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Mother's Day ACLU ad for the New York Times Photo: ACLU

The ACLU is running an emotional two-page ad in the New York Times this Mother’s Day, urging the Biden administration to go beyond reuniting migrant children and parents separated by President Trump and guarantee them protections to stay in the U.S.

Details: The ad, previewed by Axios, depicts, in red ink, desperate, hand-scrawled fears of separated children against the backdrop of a growth chart.

  • “They took my mom and dad,” says one note below the 4-foot mark.
  • “Will my mom remember me?” asks a note closer to the 5-foot mark.

Driving the news: The administration reunited its first four families this week. Around 400 parents have not been located and roughly a thousand remain separated — some since as far back as 2017.

  • The ACLU is calling for family members to be reunited inside the U.S. and provided “citizenship, resources, care, and a commitment that family separation will never happen again.”

What they’re saying: “This Mother’s Day, hundreds of children remain separated from their mothers and thousands of others are suffering from the trauma Trump’s family separation practice inflicted,” Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director, said in a statement.

  • The Biden administration “understands it needs to pick up the pace, and we can’t hang the ‘mission accomplished‘ sign just yet,” he said.

What we’re watching: Biden’s Family Reunification Task Force is due to release a progress report on June 2.

  • After suing over the Trump administration's separation of migrant children, the ACLU entered into settlement negotiations with the Biden administration in March, citing the task force's intentions and work to reunify the remaining families.

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CDC extends policy allowing fast-track deportations

Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday extended a controversial Trump-era policy that expels migrants to prevent the spread of COVID.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has faced backlash for retaining the Title 42 policy, which allows border officials to turn back migrant families to Mexico without the chance for asylum. The ACLU on Monday asked a court to end the administration's use of Title 42.

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 min ago - Politics & Policy

America's youth turn left

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Reproduced from John Della Volpe (Data: Exit polls, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research). Chart: Axios Visuals

Gen Xers have always been a swing voting group, but their kids — Gen Z, sometimes called Zoomers — overwhelmingly back Democrats.

What they're saying: "Generational replacement will not be kind to Trump’s Republican Party," John Della Volpe, polling director at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, and CEO of SocialSphere, told me.

Mike Allen, author of AM
8 mins ago - Economy & Business

Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped

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Reproduced from Gallup. (Independents were asked their party leaning.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.