Sixteen states are suing President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to build the border wall, one of the country's harshest solitary confinement units is exposed, and we look at how Western governments are dealing with children raised by Islamic State.
Here's all that and everything else we're watching today.
When Trump announced he was declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall, he said he anticipated the move would provoke lawsuits. On Monday, 16 states — including New York and California — announced they were indeed suing the president.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the lawsuit was an attempt to stop Trump "unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states."
The other states are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia. Becerra slammed the president's justification for a national emergency as a "hyped crisis."
A border patrol agent at the U.S.-Mexico border.(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
How did a desperate, handwritten note from a convicted rapist lead to Georgia curtailing the use of solitary confinement? Timothy Gumm wrote to a court explaining he had been kept in solitary for five years — a practice human rights advocates call torture.
That led to the state opening up the unit to outsiders, including a social psychologist who was shocked at what he saw: metal cells without openings, including one smeared with blood; mentally ill prisoners screaming in anguish; and a crudely drawn sign that said, "HELP."
The caliphate established by the Islamic State has all but crumbled. But this throws up a problem: What to do with Westerners who traveled to live under ISIS, who now want to travel home? And what happens to their children?
"You cannot leave them in the desert, in the wilderness because they’re going to grow to be wild or feel the need or urge to exact revenge," said Fawaz Gerges, a professor at the London School of Economics, who is among those urging governments to take responsibility.
Trump has urged his European allies to take back hundreds of so-called foreign fighters and their families.
Migration has become such a divisive political issue that individual stories often get lost. What happens to those who go missing while in search of a better life?
NBC Left Field is chronicling some of these stories in a new video series: The Missing. It kicked off yesterday by documenting the family of Nomalanga Ndlovu. She disappeared while traveling from Zimbabwe into neighboring South Africa for work, leaving her child behind.
Later today, the next installment of the series will feature Honduras.
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