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Roundup: The courts, Congress and the migrant crisis with Bob Carey

Episode Summary

Bob Carey, who ran the HHS refugee office during the Obama administration, debunks myths about the migrant crisis. POLITICO reporters analyze the latest Supreme Court decisions and Congress' rush to pass opioid legislation.

Episode Notes

"What has been done to these children, to forcibly separate small children from a parent... it's what totalitarian regimes do as a form of torture... We all should be outraged."

Bob Carey, who ran the Office of Refugee Resettlement between 2015 and 2017, talks with Dan Diamond about how the office works, why it belongs inside HHS and the looming challenges of trying to put families back together again (starts at the 23:30 mark).

But first, POLITICO's Jennifer Haberkorn and Adam Cancryn join Dan to discuss what the Supreme Court's latest rulings mean for health care, review how the migrant crisis is playing out on Capitol Hill and dive into Congress' efforts to put together opioid bills (starts at the 1:30 mark).

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MENTIONED ON THE SHOW

The Supreme Court's ruling on crisis pregnancy centers: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/supreme-court-crisis-pregnancy-centers-673183

Jen and Brianna Ehley's story on lawmakers rushing to write bipartisan opioid bills: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/16/lawmakers-opioid-bills-midterms-624926

Adam's story on the special interests and companies that stand to gain from the House's opioid package: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/22/house-opioid-bills-lobbying-637695

HHS Secretary Alex Azar was grilled on Capitol Hill over his agency's plan to reunite migrant families: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/26/azar-separated-families-673186

Scott Lloyd, Bob Carey's successor at the HHS refugee office, built his career as an anti-abortion advocate: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/21/scott-lloyd-anti-abortion-separated-kids-642094