What we’re reading: Trump visits the border


Trump visiting the Texas-Mexico border in January.

By Nicole Hawkins

We’re back and we’re reading – everything from “The Washington Post” to the “The New York Times.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got updates on the president’s visit to the border, charges against a man claiming to be a missing Illinois boy and another request from Prime Minister May for a Brexit delay.

Trump heads to the border

President Trump will visit an upgraded portion of the border fence today in Calexico, a town with a population of about 40,000 along the California-Mexico border.

This will be the third time a federal official has visited the area in a year, according to the Washington Post.


The trip comes a day after Trump announced he would not close the U.S.-Mexico border after a week of threatening to do so.

Mormon Church will allow children of L.G.B.T. parents to be baptized

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced Thursday it would roll back restrictions keeping children of same-sex couples from being baptized and participating in baby-naming ceremonies, according to the New York Times.

The announcement was made by church President Dallin H. Oaks ahead of this weekend’s general conference for all church members.

The church tweeted that the policy “should increase respect and understanding among all people of goodwill.”

FBI charges man who claimed to be missing Illinois boy

An Ohio man who claimed to be a missing boy has been charged with making false statements to a federal agent, according to USA Today.

Brian Michael Rini, a 23-year-old ex-convict, told Kentucky police Wednesday he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who went missing in 2011 after his mother committed suicide.

DNA tests proved Rini was not the missing boy. He was later arrested and charged.

The Aurora Police Department in Illinois will continue to investigate Pitzen’s disappearance.

Trump pulls ICE nominee

Trump has pulled his nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Ron Vitiello, in order to go in a “tougher direction,” according to CNN.

This move comes after the union representing ICE officers opposed Vitiello’s confirmation. This marked the first time in history the National ICE Council officially opposed a presidentially-appointed federal official, according to a letter sent by the union’s president to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“We’re going in a little different direction,” Trump told reporters Friday. “Ron’s a good man but we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction.”

Trump has not yet named other potential nominees to fill the position.

May requests another Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to the president of the European Council Friday to ask for a delay in Britain’s departure from the European Union until June 30, according to Al Jazeera.

Currently, the UK’s deadline to leave the EU is next Friday, April 12, which was extended from the country’s initial Brexit deadline of March 29.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said earlier this week that May will not be granted any short-term extensions unless the UK parliament backs May’s Brexit deal, which it has yet to do.

Ethiopian Airlines investigation shows pilots followed procedures

According to The New York Times, an investigation into an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed last month has found the pilots followed Boeing’s procedures for its newest model, the 737 Max.

Following the crash that killed all 157 on board, Boeing insisted it provided all necessary information for pilots to follow in an emergency situation. Now, that’s unclear.

The investigation found that the pilots shut off the electricity that allowed automated software to push the plane into a nose dive and attempted to pull up, but were ultimately unsuccessful in regaining control.

Boeing’s 737 Max remains grounded worldwide.

That’s all we have for today. Check back Monday for more.