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Published 3 October 2019

·  The U.S. Asylum System Is Keeping Migrants at Risk

·  Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Cautions Users - Including Governments - Not to Rely on It.

·  U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants (

·  Inspector General Finds CBP Broke the Law at California Port

·  U.S. Claims Reducing Refugee Numbers Helps with the Asylum Backlog. Will It?

·  Predicting the Future Is Now Possible with Powerful New AI Simulations

The U.S. Asylum System Is Keeping Migrants at Risk (Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker)
Under a Trump Administration policy called the Migrant Protection Protocols, asylum seekers are forced to wait in dangerous border towns for court proceedings that can drag on for months.

Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Cautions Users - Including Governments - Not to Rely on It. (Governing)
Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators,” especially for complex tasks.

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants (Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times)
The Department of Homeland Security said it would begin testing on hundreds of thousands of immigrants in federal detention facilities.

Inspector General Finds CBP Broke the Law at California Port (Matthew Casey, Arizona Public Radio)
Investigators found that CBP officials at the Tecate port of entry acted illegally in 2017 regarding asylum seekers.

U.S. Claims Reducing Refugee Numbers Helps with the Asylum Backlog. Will It? (NPR)
The Trump administration has claimed that capping the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. will reduce the significant backlog of asylum seekers. But immigration experts argue that backlog can be cut in other ways.
For the 2020 fiscal year, which started Tuesday, the U.S. plans to cap the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. at 18,000–the lowest admitted under the modern-day refugee system.
In announcing the shift, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said reducing refugee admissions will allow the Department of Homeland Security to focus more resources on immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and reduce the asylum case backlog. But, asylum seekers and refugees go through two separate processes and history shows the U.S. has the ability to accept more refugees than it is currently accepting.

Predicting the Future Is Now Possible with Powerful New AI Simulations (New Scientist)
If you thought Cambridge Analytica had scary tech, wait until you see this. A new form of AI modelling promises accurate simulation of the behavior of entire cities, countries and one day perhaps, the world