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Nielsen testifies during a House Homeland Security Committee. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requested that DHS employees volunteer to assist Customs and Border Patrol and ICE "in responding to the emergency at the southern border" in a letter on Wednesday, obtained by CNN.

What's happening: In the letter, Nielsen also called for interagency assistance as the DHS reportedly diverts resources away from border security and "toward full-time humanitarian response." What's included in that humanitarian response: Nielsen is expected to ask Congress in the coming days for permission to deport unaccompanied migrant children and hold families seeking asylum in detention longer than currently permitted, as outlined in a March 28 letter obtained by NBC News.

  • "My greatest concern is for the children ... who are arriving sicker than ever before," the March 28 letter reads. Nielsen says she has met with "senior Mexican officials" to discuss how to "stem the historic flows" from both sides of the border.

Go deeper: Thousands of migrant youth allegedly suffered sexual abuse in U.S. custody

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"Believe your eyes": Prosecutors make closing arguments in Chauvin trial

Steve Schleicher, an attorney for the prosecution in Derek Chauvin's trial, began closing arguments on Monday by describing in detail George Floyd's last moments — crying out for help and surrounded by strangers, as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

Why it matters: The jury's verdict in Chauvin's murder trial, seen by advocates as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades, will reverberate across the country and have major implications in the fight for racial justice.

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Apple to let Parler back onto App Store

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Apple will let Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives, back onto the App Store after Parler made attempts to improve its speech detection and moderation.

What's happening: Parler is getting access to Apple's massive App Store again after being suspended for inadequate hate speech policies following the January 6 Capitol riot, according to a letter Apple sent to Congress Monday.

Complaint alleges Amazon interfered in Alabama warehouse unionization vote

A sign outside the Amazon fulfillment center in Beesemer. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

A complaint by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) alleges that Amazon illegally interfered in the union election at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, CNBC reports.

The big picture: The RWDSU alleged in its complaint to the National Labor Relations Board that Amazon threatened layoffs, loss of pay or benefits, or a facility closure if workers voted in favor of the effort which flopped earlier this month.