Updated Jun 23, 2018

Go deeper: The challenge of reuniting immigrant families

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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.

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  3. Public health: Fauci says data is "really quite evident" against hydroxychloroquine — Nearly half of Americans say someone in their household has delayed medical care.
  4. Business: African American business owners have seen less relief from PPP, Goldman Sachs saysDisney plans phased reopening on July 11Author Ann Patchett says bookstores are innovating to stay connected with customers.
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Trump administration to eliminate nuclear waivers tied to Iran deal

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The U.S. is ending waivers that had allowed foreign companies to work at Iran's civilian nuclear facilities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday.

Why it matters: This will eliminate most elements of U.S. sanctions relief still in place two years after President Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo said "continued nuclear escalation" made the move necessary, but critics warn it will encourage further Iranian enrichment.

Top Senate Democrat says State Dept. is working on new Saudi arms deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs reporters on May 20. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote in a CNN op-ed on Wednesday that he learned that the State Department is currently working to sell thousands of additional precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Why it matters: Democrats say that Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general who was ousted on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recommendation, was investigating the administration's previous effort to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.