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Trump Officials Discussed Deporting Families

The Associated Press reports that DHS officials considered arresting thousands of migrant families who had final deportation orders and removing them from the United States in a flashy show of force. The proposal was intended to deter other migrants but was put aside at the time because of concerns about diverting resources from the border, a lack of detention space, and the possibility of renewed public outrage over treatment of families.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Civil Liberties Groups Ask Congress to Refuse Border Tech Funding in Any Shutdown Deal

The Hill reports that a coalition of civil liberties and immigration groups have raised concerns with congressional leadership about border technologies proposed as part of the bipartisan and bicameral negotiations to reach a border deal by February 15 to avoid another shutdown. According to the groups, surveillance drones, license plate readers, and DNA testing could raise serious privacy concerns for those crossing the border and living in border cities, while “risk-based targeting” and biometrics technologies could result in racial profiling and harm vulnerable communities.

Young Immigrants Seeking Refuge from Abuse Face Denials

The Associated Press reports on the increase in denials of applications for special immigrant juvenile status following USCIS’s change to how it handles cases involving immigrant children who turned 18 before their paperwork had been completed. Lawsuits have been filed in New York and California to challenge the policy change and denials.

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Interim Final Rule on Asylum Claims Along the Southern Border

The district court, which had previously entered a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the November 9, 2018, interim final rule on asylum claims along the southern border, issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the government from taking any action continuing to implement the rule.

Mother Jones: “In Any Other Judicial System, the Government Cannot Just Take Away Your Kid”

Mother Jones reports on ICE’s use of family separation outside of the context of the “zero-tolerance” border policy, sharing the story of a woman who was detained with her 2-year-old daughter after they fled Honduras. The mother passed her credible fear interview, and then her daughter was separated from her because the mother was found to be a safety risk to her child, presumably based on information she provided during her interview
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