Apr 9, 2019

Border crossings in March reach highest level in a decade

U.S. Border Patrol agents provide food, water and medical screening to scores of migrants at a processing center. Photo: Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Images

Border patrol encountered 103,492 migrants attempting to cross the border illegally last month — the highest number for March in over a decade, according to newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security.

Why it matters: Border patrol and ICE have been releasing many migrant families almost immediately due to limited space in detention centers. The majority of these migrants are families and minors — a stark difference from years past when border crossings were this high, but mostly consisted of single, Mexican adults. In response to the recent surge, President Trump has directed top officials to execute the most aggressive changes in immigration policy since his inauguration.

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Stephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is departing her post to return to the East Wing as First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff, the White House announced Tuesday. The news was first reported by CNN.

Why it matters: Grisham will leave after nine months without ever having held a formal press briefing. Her departure follows the arrival of new White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who has a chance to overhaul a communications shop that's kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.

WeWork board sues SoftBank

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SoftBank was sued Tuesday morning by a special committee of WeWork's board of directors for alleged breaches of contract and fiduciary duty related to SoftBank's decision to cancel a $3 billion tender offer for WeWork shares.

Why it matters: SoftBank is viewed by many in the private markets as an unfaithful partner. If this reaches trial, that reputation could either become widely cemented or reversed.

IEA boss won't let Big Oil off the hook

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International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol has a tough job these days — responding to an unprecedented crisis now without losing sight of an existential one that must be tackled over decades.

Driving the news: He spoke to Axios yesterday about his work to help stabilize oil markets and ensure coronavirus doesn't sap governments' and companies' work on global warming.