On the Border: The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal immigration is straining federal courts. Russell Berman reports from a mass criminal hearing in McAllen, Texas, where lawyers say that “adults who cross the border with children now seem to be priorities for prosecution.” See photos of a tent city where detained parents’ children are being held. Other families who have sought asylum in the U.S. from gang violence in their home countries have been rejected at ports of entry. An Atlantic documentary shows what it’s like to be turned away.
Thanks to smartphones, apps, and social-media platforms like Instagram, a broader public has developed a visual vocabulary and aesthetic sensibility. Retailers, particularly in fashion, have overhauled marketing and branding strategies to promote their individual labels among broader audiences. But they also face a new challenge: how to adapt retail design to sell pictures on social-media profiles as much as, or more than, they sell garments for real bodies.
For Father’s Day, The Atlantic’s Julie Beck investigates the tired tropes of Father’s and Mother’s Day cards, from the moms hiding from “the endless demands of their mob of loin-fruit” to the dads “golfing. Or grilling. Or on the toilet.” Greeting cards—a small cultural product, but a product nonetheless—often lag behind, and even resist, changes in parenthood and gender norms. Meanwhile, the writer David Giffels recalls the final woodworking project he shared with his late father: building Giffels’s own coffin. “My proposal to build a casket was mainly an excuse to be in his dust, to learn from him, to spend time together.”
Can you remember the other key facts from this week’s family coverage? Test your knowledge below:
1. One public-health study from 1980 argued that greeting cards could reinforce the harmful habit of “____________.”
Our partner site CityLab explores the cities of the future and investigates the biggest ideas and issues facing city dwellers around the world. Gracie McKenzie shares today’s top stories:
Whether any city should be encouraging Elon Musk’s “transit” proposals is up for debate. But at least one aspect of the Loop concept he’s proposed in Chicago would be incredibly valuable—and not just to locals—if the Boring Company actually pulled it off.
Consider us guilty of piling on to recent coverage of Domino’s Pizza’s pothole-fixing PR campaign. We also, however, snagged a copy of the legal agreement that one of the pilot cities signed with the company—confidentiality clause be damned.
It is unreasonable to expect anything more than what Mr. Trump got, so I find it unfair to claim he got very little in return. President Trump (and the world) really want only one thing: the complete denuclearization of North Korea. That will likely take years (as you discussed in your article), so President Trump was essentially guaranteed to walk away with nothing of concrete value other than promises and a signature from Kim Jung Un. Expecting anything more wouldn’t make sense because there was nothing else to want. Likewise, because President Trump did get a verbal promise and a signature, he got everything he wanted and therefore must consider this summit a complete success. Of course, none of this guarantees overall success. Only time will tell if Kim Jung Un will cooperate, and President Trump has structured his negotiations in a way that accounts for this possibility.