Jul 22, 2019

Trump says he wants meeting with Schumer on immigration "ASAP"

President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Sunday night that he wants to set up a meeting on immigration with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) "ASAP."

Driving the news: Schumer tweeted after touring border detention facilities with other senators in Texas on Friday that the conditions he saw for immigrants were "unbearable, inhumane, heartbreaking."

  • Schumer said lawmakers must pass the Democrats' Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, which would end family separations and set minimum health and safety standards at Border Patrol Stations, among other measures.

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Thousands of migrant kids face indefinite government custody

Tents to house unaccompanied migrant children at the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry on June 18, 2018. Photo: Christ Chavez/Getty Images

More than 4,000 migrant kids are at risk of being held indefinitely in federal government shelters because no relative or family friend has come forward to take custody of them, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) director Jonathan Hayes told CBS in a June interview.

Why it matters: A third of all migrant children in ORR's care are in this situation — an unprecedented number. They're being held in shelters that are nearing capacity and not designed for long-term care.

Go deeperArrowJul 24, 2019

Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Dems winning immigration messaging fight

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Negative stories about the Trump administration's immigration policies are getting much more online attention than stories that appeal to readers with immigration views aligned with the president, according to data from NewsWhip exclusively provided to Axios.

Why it matters: According to this tracker — which measures reach and engagement — immigration has been the top issue throughout the campaign by far, and President Trump has continuously leaned into it because he sees it as a political winner. This data shows that he's losing the war of how this issue is being framed online.

Go deeperArrowJul 24, 2019

John Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 race

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped his presidential bid Thursday, becoming the first high-profile Democrat to exit the 2020 race.

Why it matters: Hickenlooper had been facing pressure from other Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, to withdraw from the presidential race and run for Senate in Colorado.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Aug 15, 2019