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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.

Go deeper: Beto O'Rourke on the issues, in under 500 words

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U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
7 hours ago - Economy & Business

The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

Data: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax; Chart: Axios Visuals

There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.