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MIGRANT DETENTION President Trump told the media that he wants reporters to visit migrant detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border. “I want the press to go in and see them. We’re going to send people in. We’re going to have some of the press go in,” said Trump.  READ
CONFESSIONAL BILL Legislation to violate the seal of the confessional has been pulled from a committee in the California Assembly, effectively removing it from any further consideration this year. Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, said: “An amazing number of people spoke to their legislators to explain the sacred nature of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is important to our spirituality and our relation to God and to others. Our thanks go to all who played a part.” READ
CENSUS Attorney General William Barr said that the Trump administration has the legal authority to add the citizenship question to the census. Speaking about President Trump, Barr said: “I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong.”  READ
2020 DROPOUT Rep. Eric Swalwall, D-CA, is the first major Democratic presidential candidate to drop out of the race.  READ 
BRITISH-AMERICAN RELATIONS The British ambassador to the United States was uninvited from a dinner at the White House. The move comes after unflattering comments by the ambassador in diplomatic cables were leaked last weekend. President Trump insisted that he “will no longer deal with” Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. READ 
HOME DEPOT BOYCOTT?  Liberals sparked an online campaign to boycott home improvement store Home Depot after the company’s co-founder, billionaire Bernie Marcus, praised President Donald Trump. “He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus said. “Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”  READ 
IN-VITRO FIASCO  A New York couple gave birth to twin boys in March that are not theirs due to an “unimaginable mishap” at a California fertility clinic.  READ 
DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE  The United States now has just under 60 million Hispanics, bringing them to 18% of the overall U.S. population., according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates. From 2008 to 2018, the Pew Research Center noted that “Latinos accounted for about half (52%) of all U.S. population growth.”  READ 
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONSecretary of State Mike Pompeo named Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, to lead a new human rights advisory board called the Commission on Unalienable Rights.  READ 
CHURCH SCANDAL The Vatican waives diplomatic immunity for Archbishop Luigi Ventura, so that the nuncio to France can face criminal charges in that country.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Among the Chinese martyrs was a diocesan priest, Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, and his companions. Facing the strong anti-foreign and anti-Catholic feeling present in China at the time, these martyrs were caught up in a situation that, in many ways, had nothing to do with religion or the Church. But they stayed loyal to the Church and their people, and gave their lives in witness.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “In justice, I shall behold your face, O Lord.” (Ps 17:1)  READ 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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