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2020 Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday unveiled a major immigration reform plan focused on tackling the Trump administration's most controversial decisions at the U.S.-Mexico border, reworking the immigration system and improving relations with Latin American nations.

Why it matters: By directly going after President Trump on an extremely hot-button issue, O'Rourke is attempting to position himself as somebody who can take on the president on an issue that deeply matters to many Americans.

  • This is the second major policy plan O'Rourke has released after his climate change proposal, which hinges on a goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The state of play: O'Rourke blasts Trump's immigration moves — specifically family separation — as "cruel and cynical policies are sowing needless chaos and confusion at our borders and in our communities." The most immediate tenets of his plan include:

  • Ending the practice of family separation.
  • Rolling back executive orders that make the asylum process much more difficult to navigate for migrants fleeing violence.
  • Repealing Trump's travel ban and border wall funding.
  • Stopping the deportation threat for people already in the U.S. under the DACA and TPS programs.

The plan also includes a push to move toward a comprehensive legislative solution for immigration and naturalization during O'Rourke's first 100 days in office. That plan includes:

  • Creating a pathway to citizenship to those in the U.S. under DACA and TPS.
  • Reforming the U.S. immigration and naturalization system to focus on families, specifically creating a "community-based visa" that would be meant to welcome groups of refugees.
  • Eliminating financial and bureaucratic barriers to naturalization so that people waiting to become U.S. citizens can do so faster and cheaper.

The big picture: O'Rourke also proposes working with neighboring countries in Latin America to improve their internal situations, stemming the flow of refugees and tackling corruption in the region.

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Acting Capitol Police chief: Phone logs show Jan. 6 National Guard approval was delayed

Pittman at a congressional tribute for fallen officer Brian Sicknick. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman testified on Thursday that cellphone records show former USCP chief Steven Sund requested National Guard support from the House sergeant-at-arms as early as 12:58pm on Jan. 6, but he did not receive approval until over an hour later.

Why it matters: Sund and former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving clashed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday over a dispute in the timeline for when Capitol Police requested the National Guard during the Capitol insurrection.

Manhattan prosecutors reportedly obtain millions of pages of Trump's tax records

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The Manhattan district attorney is now in possession of millions of pages of former President Trump's tax and financial records, CNN first reported, following a Supreme Court ruling that allowed prosecutors to enforce a subpoena after a lengthy legal battle.

Why it matters: Trump fought for years to keep his tax returns out of the public eye and away from prosecutors in New York, who are examining his business in a criminal investigation that was first sparked by hush-money payments made by Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 election.

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