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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.

Go deeper

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.