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Photo: Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden will devote $46 million in additional funding to meet "unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs," the White House announced Friday.

Why it matters: The surge of migrants at the southern border is one of the most prominent crises facing the administration. Migrant apprehensions at the border remain near 20-year highs, Axios' Stef Kight writes.

  • The funding will be pulled from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund and go to international organizations "related to the humanitarian needs of vulnerable refugees and migrants in Central America and third countries in the region."

The big picture: Vice President Harris recently met with leaders in Guatemala and Mexico to discuss corruption, human trafficking and migration, part of the Biden administration's effort to stem border crossings by addressing the root causes of migration.

  • Biden is considering bringing back a policy that would allow the U.S. government to more quickly deport families who illegally cross the border from Mexico.
  • Maritime smuggling of people into the United States has also been on the rise. Two recent capsized boats near San Diego and Key West showed the deadly consequences.

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Federal judge blocks Biden administration's use of Title 42 policy

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a public health order that fast-tracked deportations of migrant families at the southern border.

Why it matters: President Biden has faced significant backlash for retaining the Trump-era policy, which was implemented as a COVID containment measure. The expulsions deny adult migrants and families the chance for asylum.

2 hours ago - World

Report: LGBTQ+ Afghans' lives "dramatically worsened" under Taliban rule

Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

LGBTQ+ Afghans have been threatened, attacked and "faced an increasingly desperate situation and grave threats to their safety" since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last August, per a report published Wednesday.

What they're saying: "We spoke with LGBT Afghans who have survived gang rape, mob attacks, or have been hunted by their own family members who joined the Taliban, and they have no hope that state institutions will protect them," per a statement from study co-author J. Lester Feder.

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Canadian Indigenous group finds 93 suspected unmarked graves

A makeshift memorial honoring the 215 children whose remains were found in a mass grave in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, last May. Photo: Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images

Indigenous leaders in Canada's western province of British Columbia said Tuesday they believe they've found 93 unmarked graves near a former boarding school.

The big picture: Hundreds of mass graves have been found at the grounds of former residential schools for Indigenous children since last May, when the remains of 215 children were uncovered at one such site in B.C.

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