TIJUANA, MEXICO - JUNE 22:  Children who are migrants play in front of tents used for sleeping in a shelter for migrants.

TIJUANA, MEXICO - JUNE 22: Children who are migrants play in front of tents used for sleeping in a shelter for migrants.

On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that the number of migrant children being detained at the border has reached 12,800. That’s five times as many detainees as last year.

From the report:

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.

[…] The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them.

Most of the children crossed the border alone, without their parents.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection also found that arrests of migrant families at the border is up 38% from last month, according to the latest data. And earlier this week, the Trump administration moved nearly $10 million out of FEMA and into ICE—adding to the $200 million it redirected to the organization earlier this summer.

While the Southeast braced for Hurricane Florence, President Trump weighed in on another natural disaster: Hurricane Maria.

The latest assessment puts the death toll at 2,975. Last month, we discussed the updated numbers and the current state of Puerto Rico. You can hear that conversation here.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 this week. Here, Vox explains what this legislation could mean for the epidemic.

And Blue Cross Blue Shield, a major insurer in Tennessee, has announced it will no longer cover Oxycontin prescriptions.

Finally, the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and complaints to retailers of Juul—declaring that teenage use of e-cigarettes had reached “an epidemic proportion.” For more on this topic, here‘s our show from last month.

Text by Kathryn Fink.


  • Byron York Chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner; @ByronYork
  • Julie Pace Washington bureau chief, The Associated Press; @jpaceDC
  • Ed O'Keefe Political correspondent, CBS News; @edokeefe

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