Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ICE Uses Facebook

Excellent film about Dolores last night on PBS.

ICE, the federal agency tasked with Trump’s program of mass deportation, uses backend Facebook data to locate and track immigrants that it is working to round up, according to a string of emails and documentsobtained by The Intercept through a public records request. The hunt for one particular immigrant in New Mexico provides a rare window into how ICE agents use social media and powerful data analytics tools to find suspects.”

BUILD THE WALL WITH 'M'?: President Donald Trump is serious about the idea that the military could build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey and Mike DeBonis report. Trump is "privately pushing" for the armed forces to foot the bill for the project, which the White House has estimated could cost $25 billion. News of the internal machinations follows a Trump tweet Sunday that said the wall is "all about National Defense" and should be built "through M." The Post (citing two advisers) confirmed that "M" stands for "military."

"After floating the notion to several advisers last week, Trump told [House Speaker Paul Ryan] that the military should pay for the wall, according to three people familiar with the meeting last Wednesday in the White House residence," write Dawsey and DeBonis. "Ryan offered little reaction to the idea, these people said, but senior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect."
Trump also pitched the concept to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to the Post. But it's not likely Mattis will pursue the plan. Congress would need to reprogram funds to pay for the wall's construction, a senior Pentagon official told the Post. To do that, Trump would need to submit an amendment to the spending law, which would then need to clear a 60-vote threshold to advance in the Senate, which ... would be quite a challenge. 

Trump would face resistance from Democrats, but could also irritate Republican defense hawks. In a written statement to the Post, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer trashed the idea. "This would be a blatant misuse of military funds and tied up in court for years," he said. "Secretary Mattis ought not bother and instead use the money to help our troops, rather than advance the president's political fantasies." Read more from the Post here.

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