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There were 2,100 more unaccompanied minors caught illegally crossing the southern border in May than in April, according to Customs and Border Protection data.

Be smart: The number of family units crossing saw a small decrease, as the Trump administration has implemented policies to separate children from their parents when caught crossing illegally.

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Data: U.S. Customs and Border Protection fiscal year 2018 and historical data; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Big picture: Despite numerous efforts led by the White House, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to slow the flow of undocumented immigrants crossing the border, the number of total immigrant arrests still broke 50,000.

DHS says that reversing immigration trends will take a long time, and it's too soon to tell the effects of recent policy changes. Spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement that "it will take a sustained effort and continuous commitment of resources over many months to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors.”

  • Lynden Melmed, partner at BAL and former USCIS chief counsel, said that with job openings exceeding unemployment, it will be "very difficult" for CBP "to show sustained progress with the resources they have today. All of the tools they are deploying are short term fixes and migrants can adapt their practices more quickly than a large federal agency.”
What to watch:
  • The number of immigrants legally presenting themselves at ports of entry (who claimed asylum or were turned away) fell by almost 9% from last month.
    • Why it matters: If the Trump administration‘s new family separation practices were meant to scare immigrants from crossing the border illegally and encourage them to go to legal ports, the numbers seem to show it's not working — at least, not yet.
The big picture is, the pressure to migrate is much stronger than whatever scary messages Trump thinks he's sending.
— Leon Rodriguez, former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told Axios.
  • The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that immigration advocates are accusing U.S. border guards of refusing asylum-seekers entry to the U.S. at a pedestrian bridge by the Rio Grande.
    • If reports of CBP stopping immigrants from reaching the ports are accurate, this could also contribute to the decreased number of migrants trying to enter legally through the ports.

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released an unclassified report assessing that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) approved the operation to "capture or kill" Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Driving the news: The White House also announced sanctions on entities implicated in the murder, though not on MBS directly. Officials also announced a new "Khashoggi ban" under which individuals accused of harassing journalists or dissidents outside their borders can be barred from entering the U.S.

About 20% of U.S. adults have received first vaccine dose, White House says

Joe Biden speaks during an event commemorating the 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Nearly 1 in 5 adults and nearly half of Americans 65 and older have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt said on Friday.

The big picture: The Biden administration has previously said it has secured enough doses to vaccinate most of the American population by the end of July.

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