Good afternoon: Today's PM is 478 words, a 2 minute read.
1 big thing: Migrant girl speaks on the camps
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 Florida facility visited by Democratic politicians in recent days holds unaccompanied minors and is overseen by HHS, rather than border patrol.
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has quietly been cutting deals around the globe. Go deeper.
1 film thing
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.