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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is expected to ask Congress in the coming days for permission to deport unaccompanied migrant children and hold families seeking asylum in detention longer than currently permitted, according to a copy of the proposal obtained by NBC News.

The backdrop: Under the law presently, children who enter the U.S. from non-border states are reassigned into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services to be rejoined with relatives or sponsors. Also under federal law, immigrant families with minors cannot be detained for more than 20 days, despite the Trump administration's previously failed attempts to reverse this by executive action.

Details: Nielsen, in the letter, agues that the law as it stands restricts DHS's ability to deport migrant children, serving as "another dangerous 'pull' factor," as she seeks to address the "root causes of the emergency" that led to the rise in border crossings since February. Her proposal also requests more funding for detention beds, extends the duration for which families can be held, and would allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries.

What's next: If the proposal emerges, it will have to clear the Democratic-majority House, where it will likely face opposition. According to NBC, daily border crossings have recently reached a 13-year high, resulting in immigration officers premature release of immigrants from their custody.

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Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

The Biden protection plan

Joe Biden announces his first run for the presidency in June 1987. Photo: Howard L. Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

The Joe Biden who became the 46th president on Wednesday isn't the same blabbermouth who failed in 1988 and 2008.

Why it matters: Biden now heeds guidance about staying on task with speeches and no longer worries a gaffe or two will cost him an election. His staff also limits the places where he speaks freely and off the cuff. This Biden protective bubble will only tighten in the months ahead, aides tell Axios.

Bush labels Clyburn the “savior” for Democrats

House Majority Whip James Clyburn takes a selfie Wednesday with former President George W. Bush. Photo: Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush credited Rep. James Clyburn with being the "savior" of the Democratic Party, telling the South Carolinian at Wednesday's inauguration his endorsement allowed Joe Biden to win the party's presidential nomination.

Why it matters: The nation's last two-term Republican president also said Clyburn's nod allowed for the transfer of power, because he felt only Biden had the ability to unseat President Trump.