Mar 9, 2019

Federal judge extends reunifications under family separation policy

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Federal judge Dana Sabraw ruled late Friday that the Trump administration must reunite more families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, the AP reports.

What's next: The judge will evaluate next steps on March 28. Sabraw's ruling could cause headaches for the administration in the process of reconnecting children and parents separated both before and after President Trump's "zero tolerance" border blueprint was initiated.

The big picture: Today's decision follows a U.S. Health and Human Services Department's report that noted thousands more families may have been separated since mid-2017. To date, the government has reunited or discharged 2,741 children of 2,816 considered qualified, according to a new court filing.

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America's funeral homes buckle under the coronavirus

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Morgues, funeral homes and cemeteries in hot spots across America cannot keep up with the staggering death toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, and at least tens of thousands more lives are projected to be lost. The numbers are creating unprecedented bottlenecks in the funeral industry — and social distancing is changing the way the families say goodbye to their loved ones.

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January

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In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.

The state of play: By late February, Navarro was even more alarmed, and he warned his colleagues, in another memo, that up to two million Americans could die of the virus.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: The virus hits home

Data: Ipsos/Axios poll; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The share of Americans who know someone who's tested positive has more than tripled in just a few weeks, to 14%, according to the latest installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • It's still highest in the Northeast, but last week alone it doubled in the South — and it's becoming most pronounced among people who still must leave home to work.
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