Mexico’s migrant crackdown may be working — A June 7 deal between Mexican authorities and the United States to reduce migration has brought extra security forces to the border. Mexico’s mobilization of its security forces has been halting, and for most of the past two weeks it seemed to fall short of the dramatic show of force that the government had promised. Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border, and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike. The deployment plan is part of a deal to thwart President Donald Trump’s threats of potentially crippling tariffs.
4 deaths at the border — Two babies, a toddler and a woman were found dead near Texas’ border with Mexico, overcome by the sweltering heat in a glimpse of what could lie ahead this summer as record numbers of migrant families try to get into the United States. Authorities believe the four may have been dead for days before the bodies were discovered on Sunday in the Rio Grande Valley. No details were released on the victims’ relationship. It was the latest grim discovery of migrants who died while trying to cross the perilous desert and the swollen Rio Grande.
Democrats strike deal with an obstruction witness — The House Judiciary Committee reached a deal with a key source of information for Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation that will allow her to delay public testimony but require her to answer written questions as the committee waits. Democrats said they were willing to take those steps because the witness, Annie Donaldson, is in her third trimester of pregnancy and lives in Alabama. They said she would still be required to testify in person in the coming months before the committee, which is investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he tried to thwart the special counsel’s examination of his campaign’s ties to Russia.
New Iran sanctions —President Donald Trump announced Monday he was imposing new sanctions on Iran, stepping up a policy of pressuring the nation’s leaders and further squeezing the Iranian economy in retaliation for what the United States says are aggressive acts by Tehran. The new sanctions are targeted at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others, aimed at preventing top officials from using the international banking system or any financial vehicles set up by European nations or other countries. But the Iranian officials most likely do not keep substantial assets in international banks, if any at all.
British abortion order overturned — Three days after a British court ordered a developmentally disabled woman to have an abortion against her and her mother’s wishes, an appeals court overturned that decision, the mother’s lawyer said Monday. Last week, a judge had ruled that an abortion was in the best interests of the unidentified woman in her 20s who has the mental capacity of a 6- to 9-year-old.
Video released from Smollett case — Chicago Police on Monday released more than 1,000 files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim he was attacked by two men, including video footage that for the first time shows the “Empire” actor with a thin, white rope wrapped around his neck that he told detectives was a noose. The footage from body cameras worn by police officers who responded Jan. 29 to what Smollett said was a racist and homophobic attack by two large men has Smollett’s face blurred out because, as police explained, he was considered a victim at that point. After he is informed about the recording, Smollett says he doesn’t want to be filmed and the camera is turned off.
Plan to cancel student debt — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will propose canceling the nation’s outstanding $1.6 trillion of student debt and offsetting the cost with a tax on Wall Street transactions. The Vermont senator will propose legislation Monday that would provide debt relief to some 45 million Americans who have college loans, according to a fact sheet provided by his Senate office. The plan would include a 0.5% tax on stock transactions, a 0.1% tax on bond trades and a 0.005% tax on derivatives transactions. Sanders’ proposal, which comes ahead of this week’s Democratic debates, also would provide states $48 billion annually to eliminate undergraduate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities, a longstanding Sanders campaign promise.