Oct 8, 2019

Nearly 1 million migrants apprehended on southern border in FY 2019

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The Trump administration apprehended a total of 1 million migrants at the southwest border of the U.S. in fiscal year 2019, Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Why it matters: That figure is 88% higher than it was in 2018 and the highest total of any fiscal year since 2007. However, Morgan said those numbers have declined significantly in recent months — with September marking the lowest number of apprehensions for the year. He cited President Trump's June 7 deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migration as a factor in the steep drop.

Go deeper: Acting CBP head touts falling border numbers at rare press briefing

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Kevin McAleenan to step down as acting Homeland Security secretary

Kevin McAleenan delivers remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations on Sept. 23, 2019. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump announced on Friday evening that acting Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan will leave his position and move into "the private sector" after 6 months in the role.

The big picture: Trump has been wary of McAleenan, whom he associates with the Obama administration, officials told Axios in August. McAleenan, the former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, took over the acting role following Kirstjen Nielsen’s abrupt resignation.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 12, 2019

Agency securing nation's borders struggles with permanent leadership

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

A quarter of the leadership positions on the Department of Homeland Security's website are "acting" or vacant.

Why it matters: President Trump has signaled that senior DHS official Chad Wolf will be named acting secretary to replace acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan. But throughout the agency, there have been hiring difficulties, vacant positions and temporary officials.

Go deeperArrowNov 4, 2019

The growing budget gap in big cities

Data: National League of Cities City Fiscal Conditions Report; Chart: Axios Visuals

In fiscal year 2018, total general fund revenues increased less than 1% for cities surveyed by the National League of Cities, representing their lowest annual growth rate since 2013.

Why it matters: General fund revenue changes reflect local economic conditions. When revenues coming in can't cover the expenditures going out, city officials have to make hard choices to balance their budgets.

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019