Missouri

Millions of immigrant files physically stored in underground Missouri cave

Ken Cuccinelli
Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service/Visual China Group via Getty Images

Officials are trying to carry out President Trump's months-old directive demanding that sponsors of immigrants pay the government for the costs when those immigrants used certain public benefits. But to tabulate that, they have to go through a cave in Missouri.

The bottom line: The majority of those immigration files — including sponsors' information — are located on physical sheets of paper often stored in a large, underground facility in Kansas City's limestone caves, multiple current and former government officials tell Axios.

Federal judge temporarily blocks Missouri's 8-week abortion ban

Protestors outside a Missouri Planned Parenthood.
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A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri law set to take effect this week that would have limited abortions to just the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, per Fox 2 News.

The big picture: The temporary injunction will remain in place while the legality of the new abortion ban — one of the strictest abortion laws in the country — is determined in court. The challenge is being led by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Red states throughout the country have been passing restrictive abortion laws in hopes of forcing a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade, which affirmed the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion.

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