A Branch of the UN Just Launched Its First Large-Scale Ethereum Test

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Starting today, the United Nations (UN) will begin distributing funds to thousands of people in Jordan as part of a trial using the ethereum blockchain.

For the next month, cryptographically unique coupons representing an undisclosed number of Jordanian dinars will be sent to dozens of shops in five refugee camps across the nation. Then, instead of using a smartphone or a paper wallet to access the funds, recipients will rely on yet another emerging technology. Continue reading “A Branch of the UN Just Launched Its First Large-Scale Ethereum Test”

Spending bill language omits border wall funding, sanctuary cities crackdown

FOXNews

Republican and Democratic lawmakers forged a $1.07 trillion spending package that would fund the government through the end of September, but does not include some of President Trump’s cornerstone promises including funding for a border wall or funding cuts to sanctuary cities.

The proposed legislation has no funding for Trump’s oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but does set aside $1.5 billion for border security measures such as additional detention beds. It does give Trump a $12.5 billion down payment on his request to strengthen the military, a figure which could rise to $15 billion should Trump present Congress with a plan for fighting the Islamic State terror group. The proposed $15 billion amounts to half of Trump’s original $30 billion request.

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ICE data shows half of immigrants arrested in raids had traffic convictions or no record

Maria Sacchetti & Ed O’Keefe
The Washington Post

About half of the 675 immigrants picked up in roundups across the United States in the days after President Trump took office either had no criminal convictions or had committed traffic offenses, mostly drunken driving, as their most serious crimes, according to data obtained by The Washington Post.

Records provided by congressional aides Friday offered the most detailed look yet at the backgrounds of the individuals rounded up and targeted for deportation in early February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assigned to regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York. Continue reading “ICE data shows half of immigrants arrested in raids had traffic convictions or no record”

Border Angels Celebrate Easter by Hiding Water for Migrants

Jared Wright
Spectrum Magazine

For the faith-based nonprofit Border Angels, the Easter resurrection narrative finds its most meaningful expression in providing life-giving supplies for those facing death crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Yesterday, about sixty volunteers with Border Angels spent Holy Saturday of Passion Week walking in the footsteps of undocumented border crossers in the desert expanse between San Diego and Tijuana, leaving supplies for migrants along known migration routes. By providing water, clothing and nonperishable food items, Border Angels volunteers hope to prevent the death of migrants attempting the perilous crossing. An estimated 10,000 have died attempting to reach the United States since Operation Gatekeeper, a Clinton-era measure to curtail unlawful immigration. Continue reading “Border Angels Celebrate Easter by Hiding Water for Migrants”

ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump

Maria Sacchetti
The Washington Post

Immigration arrests rose 32.6 percent in the first weeks of the Trump administration, with newly empowered federal agents intensifying their pursuit of not just undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but also thousands of illegal immigrants who have been otherwise law-abiding.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year, according to statistics requested by The Washington Post.

Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet that President Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Continue reading “ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump”

DHS Lays Groundwork for Deportation Force

Gabrielle Levy
U.S. News

The Trump administration is seeking ways to increase capacity within immigration enforcement agencies to create a deportation force President Donald Trump repeatedly advocated on the campaign trail.

According to a document obtained by The Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security has begun the process of ramping up its abilities to rapidly deport thousands of people who are in the country illegally. Continue reading “DHS Lays Groundwork for Deportation Force”

US Expected to Return 4,000 Somali Migrants to Their Homeland

Source Somalia‘s U.S. ambassador says his embassy has learned that U.S. immigration agents are planning to deport about 4,000 Somali nationals now living in the United States. “We learned through immigration sources that the total number of the Somalis that are in the books of [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to be removed are close to 4,000,” Ahmed Isse Awad told VOA‘s Somali service Saturday. … Continue reading US Expected to Return 4,000 Somali Migrants to Their Homeland

Police departments say they don’t enforce immigration laws. But their manuals say something different

James Queally
The Los Angeles Times

Like many law enforcement agencies across California, Culver City police say officers don’t enforce federal immigration law. The City Council declared the town a so-called sanctuary city last month, promising to protect the public safety of all city residents, regardless of immigration status.

But the Police Department’s manual seems to suggest something different, offering officers guidance on how to stop people suspected of illegally entering the U.S., a misdemeanor under federal law. Continue reading “Police departments say they don’t enforce immigration laws. But their manuals say something different”

Mexicans who help build Trump wall ‘traitors,’ top Archdiocese says

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project.

In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government. Continue reading “Mexicans who help build Trump wall ‘traitors,’ top Archdiocese says”

Activists Worry That Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Quietly Expand Trump’s Muslim Ban

Alex Emmons
The Intercept

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS are expressing concern that a new State Department directive requiring consular officials to look through social media accounts of some visa applicants will effectively expand President Trump’s Muslim ban — and be used to exclude people with certain political viewpoints.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that even as some key parts of Trump’s Muslim ban executive order are being held up by legal challenges, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered “mandatory social media checks” on visa applicants who have ever spent time in territory controlled by ISIS. He also directed embassies and diplomatic missions to identify other “populations warranting increased scrutiny,” whose visas would receive increased scrutiny. Continue reading “Activists Worry That Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Quietly Expand Trump’s Muslim Ban”