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Why is Julián Castro the only 2020 Democrat with an immigration plan?

Michael Scherer on why Julián Castro is the only 2020 Democrat with an immigration plan. Emily Rauhala on Yazidi refugees in Canada. And Joel Achenbach on the first picture of a black hole.
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Julián Castro has a plan for an immigration policy. Will Democrats care?
Julián Castro was a Housing and Urban Development Department secretary under Barack Obama. He’s the former mayor of San Antonio. He’s one of many Democratic candidates for president.

But he’s the only candidate so far to release a detailed plan for an immigration policy.

“This is actually a really interesting debate that I think is going on quietly right now in the Democratic Party,” national political reporter Michael Scherer says. “If you ask, ‘What are the top issues for you as a voter?’ Republicans put immigration in the top three, Democrats put it at the bottom, closer to nine or ten.”

Scherer says that Castro’s more liberal immigration policy will almost certainly be portrayed by President Trump as an “open borders” policy — which explains in part why many Democrats are avoiding the issue, even as the surge of migration across the southern border continues.

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Yazidi refugees in Canada
In 2014, the Yazidis in northern Iraq went from a little-noticed ethnic group to the center of an international humanitarian crisis. Islamic State fighters launched a systematic attack to decimate Yazidi communities. They killed men and took women and children as slaves.

The Canadian government decided it wanted to do something to help Yazidi refugees, and so it created a special program for victims of the Islamic State — particularly women and children who had survived captivity. The Canadian government agreed to take more than 1,000 Yazidi women and their families and resettle them in Canada.

Emily Rauhala covers foreign affairs for The Post. She wanted to know what life was like for these Yazidi women far from home, still haunted by ISIS.

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For the first time, scientists have captured an image of a black hole.
Black holes have been long theorized but never seen directly. Science reporter Joel Achenbach says this is a “eureka” moment.

“I talked to one of the scientists. She said she spent her whole life working on this topic of black holes,” Achenbach says. “It was very moving for her because it's real. There it is. So it's a classic case of seeing is believing.”

The image itself looks a bit like a blurry doughnut. But a historic blurry doughnut nonetheless.

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