Tag: Immigration

Dell Has Made $15 Million Working with ICE This Year

Ask Dell about its long-standing business relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the computer company will quickly note that it openly advocates for reforming the U.S. immigration system. “Dell has long been a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States,” a Dell spokesperson told VICE. “We continue to advocate […]

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‘An American Tail’ Explores Bleak Immigrant Struggles That Still Resonate in 2019

On a recent lazy Sunday, my friend and I (both adults), found ourselves sobbing on the couch while watching An American Tail—an animated movie, from the 80s, about a mouse. I had been excited to revisit a childhood favorite; the film was on heavy rotation at my elementary after-school program, along with The Land Before […]

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Students at 16 Universities Are Protesting Palantir’s Presence on Campuses

It’s no secret that many universities have cozy relationships with Palantir. The data mining company that contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is known to recruit on campuses across the country. And students are not too happy about it. On Tuesday, organizers at 16 universities, including UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, and Georgia Tech, […]

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Motorola Solutions Has Made $25 Million This Year Working with ICE and CBP

Who Loves ICE is a column examining the companies profiting from their work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Motorola Solutions is a telecommunications equipment provider that was created in 2011, after Motorola Inc. split into two entities. It’s now distinct from Motorola Mobility Holdings (which this week made headlines for releasing its $1,499 touch-screen […]

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Privacy Rights Group Sues DHS Over ‘Coercive’ DNA Tests at the Border

Privacy advocates are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to get answers about how the agency is using new technology to collect DNA from migrant families at the border. In its lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked for information about how DHS has deployed its Rapid DNA technology, including “the number of individuals […]

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Trump Woke Up Early to Send a Racist Tweet About DACA

“Many white people, while clinging to power and privilege, are racist as fuck. Donald Trump has displayed this at every juncture. If Congress remedies this by kicking the president out of office, maybe Republicans will act with common sense.” —M. Harriot While that statement might be a grammatical clusterfuck of baseless opinion, it is also […]

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Canada is denying travel visas to AI researchers headed to NeurIPS — again

Canadian immigration officials are denying travel visas to a large number of AI researchers and research students scheduled to attend NeurIPS and the Black in AI workshop, event organizers said. Those denied entry include Tẹjúmádé Àfọ̀njá, co-organizer of the NeurIPS Machine Learning for the Developing World workshop. Neural Information Processing Systems or NeurIPs is the […]

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Bernie Just Dropped His Immigration Plan: Abolish ICE and Make DACA Recipients Legal

Sen. Bernie Sanders released his immigration plan Thursday, promising to enact a progressive wish list of policies, such as abolishing ICE, pausing deportations, and pushing a pathway to citizenship, much of it through executive action. The Vermont senator pledged that if elected, he would use the unilateral powers of the presidency to accomplish several things […]

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The Vigilante President

President Donald Trump has often flaunted the brawn of his supporters, adding a baseline of menace to his increasingly embattled presidency. “Law enforcement, military, construction workers, Bikers for Trump … These are tough people,” he said at a 2018 campaign event in St. Louis, Missouri. “These are great people. But they’re peaceful people, and antifa […]

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The Trump Administration Dumped Thousands of Migrants — Including Kids — on the Streets with No Support

Hundreds of thousands of migrants — including families with very young children — were released into cities across the Southwest with little to no resources after the Trump administration ended a longstanding policy last fall, according to a new report from UC San Diego. Previously, under the Safe Release policy, the Department of Homeland Security […]

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Booz Allen Hamilton Is Making Millions Working with ICE

Who Loves ICE is a column examining the companies profiting from their work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Booz Allen Hamilton portrays itself on its website as a company committed to changing the world for the better, driven by a high regard for its fellow humans. “We are a global firm of approximately 26,300 […]

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A Migrant-Teen Shelter Accused of ‘Prison-Like’ Conditions Is Shutting Down

The Trump administration is finally shuttering a controversial South Florida shelter for migrant teens that’s been compared to a prison. The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees more than 600 shelters for migrant kids across the country, said it’s ending its contract with the for-profit company that runs Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied […]

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Ernst & Young Creates ‘Positive Change’ by Making Millions Off of ICE

The CEO of Ernst & Young, Carmine Di Sibio, says on his company’s website that the accounting firm’s central purpose is to build “a better working world” and “create positive change” for “our people, for our clients and for our communities.” That apparently includes working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which the company […]

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Stop Assigning Nicknames to Your Friends with ‘Ethnic’ Names

Atsushi (pronounced At-su-shi), who was born in Japan and moved to the United States with his family when he was in third grade, spent his entire educational career getting called ‘Sushi’ by his American classmates. He told VICE that the nickname was given to him by an afterschool basketball coach, and it stuck, at the […]

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DOJ Rule Gives Green Light to Collect DNA from Asylum-Seekers and Detained Migrants

The Department of Justice released an amended regulation on Monday that allows the Trump administration to lay the groundwork for a sweeping new policy requiring DNA collection for nearly all migrants who are held temporarily or for an extended period of time in federal immigration custody, so that information can be loaded into an FBI […]

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These Allegations of Child Abuse Against Customs and Border Protection Go On for Tens of Thousands of Pages

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Being run over by a vehicle, beaten while handcuffed, and even threatened with rape — they’re all examples of the treatment migrant children and teenagers have said they endured while in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. Some of the kids […]

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Hundreds of Migrants Just Shut Down a Bridge Between the U.S. and Mexico

Hundreds of migrants shut down a bridge connecting the Mexican city of Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas, early Thursday in protest of Trump administration policies that have forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are decided. Some 250-300 protesters marched from Matamoros to the middle of the bridge in […]

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DHS Says It Will Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants, Including Children

A father carries his sleeping son, 3, after their family illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, TexasPhoto: John Moore (Getty Images) Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security announced that it will be collecting DNA samples from tens of thousands of immigrants detained in federal facilities, including children, and […]

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The Trump Administration Just Made It Harder for Migrants Fleeing Gang Violence to Stay in the U.S.

The Trump administration keeps raising the bar for asylum-seekers, inch by inch. This week, immigration officers who interview asylum-seekers got new rules outlining tougher requirements for families facing persecution, BuzzFeed News’ Hamed Aleaziz reports. Under the new federal guidance, based on a July ruling by Attorney General William Barr, someone facing persecution because of family […]

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First Look: Amadou Fled Mauritania and the “Highest Rate of Slavery in the Entire World” in Netflix’s Living Undocumented

First Look Clip from Living Undocumented / Courtesy of Netflix As we witness what appears to be an immigration crisis in America, it’s important to remember the people behind the statistics and politics. They are the people you share space with every day who often live in fear that their next moment may be their […]

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Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen

Photo: iStock Mississippi police should have never been at Ismael Lopez’s door. But in executing a warrant for a man wanted for domestic assault in July 2017, police went to the wrong address, arriving at Lopez’s home instead of the suspect’s. Lopez would not survive the encounter with police, who never announced themselves at the […]

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Trump’s Plan to Detain Migrant Kids Indefinitely Just Got Blocked — for Now

A federal judge knocked down the Trump administration’s plan to indefinitely detain migrant children and their families, calling the move “inconsistent” with a long-standing agreement intended to shield migrant children from long-term incarceration. “The Flores Settlement Agreement remains in effect and has not been terminated,” Judge Dolly Gee wrote in a court order issued Friday. […]

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