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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will "dramatically expand" eligibility for a program that enables young Central Americans to immigrate to the U.S.

Why it matters: The expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) program is part of a wider effort by the administration to "promote safe, orderly, and humane migration," said the press release from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The state of play: The CAM program was created under the Obama administration to facilitate the legal entry of Central American minors into the U.S., per CNBC.

  • It was dismantled under the Trump administration before being reinstated by President Joe Biden in March.

The big picture: The expansion could significantly increase the number of Central American minors able to be reunited with family already in the U.S., reports the Los Angeles Times.

  • The program had previously allowed parents in the U.S. to petition to be reunited with their children still in their home countries, per the LA Times.
  • Now this eligibility will be expanded to "include include legal guardians (in addition to parents)" so long as they have meet the qualifications, such as having legal permanent residency or temporary protected status, per the press release.
  • Eligibility will also encompass U.S.-based parents and legal guardians "who have a pending asylum application or a pending U visa petition filed before May 15, 2021."

What they're saying: "We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration," Mayorkas and Blinken said in the press release.

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Harris, Mayorkas voice horror at footage of Border Patrol reportedly whipping at migrants

Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the Biden administration are condemning footage that shows U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly whipping at and charging horses at migrants in Del Rio, Texas, CNN reports.

Why it matters: Over the weekend, the Biden administration began cracking down on the thousands of Haitian migrants who have sought refuge in Del Rio in the hope of seeking asylum. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched an investigation into the Border Patrol incident after it drew backlash online.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
34 mins ago - Economy & Business

Why it's so hard to tax wealth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The wealth tax that wasn't a wealth tax isn't even a tax, now. The Democrats had a meticulously constructed 107-page proposal to pay for a large chunk of their spending plans with a tax on billionaires, but it died ignobly on Wednesday, the same day it was unveiled.

Why it matters: The dream of a wealth tax will never die as it so neatly generates revenue by reducing inequality. But there are three main reasons why that dream is likely to remain just a dream for the foreseeable future.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
2 hours ago - Health

Public health messaging lessons for the next pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

"Be first, be right, be credible" is the mantra of public health experts in a crisis. It's difficult to argue that the health community has regularly managed to be any of those three during COVID-19.

Why it matters: A pandemic isn't just a medical emergency — it's also a communications emergency. The U.S. public health establishment, hamstrung by bad data and political interference, has struggled with the latter.