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Guatemalan immigrant reunited with her children in New York. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Four of the 102 migrant children under five years old have been reunited with their parents in compliance with a court order, and 34 more will be reunited today, Health and Human Services official Chris Meekins told reporters on a call Tuesday afternoon.

Big picture: These reunited families have been released into the community with ankle bracelets, and the Department of Homeland Security plans to do this for most families with children under five years old, although that will be determined on a case-by-case basis, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Executive Associate Director Matthew Albence told reporters.

By the numbers:

  • 12 parents have already been deported and eight have already been released into the U.S., which Meekins said makes it more difficult for them to be reunited by today's deadline, according to ICE's most recent court filing. Those who have already been released will have to go to HHS and request to sponsor their child.
  • 27 parents are not eligible for reunification due to being in criminal custody, having a criminal record, or because HHS has determined they are a danger to their child.
  • 16 parents have cleared the criminal background check, but have not been verified as the parent. They could be reunited today or shortly after.
  • Five parents, before their DNA swab, admitted that they were not the actual parent of the child they were claiming, Meekins said.

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency amid pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.

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