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A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration is required to provide mental health services to the thousands of migrant parents and children who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This decision "marks a rare instance of the government being held legally accountable for the mental trauma brought by its policies," writes the Times.

  • Judge John Kronstadt found that the government can be held responsible for its actions when it places people in dangerous conditions with "deliberate indifference."
  • Those who've been deported will likely not be eligible for treatment.

The big picture: Carrying out mental health screenings and treatments will be a long and expensive process since thousands of the impacted migrants are spread out across the country.

What's next: Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, told the Times that he "assumes the government will appeal and get the order stayed because it’s brand new. They’ll say the judge got it wrong.”

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Just over a month into his presidency, President Biden is staring down a mounting crisis at the border that could be just as bad as the ones faced by Barack Obama and Donald Trump, if not worse.

Why it matters: Immigration is an issue that can consume a presidency. It's intensely and poisonously partisan. It's complicated. And the lives and welfare of vulnerable children hang in the balance.

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Vaccine passports were touted early in the pandemic as an important piece of the plan to get people back to normal life. Now they’re becoming a reality.

Driving the news: CLEAR, the secure digital identity app that you see in airports around the world, and CommonPass, a health app that lets users securely access vaccination records and COVID test results, have joined forces.

"Vaccine tourism" stretches states' supplies

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Americans who are highly motivated to get vaccinated are traveling across state lines after hearing about larger vaccine supplies or loopholes in sign-up systems.

Why it matters: "Vaccine tourism" raises ethical and legal questions, and could worsen the racial socioeconomic and racial inequalities of the pandemic.