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Migrants walk towards El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico on June 21, 2018. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration said in a court filing that it could take 2 years for federal officials to identify the thousands of migrant children that were most likely separated from their parents before the government began collecting data through its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy in April 2018, the New York Times reports.

Details: The administration plans to apply a statistical analysis to about 47,000 children in order to locate families who entered the U.S. on or after July 1, 2017 — the earliest known date of separation — or when families had their child detained and released to a sponsor before a judge's reunification order on June 26, 2018. According to Lee Gelernt of the ACLU, about 2,800 children have been reunified with their families or "situated according to their parents' wishes."

Go deeper: 3 Florida congresswomen denied access to largest child detention center in U.S.

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency during pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's the biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S., where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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