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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump doubles down on controversial child separation policy | Says country won't be a 'migrant camp' | US could be holding 30,000 children by August | Laura Bush blasts policy | Photos of a detention facility | Supreme Court punts on gerrymandering cases | DOJ inspector general, FBI chief testify on Clinton probe report | Trump's Space Council meets



BREAKING -- Trump defends his controversial child separation policy: 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE just defended his controversial policy of separating children from their parents when illegally crossing the border. He just said from the White House: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and will not be a refugee holding facility.” Livestream of his full explanation:


The gist — here’s one of the tweets: Trump claimed the children are being used by criminals. “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.” Full series of tweets

WAIT, WHY ARE ALL OF THESE CHILDREN NOW SEPARATED FROM THEIR FAMILIES?: "Announced in April, the administration's 'zero-tolerance' policy criminally prosecutes adults for undocumented entry, but since U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents, the practice results in the division of families." How many children: Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families in just April and May of this year.

NEW REPORT -- EXCUSE ME, HOW MANY KIDS DID YOU SAY??: Via The Washington Examiner's Anna Giaritelli, a senior administration official said the Trump administration could be holding 30,000 children by August. How: Currently officials take in about 250 kids per day, plus there are 11,500 children already being cared for.


Happening this morning -- what timing: 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBrennan fires back at Trump: 'I will not relent' NYT columnist: A tape of Trump saying N-word could make his supporters like him more GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance | Twitter cracks down on InfoWars | AT&T hit with crypto lawsuit | DHS hosts election security exercise Overnight Health Care: Arkansas Medicaid work rules could cost thousands coverage | Record number of overdose deaths in 2017 | Dems demand immediate reunification of separated children Senate Dems demand immediate reunification of remaining separated children MORE are speaking at a law enforcement conference in New Orleans.



No apologies: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told sheriffs at the event to ignore press reports of migrant minors being mistreated. "It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of — don’t believe the press," Nielsen said.


It's been a busy Monday so far -- welcome back. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.




Over the weekend -- Father's Day protests for immigrant children: 
Via Time's Laignee Barron, hundreds of people protested on the border in Texas, where a new facility opened last Thursday for immigration children who have been separated from their parents while crossing the border.

THIS A.M. — TEXAS DEPUTY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT: Via NBC’s Erik Ortiz, “A Texas sheriff's deputy was being held Monday on a charge of "super aggravated sexual assault" of a 4-year-old girl after authorities say her mother, an undocumented immigrant, was being blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse — or face deportation.” Full story:

KIDS ARE CHANGING DIAPERS: "A teenager told an advocate that she had to teach kids at a US Border Patrol facility in Texas how to change a young girl's diaper after she was separated from her aunt."

PHOTOS OF THE FACILITY -- YIKES: Think: chain link fences, thermal blankets, mattresses on the floor and children separated from their parents. Keep in mind: Media were allowed to tour the facility yesterday but was banned from taking any photos or videos. The agency did release a few government images of the facility though. Photos:

WHERE DO LAWMAKERS STAND — A HOUSE DIVIDED: Republicans are becoming divided on the issue. How so:

SCATHING WORDS FROM LAURA BUSH: Former first lady Laura Bush wrote an op-ed on the mass detention centers for families illegally crossing the border. Excerpt: "I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart." Full op-ed:

STATEMENT FROM Melania TrumpMelania TrumpRepublicans become entangled by family feuds over politics Melania Trump's office pushes back on Omarosa claims Omarosa book: Melania uses her fashion choices to ‘punish’ Trump MORE: First lady Melania Trump released a rare statement on the crisis. Her spokeswoman said on CNN: "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."



This tweet has received a lot of attention: 


Op-ed on the toxic effect of stress on the children kids:



Eh, this feels like more of a 'you' problem: 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court ruled on two cases of partisan gerrymandering, one in Wisconsin and another in Maryland. The outcomes -- sidestepped: The justices used procedural grounds to rule against voters challenging their state's maps. The Supreme Court sent the Wisconsin case back down to the lower court and dismissed a second challenge out of Maryland. Full explanation:



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FBI agent Peter Strzok, who sent anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential race, offered to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Why he's offering: There are reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteRepublicans become entangled by family feuds over politics House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier Goodlatte's son 'embarrassed' his father's 'grandstanding' got Strzok fired MORE (R-Va.) is trying to subpoena him.


What, this investigation hasn't been oodles of fun for you?: 


Former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperTucker Carlson attacks press as ‘state media’ after Trump strips ex-CIA chief’s clearance Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan Hillicon Valley: Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance | Twitter cracks down on InfoWars | AT&T hit with crypto lawsuit | DHS hosts election security exercise MORE said he hopes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE will end the election probe soon and tell Americans the outcome. "I think the overarching point here is that this whole issue has to come to a resolution," Clapper said in an interview on Hill.TV's new morning show, "Rising." Watch his reasoning:



It's another immigration week. What a surprise...: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, House Republicans are scrambling on an immigration plan after President Trump sent mixed signals and sparked chaos. What could happen this week: "The weekly schedule indicates that immigration and border security legislation could be added, but neither the bill by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) nor the compromise bill have a definitive date to come to the floor."



The explosive report on the 2016 presidential race: Congress will look into last week's explosive report on the FBI right before the 2016 election. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Chinese telecom: "The Senate is poised to approve legislation blocking Trump's deal to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE."

Defense: The Senate is expected to pass a giant defense policy bill tonight.

Rescissions: "Senate Republicans are expected to bring Trump's plan to clawback spending up for a vote this week, even as they appear short on votes. Congress has until Friday if they want to approve the $15 billion rescissions package by a simple majority, allowing them to avoid a Democratic filibuster." 

Appropriations: Senators are working to fund the government so they can avoid another omnibus later this year.

Opioids: The House is expected to work on bills to combat the opioid epidemic. 

Details and context for each:



The gist on how the Jimmy Kimmel/Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Former spokeswoman defends Trump calling Omarosa ‘dog’: He’s called men dogs Mellman: Two worlds — Online and off MORE basketball game went -- 'We apologize to the game of basketball': 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and TV host Jimmy Kimmel played each other in a charity basketball game Saturday. The outcome: The two were supposed to play to 15 points, but called it quits when Cruz won 11-9 after a two-hour game. Why they played: Kimmel said Cruz looked "like a blobfish," so Cruz challenged him to a one-on-one game.

How the Houston Chronicle described the game: "a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball."

Kimmel after the game: "We apologize to the game of basketball."

Video of the game and practices -- see for yourself:



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The House is out. The Senate will meet this afternoon.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Sens. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyForeign aid for conservation is a benefit to US consumers Rand Paul delivers Putin letter from Trump Senators privately met foreign allies to reassure them of NATO support MORE (R-Ala.) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoSenate GOP battles for leverage with House on spending Lawmakers, media team up for charity tennis event The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE (R-W.Va.) in the Oval Office.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has three roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today:



11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the National Space Council. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray testify in a Senate committee over the handling of the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started MORE email probe during the 2016 presidential race. Livestream:

3:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream:



Today is International Picnic Day.


This is light and refreshing:

Via Fox Sports, here’s every goal that was scored during yesterday’s World Cup matches. Watch:


And to get your through your Monday afternoon, here's a puppy who feels exactly how you currently feel: