Jun 18, 2018

Clintons, Bushes and Obamas team up on Trump's child separation

Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former First lady Michelle Obama, in addition to the Clintons and the Bushes, has become the latest occupant of the White House to rebuke the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy that separates children from their parents at the border.

Yes, but a defiant President Trump and his Cabinet are refusing to publicly back down from their intensely controversial policy, which has further polarized the already divisive immigration debate in the nation’s capital.

By the numbers: As of the end of May, almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents.

What they're saying

The Bushes:

  • Former First Lady Laura Bush wrote an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post denouncing Trump's policy as "cruel" and "immoral."
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also on Monday called on Trump to end the “heartless policy" in a tweet replying to the president.

The Clintons:

  • Former President Bill Clinton tweeted Sunday: "On this Father’s Day I’m thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border. These children should not be a negotiating tool..." Hillary Clinton quote tweeted this, "YES!"
  • Hillary Clinton also tore into the policy while delivering remarks in New York Monday.

The Obamas:

  • Michelle Obama tweeted Monday: "Sometimes truth transcends party" in response to a Sunday night tweet from Bush's account that included the op-ed. Former President Barack Obama re-tweeted his wife's post.

Go deeper: What they're saying: Top Republicans speak out against child separation; What it's like for children being held in immigration facilities

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 657,691 — Total deaths: 30,438 — Total recoveries: 139,263.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 119,748 — Total deaths: 1,991 — Total recoveries: 921.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump is considering a quarantine on New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. He signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to give businesses and U.S. workers financial relief.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue a stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month and has moved its presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters that supported Trump's handling of the virus less than two weeks ago are now balking at his call for the U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
  6. 🚀 Space updates: OneWeb filed for bankruptcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Hollywood: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned to U.S. after being treated for coronavirus.
  8. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk
  9. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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Infant dies after testing positive for coronavirus in Chicago

Hospital staff working inside a COVID-19 screening tent in Chicago on March 26. Photo: Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images

An infant less than one year old died in Chicago, Illinois after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the state health department said on Saturday.

Why it matters: The death would mark the first reported infant mortality from COVID-19 in the U.S. The fatality rate for the novel coronavirus in the U.S. is highest among those over 85 years old, per the CDC.

Trump weighs quarantine of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — states that have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing.

The big picture: With 112,000 people infected, the U.S. has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, exceeding China and Italy, per data from Johns Hopkins. A second wave of American cities, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting influxes of cases.

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