TechCrunch: ACLU says it’ll fight DHS efforts to use app locations for deportations

TechCrunch: ACLU says it’ll fight DHS efforts to use app locations for deportations. “The American Civil Liberties Union plans to fight newly revealed practices by the Department of Homeland Security which used commercially available cell phone location data to track suspected illegal immigrants.”

Mashable: Report claims U.S. government is using cellphone location data to track undocumented immigrants

Mashable: Report claims U.S. government is using cellphone location data to track undocumented immigrants. “The Department of Homeland Security has bought a commercial database that tracks movements of ‘millions’ of cellphones in America, and is using it to curb undocumented immigrants, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter and documents it has seen.”

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online. “More than 400,000 naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online as part of a new project funded by the feds. The three-year, $872,000 grant from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will pay for the Bronx and Queens County Clerks offices to upload thousand of records online and then promote them.”

The Times: Catholic surname ‘hindered sons of Famine refugees’

The Times: Catholic surname ‘hindered sons of Famine refugees’. “The sons of Famine emigrants fared less well in America if they had more Catholic-sounding surnames such as Dolan, Healy and O’Connor, according to the first study of that generation’s economic assimilation. Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, used census records from 1850 and 1880 to build a database of men born in Ireland and their sons.”

The Intercept: How ICE Uses Social Media To Surveil And Arrest Immigrants

The Intercept: How ICE Uses Social Media To Surveil And Arrest Immigrants. “EMAILS SENT BY Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials expose how ICE used social media and information gleaned by for-profit data brokers to track down and arrest an immigrant in Southern California. In the emails, which were disclosed in federal court filings, officials discussed the relationship status of the person, noting that he was ‘broken hearted,’ according to Facebook posts, and confirmed his identity through pictures posted at his father’s birthday party.”

Los Angeles Times: Developers join call for GitHub to cancel its ICE contract

Los Angeles Times: Developers join call for GitHub to cancel its ICE contract. “Since at least September, employees of GitHub have been pressuring the Microsoft-owned code repository to terminate its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, without success. Now they’re getting reinforcements from a constituency that could have more clout.”

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice

Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice. “For a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who is trying to navigate the legal path to resettlement, it can be difficult to find answers—and overstretched humanitarian organizations can take as long as three months to respond to an email when the demand for help is highest. A new chatbot called Mona, designed for Facebook Messenger and Telegram, can help more quickly.”