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CBP picked up a record number of children at the southern border in March

U.S. authorities picked up a record number of unaccompanied children —nearly 19,000— at the southern border in March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Thursday.

Why it matters: Crossings of unaccompanied minors are on the rise and are expected to continue for months, possibly reaching as many as 26,000 by September, Axios previously reported.


  • The previous record of unaccompanied minors crossing the border— 11,475—dates from May 2019.

But, but, but: The majority of people crossing the border are single adults, the CBP said. In March, 172,000 persons attempted to cross the Southwest border, they added.

Border crossings have been on the rise since April 2020 due to "violence, natural disasters, food insecurity, and poverty in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Central America," CBP noted in the statement.

What's more: The surge in unaccompanied children has also strained border facilities and prompted the Biden administration to put out a call for volunteers to help care for them.

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Why the startup world needs to ditch "unicorns" for "dragons"

When Aileen Lee originally coined the term "unicorn" in late 2013, she was describing the 39 "U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion by public or private market investors."

Flashback: It got redefined in early 2015 by yours truly and Erin Griffith, in a cover story for Fortune, as any privately-held startup valued at $1 billion or more. At the time, we counted 80 of them.

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Scoop: Facebook's new moves to lower News Feed's political volume

Facebook plans to announce that it will de-emphasize political posts and current events content in the News Feed based on negative user feedback, Axios has learned. It also plans to expand tests to limit the amount of political content that people see in their News Feeds to more countries outside of the U.S.

Why it matters: The changes could reduce traffic to some news publishers, particularly companies that post a lot of political content.

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