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There are 16 states that currently have National Guard troops employed at the Southwest border to support the Department of Homeland Security's enforcement mission, a National Guard spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

The backdrop: This week, several U.S. governors announced that they were either recalling their National Guard units back from the border or vowing not to send them in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy and the separation of migrant families.

The details:

  • States with troops at the border: Missouri, Virginia, Indiana, Arizona, Arkansas, Maryland, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and North Carolina.
  • Up next: Maine and Wisconsin will send National Guard troops to Arizona later this month.

By the numbers, per the National Guard:

  • Arizona has about 400 National Guard personnel deployed.
  • California has ~350.
  • New Mexico has ~100.
  • Texas has ~1100.
  • According to the Office of Customs and Border Protection, there are 1,462 National Guard Personnel assigned to CBP offices, as of June 20.

Take note: These figures do not necessarily include the number of National Guard troops employed in in missions outside of CBP.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: People of color face more environmental threats

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±2.5% margin of error; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Americans of color are much less likely than white Americans to experience good air quality or tap water or enough trees or green space in their communities, and they're more likely to face noise pollution and litter, a new Axios-Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: Our national survey shows Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to live near major highways or industrial or manufacturing plants — and to have dealt in the past year with water-boil notices or power outages lasting more than 24 hours.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

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A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.

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France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."