SF Weekly: We Are Here, We Have Always Been Here

SF Weekly: We Are Here, We Have Always Been Here . “California has one the largest populations of Iranians outside Iran, but without a clear distinction by the U.S. Census — Iranians are among many left with either ‘White’ or ‘Some Other Race’ — it’s hard to tell exactly how many. [Persis] Karim estimates that the state has closer to 1.5 million people of Iranian descent, of which the Bay Area is home to more than 100,000, but much attention is paid to wealthy residents of Los Angeles…. Karim is building a digital archive about the Bay Area’s Iranian American community through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.”

TechCrunch: ICE has a huge license plate database targeting immigrants, documents reveal

TechCrunch: ICE has a huge license plate database targeting immigrants, documents reveal. “Newly released documents reveal Immigration and Customs Enforcement is tracking and targeting immigrants through a massive license plate reader database supplied with data from local police departments — in some cases violating sanctuary laws.”

Source: Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database (NBC San Diego)

NBC San Diego: Source: Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database. “Documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the migrant caravan and in some cases, placed alerts on their passports.”

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual. “In most of the world, rumor-fueled meltdowns are taken as a fact of life, a product of Facebook’s propensity for stirring up people’s worst impulses. But Andreas Guske, a trim, steely-eyed police inspector in the refugee-heavy Bavarian town of Traunstein where the rumor circulated, didn’t think his community could afford complacence. Attacks on refugees were already rising. And southern Germany is a front line in Europe’s battle over identity and immigration.”

CBC: Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show

CBC: Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show. “Twitter trolls linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns stoked controversy over pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted. Roughly 21,600 tweets from those troll accounts directly targeted Canadians — many of them with messages critical of Canadian pipeline projects and tweets that highlighted divisions over Canada’s policies on immigration and refugees.”

CBC: Immigration Minister Hussen impersonated in refugee scam

CBC: Immigration Minister Hussen impersonated in refugee scam. “A brash new scam on social media hijacked the identity of Canada’s immigration minister to defraud desperate refugees of thousands of dollars. The fake Facebook profile of Ahmed Hussen spelled his last name with one ‘s’ but used the same photos the minister has on his official Facebook page. The account’s information was written in Arabic and English.”

INSIDER: Asylum-seekers fleeing the US for Canada are figuring out how to do it by watching YouTube videos and scanning social media

INSIDER: Asylum-seekers fleeing the US for Canada are figuring out how to do it by watching YouTube videos and scanning social media. “Reinel Alfonso stepped out of the taxi and took in his surroundings. The dead-end road, lined with signs warning him to ‘Stop’ before entering an ‘illegal border crossing,’ looked exactly as it had in the videos he’d seen on the internet. Alfonso told INSIDER he flew to the United States from Bogota, Colombia, nearly 3,000 miles away. He was here in rural, upstate New York, just feet from the Canadian border, to try to save his own life.”