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Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore

So-called constitutional conservatives used to be terrified of federal government intrusions into local municipalities. Then came President Donald Trump, who can do no wrong in the eyes of his obedient supporters: Orange Man Good. Trump’s deployment of federal agents in “Democrat” cities to enforce local laws is sadly within the […]
Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore
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Trump always wanted his own police force. Portland is just his excuse to use it.

President Donald Trump has always thought of federal law-enforcement agents as the president’s own toy soldiers. He’s sent them to Portland, Oregon, to arrest protesters, and now he’s threatening to send them to other cities with Democratic mayors and governors. Trump’s actions might be unconstitutional, but they’re not illegal. A […]
Trump always wanted his own police force. Portland is just his excuse to use it.
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Silicon Valley startups backed by Bill Gates and Andreessen Horowitz are using the US-Mexico border to test new surveillance technology

Dozens of companies are partnering with US Customs and Border Protection to implement a new generation of surveillance technology along the US-Mexico border, according to federal procurement records. Those companies include longstanding defence contractors as well as newer Silicon Valley startups funded by the likes of Bill Gates and Andreessen […]
Silicon Valley startups backed by Bill Gates and Andreessen Horowitz are using the US-Mexico border to test new surveillance technology
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A British family vacationing in Canada unknowingly swerved onto a US road to dodge an animal. ICE has detained them and their 3-month-old baby for 12 days.

A British family of seven, including a 3-month-old infant, have been detained by US immigration authorities since October 2 after they mistakenly crossed the Canadian border into unmarked US territory. The Connors family’s arrest at the border set off a days-long chain of events that migrant families crossing the US-Mexico […]
A British family vacationing in Canada unknowingly swerved onto a US road to dodge an animal. ICE has detained them and their 3-month-old baby for 12 days.
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IT automation startup Chef says it will not renew its contract with ICE, days after an open source programmer brought the service to a temporary halt in protest

On Monday, Chef CEO Barry Crist wrote that his company will not renew its current contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection after they expire next year. Currently, Chef has a $US95,500, year-long contract with ICE. Last week, Chef faced service outages after a former employee […]
IT automation startup Chef says it will not renew its contract with ICE, days after an open source programmer brought the service to a temporary halt in protest
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Immigration officers refused to let a Harvard student into the US after reportedly questioning him about his religion and his friends’ anti-American social media posts

A Palestinian Harvard freshman was denied entry to the United States after customs officers reportedly dug through his devices and asked him about his religion and his friends’ social media posts. Ismail Ajjawi told The Harvard Crimson that officers spent hours looking through his phone and laptop, and “found people […]
Immigration officers refused to let a Harvard student into the US after reportedly questioning him about his religion and his friends’ anti-American social media posts
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Hundreds of Googlers are urging the company not to bid on a contract with the US Customs and Border Protection that they say would facilitate ‘human rights abuses’

Over 500 Googlers are urging their company not to bid on a cloud-computing contract with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The CBP contract – which seeks to “acquire services from a Cloud Services Provider” – has sparked controversy amongst Google’s rank-and-file due to the agency’s recent handling of […]
Hundreds of Googlers are urging the company not to bid on a contract with the US Customs and Border Protection that they say would facilitate ‘human rights abuses’
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Amazon adds fear detection and age ranges to its facial-recognition tech as the Border Patrol looks to award a $950 million contract

AmazonWeb Services has added several new features to its facial-recognition technology, Rekognition. This includes expanded age-recognition capabilities and the new ability to recognise fear. Rekognition is a controversial technology and has been the subject of much criticism and protests – from both inside and outside Amazon. These new features drew […]
Amazon adds fear detection and age ranges to its facial-recognition tech as the Border Patrol looks to award a $950 million contract
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Trump’s border chief dodged a question from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on whether Border Patrol agents who made racist and sexist posts in a secret Facebook group are still in their jobs

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confronted Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday about a series of sexist and racist posts in a Border Patrol Facebook group discovered earlier this month. McAleenan confirmed that he had seen posts which joked about migrant deaths and depicted sexually explicit photoshopped images of Ocasio-Cortez. […]
Trump’s border chief dodged a question from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on whether Border Patrol agents who made racist and sexist posts in a secret Facebook group are still in their jobs
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A government investigation found that Homeland Security mistakenly admitted some ‘potentially high-risk’ travellers into the Global Entry program

Global Entry, the US program that allows pre-approved travellers to get speedy clearance into the country, has serious security flaws. Those shortfalls were exposed by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general in a new report last month. In four cases, travellers who should have been flagged were deemed low-risk. […]
A government investigation found that Homeland Security mistakenly admitted some ‘potentially high-risk’ travellers into the Global Entry program
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A Border Patrol video shows 1,036 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in what officials are calling ‘the largest group ever encountered’

The US Customs and Border Protection agency released a video Thursday that it said showed 1,036 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in “the largest group ever encountered.” The influx of migrants has overwhelmed Border Patrol officers, who are tasked with arresting migrants they encounter and sheltering them for days at […]
A Border Patrol video shows 1,036 migrants crossing the US-Mexico border in what officials are calling ‘the largest group ever encountered’
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Stephen Miller tried to engineer another shakeup at Homeland Security just weeks after he urged Trump to fire Kirstjen Nielsen. The new acting secretary shut him down.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller attempted to pick his own candidate to lead US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ended up bristling the acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan in the process, according to The Washington Post. Miller asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to sideline Mark Morgan, […]
Stephen Miller tried to engineer another shakeup at Homeland Security just weeks after he urged Trump to fire Kirstjen Nielsen. The new acting secretary shut him down.
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Trump reportedly told his border chief to close the border and block migrants from entering the US — and that if he went to jail, he’d pardon him

President Donald Trump told the former Customs and Border Protection commissioner to illegally block asylum-seekers from entering the US – and that he’d pardon him if he were jailed, CNN reported on Friday. The commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, is now the acting Homeland Security secretary after Kirstjen Nielsen resigned under pressure […]
Trump reportedly told his border chief to close the border and block migrants from entering the US — and that if he went to jail, he’d pardon him
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Democratic congresswoman tears into Kirstjen Nielsen over the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants: ‘Either you’re lying … or you don’t know what’s happening at the border’

A Democratic congresswoman tore into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday, accusing her of either “lying” or not knowing “what’s happening at the border.” Rep. Nanette Barragán said she’s witnessed Customs and Border Protection officers turn away migrants at the ports of entry, even though federal law entitles them […]
Democratic congresswoman tears into Kirstjen Nielsen over the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants: ‘Either you’re lying … or you don’t know what’s happening at the border’
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Trump’s border wall prototypes have been demolished

The eight prototypes of President Donald Trump’s border wall were torn down on Wednesday. They were built in the fall of 2017, and have stood just outside San Diego, California, ever since. The designs won’t be used anytime soon – the new barriers Congress funded have to use “existing” designs […]
Trump’s border wall prototypes have been demolished
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Trump’s border wall prototypes are about to be demolished

The eight prototypes of President Donald Trump’s border wall will soon come down, the Customs and Border Protection agency said. They were built in the fall of 2017, and have stood just outside San Diego, California, ever since. The designs won’t be used anytime soon – the new barriers Congress […]
Trump’s border wall prototypes are about to be demolished
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Jakelin Caal, the 7-year-old who died in DHS custody, isn’t the first immigrant child to pass away after government detainment. Her death shows not much has changed

Border officials are under renewed scrutiny after 7-year-old Guatemalan Jakelin Caal died last week in US Customs and Border Protection custody. Caal was the second child to die after entering US custody at the border this year. Border agencies pointed to the risks inherent to migration journeys, while some lawmakers […]
Jakelin Caal, the 7-year-old who died in DHS custody, isn’t the first immigrant child to pass away after government detainment. Her death shows not much has changed
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A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died 8 hours after entering Border Patrol custody

A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died around eight hours after entering Border Patrol custody, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The girl was reportedly having seizures and emergency responders measured her fever at 105.7 degrees. According to CBP, the girl had “not eaten or consumed water for several days.” The […]
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died 8 hours after entering Border Patrol custody
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The government says it reunited 522 immigrant children separated from their parents under Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy — but thousands more remain

The Deparment of Homeland Security said late Saturday it reunited 522 immigrant children who were separated from their families under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The reunions come just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt the separations and instead detain immigrant families together. An […]
The government says it reunited 522 immigrant children separated from their parents under Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy — but thousands more remain