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What We’re Following Today
It’s Wednesday, July 3. We’ll be off for the fourth, but back with dispatches on Friday.
(Jeremy Raff / The Atlantic)
All Eyes on the Border: There is “dangerous overcrowding” in at least five of the Customs and Border Protection facilities, with more than 3,000 migrant detainees being held longer than the 72 hours generally permitted, according to a new report from investigators at the Department of Homeland Security. (These detainees have either crossed the border illegally, or sought asylum at a port of entry.) One pediatrician named Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a Border Patrol facility in South Texas. This is what she saw.
+ All this suffering is evidence of an asylum system that is profoundly broken, argues David Frum: “The more clearly the U.S. articulates its rules, and the more swiftly and certainly it enforces those rules, the more lives will be saved.”
The Sheriff Defying ICE: For decades, sheriffs in the American South used the independence and power of their office to shape their community. Then, last year, North Carolina’s seven largest cities elected black sheriffs. David A. Graham describes what happened next.