Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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U.S. officials have apprehended more than 52,000 undocumented children at the Southern border since October, up nearly twofold from the previous year. Most of the children are coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — all of which have experienced horrific gang violence and poverty as of late.

The influx of child migrants has surged to the No. 1 national issue for Americans. While the crisis has been months in the making, there are a handful of key events that helped elevate the story to wall-to-wall national news.

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President Barack Obama spoke to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday and promised "all possible assistance immediately" in investigating the situation surrounding the downed Malaysian Airlines jet.

The White House provided the following readout of their call:

"President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy."

House Speaker John Boehner issued a brief statement on Thursday following reports of a downed Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

"Many innocents were killed today. It is horrifying, and we await the facts. Right now, we should all take a moment to reflect, count our blessings, and convey our prayers to the loved ones of the victims," the Ohio Republican said.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko by phone on Thursday about the Malaysia Airlines jet reportedly shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border.

"Vice President Biden who is traveling in Detroit today just got off the phone with President Poroshenko. On the call the Vice President offered U.S. assistance to help to determine what happened and why," a White House official said, according to a pool report.

Sen. Ted Cruz intends to use a bill mitigating the humanitarian crisis at the border to push for the deportation of undocumented youth who have been in the country for years, a move that is inflaming the already rancorous immigration debate.

The Texas Republican will fight to attach language to the bill calling for an end to President Barack Obama's program to defer deportation for qualified young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children (known as DACA), his office tells TPM.

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As Republicans made their case for suing President Barack Obama during a House hearing Wednesday, Democrats warned that they were embarking on a dangerous new precedent that could dramatically enhance the power of the judiciary.

The Rules Committee, where Republicans have a 9-4 split, is expected to vote next week on the measure to sue Obama for unilaterally delaying the Obamacare employer mandate. From there it'll go to the House floor, where Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote this month. Aides in both parties widely expect it to pass the full House.

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