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A mother and child from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

There has been a 22% increase in migrant children in Health and Human Services's custody from last month — 10,852 children are currently in shelters at 95% capacity, NBC News reports. The number of unaccompanied children crossing the border typically rises this time of year, such as 2017's April to May jump from 997 to 1,473 children.

Why it matters: This comes after a new Trump administration policy calling for prosecution of anyone who crosses the U.S. border illegally, which is expected to lead in an uptick of children being separated from their parents and sent to HHS.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Tesla's wild rise and European plan

Tesla's market capitalization blew past $500 billion for the first time Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's just a number, but kind of a wild one. Consider, via CNN: "Tesla is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and its merger partner PSA Group."

Dave Lawler, author of World
46 mins ago - World

China's Xi Jinping congratulates Biden on election win

Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
2 hours ago - Sports

College basketball is back

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.