Border Patrol agent takes Central American immigrants into custody. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Under a new policy going into effect this week, the Trump administration plans to stop detaining some some migrant families that crossed the border illegally in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, according to a Wall Street Journal report late Tuesday.

Details: Citing crowding and safety concerns, government officials allegedly said that some migrant families will be processed by Border Patrol agents rather than being shuffled to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to face possible lengthy detentions. They would then be released and required to make appearances for deportation or asylum cases. As the WSJ notes, "The policy change runs counter to President Trump’s repeated pledge to end what he called 'catch-and-release' at the border in favor of 'catch-and-detain.'"

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Zeta, now a Category 2 Hurricane, makes landfall on Louisiana coast

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta, classified as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday. The hurricane is producing 110-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The core of Zeta — including its destructive eyewall — moved ashore near Cocodrie.

Supreme Court won't expedite Pennsylvania GOP's request to block mail-in ballot extension

Amy Coney Barrett being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. Photo: Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images

The Supreme Court voted 5-3 on Wednesday to deny a bid from Pennsylvania Republicans to expedite their request to shorten the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. Newly-confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the decision.

Why it matters: A lower court ruling allowing ballots to be counted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, will remain in place for now.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

Paris under curfew. Photo: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

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