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Screenshot via "Fox News Sunday."

Senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond on Sunday said that whether or not families separated at the border receive monetary compensation is up to the Department of Justice.

Why it matters: Richmond's remarks on "Fox News Sunday" come amid an ongoing negotiation to provide compensation to families who were separated at the border under the Trump administration.

  • Early reports said that the Justice Department was in talks to pay $450,000 per person to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of the families affected. However, last week President Biden rebuffed the dollar amount of the payment.
  • Richmond also reiterated that the proposed compensation would not incentivize unauthorized immigration, adding that "we cannot, with a straight face, say that parents are willing to separate from a child for a dollar amount."

What they're saying: "I want to be clear about this: We do not tell the Department of Justice what to do," Richmond told host Chris Wallace.

  • "If DOJ determines that it saves the taxpayers money and it rights a wrong, then they will make the determination that is necessary," he added.
  • "If they make a determination, they'll come up with what they think is an adequate dollar amount."

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Note: This table includes the eight largest communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and eight other U.S. cities similar in population size and demographics; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, FBI statistics show.

Why it matters: The latest crime data collected by the FBI from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a "lawless" region suffering from violence and mayhem.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

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The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

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Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.