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Photo: Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

President Trump said on Twitter Saturday morning that his administration is doing "a much better job" when dealing with children at the border than the Obama administration.

The big picture: While it's been reported that hundreds of children are being reunited with their families, there still doesn't seem to be an established process for doing so after Trump's executive order earlier this week failed to address the issue.

What's happening
  • Around 500 children that were separated have been reunited with their families since May, the Associated Press reported and CBS confirmed.
  • Some parents are opting to be deported without their children, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official told lawmakers, according to CNN, "so the children can go through the immigration system."
  • Many children have been relocated to "far-flung shelters and foster homes nationwide," per CNN, often making it difficult to find them and reunite them with their families.
What comes next
  • Per the AP, ICE and the Department of Health and Human Services "are working to set up a centralized reunification process" in Texas.
  • With 500 children reunited, that could leave around 1,800 kids still in federal custody as there was a reported 2,300 children separated from their families.
  • The House pushed back a vote on its compromise immigration bill until next week. Per Axios' Stef Kight, it's unlikely to pass — and its failure would close another door to allowing Homeland Security to keep migrant families together in detention longer than 20 days.
  • A former DHS official and ABC News consultant, John Cohen, warned that "zero-tolerance policies" can overwhelm the criminal justice system, as resources will be allocated to handling illegal border crossings and not on "more serious issues in communities," and facilities will overflow with people.

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10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not "to go back to the chaos"

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Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."

Why it matters: With just over a week to go before Election Day in the Commonwealth, McAuliffe is bringing out the big guns. The 44th president appeared on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to urge supporters to get to the polls.

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Axios AM Deep Dive: America’s murder surge

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Homicides rose at the fastest rate in at least six decades last year. This Axios AM Deep Dive, led by Future correspondent Bryan Walsh, looks at the state of gun crime.