Jul 5, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon. Today's PM is 437 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: President Trump, for the first time, has publicly acknowledged that he is considering issuing an executive order to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census. Go deeper.

1 big thing: The 2020 Democratic challenge for migrant kids

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

2020 Democrats are being forced to reckon with a broken, complicated immigration system and offer solutions to a crisis that has become emotionally charged and politically risky, Axios' Stef Kight and Alayna Treene report.

So Axios posed the following question to every 2020 Democratic presidential campaign:

  • What would you do for migrant children on Day 1 as president?

The bottom line: There may be solutions to prevent so many migrant kids from coming into custody in the first place, but the answers we received showed the challenges of dealing with the status quo.

  1. There is broad agreement for ending child separation, but the government has little capacity for detaining or caring for migrant families together.
  2. Some want to shut down child migrant camps like Homestead in Florida, but the U.S. is already strained for capacity on existing facilities.
  3. And others want to work to immediately reunite kids with family in the U.S., but the child migrant crisis also includes unaccompanied kids who might not have family or potential guardians in the country.

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Bonus: Pics du jour

🇺🇸 Cori "Coco" Gauff is the youngest Wimbledon qualifier of the professional era at 15, and today she advanced to the 4th round after defeating Polona Hercog in 3 close sets.

  • Go Coco!
Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. 2020 numbers: Kamala Harris raised $12 million in Q2, her campaign said today, and Steve Bullock reported $2 million. Go deeper.
  2. Anchorage, Alaska, hit 90ºF degrees yesterday, toppling the city's all-time record-high by 5 degrees. Go deeper.
  3. Trump plans to issue an executive order creating a "favored nations clause," where the U.S. would pay no more for a drug than the lowest price paid by another country. Go deeper.
  4. The U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs in June — far more than the 165,000 economists were expecting, while the unemployment rate edged slightly higher to 3.7% and wages grew at an annualized pace of 3.1%. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

NASA's Apollo 11 command module Columbia, its bottom scorched and pitted from reentry into Earth's atmosphere decades earlier. Photo: Elaine Thompson/AP

🚀 Later this month, it will have been 50 years since America set foot on the moon, with "no shortage of events and exhibits celebrating the historic" event, the AP notes.

  • Places with an "Apollo 11 connection will be marking the anniversary over the next few weeks, particularly for the July 16 launch, July 20 moon landing and July 24 splashdown."
  • "In downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio — Armstrong’s birthplace — the festivities include the Moon Festival Pageant, a Run to the Moon race and a 'Wink at the Moon' concert, a nod to his family’s request after Armstrong died in 2012."
  • "The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is also going for a world record. On July 16 at 8:32 a.m. local time, exactly 50 years after Apollo 11 astronauts blasted off for the moon, the museum will attempt to set a Guinness World Record by launching 5,000 model rockets simultaneously."
Mike Allen