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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is holding 50,049 allegedly undocumented immigrants in prisons and jails throughout the U.S. according to numbers released Wednesday, The Daily Beast reports.

Between the lines: That marks an increase of about 2,000 people since January. And although deportations have increased since the beginning of Trump’s presidency, they are still well below the level of deportations the Obama administration oversaw. This decline could be contributing to the record number of people in detention. Meanwhile, ICE arrests are on the rise, per ICE statistics.

  • ICE hasn’t accounted for how it will fund the increase of allegedly undocumented immigrants in detention; in its deal to prevent a government shutdown, Congress funded ICE to hold 45,724 people, which falls short of current detention levels by nearly 5,000 beds.

The big picture, via Heidi Altman, policy director of the National Immigrant Justice Center: “This mass deprivation of liberty and dignity is unnecessary and continues to play out in dangerous ways. Inside the jails people are enduring overcrowding, food consistently described as foul and meager in calories, solitary confinement as punishment for a misplaced word, and more. An expansion this quick and this reckless risks lives.”

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 18,982,658 — Total deaths: 712,266— Total recoveries — 11,477,642Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 4,873,747 — Total deaths: 159,931 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: Pelosi rips GOP over stimulus negotiations: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn" — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive.
  4. Public health: Majority of Americans say states reopened too quicklyFauci says task force will examine aerosolized spread.
  5. Business: The health care sector imploded in Q2More farmers are declaring bankruptcyJuly's jobs report could be an inflection point for the recovery.
  6. Sports: Where college football's biggest conferences stand on playing.
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Nuclear free-for-all: The arms control era may be ending

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The mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki have remained unreplicated for 75 years in part because the U.S. and Soviet Union — after peering over the ledge into nuclear armageddon — began to negotiate.

Why it matters: The arms control era that began after the Cuban Missile Crisis may now be coming to a close. The next phase could be a nuclear free-for-all.

Pelosi, Schumer demand postmaster general reverse USPS cuts ahead of election

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Thursday calling for the recent Trump appointee to reverse operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that "threaten the timely delivery of mail" ahead of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: U.S. mail and election infrastructure are facing a test like no other this November, with a record-breaking number of mail-in ballots expected as Americans attempt to vote in the midst of a pandemic.