Husband of bank executive who was killed on Southwest flight leads a thousand people in New Mexico vigil remembering the tragic mom-of-two

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Nearly a thousand people have gathered at a vigil to mourn the Albuquerque bank executive who died after the Southwest Airlines flight she was on blew an engine and she was partially pulled out of the plane window in mid air.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the plane she was on made an emergency landing.

A memorial service was held for the married mother-of-two at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, her alma mater, on Sunday night.

Riordan is survived by her husband Michael and their children.

Jennifer Riordan's husband Michael speaks at her memorial service in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday night after she was killed on the Southwest Airlines flight

Jennifer Riordan’s husband Michael speaks at her memorial service in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday night after she was killed on the Southwest Airlines flight

‘We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. It truly touches our hearts,’ the Riordan family wrote in a statement.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the plane she was on made an emergency landing.

Jennifer Riordan, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Philadelphia on Tuesday after the plane she was on made an emergency landing.

‘We know there are many in the community who want to celebrate Jennifer.’

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez presented Michael Riordan with a flag that was flown at half-staff at New Mexico’s Capitol in his wife’s memory.

‘She was considered a friend, colleague, and pillar of the community and will be forever missed,’ Sanchez said at the memorial service.

The community leader and mother of two had been heading home from a business trip Tuesday on a flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport bound for Dallas.

Early in the flight as the plane was at 32,000 feet, one of its twin engines suddenly exploded.

The impact showered the jet with debris and shattered the window next to Riordan.

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Nearly a thousands people gathered at the memorial service  at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, her alma mater, on Sunday night

Nearly a thousands people gathered at the memorial service at Popejoy Hall on the University of New Mexico campus, her alma mater, on Sunday night

Michael Riordan was surrounded by family members as he spoke on stage at his wife's memorial in New Mexico on Sunday night

Michael Riordan was surrounded by family members as he spoke on stage at his wife’s memorial in New Mexico on Sunday night

Authorities said Riordan was fatally injured when she was sucked partway through the window, sending passengers scrambling to help her as the aircraft shook violently and went into a rapid descent.

The plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

Riordan was the only one of the 149 people on board who suffered fatal injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board believes one of the engine fan blades snapped.

Riordan was well known in the Albuquerque area for an established career in community engagement and volunteerism.

The mother-of-two was described as a 'pillar of the community'. She was well known in the Albuquerque area for an established career in community engagement and volunteerism

The mother-of-two was described as a ‘pillar of the community’. She was well known in the Albuquerque area for an established career in community engagement and volunteerism

Early in the flight as the plane was at 32,000 feet, one of its twin engines suddenly exploded and forced the pilot into making an emergency landing 

Early in the flight as the plane was at 32,000 feet, one of its twin engines suddenly exploded and forced the pilot into making an emergency landing

The impact showered the jet with debris and shattered the window next to Riordan. Authorities said Riordan was fatally injured when she was sucked partway through the window 

The impact showered the jet with debris and shattered the window next to Riordan. Authorities said Riordan was fatally injured when she was sucked partway through the window

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She served as vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo’s New Mexico operations. She oversaw the company’s corporate giving program in New Mexico and volunteered her time with a number of area nonprofit groups and boards.

‘She was the face of giving. If you were an idea or a dream that needed a little help, she was your gal. Her currency was compassion,’ said Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy, who read an original poem at the memorial.

‘The kind of kindness that folds like a hug like a laugh like her wings before she was so close to heaven that the angles recognized her and plucked her from the sky.’

Riordan graduated from the University of New Mexico with a communications degree in 1999 and previously worked as the media relations manager at UNM Hospital.

Riordan and her husband, Michael, a former chief operating officer for the city of Albuquerque, were married for more than 20 years.

Source:www.dailymail.co.uk

 

 

Mexico’s party hotspot Cancun sees 14 murdered in 36 hours as tourist town is overrun by drug gang violence

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MEXICO’S most popular holiday hotspot has become overrun with drug gangs, as violence in the tourist party town escalates to unprecedented levels.

Cancun has seen 14 murders in just 36 hours – the highest ever in the country’s recorded history, according to Noticaribe.

 A body lies in the street in Cancun - as the town is gripped by violence and gun crime

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A body lies in the street in Cancun – as the town is gripped by violence and gun crime

The latest violence on April 4 saw 14 people killed and at least five others left with gunshot wounds, in six separate instances in the party town.

The figures surpass Cancun’s previous ‘record’ of nine killings in a day on November 25, 2004.

More than 100 people have now been slaughtered in Cancun since the beginning of 2018, as Mexico’s cartels continue to spread fear throughout the country.

The Mexican tourist hotspot’s growing crime wave threatens to leave it a ghost town, with most murders in Cancun remaining unsolved.

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 A crime scene investigator is seen at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen - just a few miles from Cancun

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A crime scene investigator is seen at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen – just a few miles from Cancun

Loud bangs heard in video as gun battle rages in Meixcan tourist hotspot Cancun

 Forensic doctors carry the body of a Canadian woman found with multiple stab wounds in Cancun

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Forensic doctors carry the body of a Canadian woman found with multiple stab wounds in Cancun

Amid a thriving drug trade and widespread extortion, fear is rampant and threatens to have a knock-on effect on the country’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry.

British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy recently travelled to Mexico for SBS’s Dateline to investigate why so many murders are taking place.

“This is one of the most beautiful views in the world and we are the only people here,” Guru-Murthy said from Acapulco’s main beach.

Later, just before sunset, he found himself in the middle of a crime scene — a man had been gunned down in the sand.

Four men had come in through a luxury hotel and attacked the man, who later died in hospital.

 Marines are regularly seen patrolling Cancun following an increase of gun crime in the last decade

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Marines are regularly seen patrolling Cancun following an increase of gun crime in the last decade
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Trump signs proclamation sending National Guard to Mexico border immediately[Video]

President Trump signed a proclamation Wednesday night to send the National Guard to the southern border immediately, a senior White House official told Fox News, in response to what the administration described as an “unacceptable” flow of drugs, criminal activity and illegal immigrants.Image result for Trump signs proclamation sending National Guard to Mexico border immediatelyHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at the White House press briefing that the signing would be done in conjunction with governors and that the administration hoped the deployment would begin “immediately.”

“Despite a number of steps this administration has taken…we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border,” she said.

“The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border  to assist the border patrol,” she said. “The president will be signing a proclamation to that effect today.”

Details about what the National Guard would do and how many would be deployed and for how long were not immediately disclosed.

Under the George W. Bush administration, deploying the National Guard to the border cost $415 million dollars.

Nielsen pointed to what she described as increasing fraud and exploited loopholes among arrivals on the southern border, saying traffickers have been advertising that if migrants have children with them, then they are more likely to be released into the U.S. She also said that almost 50 percent of arriving aliens are from Central America.“Traffickers and smugglers know that these individuals cannot under U.S. law be easily removed in an expeditious way back to their country of origin and so they exploit the loophole,” she said, adding that the ability to game the system acts as a magnet for more migrants.

She said that the administration has drafted legislation and will ask Congress to provide legal authority and resources to address the problem.

“We will not allow illegal immigration levels to become the norm,” she said. “More than 1,000 people a day, 300,000 a year violating our sovereignty as a nation will never be acceptable to this president.”

Trump had tweeted earlier Wednesday that he would “be taking strong action today” on the Mexico border, a day after he said that he wants to send the military to secure it until a wall is built.

Arguing that the U.S. border laws “are very weak” compared to Mexico and Canada, he accused Democrats of wanting immigrants “to pour into our country unchecked.”

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had deployed the National Guard to the border in response to security issues.Trump pledges to send U.S. military to the southern border until wall is built. Border Angels director Enrique Morones and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley debate on 'The Ingraham Angle.'The Associated Press reported that the White House was considering a model similar to a Bush-era operation, where in 2006 6,000 National Guard troops were sent to assist the border patrol with non-law enforcement duties while additional border agents were hired and trained.

Trump’s recent focus on illegal immigration appeared to have been partly motivated by a caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants heading toward the U.S. border.

Trump had threatened to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to cut foreign aid to countries such as Honduras, from where many of the migrants originate, if the caravan was not stopped.

Trump said Tuesday that he believes the caravan is being broken up after he had a conversation with Mexican officials.

Nielsen said on Tuesday that she had been advised by Mexican officials that “the caravan is dissipating” and that several hundred migrants had been repatriated.

“We will not accept the lawlessness of these types of efforts and those who choose to violate our laws, and those who conspire to assist others to violate our laws, will face criminal prosecution,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “The Department of Justice fully supports the efforts of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security announced today to secure our border. I will soon be announcing additional Department of Justice initiatives to restore legality to the southern border.”

 

 

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Serafin Gomez, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source:www.theusalerts.com

Exclusive — Democrat Joe Manchin Comes Out Swinging for Trump Tariffs: ‘I’m Extremely Happy’

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is thrilled that President Donald Trump is moving forward with tariffs of 25 percent on steel and ten percent on aluminum imports into the United States, he told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

“I’m extremely happy. I really was—I mean, for the first time, I know what happened with NAFTA,” Manchin said in a phone interview. “I know what it did to West Virginia, to our steel industry, our aluminum industry, to good-paying jobs that you can support your family. Everybody just turned their backs on us and let it happen, but I’m very proud about that [Trump’s tariffs] and that we got people understanding it. If you look at the national security of our country, which everyone should look at, you can’t be the superpower of the world and not have the necessary building blocks. If you don’t have steel, aluminum, and high-alloy, you’re in trouble.”

Manchin noted that China has not only “been trying” but has “been successful” in supplanting the United States in terms of steel and aluminum production and that President Trump’s actions are necessary to stop and then reverse that trend.

“How do you grow to be the largest manufacturer of steel in the world unless you’re infiltrating other markets?” Manchin said. “So, China produces 50 percent of the world’s steel. The United States is the largest importer of the world’s steel, from around the world, just to connect the dots. They’re going to come and tell me to try to make me believe that only 2 percent of our steel comes from China? Christ, I’ve got oceanfront property in West Virginia I want to sell you if you believe that. Here’s the thing: We got steel coming to us from countries that don’t have a steel mill. Tell me about that one?”

Manchin added that Trump’s tariffs are important to combat China because other countries serve as a conduit to push Chinese metals into America.

“That’s why he had to be carte blanche on what he did, 25 and 10,” Manchin said.

Manchin also said that even though official Washington, the media, the political class, and financial elites who drive debates in the nation’s capital are upset by the tariffs, they are deeply popular back home in West Virginia.

“I don’t think there’s anybody I know in West Virginia who would be opposed to what he’s done,” Manchin said. “Now, whether it’s gotten to that level—now, when I talk to them, and I’m talking to people, I just say ‘don’t you think that, let’s just go through basic trade. If a country is charging us 20 percent to send our cars to their country, where they’re coming to our country for 2.5 percent, don’t you think we ought to equal that out a little bit to make it fair.’ They understand that completely. So, when the president is talking, he’s talking their language. We’ve been taken advantage of.”

Manchin also said he has spoken with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro, the head of the National Trade Council, about his support for the tariffs—and that he has urged Navarro to eliminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) altogether and instead replace it with two separate bilateral trade agreements, one with Canada and one with Mexico.

“And I’ll tell you another thing I appreciate, and Peter Navarro—I had a very nice conversation with him, and I really like him,” Manchin said. “The man’s solid and he’s grounded. I said, Peter, this multilateral deals, I’ve always thought the country, the United States of America, makes these multilateral deals. There might be one or two countries out of four or five that are in the deal, the multilateral deal, that we want to help because of abject poverty, to try to give them some juice to get into our markets, and then the other two or three that don’t need it just take advantage of us and just rape the hell out of us. I’m all for bilateral. We should be dealing directly with Mexico. We should be dealing directly with Canada. I think, when you look at NAFTA, you say ‘well, it’s the whole North American continent.’ But it’s completely two different countries, two different cultures. So, I am all for the president breaking these down to a bilateral, it’s going to be me and you.”

Manchin said blowing up NAFTA, and instead doing separate deals with Canada and Mexico respectively “would make much more sense.”

“We rely on Canada and they rely on us much differently than Mexico does,” Manchin said. “So, this NAFTA deal worked out for Mexico because of the cheapness of it. It has its advantages. You should see the labor going down to Canada. Everything labor intensive went to Canada and Mexico, but twenty something years later they still have a minimum wage of less than $1.50 an hour? What did they achieve? Nothing.”

Manchin added that he is “all for this plan” because it directly confronts China’s drive for world superiority. He referenced his previous successful efforts to press the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to block the sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese investors, and noted that the Chinese are engaged in a full scale effort to economically combat the United States.

“This whole thing with China, make no mistake about it, China is on a pathway that they want superiority by 2050,” Manchin said. “Everything I would say about China is when we’re trading, or China is coming in, and that’s what elevates my concerns. Do you want them to have all the pertinent information, all the priority information, from the Chicago Stock Exchange that they would have entree to? Would you think that we can go into China and buy their financial markets? Do you think that we could own what China is trying to buy in America in China? I’m just saying reciprocate. Just reciprocate. That’s all. Common sense. If we can’t go there and do what they want to do here, they shouldn’t be upset about that. It makes all the sense in the world.”

Manchin also said that the opposition to President Trump’s tariffs from the establishment in Washington–from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell among other establishment Republicans–is driven by “Wall Street” and motivated by greed.

“This is Wall Street, brother,” Manchin said. “Tell me. This is not them caring about Main Street. They’re now protecting their base, where their money comes from, and this is Wall Street. It’s Wall Street. They can’t even camouflage that one. You got the Gary Cohns of the world, and Gary getting tee’d off and leaving for whatever reason he did, his whole modus operandi is where he comes from—and that’s fine, I know where his background is all Wall Street, high finance, Wall Street. They’re thinking Wall Street is going to keep us safe and secure. I don’t think so. A lot of people with fat pocketbooks, and I guess that’s the American way maybe, but it’s not who we are as a country, who we are, and how we became who we are.”

Manchin added that while he has not spoken directly to the president about this, that President Trump knows he is supportive of the tariffs.

“Not directly on that, but he knows I’m very much supportive on this,” Manchin said. “This is where his base truly is, rural America, the people who get up every day. Those picturesque people who answer every call the country has ever asked them to do, to sacrifice, these are the people who support what the president is doing right now. We want trade, but we want good trade. We’re compassionate to help countries up out of abject poverty, but not let other countries tie into it and ride their coattails in and get an entree to the greatest market. Then, I hear people say ‘oh we’re going to cause a trade war.’ Really? So, you’re thinking that if you’re another country and you have a tremendous entree to the United States market—the greatest market the world has ever known—that now because of principle you’re going to get pissed off and shut down this and this and this? I don’t think so. Now, what it does is it will give us another chance to level the playing field. That’s called fair. That’s what I count on.”

Source: www.breitbart.com

Donald Wins Back 2,500 Jobs And $1B From Mexico, Gives It To Northern State

When Donald Trump says something, he means it. It’s coming as a shock to many people. We haven’t seen a politician fulfill his promises since … I don’t know, Reagan?

Since taking office, Trump has won victory after victory for America. The stock market is surging. The economy is booming. Jobs are flowing back into the United States. Along with all this good news has been numerous companies announcing big developments.

From new plants to employee bonuses, American companies are winning, thanks to the president.

Now yet another major company has announced a big change. And, it’s too bad for Mexico.

From Joe For America:

Looks like Chrysler Dodge Ram is COMING BACK! Grab Life!….

Remember back when President Obama…said, “what’s he going to do wave his magic wand?”. Well, yes, he is! It’s called POLICY!

Mainly it’s about cutting taxes and reducing regulations to stimulate this economy. It’s called ‘America First’…

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the latest company to announce good news resulting from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The company said it plans to invest more than $1 billion in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, as well as relocate the production of its Ram Heavy Duty truck in 2020, which is currently being manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico.

Moving a plant to Michigan would create about 2,500 jobs, Reuters reported.

The company also said it would give $2,000 bonuses to 60,000 of its U.S. employees, although the bonuses will not include senior leadership.

Ram trucks are some of the most popular in the United States. So it might come as a surprise to learn they are made in Mexico. But not for much longer.

That $1 billion investment means modern improvements to the planet, more jobs, and plenty more American-made trucks.

It really shows you how out-of-touch the Democrats have been. Obama is on record as denying Trump’s ability to bring back jobs.

Yes, it turns out Trump does have a magic wand. It’s called cutting regulation and lowering taxes. In the past, Presidents wanted to help the economy. Obama? I guess he liked Mexico more than the U.S.

But those days are over. Trump’s influence has brought one company after another back to the U.S. He is actually working to fulfill his campaign promises. It may have seemed impossible in the past. But, President Trump is proving that anything is possible.

Be sure to spread this good news to everyone you know. It will shut up your Trump-hating friends. At least for one day.

Source: Joe For America,americanconservativeherald.org

Donald Wins Back 2,500 Jobs And $1B From Mexico, Gives It To Northern State

When Donald Trump says something, he means it. It’s coming as a shock to many people. We haven’t seen a politician fulfill his promises since … I don’t know, Reagan?

Since taking office, Trump has won victory after victory for America. The stock market is surging. The economy is booming. Jobs are flowing back into the United States. Along with all this good news has been numerous companies announcing big developments.

From new plants to employee bonuses, American companies are winning, thanks to the president.

Now yet another major company has announced a big change. And, it’s too bad for Mexico.

From Joe For America:

Looks like Chrysler Dodge Ram is COMING BACK! Grab Life!….

Remember back when President Obama…said, “what’s he going to do wave his magic wand?”. Well, yes, he is! It’s called POLICY!

Mainly it’s about cutting taxes and reducing regulations to stimulate this economy. It’s called ‘America First’…

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the latest company to announce good news resulting from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The company said it plans to invest more than $1 billion in the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, as well as relocate the production of its Ram Heavy Duty truck in 2020, which is currently being manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico.

Moving a plant to Michigan would create about 2,500 jobs, Reuters reported.

The company also said it would give $2,000 bonuses to 60,000 of its U.S. employees, although the bonuses will not include senior leadership.

Ram trucks are some of the most popular in the United States. So it might come as a surprise to learn they are made in Mexico. But not for much longer.

That $1 billion investment means modern improvements to the planet, more jobs, and plenty more American-made trucks.

It really shows you how out-of-touch the Democrats have been. Obama is on record as denying Trump’s ability to bring back jobs.

Yes, it turns out Trump does have a magic wand. It’s called cutting regulation and lowering taxes. In the past, Presidents wanted to help the economy. Obama? I guess he liked Mexico more than the U.S.

But those days are over. Trump’s influence has brought one company after another back to the U.S. He is actually working to fulfill his campaign promises. It may have seemed impossible in the past. But, President Trump is proving that anything is possible.

Be sure to spread this good news to everyone you know. It will shut up your Trump-hating friends. At least for one day.

Source: Joe For America, americanconservativeherald.org

Border Patrol Makes TERRIFYING Discovery That Rocks Nation…Government Rushes To Shut It Down— WHOA!

The media seems to be woefully uneducated when it comes to the dangers of our Southern border.

Or at least, they know about those dangers, but refuse to report on them to the American public.

The reason is obvious: they don’t want you to know about the flood of drugs, humans, and violence coming over our border into the United States.

Then you would possibly support our President’s efforts in stemming this tide.

The media can’t have that, so they are suppressing the truth in order to keep you blind.

 

However, once in a while, we learn about what’s really going on at our Mexican border. The facts about who and how they are crossing over are simply staggering.

So is the work of U.S. border patrol agents as they tirelessly work to protect us.

From Allen B. West:

The Associated Press joined the Border Tunnel Entry Team, as it is formally known, inside an incomplete tunnel that was discovered in San Diego in 2009 — 70 feet deep, 3 feet wide, 2,700 feet long and equipped with a rail system, lighting and ventilation…

Authorities discovered 224 border tunnels originating in Mexico from 1990 to March 2016, including 185 that entered the United States, according to the latest U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration annual survey.

Many are shallow holes, but some are elaborately constructed with hydraulic lifts, water pumps and rail cars…

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it spent $8.7 million to fill tunnels from 2007 to 2015.

Last week, it awarded a $153,000 contract to inject concrete into the U.S. part of a completed tunnel lined with cobblestone. The tunnel was discovered in October.

It ended in a San Diego warehouse 1,200 feet north of the border.

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The drug cartels are so sophisticated in their smuggling operations, that they have built tunnels with lighting and railcars to ship drugs and people into our country.

Our brave border patrol agents must seek out these tunnels, facing the danger of collapse, in order to map them. They must know the extent of these tunnels before they can close them off.

The left complains about the wall; they say that it won’t stop illegal immigration. They’re right. We need to do even more to protect our border.

When you consider how aggressive the illegals are in entering our country, a wall simply isn’t enough.

Source: Allen B West, myrightamerica.com