The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Sign of the Times

President Trump signed an executive order he said would end his administration’s policy of separating families at the border.

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-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • President Trump signed an executive order he said would end his administration’s policy of separating families at the border, but it could face court challenges over portions that direct the Department of Homeland Security to hold families indefinitely.

  • Republican lawmakers still plan to vote on two immigration bills tomorrow.

  • Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, resigned from his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee’s Finance Committee, citing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly approved a plan to spend $80 million to boost Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Trump will hold a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET to support Republican congressional candidate Pete Stauber, who is running in a highly contested district.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Trumpism, Realized: Trump’s policy of separating families at the border “has roused the ghosts that haunt America”—and it will go down in history alongside them as one of the most shameful episodes in the country’s history. (Adam Serwer)

  • Enforce the Border, Humanely: David Frum argues that while Trump’s policies and rhetoric are brutish, his opponents’ reactionary extremism is also standing in the way of rational, lawful immigration control.

  • An Exceptional Cruelty: Many staffers at immigrant shelters are prohibited or prevented from hugging or touching the children there. Here’s why those rules could be harmful. (Ashley Fetters)


President Trump speaks in a Cabinet meeting at the White House on immigration policy. Evan Vucci / AP

What We’re Reading

Have Questions About the Family-Separation Policy?: Here are some answers. (Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post)

The Think Tank Stocking the Trump Administration: Back in 2014, the Heritage Foundation created a database of more than 3,000 conservatives they trusted to serve under a Republican president. With Trump, they’ve been very successful in achieving their vision. (Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Magazine)

Learning More About Mass Shootings: A new study from the FBI finds that most mass shooters display four to five troubling behaviors observed by the people around them—and debunks several misconceptions about identifying would-be shooters. (Mark Follman, Mother Jones)

The Overpopulation Myth: Noah Rothman argues that people’s motivations behind combating “overpopulation” carry a much darker legacy than a recent Washington Post op-ed would have people believe. (Commentary)

Fractures in the West Wing: Trump’s closest advisers are at odds about the family-separation policy, but the most extreme voices are the ones being heard. (Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair)


What Happens When Families Cross the Border? Follow the different paths that parents and children take. (Stef W. Kight, Axios)