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The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Uber and General Motors all signed the letter. Photos: Getty Images

In a letter to congressional leadership, 115 CEOs and business leaders — including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Meg Whitman, Mary Barra, Stephen Schwarzman and Dara Khosrowshahi — urged lawmakers to pass legislation to protect Dreamers by January 19th, the government's spending deadline.

"The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country," they wrote.

The backdrop: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that any DACA deal would be separate from efforts to fund the government. And President Trump said Wednesday that he won't sign a DACA bill that does not include funding for a border wall — a deal-breaker for many Democrats.

The timing of the letter and sheer number of major business leaders signing onto it are both important, as budget and DACA negotiations are coming down to the most critical moments, Axios' Mike Allen notes. He reports that the letter will run as a full-page ad in major newspapers.

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Scoop: Border officials project 13,000 child migrants in May

The "El Chaparral" border crossing at Tijuana. Photo: Stringer/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

A Customs and Border Protection staffer told top administration officials Thursday the agency is projecting a peak of 13,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border in May, sources directly familiar with the discussion told Axios.

Why it matters: That projection would exceed the height of the 2019 crisis, which led to the infamous "kids-in-cages" disaster. It also underscores a rapidly escalating crisis for the Biden administration.

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U.S. strikes Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria

President Biden at the Pentagon on Feb. 10. Photo: Alex Brandon - Pool/Getty Images

The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.