White House requests $4.5 billion in emergency border funding

A border patrol car between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, April 7, 2018. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

The White House asked Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency funding on Wednesday to manage what it describes as a record number of migrants attempting to enter the southern border, Politico reports.

The impact: “In the worst-case scenario, thousands of children might remain for lengthy periods of time in facilities that were never intended to be long-term shelters, rather than being expeditiously transferred to HHS custody,” White House acting budget director Russ Vought wrote in his budget request, per Politico.

Details: Citing a "humanitarian and security crisis," the request includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance and $1.1 billion for border operations, per the Washington Post. That would be in addition to the $8 billion that President Trump requested to build a wall on the southern border, which involved obtaining $3.6 billion through his national emergency declaration.

The other side: Democrats will likely condemn this multibillion-dollar ask, as they attempt to block Trump’s separate initiative to shift more government funds toward building a border wall.

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University of Minnesota student jailed in China over tweets

Xi Jinping. Photo: Noel Celis - Pool/ Getty Images

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in China and sentenced to six months in prison for tweets he posted while in the United States, according to a Chinese court document viewed by Axios. Some of the tweets contained images deemed to be unflattering portrayals of a "national leader."

Why it matters: The case represents a dramatic escalation of the Chinese government's attempts to shut down free speech abroad, and a global expansion of a Chinese police campaign a year ago to track down Twitter users in China who posted content critical of the Chinese government.

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⚖️ Live updates: Opening arguments begin in Trump impeachment trial

The second day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump will see a full day of opening arguments from Democratic House impeachment managers.

What to watch for: Democrats now have 24 hours — spread out over three days — to take their time to lay out their case against the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It'll also allow them to highlight gaps that could be filled out by additional witnesses and documents from the administration.

This post will be updated with new developments as the trial continues.

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