S. troops will leave Syria. Right now, about 2,200 are deployed there.
Crews in Indonesia struggled today again to reach an erupting volcano and assess the dangers of a new tsunami. Bad weather and an enormous cloud of volcanic ash spewing a mile high hampered the effort for a second day. The eruptions triggered a monster wave last Saturday that killed 426 people. More than 40,000 others are still displaced.
Back in this country, flood warnings were out today from Louisiana to New Jersey, as a powerful storm dumped heavy rain. It had already sent up to a foot of rain rushing through the streets of Columbia, Mississippi, today. The downpours moved north and east. Meanwhile, another storm brought blizzard conditions across the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Wells Fargo will pay $575 million in a settlement over the fake accounts the bank opened in customers' names. The agreement, made public today includes all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The company admitted in 2015 that employees opened millions of fake accounts in order to meet sales goals. It has already been ordered to pay more than $1.2 billion in penalties.
And Wall Street's rally ended today. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 76 points to close at 23062. The Nasdaq fell five points, and the S&P 500 slipped three. For the week, the Dow and the S&P gained nearly 3 percent. The Nasdaq gained nearly 4 percent.
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