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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Luke Montavon/AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) documented in a series of tweets what she described as "horrifying" conditions inside a Texas migrant detention center at a Border Patrol station she visited Monday.

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Details: Ocasio-Cortez, who was in a party of Congressional Hispanic Caucus lawmakers, said a woman in the center told her officers had used "psychological warfare" on migrants, "waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res. ... Tell me what about that is due to a 'lack of funding?'" she tweeted.

  • In one tweet, Ocasio-Cortez addressed a Customs and Border Protection investigation into a Facebook page where CBP agents joked about migrant deaths and which referenced her Caucus' visit, using derogatory language about the lawmakers. One Facebook post featured a fake image of Ocasio-Cortez being forced to perform sexual acts.
"Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically &sexually threatening towards me. Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets. This was them on their GOOD behavior in front of members of Congress."

Why it matters: The immigration crisis is becoming the defining 2020 election issue of the moment, Axios' Alexi McCammond notes. Democrats have been critical of conditions inside migrant centers and the Trump administration's handling of child migrants in particular, per McCammond.

The big picture: The lawmakers' visit came as Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed in a statement that 30-year-old Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres from Honduras died in the hospital Sunday while in the agency's custody. He was found unresponsive at the Houston Contract Detention Facility, ICE said.

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The other side: The Trump administration has implemented a hardline policy on migrants at the southern border as it attempts to hold a surge of migrant children and families who've been crossing the border this year.

  • New data shows a decline in migrant numbers in June, which enables acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to tout that the June 7 deal the U.S. struck with Mexico to stem the flow of migration is working, per Axios' Alayna Treene

Yes, but: Treene notes current and former DHS officials told Axios that border crossings tend to dip in the hotter summer months and that it's nearly impossible to tell if a policy change is effective after only a few weeks, let alone a few months.

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This article has been updated with comment from ICE and fresh remarks by Ocasio-Cortez.

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Senate Democrats reach deal on extending unemployment insurance

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Senate Democrats struck a deal Friday evening to extend unemployment insurance in President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package after deliberating and halting other action for roughly nine hours, per a Senate aide.

Why it matters: The Senate can now resume voting on other amendments to the broader rescue bill.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.