Jun 18, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 481 words, a 2-minute read.

  • 🚨Breaking: California will require face masks in public, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today. The state is among those where the outbreak is accelerating.

Situational awareness: Facebook has taken down an ad from the Trump campaign that went after antifa and leftist groups with a prominent display of an inverted red triangle in a black outline, a symbol the Nazis used for political dissenters. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Trump's Supreme rebuke

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

For the second time in two years, the Supreme Court has agreed that the Trump administration has the right to act, but not in the way it acted.

Why it matters: In an unexpected 5-4 victory for immigration activists, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Department of Homeland Security's decision to rescind DACA in the fall of 2017 was "arbitrary and capricious," reports Axios' Stef Kight.

  • "The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so," Roberts wrote in the opinion.
  • Roberts also wrote that DHS did not properly consider "what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients" if the program were to be terminated.
  • DHS response.

DACA recipients were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — under 16 years of age — and many have grown up here.

  • Most are in their 20s and early 30s. Nearly half of DACA recipients are 26 years or older, according to data by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • 45% of active DACA recipients were living in California and Texas as of the end of 2019.

The bottom line: The timing of these rulings matters.

  • SCOTUS struck down the citizenship question on the census so close to printing time that the administration didn't have time to fight it and was forced to send the census without the question.
  • Now it has struck down DACA so close to the November elections that the administration may be unable to act before Election Day.

What's next: "Many folks celebrating over DACA for now, but immigrant rights groups do not see this battle as over," tweeted the N.Y. Times' Jennifer Medina.

  • "Advocates see a much bigger fight with Congress and the White House for permanent legal status for the larger universe of undocumented - not just Dreamers."

Go deeper: DACA gets decided (Re:Cap podcast)

2. Pic du jour
Photo: Tom McCarthy/AP

James Massery (left) of Preston, Oklahoma, and Daniel Hedman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, supporters of President Trump, were camped outside the BOK Center in Tulsa on Tuesday.

3. Catch up quick
  1. Another 1.5 million Americans filed new applications for jobless benefits last week. Go deeper.
  2. Chinese researchers say they developed a quantum key for encrypting and decrypting messages that has been shared between two ground stations about 700 miles apart. Go deeper.
  3. Trump personally thinks testing for coronavirus is "overrated," he told the WSJ. He says that it has led to an increase in confirmed cases in the U.S. that "makes us look bad." Go deeper.
  4. Exclusive: DoorDash has raised $400 million in new equity funding at a $16 billion post-money valuation. Go deeper.
  5. 74% of Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, including 63% of Republicans — up from 42% in May, according to a new poll. Go deeper.
4. 1 helpful thing
Cover illustration: Kokila via AP

A picture book edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s “Antiracist Baby,” one of the country’s top-selling books since the death last month of George Floyd, is coming out July 14, AP reports.

  • “Antiracist Baby” went on sale this week as a board book and has been part of a wave of works about race and racism that have been selling strongly.
Mike Allen