Jun 20, 2018

Trump will be "signing something" on child separation

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President Trump told the White House pool Wednesday that he will be "signing something in a little while" on immigration, adding that he wants "to keep families together."

Why it matters: Trump met with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill last night to address the mounting pressure on his administration to change its policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. Trump has previously signaled that he wants more comprehensive reform rather than a separate measure.

The details: The order will call for families to be kept in detention, indefinitely, together, and will not be released until their hearing, the New York Time’s Maggie Haberman and Michael Shear report. It would attempt to work around a court ruling that prevented children from being held in detention for more than three weeks.

What to watch: Currently, parents are initially being taken into criminal custody by the Justice Department, forcing the separation of families. The executive order must also address the processes behind DOJ’s enforcement of the “zero-tolerance” policy.

What Trump's saying:

  • "So I'm going to be signing an executive order in a little while... [W]e're keeping families together but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country," Trump said, according to the pool.
  • Trump also re-emphasized that, "We need the Democrats' support" in order to pass immigration laws.
"If you're really, really pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, but if you're strong, you have no heart. That's a tough dilemma."
  • He added that "perhaps I'd rather be strong."
  • He also blamed the situation on federal judges who have stopped the administration's efforts to end the DACA program: "That's why we're in this mess. Because we had a couple of court decisions, which is going to force an issue to the Supreme Court which shouldn't be forced to the Supreme Court."

Be smart: A senior administration official told Axios' Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen that Trump "doesn't want to look weak" by backing down. "He feels boxed in, is frustrated and knows it's bad politics — but also understands it's not a fight he can back down from," the official said.

Go deeper: Here's what happens when families cross the border

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 1,202,827 — Total deaths: 64,771 — Total recoveries: 246,886Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of midnight ET: 312,076 — Total deaths: 8,496 — Total recoveries: 14,997Map.
  3. Public health latest: CDC launches national trackers and recommends face coverings in public. Federal government will cover costs of COVID-19 treatment for uninsured. The virus is hitting poor, minority communities harder and upending childbirth.
  4. 2020 latest: "We have no contingency plan," Trump said on the 2020 Republican National Convention. "We're having the convention at the end of August."
  5. Business updates: Restaurants step up for health care workers. Employees are pressuring companies to provide protections during coronavirus.
  6. Oil latest: Monday meeting among oil-producing countries to discuss supply curbs is reportedly being delayed amid tensions between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  7. Education update: Many college-age students won't get coronavirus relief checks.
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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surpassed 1.2 million worldwide Saturday night, as Spain overtook Italy as the country with the most infections outside the U.S. The global death toll has surpassed 64,700, per Johns Hopkins data.

The latest: The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II will speak in a televised address on the coronavirus Sunday of the "disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all," per the BBC. The U.K. death toll rose 708 to 4,313 on Saturday — the fourth highest in the world.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll surpasses 8,400

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Recorded deaths from the coronavirus surpassed 8,400 in the U.S. on Saturday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.

The big picture: President Trump said Saturday America's is facing its "toughest week, between this week and next week." Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. should expect to see deaths continue to rise in this period.

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