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1. Border crisis
Top officials from the US and Mexico met on Wednesday to discuss the crisis at the southern border as the Biden administration scrambles to slow an unprecedented migrant surge. The meeting was “very productive,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said, though it remains unclear which specific agreements were reached. Homeland Security officials have recently discussed a range of ways Mexico can help drive down numbers at the US border, including moving migrants south, controlling the railways used by migrants to move north, and providing incentives to not journey to the border, like visas, to remain in the country and avoid migrating irregularly.
2. Ballot fight
The Colorado Republican Party has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that disqualifies former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last week that Trump is constitutionally ineligible to run next year because the 14th Amendment’s ban on insurrectionists holding public office covers his conduct during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. The filing Wednesday came hours after the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a similar 14th Amendment lawsuit, keeping Trump on the ballot there. The dueling outcomes further raise the stakes for the Colorado appeal to the US Supreme Court, which is uniquely positioned to provide nationwide guidance on the novel constitutional matter.