Jul 1, 2019

O'Rourke: Trump admin's "Remain in Mexico" migrant policy is inhumane

A migrant child meets Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke at a shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy for asylum-seekers is "inhumane" and "causing suffering and death."

Details: In the former Texas congressman's first foreign trip as a 2020 candidate, O'Rourke has traveled to Mexico to meet with Central American migrant families who sought asylum in the U.S. only to be turned away at the southern border.

The big picture: The Trump administration announced last month the expansion of the "Remain in Mexico" policy, officially known as Migrant Protection Protocols, as part of its trade agreement with the Mexican government.

The other side: The administration believes the policy is a key tool in dealing with a surge of migrants at the southern border. There have been more border arrests so far this fiscal year than in any other full fiscal year in the past decade with close to 600,000 migrant arrests.

By the numbers: Border apprehension numbers fell in June after steep figures in the 3 previous months, with the U.S. Border Patrol apprehending roughly 87,000 unauthorized immigrants.

  • The drop 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: Current and former DHS officials told Axios that border crossings tend to dip in the hotter summer months and it's nearly impossible to tell if a policy change is effective after a few weeks, let alone a few months, Alayna notes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 1,582,904 — Total deaths: 94,807 — Total recoveries: 351,201Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5:30 p.m. ET: 454,304 — Total deaths: 16,267 — Total recoveries: 24,962Map.
  3. Public health latest: U.S. has expelled thousands of migrants under coronavirus. public health orderDr. Anthony Fauci said social distancing could reduce the U.S. death toll to 60,000.
  4. Business latest: The Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion for businesses, state and city governments — After another 6.6 million jobless claims, here's how to understand the scale of American job decimation.
  5. States latest: FEMA has asked governors to decide by today if they want testing sites to be under state or federal control.
  6. World latest: Boris Johnson is moved out of ICU but remains in hospital with coronavirus.
  7. In Congress: Senate in stalemate over additional funding for small business relief program.
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How to understand the scale of American job decimation

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics via St. Louis Fed; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Sentence from a nightmare: 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, a decline from the previous week's 6.9 million.

The big picture: Over the past three weeks, 1 in 10 working-age adults filed for unemployment, Axios' Courtenay Brown notes.

Biden rolls out new policies in effort to court Sanders supporters

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The Biden campaign announced two new policies on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about incorporating elements of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.