A man has lit himself on fire across the street from the White House, according to the Secret Service.
In a tweet, the Secret Service said that the incident occurred at 12:20 p.m. ET. The National Park Service and U.S. Park Police administered first aid, and the man was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital.
The Ellipse, a 52-acre park, sits across the street from the White House. It is easily accessible to the public, and not protected by the White House’s steel fence. This is the same area where the National Christmas Tree is lit every year.
Even outside of the White House grounds, Secret Service spokesman Jeffrey Adams told Politico that agents “responded in seconds.”
According to WTOP, the man was doused by fire extinguishers. A helicopter arrived at the scene within minutes, in addition to several fire trucks.
“I can confirm that we’ve transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we’re now on the scene assisting law enforcement,” a spokesman for Washington’s Fire Department told CNBC.
It is not yet clear if the man had been attempting to make some sort of a political statement. Officers are still trying to determine a motive. His name has not yet been released.
President Donald Trump returned to Washington, D.C., Tuesday after a diplomatic trip to Japan but is unlikely to have been in any danger from this incident.
Author: Mike Ciandella
Source: The Blaze: Man lights himself on fire near White House
He also wants the process to be streamlined
President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to make changes to the current system processing asylum applications. This includes requiring asylum-seekers to pay a fee before their application can be considered.
Here’s what we know
According to a news release issued by the White House on Monday, the new rules would “[r]equire fees for asylum applications and work permit applications.”
In addition to a fee, the new guidelines would disqualify any asylum-seekers who enter the United States illegally and prevent them from getting work permits. Currently, asylum-seekers are allowed to work while their claims are being processed. It would also orders U.S. officials to process any application for asylum within 180 days. These court proceedings would be streamlined.
U.S. officials will have 90 days to figure out how to implement the new rules.
The president also promised to fix asylum laws. The news release called out asylum-seekers who make “meritless claims” in order to enter the United States and “remain here indefinitely.” “The biggest loophole drawing illegal aliens to our borders is the use of fraudulent or meritless asylum claims to gain entry into our great country,” the news release quoted the president as saying.
It also said that the U.S. “immigration system has reached a breaking point.”
The current asylum system has been plagued by backlog, in part because of the increase in the number of people seeking asylum. According to the BBC, more than 800,000 asylum cases are currently being considered in the United States.
What did President Trump say?
“If the Democrats don’t give us the votes to change our weak, ineffective and dangerous Immigration Laws, we must fight hard for these votes in the 2020 Election!” Trump tweeted on Monday evening after the new guidelines were announced.
Author: Mike Ciandella
Source: Theblaze: President Trump wants asylum-seekers to pay a fee before their application can be considered