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In interviews with "Axios on HBO," two top immigration officials echoed claims from President Trump that immigration at the Mexican border is an "invasion."

The big picture: Trump received pushback for using the term, with critics saying it demonizes immigrants and sounds too reminiscent of war. Acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan and acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli told "Axios on HBO" that it was a justified way to represent the situation at the southern border.

What they're saying:

  • Cuccinelli to "Axios on HBO": "I think that when a large number of people attempt to overwhelm your system, that is an invasion, and that is what has happened. Our system is not designed for the kind of numbers we're seeing. Are there rapists and criminals in here? You bet there are."
  • Morgan to "Axios on HBO": "What would you call 1 million people in 12 months — 1 million people that attempted to illegally enter this country? What would you call it?"

Morgan further claimed that "invasion" is a worthy term for "a crisis problem," adding, "I don't think the issue is to quibble over what terminology or adjective."

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Dunkin' Brands agrees to $11B Inspire Brands sale

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Dunkin' Brands, operator of both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, agreed on Friday to be taken private for nearly $11.3 billion, including debt, by Inspire Brands, a restaurant platform sponsored by private equity firm Roark Capital.

Why it matters: Buying Dunkin’ will more than double Inspire’s footprint, making it one of the biggest restaurant deals in the past 10 years. This could ultimately set up an IPO for Inspire, which already owns Arby's, Jimmy John's and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Federal judge halts Trump administration limit on TikTok

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A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction preventing the Trump administration from imposing limits on the distribution of TikTok, Bloomberg reports. The injunction request came as part of a suit brought by creators who make a living on the video service.

Why it matters: The administration has been seeking to force a sale of, or block, the Chinese-owned service. It also moved to ban the service from operating in the U.S. as of Nov. 12, a move which was put on hold by Friday's injunction.