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Rush Limbaugh: Left ‘scared out of their wits’ about Trump July 4 parade, Kaepernick ‘fooled everybody’

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Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that liberals are terrified by President Trump‘s planned parade to celebrate Independence Day.

“The flag makes people tend to think more like a Republican. It tends to make people support Republicans. It tends to inspire patriotic thoughts,” said Limbaugh, citing a Harvard study.

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“The left remembers this, and they are terrified of tomorrow [Thursday], especially the people actually in Washington,” Limbaugh continued. “I think that, truth be told, they are scared out of their wits that Trump is going to have maybe one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations Washington has ever seen. It is going to be loud. It’s gonna be proud. It’s going to be an in-your-face celebration of freedom in America.”

The radio show host argued that liberals are threatened by freedom.

“What will be on display at Trump’s joyous Independence Day bash … will be a celebration of freedom, which is the real threat they face,” Limbaugh said.

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Limbaugh also blasted former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and accused him of “fooling” everyone with his anthem protests and being anti-American from the beginning

“Nike takes down the shoes because Colin Kaepernick fooled everybody into thinking what he was really concerned about was the killing by cops of African-Americans,” Limbaugh said.

“But it turned out Colin Kaepernick, all along, was anti-America, and the cop-killing position was just a cover. He was really kneeling ’cause he didn’t like the anthem. He was really kneeling because the flag during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ offended him.”

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Nike decided to stop the release of the America-themed sneaker, which featured a Betsy Ross flag, “based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend” people.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Kaepernick played a role in the decision, saying he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive because it connoted slavery.

Fox News’ Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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Dagen McDowell: Media rips Trump July 4th ‘salute’ because ‘he’s taken up residence in their heads’

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President Trump’s July 4th “Salute to America” event is being blasted in the press because pundits are obsessed with the Commander-in-Chief, according to Dagen McDowell.

Trump’s unique event near the Lincoln Memorial should not be that controversial, McDowell claimed Wednesday on “The Five.”

“I find it hilarious watching these montages of the huffing-and-puffing media,” she said. “They don’t realize that President Trump has taken up residence in their head — that he is their sun. Their world revolves around him. They can’t get out of bed unless he’s up tweeting already because he gives them light.”

TANKS ARRIVE IN DC AS TRUMP CONFIRMS JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION WILL FEATURE MILITARY DISPLAY

“He’s turned them into ranting and raving lunatics who hate fireworks and the Fourth of July.”

In the montage she referenced, MSNBC analyst Jeremy Bash, who worked in the Obama administration, characterized the event as “nauseating.”

“This is not just obnoxious tackiness, this is actually dangerous — it’s fundamentally unamerican,” Bash claimed.

In another clip, MSNBC host Joy Reid claimed the president is holding the event because he fashions himself an authoritarian leader.

“What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue?” Reid asked. “Who is that message to? It’s certainly not to tyrants — he loves tyrants … The message is a threat, and I hate to say that but Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.”

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On “The Five,” Jesse Watters echoed some of McDowell’s sentiment.

“He’s not polarizing anything,” the “Watters’ World” host claimed.

“If you have a celebration of our American military and you have some F-22’s and Abrams tanks, and some flyovers — and if you guys on the left are offended by that … you’re the ones politicizing the event.”

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Acting DHS secretary says AOC’s border facility statements ‘not accurate,’ praises agents’ work

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A claim by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that migrants being held at a Texas border facility had to drink from a toilet is inaccurate, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

Border Patrol agents are doing incredible work with limited resources, and Congress must step up and provide more support, he said Wednesday on “Special Report.”

“It’s just not accurate,” he said of the Bronx lawmaker’s claim.

“We would never ask anyone to drink out of a toilet. The women in that cell had access to a five-gallon jug of water with cups right outside the door of their cell — which was not locked.”

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to her visit to the facility.

AOC CLAIMS WOMEN AT BORDER FACILITY BEING FORCED TO DRINK ‘OUT OF TOILETS’ AFTER TOUR

“This was them on their best behavior and they put them in a room with no running water, and these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet,” she said. “And that was them knowing a congressional visit was coming.”

The New York Democrat said people of all ages were being mistreated.

She also said she “forced herself” into one of the cells to get a better look and spoke with a woman who claimed the guards were practicing “psychological warfare” by interrupting their sleep and calling them names.

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In his interview with Mike Emanuel, McAleenan said it took Congress several weeks to approve emergency supplemental funding, after asking lawmakers to go further and “close loopholes” he claimed are aggravating the crisis at the border.

“It was a crisis the whole time,” he said.

“It took us too long to get that aid and frankly I think it’s important for your viewers to understand, a lot of concern about the number of children in our custody. I’ve been sounding the alarm for a long time on that.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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New Jersey truck accident snarls holiday eve traffic out of NYC

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An overturned garbage truck in New Jersey blocked a major route out of New York City during the afternoon commute Wednesday, one of the biggest travel days of the year.

The orange Union City Department of Public Works truck flipped over a stone wall and landed upside down on an embankment on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The accident happened around 1 p.m., a Port Authority spokesman said, according to NorthJersey.com. As a result, vehicles heading west on Route 495 were held at the tunnel as crews worked to clear the accident.

The New York Post reported that at least 12 people were injured in the accident. Officials told the Associated Press that one person was in critical condition.

Bus service from a major New York City hub, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, was initially suspended but resumed at around 5 p.m. Cars were being diverted to the Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, causing widespread delays on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Officials said passengers from New York should use PATH, New Jersey Transit and ferries to cross the Hudson River into New Jersey; drivers should use the Holland Tunnel as an alternate route.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Rwandan man gets 8 years in jail for lying in asylum bid about role in 1994 genocide

A Rwandan man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Monday after he was convicted of deceiving immigration officials about his involvement in his nation’s 1994 genocide, the deadliest the world had seen since World War II.

Prosecutors said that Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, participated in at least seven murders and five rapes during the genocide, in which Hutu extremists slaughtered Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them. Approximately 800,000 people were murdered during the 100-day bloodletting.

U.S. District Court Judge F. Denis Saylor IV sentenced Teganya to 97 months in prison in Boston federal court Monday after a jury convicted him in April of two counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury. The judge also found that Teganya had also obstructed justice by committing perjury in his trial testimony. Teganya will face removal proceedings after serving his sentence, authorities say.

“Based on the evidence admitted at trial, the defendant committed horrendous crimes during the Rwandan genocide and then sought to deceive U.S. immigration authorities about his past,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. “Especially in the context of genocide, American laws exist to protect the persecuted – not the persecutors,”

In 1994, Teganya was a medical student who belonged to the Hutu-dominated MRND political party, which the Justice Department described as a “genocidal regime.” During the genocide, authorities said, Teganya helped soldiers find Tutsis who were hiding at a hospital in Butare so they could be killed or raped, and participated in some of those killings and rapes himself.

He fled Rwanda after the genocide ended and went to Canada, where he was denied refugee status because of his role in the massacre, prosecutors said. He was arrested by U.S. border agents in 2014 when he illegally crossed into Maine and claimed asylum, authorities say.

On his asylum application, authorities said, Teganya concealed his membership in the MRND and falsely claimed he had not persecuted any Tutsis.

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Prosecutors had asked the judge to give Teganya 20 years in prison, claiming that he not only lied on his asylum application but also in court, painting his victims as the liars and dressing “himself in the garb of the persecuted rather than the persecutor.”

“These are the most significant, most corrosive, most morally culpable lies possible,” Garland said. “They deserve the most serious penalty.”

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Jean Leonard Teganya is seen in this undated photo.U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts/Handout via REUTERS

Teganya’s public defender, Scott Lauer, requested that his client receive about five years behind bars. In court documents, Lauer described Teganya as a religious father of two who has led a “quiet and unassuming life” over the past 25 years. Lauer also noted that Teganya was not charged with any of the crimes attributed to him during the genocide.

“It is not the place of this court to transform itself into a tribunal to punish that conduct,” Lauer said.

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Saylor said he struggled with his sentencing decision, noting the enormity of the tragedy and the allegations against Teganya, but also that the man was not charged in his courtroom of the rapes and murders.

“The basic question is: Do I sentence him as a liar or do I sentence him as a murder, or a rapist, or genocide participant?” Saylor asked.

Saylor said he ultimately believed the appropriate prison term was within the sentencing guidelines for the crimes with which Teganya was convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Strzok-Page texts debated whether to share details with DOJ on key London meeting in 2016

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Text messages between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page debating how much information to share with the Justice Department about a London meeting — days after the bureau opened its initial Russia investigation — are drawing fresh scrutiny as alleged surveillance abuse and the probe’s origins are investigated by three separate probes, Fox News has learned.

On Aug. 3, 2016, Strzok wrote, “I think we need to consider the lines of what we disclose to DOJ. For example, the last stipulation notes we will not disclose [the] identifies outside the FBI. I think you might argue the unauthorized disclosure might (reasonably) be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to US national security…”

In an earlier discussion on Aug. 2, 2016, Strzok reported he had a “good meeting.” Page warned, “Make sure you can lawfully protect what you sign. Just thinking about congress, foia (Freedom of Information Act), etc. I’m sure it’s fine. I just don’t know how protection of intel-type stuff works in that context.”

The New York Times was first to report lengthy details about the 2016 meeting in question, when the FBI “dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.” The report said this assignment included questioning Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer. Downer’s information about then-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos helped lay the foundation for the FBI’s counterintelligence probe – which later grew into former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

[NOTE: ‘OUTBOX’ messages are from Page, ‘INBOX’ messages from Strzok]

House Republicans, continuing to probe the texts, have considered August 2016 a pivotal month. They have been looking closely at these exchanges, and how long before the August meeting Downer reported the Papadopoulos information.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, meanwhile, has been conducting a separate investigation into alleged surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign, with that case in its final phases. And, this past May, Attorney General William Barr asked U.S. Attorney John Durham to probe the origins of the FBI counterintelligence case which was opened in late July 2016 by then-agent Strzok.

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Fox News also has learned what’s behind some of the redactions for the texts during that period, revealing new details of the Strzok meeting which took place at the U.S. embassy in London inside a secure facility known as SCIF.

In the texts, Strzok said the meeting did not include the No. 2 State Department official in London known as the deputy chief of mission.

“Was DCM (deputy chief of mission) present for the interview?” Page asked.

“No, two of them, two of us.” Strzok responded.

Other texts indicated then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was trying to reach someone named “Jeremy” and make multiple references to “Ben,” though it’s not clear if they worked within or outside the FBI.

Strzok and Page then discussed how widely the information needed to be shared within the bureau, including Strzok’s immediate supervisor Bill Priestap. 

Page wrote on Aug. 3, 2016, “New case. Information flow. Control.” The section that followed was heavily redacted, but Strzok responded, “…plan on telling Bill I’m obviously going to tell him anything he wants to know, but recommend we not tell him or [higher] … specific data so that he and higher can tell DOJ, even we don’t know the admin details.”

Horowitz also has been investigating leaks from senior FBI officials as part of his probes. The expectation is that report will come after the surveillance abuse investigation.

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In an apparent reference to bureau leaks, Strzok wrote, “this is MUCH more tasty for one of those (redacted) aholes to leak. For the first time in a while I’m not worried about our side.”

A spokesman for the inspector general declined to comment on the status of the office’s work.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe defends ‘Bachelorette’ star Hannah Brown having sex while filming show: It’s her ‘choice’

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Kaitlyn Bristowe is standing up for fellow “Bachelorette” lead Hannah Brown.

The current star of the reality TV dating show, 24, revealed in a promo, which aired Monday night, that she had sex with a contestant in a windmill twice. Brown received backlash on social media for speaking openly about her sexual history.

Bristowe, 34, who was the Season 11 lead, said she could relate to the slut-shaming.

‘BACHELORETTE’ STAR HANNAH BROWN ADDRESSES SHOW CRITICISM: ‘I REFUSE TO BELIEVE I GIVE CHRISTIANS A BAD NAME’

“Women can have sex if they choose, and women can wait till marriage if they choose. Point is, ITS THEIR CHOICE,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “When you’re making a life altering decision to find a life partner, intimacy can be important. Why is that so hard to understand?”

Bristowe received harsh criticism for having sex with contestant Nick Viall before the fantasy suite date.

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“Have you ever done something you regret, and needed support? Or would you be fine with everyone coming after you, when you’re probably already being hard on yourself. Sometimes regrets are life lessons, which result in self compassion and growth,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

In the promo, the former Miss Alabama USA addressed her sex life while on a one-on-one date with contestant Luke Parker.

“So, let’s talk about sex,” he says. “Let’s say you have had sex with one or multiple of these guys. I’d completely remove myself from this relationship.”

After dropping the bombshell, Brown tells Parker: “My husband would never say what you’ve said to me. I have had sex… and honestly, Jesus still loves me.” She added: “From obviously how you feel, me f—ing in a windmill, you probably wanna leave.”

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AOC accuses GOP of trying to ‘Make America Great Again’ by hurting children, migrants

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Republicans are trying to fulfill President Trump’s famous campaign pledge — “Make America Great Again” — by “hurt[ing]” child migrants so that they won’t want to enter the U.S., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed on Wednesday.

“The GOP’s grand plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ is to hurt children, immigrants, refugees into thinking America isn’t great – that it’s cruel & inhumane – so people don’t come at all,” she tweeted.

She added that the GOP would fail since “America isn’t America at all without immigrants. To turn them away is Un-American.”

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Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest responded by accusing Ocasio-Cortez of weaponizing the crisis in order to attack Republicans.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez coveniently forgets to mention that when she had the opportunity to support $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid — which both the House and Senate passed — to address the crisis on the border she voted against it. It’s clear that she would rather weaponize the crisis on the border to attack Republicans than actually help fix it,” he told Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to reports that migrant children have drawn pictures of themselves in cages, a contentious form of detention that liberals have decried.

The freshman lawmaker also urged her colleagues Wednesday to address the migration crisis through a variety of policies — including her controversial “Green New Deal.”

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“We need large-scale public investment to spur job creation for citizens & immigrants alike. Ideally that investment transitions us to a sustainable economy (climate & income-wise). We are overdue to rebuild American [infrastucture and] it’s going to take ALL of us & immigrants to do it,” she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez has also joined some Democrats in proposing that Congress decriminalize illegal border crossings. But Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief under President Obama, blasted that proposal as “tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders.”

“That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that,” Johnson told The Washington Post.

On Friday, Johnson also defended the administration’s use of migrant detention centers, noting that the Obama administration also used so-called “cages.” “Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented in January 2017,” he said.

FORMER OBAMA HOMELAND SECRETARY: BORDER ‘VERY DEFINITELY A CRISIS’

His comments came as a long list of other Democrats have denounced the way the Trump administration has handled the issue.

The issue came back into the spotlight earlier this week after Ocasio-Cortez visited a detention facility and claimed that migrants were forced to drink toilet water. Current and former officials have since pushed back on her claims.

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., also called for federal authorities to face child abuse charges for the way they treated migrants.

In a letter sent to Trump Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed concern that recent emergency border funding legislation did not do enough to improve conditions at the detention centers.

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Trump, on Wednesday, unleashed a series of tweets blasting Democrats for their role in perpetuating the migrant crisis and pushing back on their criticism of the way his administration treated migrants.

“Our Border Patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors or nurses. The Democrats [sic] bad Immigration Laws, which could be easily fixed, are the problem. Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond,” Trump tweeted.

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Julián Castro, Beto O’Rourke back Nike, saying Betsy Ross flag is ‘hurtful’

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It was inevitable that the 2020 candidates would weigh in on the Betsy Ross flag-sneaker controversy.

Two Democratic hopefuls have expressed their support for Nike after the sportswear company pulled sneakers featuring the Betsy Ross-designed American flag ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. The company did so after former NFL quarterback and Nike endorser Colin Kaepernick raised concerns about the shoes.

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro told CBS News on Wednesday that he was “glad to see” Nike remove the shoes from the shelves, comparing the “painful” symbol to the Confederate flag.

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“There are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful,” Castro explained. As an example, he cited “the Confederate flag that still flies in some places and is used as a symbol.”

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Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke also approved of Nike’s decision, noting that “white nationalist groups” have “appropriated” the Betsy Ross flag.

“I think its really important to take into account the impression that kind of symbol would have for many of our fellow Americans,” he said,  according to Jewish Insider senior political reporter Ben Jacobs.

Republican politicians have had quite the opposite reaction. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pushed for a Nike boycott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday that the state would withdraw its planned incentive for the company to build a plant there.

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Sept. 11 first responders advocate Luis Alvarez hailed as a hero at funeral

A former New York City police detective who fought to extend health benefits for first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks up to the final days of his life was hailed as a hero at his funeral Wednesday.

Luis Alvarez, 53, died Saturday after a three-year battle with colorectal cancer, an illness he attributed to the three months he spent digging through the rubble of the World Trade Center.

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Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Wednesday that Alvarez was one of many first responders who did not hesitate to serve following the terrorist attacks.

“These heroes responded to calls for help. They did not hesitate. That’s who they were and still are,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said during the service at the Immaculate Conception Church in Queens. “He and they viewed their efforts as an obligation that they promised long ago to the people we serve.”

The Star-Spangled Banner played as hundreds of uniformed officers stood at attention outside the church and police helicopters soared overhead. Hundreds of NYPD officers saluted Alvarez’s flag-draped casket as it was brought into the church before the service.

Following the service, pallbearers in police uniforms carried out the coffin. Officers watched in formation as the hearse slowly drove away, carrying Alvarez’s body to a private burial service.

In June, Alvarez appeared before the House Judiciary Committee with former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to plead for a bill that would extend the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which has been largely depleted. Stewart was among those at the service Wednesday.

“I did not want to be anywhere else but ground zero when I was there,” Alvarez said at the hearing. “Now the 9/11 illnesses have taken many of us, and we are all worried about our children, our spouses and our families and what happens if we are not here.”

O’Neill said more than 200 police who responded to 9/11 have died from serious illnesses in the years since the terrorist attacks. Researchers continue to study whether there is a link between cancer and toxins present during the cleanup.

“Tomorrow, that number could rise,” he said. “In the years ahead, it surely will.”

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“Luis could have spent his last days and weeks and hours with his family and loved ones, he chose to spend it making a difference,” said John Feal, founder of the Feal Good Foundation, which chose Alvarez to speak before Congress. “We’re here to mourn today, but tomorrow we’re back to fighting again … He’s going to be with us when we’re back in D.C. We’re going to wear him on our sleeve.”

After Alvarez and Stewart’s emotional testimony before Congress, the House Judiciary Committee voted in support of a measure that would extend funding through fiscal year 2090. The bill is awaiting a full House vote.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted her condolences, noting: “Some issues should be above partisanship or delay. We must pass the bill as soon as Congress reconvenes.”

Alvarez was born in Havana and raised in Queens. He served in the Marines before joining the NYPD in 1990 and spent time in the narcotics division and the bomb squad. His survivors include his parents, wife, three sons and three siblings.

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“Before he became an American hero, he was mine,” said Alvarez’s son, David.

Alvarez’s sister Aida Lugo said that on the night before her brother died, he “told me he had been walking, and walking, and walking.” When someone asked where he had been walking, Lugo said: “My brother responded, ‘I was walking to find first responders to make sure they get help.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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