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Apr 17, 2012 DOJ review of flawed FBI forensics processes lacked transparency

QUOTE: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh decided to launch a task force to dig through thousands of cases involving discredited agents, to ensure that “no defendant’s right to a fair trial was jeopardized,”...The task force took nine years to complete its work and never publicly released its findings. Not the results of its case reviews of suspect lab work. Not the names of the defendants who were convicted as a result. And not the nature or scope of the forensic problems it found. Those decisions more than a decade ago remain relevant today for hundreds of people still in the U.S. court system, because officials never notified many defendants of the forensic flaws in their cases and never expanded their review to catch similar mistakes.

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Apr 03, 2010 Cautious praise for travel screening change

QUOTE: Lawmakers, civil liberties groups and security experts cautiously praised the Obama administration's decision to abandon using nationality alone as a basis for deciding which U.S.-bound international air travelers to subject to additional screening, but they warned that too little is known to conclude that the revised policy will be effective and not discriminatory.

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Oct 06, 2009 Report: U.S. Should Give Preference to Skilled Immigrants Over Relatives

QUOTE: The United States should cut back on the admission of immigrants who are extended-family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to make room for more skilled workers, a new independent panel recommended Tuesday.

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Jul 21, 2009 Sen. Schumer Proposes System to Verify Workers' Identities

QUOTE: Immigration analysts urged Congress on Tuesday to weigh carefully a leading Democratic senator's plan to require all U.S. workers to verify their identity using fingerprints or digital photos...

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Jun 24, 2009 DHS to Cut Police Access to Spy-Satellite Data: Democrat Calls Bush Program 'Ill-Conceived'

QUOTE: President George W. Bush's top intelligence and homeland security officials authorized the National Applications Office to expand sharing of satellite data with domestic agencies. But congressional Democrats barred funding for what they said could become a new platform for domestic surveillance that would raise privacy and civil liberties concerns.

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Jun 17, 2009 Immigration Debate Tied to Rise in Hate Crimes

QUOTE: U.S. civil rights leaders said yesterday that an increase in hate crimes committed in recent years against Hispanics... "correlates closely" to the nation's increasingly contentious debate over immigration.

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Jun 13, 2009 Permanence Eludes Some Katrina Victims: Many Still Live in Trailers, Rentals

QUOTE: The unused cottages are the latest example of a trouble-plagued Gulf Coast housing recovery that has subjected the Federal Emergency Management Agency to harsh and prolonged criticism and led to charges that states are diverting federal rescue funds or failing to deliver on promises to restore long-term affordable housing.

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May 30, 2009 Sheriff Questions Motives of Probes: Ariz. Official Says Politics Are Behind Federal Investigations of His Department

QUOTE: Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and his office... are the focus of three federal investigations into whether they violated federal rules or civil rights laws in pursuing illegal immigrants.

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May 19, 2009 U.S. to Check Immigration Status of People in Local Jails: Obama Administration's Enforcement Push Could Lead to Sharp Increase in Deportation Cases

QUOTE: The Obama administration is expanding a program initiated by President George W. Bush aimed at checking the immigration status of virtually every person booked into local jails....By matching inmates' fingerprints to federal immigration databases, authorities hope to pinpoint deportable illegal immigrants before they are released from custody.

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Jan 03, 2009 Airline Apologizes For Booting 9 Muslims: Group Plans Discrimination Complaint

QUOTE: A U.S. airline apologized yesterday to nine Muslim American passengers from the Washington area who were removed from a flight out of Reagan National Airport, but a Muslim civil rights group said it intends to press a discrimination complaint against the airline for its treatment of the passengers.

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Dec 11, 2008 Cleaning Service Used by Chertoff Calls Immigration Laws Unfair

QUOTE: unreasonable to expect businesspeople to distinguish between fake and real driver's licenses and Social Security cards. Immigration laws are unevenly enforced, he added, allowing big companies to stay in business while crushing small-business owners and workers. He said the rules punish "scapegoats" such as him while inviting people at every level -- customers, subcontractors and contractors -- to look the other way while benefiting economically from cheaper labor.

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Sep 09, 2008 Midwife Delivery Can Lead to Passport Denial

QUOTE: "In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the government is systematically discriminating against U.S.-born citizens on the basis of ethnicity and national origin. Attorneys for the plaintiff assert that such arbitrary bans disproportionately affect rural and poor people who have less access to doctors."

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Jul 21, 2008 In Immigration Cases, Employers Feel the Pressure: But Critics Fault Laws as Ineffective

QUOTE: A three-year-old enforcement campaign against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is increasingly resulting in arrests and criminal convictions, using evidence gathered by phone taps, undercover agents and prisoners who agree to serve as government witnesses.

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Jun 02, 2008 Immigration Prosecutions Hit New High: Critics Say Increased Use of Criminal Charges Strains System

QUOTE: Officials say the threat of prison and a criminal record is a powerful deterrent, one that is helping drive down illegal immigration along the nearly 2,000-mile frontier between the United States and Mexico. Skeptics say that the government lacks the resources to sustain the strategy on the border and that the effort is diverting resources from more serious crimes such as drug and human smuggling.

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May 25, 2008 Safety Lapses Raised Risks In Trailers for Katrina Victims: Formaldehyde Found in High Levels; 17,000 Say Homes Caused Illnesses

QUOTE: Today, industry and government experts depict the rushed procurement and construction as key failures that may have triggered a public health catastrophe among the more than 300,000 people, many of them children, who lived in FEMA homes.

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Jan 22, 2008 ID Rules To Change For Canada Crossings: DHS Defies Congress By Going Forward Now

QUOTE: Defying Congress, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing to tighten identification requirements at U.S. land borders starting Jan. 31, when it no longer will allow Americans or Canadians to enter the country by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship.

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Sep 06, 2007 Lawmakers Challenge Plan to Expand Spying: Concerns Focus on Domestic Use of Satellite Technology and How U.S. Will Protect Civil Liberties

QUOTE: The Wall Street Journal reported last month that, beginning this fall, intelligence officials and DHS will allow broader domestic use of some of the nation's most secret and advanced spying technology, eventually permitting state and local law enforcement officials for the first time to tap tools largely restricted to foreign surveillance.

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Sep 05, 2007 FEMA to Let Katrina Victims Move From Trailers Into Hotels

QUOTE: The policy shift, made two weeks ago but not widely publicized until now, follows a House committee finding in July that FEMA leaders had suppressed warnings about the presence of high levels of potentially cancer-causing formaldehyde, apparently to avoid legal liability.

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Aug 28, 2007 ACLU Settles Suit on Illegal-Immigrant Holding Facility

QUOTE: The Bush administration has continued to emphasize tougher enforcement efforts after this summer's collapse of immigration legislation in Congress, but unions and other liberal activist groups are stepping up pressure on behalf of immigrants.

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Aug 08, 2007 States Feel Left Out Of Disaster Planning

QUOTE: A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation's emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.

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