News Wrap: More than 220,000 migrants arrived at U.S.-Mexico border in March

In our news wrap Saturday, more than 220,000 migrants arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, setting a 22-year high. Also, nearly 5,000 people are under evacuation orders as a massive wildfire rages across New Mexico, former head of the EPA Scott Pruitt is running for a Senate seat in Oklahoma, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein fires back against claims she is mentally unfit.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    In today's headlines, the number of migrants encountered at the southern border surged past the 220,000 mark in March, which U.S. officials say is a 22-year high. That's as the Biden administration prepares to wind down pandemic-related border restrictions next month.

    Meantime, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott continues to send buses of migrants to the nation's capital to protest the Biden administration's immigration policy.

    On Friday, Abbott lifted his immigration order to have all Texas-bound trucks go through a secondary inspection when crossing from Mexico. Abbott's mandate created a logjam that resulted in hundreds of millions of lost dollars from spoiled produce and shipping delays.

    Progress tonight in New Mexico, as authorities have lifted some evacuation orders, but thousands still cannot return home as massive wildfires rage across that state. The McBride fire in the southeast corner has burned more than 6,000 acres, damaged hundreds of homes and businesses, and claimed two lives earlier this week. Fire officials say conditions have finally improved enough to get air support to help contain the blaze.

    A former Trump administration official is running for the U.S. Senate, Scott Pruitt. Pruitt led the EPA until resigning amid a series of ethics scandals in 2018. He's now launching a Senate bid in Oklahoma. He's running in a special election to replace longtime Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who is retiring at the end of this year.

    And the oldest sitting U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein of California, is firing back against claims that she's mentally unfit to serve. In a statement, Feinstein, who is 88 years old, said she would, quote, "put my record up against anyone's."

    Six other U.S. senators are age 80 or older, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Feinstein's defense came in response to a San Francisco Chronicle article in which colleagues and former staffers, who remained anonymous, said her memory is rapidly deteriorating.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," parents face empty shelves, as baby formula shortages get worse. And from "wimpy kid" to celebrated children's author, my conversation with Jeff Kinney. And, panda-monium, the National Zoo celebrates 50 years of panda conservation.

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