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Immigrants, mostly women and children receiving food, shelter and medical help at a shelter in McAllen, Texas. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc./Getty Images

New data suggests that fear over the Trump administration's crackdown on unauthorized immigration may be a factor in last week's Census Bureau report showing the first increase in the number of people without health insurance in nearly a decade, according to AP.

Why it matters: The White House blamed the Affordable Care Act's high premiums for the rise in the uninsured, but only Hispanics and foreign-born people experienced a significant increase in their uninsured rate.

The big picture: The declines in coverage among these groups coincide with the Trump administration discouraging immigrants from applying for and using government health care programs like Medicaid.

  • The uninsured rate for Hispanics rose by 1.6% in 2018, with nearly 18% lacking coverage. The uninsured rate of immigrant children who have become citizens rose by 2.2% in 2018, to 8.6%.
  • There was no significant change in health insurance for non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Asians.
  • The total number of uninsured rose by 1.9 million people in 2018. An estimated 27.5 million people, or 8.5% of the population, lacked coverage the entire year.

What they're saying: "You can imagine the new approach to immigration inhibiting these people from doing things that would make them more visible to public authorities,” Larry Levitt, executive vice president for health policy at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, told AP.

Go deeper: Rate of uninsured people increases for first time since ACA rolled out

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A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.

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France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians

Caskets for the dead are carried towards the gravesite as relatives and friends attend a mass funeral for members of a family that is said to have been killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul on Aug. 30. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday.

Why it matters: U.S. Central Command said at the time that officials "know" the drone strike "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Kabul's airport, and that they were "confident we successfully hit the target."