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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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European Super League faces collapse after English soccer teams quit

Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge soccer stadium in London, England. Photo: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

The European Super League announced in a statement Tuesday night it's "proposing a new competition" and considering the next steps after all six English soccer clubs pulled out of the breakaway tournament.

Why it matters: The announcement that 12 of the richest clubs in England, Spain and Italy would start a new league was met with backlash from fans, soccer stars and politicians. The British government had threatened to pass legislation to stop it from going ahead.

Corporate America finds downside to politics

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Corporate America is finding it can get messy when it steps into politics.

Why it matters: Urged on by shareholders, employees and its own company creeds, Big Business is taking increasing stands on controversial political issues during recent months — and now it's beginning to see the fallout.

Church groups say they can help the government more at border

A mural inside of Casa del Refugiado in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Stef Kight/Axios

Despite the separation between church and state, the federal government depends upon religious shelters to help it cope with migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why it matters: The network supports the U.S. in times of crisis, but now some shelter leaders are complaining about expelling families to Mexico when they have capacity — and feel a higher calling — to accommodate them.