Federal judiciary

Judge orders immediate improvement to conditions at migrant centers

Border Patrol facilities at Flint, Tex.
Border Patrol facility in Clint, Tex. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

California Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee tasked an independent mediator with immediately improving conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, reports the New York Times.

Why now: The order comes after reports detailed the conditions migrant children are being held in at a facility in Clint, Tex. The children were not provided adequate food and spent days in filthy clothes and diapers.

Romney breaks from GOP over Trump's federal judge nominee who smeared Obama

President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitt Romney
Photo: Drew Angrer, Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) broke from his fellow conservatives on Tuesday, voting against President Trump's federal judge nominee, Michael J. Truncale, after he vilified former President Obama, calling him an "un-American imposter" in 2011, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Romney was the only voting senator to break from the party line and
vote against the nomination. He has been one of the more vocal Republicans to come out against the president consistently since Trump entered the White House, commenting that Trump has "not risen to the mantle of the office," and in April, saying he was "sickened" by the findings of the Mueller report.