Jul 1, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM is 478 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Migrant girl speaks on the camps

Tents stand at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

In a dramatic video posted by the AP, a 12-year-old girl says she slept on the floor and kids weren't allowed playtime or baths during her stay at the Texas facility that's dominated headlines over the past week.

  • “There are some children, like the age of my sister, they cried for their mother or their father. They cried for their aunt. They missed them," the girl told a lawyer in the video.
  • “They cried and they were locked up.”

Why it matters: The border patrol station in Clint at one point had 700 kids in a facility designed for 100 adults.

  • That number has declined to just more than 100, the AP notes.
  • Per AP: "On Friday, a federal judge ordered that an independent monitor appointed last year move 'post haste' to improve conditions at Border Patrol stations, where children are supposed to be held just 72 hours."
  • "In the Clint station, some had been held almost a month."

Between the lines: This girl and her 6-year-old sister crossed the border with their aunt to reunite with their mother who came to the U.S. to seek asylum 4 years ago. The girls were separated from their aunt at the border.

The bottom line: The government is struggling to hold the surge of migrant children and families who have been crossing the border over the past year, Axios' Stef Kight notes.

  • That surge is drawing critical attention to a system of government, private and non-profit detention centers and migrant child housing that is failing to provide proper care — and often times hurting — children in its custody.

Go deeper: Watch the video here

Bonus: Pic du jour
Screenshot: Chuck Grassley/Instagram

Sen. Chuck Grassley posts on Insta: "Wk 8/9 #cornwatch This yr Grassley corn is hip high by the Fourth of July usually shoulder high by the Fourth of July behind because of wet cool spring."

Go deeper: Rain makes corn — until it doesn't

2. What you missed
  1. Hong Kong police fired tear gas after protestors stormed its Legislative Council building on the 22nd anniversary of the handover of the former British colony to China. Go deeper.
  2. Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium has crossed the maximum amount it is allowed to hold under the 2015 nuclear deal, which Trump left in 2018. Details.
  3. Customs and Border Protection will investigate a private Facebook page for 9,500 current and former Border Patrol agents, following a ProPublica report revealing members of the group joked about migrant deaths and posted racist and sexually explicit memes about Latina members of Congress. Details.
  4. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has quietly been cutting deals around the globe. Go deeper.
1 film thing

Lady Gaga at a pride event in Greenwich Village on Friday (Photo: Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Keeping its pledge to diversify, the Oscars organization today invited 842 new members from 59 countries — 50% female and 29% people of color, per The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Since 2015, following criticism for all-white acting nominees, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences membership by people of color has doubled from 8% to 16%, AP reports.
  • Female membership has grown from 25% to 32%.

Today's invitees include Lady Gaga, Tom Holland, Adele, Sterling K. Brown, Claire Foy and Letitia Wright.

Mike Allen