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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Unaccompanied migrant children who were detained at the border are being left at gas stations, convenience stores and airports with little to no prior notice to their parents, as the formal process to reunite immigrant families affected by former President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy begins.

Why it matters: Families tell Noticias Telemundo they’ve received instructions in the middle of the night on where to pick up the kids, sometimes hundreds of miles away.

  • Many parents or guardians are awaiting their own immigration hearings, so they don’t have driver’s licenses and can’t easily get a hold of a car to pick the children up.
  • The Biden government paid $112 million to contractor MVM Inc. to take the kids from holding centers in Texas to the cities where their legal guardians live.

The whole process only worsens the trauma the children have experienced from being separated from their parents, in some cases for over two years, families say.

  • There are documented cases of young adults reverting to wetting the bed or becoming mute.

Editor's note: This item has been clarified to show that the process of reuniting parents with their children who crossed the border unaccompanied by family has been chaotic.

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Oct 7, 2021 - Health

Pfizer asks FDA to authorize COVID-19 vaccine for younger children

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech on Thursday said they submitted an official application asking the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

Why it matters: If approved, it would become the first coronavirus vaccine for younger children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has full FDA approval for people 16 and older and has an EUA for those between 12 and 15.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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Race and technology in America

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.

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