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Sasse leads fresh calls to use seized ‘El Chapo’ money to pay for border security

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., resumed calls Wednesday for Congress to use money and other assets seized from convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to pay for improved border security after a federal judge sentenced Guzman to life in prison.

“El Chapo’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars, so the feds should seize his drug money and use it to secure the border,” Sasse said in a statement Wednesday. “This convict doesn’t need the cash – he’ll be getting three square meals a day and making collect calls from the big house.”

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Sasse is a cosponsor of the EL CHAPO Act, a bill authored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would require any money seized by the U.S. Government from Guzman’s estate to be used “for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall.” EL CHAPO is an acronym for the bill’s full name — the Ensuring Legal Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act.

Cruz introduced the bill in January and pushed for it throughout the early part of 2019. He said the cocaine magnate’s empire was largely built by violating U.S. immigration laws.

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“There’s a justice to it,” Cruz told “Fox News at Night” in February. “You know those billions that El Chapo has were made trafficking illegally across the U.S. border, bringing narcotics across the border, and it is only right that those ill-gotten gains go toward fixing the problems and stopping the next narcotrafficker.”

Cruz noted after Guzman was convicted that prosecutors were seeking $14 billion of the drug lord’s assets, more than double the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump has said a border wall would cost.

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“By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” Cruz said in a January statement.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Extra protection sought for certain lawmakers after Trump’s comments about ‘squad’

EXCLUSIVE – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., was seeking extra protection for members of Congress on Monday after President Trump’s tweets and remarks about the progressive “squad.”

Trump’s remarks apparently were directed at four congresswomen: Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S.

Far from backing down, Trump on Monday dug in on comments he had initially made a day earlier on Twitter that if lawmakers “hate our country,” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries.

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The House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., right, is seeking extra protection for members of Congress. The letter is addressed to Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, left, because, this year, he heads the Capitol Police Board. (Getty, File)

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“If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now,” he said.

In the letter for House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, Thompson argued that the Capitol Police Board should meet to “analyze the current threat environment and set thresholds for enhanced safety of Members.”

Thompson asked for a meeting within 48 hours and a classified readout of the meeting.

The letter was addressed to Stenger because he has headed the Capitol Police Board this year.

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Thompson said security officials should set “thresholds for enhanced security for certain targeted Members, and evaluate threat streams with law enforcement partners in Member districts. Being proactive in this instance is vital to the safety of not only these targeted Members, but all Members of Congress.”

Fox News has been told that despite Thompson’s pleas, other lawmakers have faced more serious threats than members of the squad ahead of Trump’s tweets.

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Former Gov. Martinez on AOC wanting to get rid of DHS: ‘It’s pure insanity’ and would put country at risk

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Former New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday on “Outnumbered” that getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security – as  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently suggested – is “pure insanity” and would put the country at risk.

“Homeland Security was created in order to keep America safe, it was created after 9/11. I just think Ocasio-Cortez is into the shock and awe. She wants to make a statement and be ahead of everything,” said Martinez, who served as the state’s Republican governor from 2011 to 2019.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., made her remarks during a Friday appearance on the New Yorker Radio with host David Remnick, bringing up the fact that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is under DHS.

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“Would you get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, too?” Remnick asked.

“I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious, umm, a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who has championed the elimination of ICE.

Martinez said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to balance the party and keep the focus away from Ocasio-Cortez’s “far left” ideas before the 2020 presidential election.

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Panelist Charlie Hurt said it was “amazing” that Pelosi, D-Calif., used to be on the far left of the Democratic Party, and is now seeming like the “center of her party.”

“Joe Biden used to be the center of the party. Now he’s on the right-wing fringe of his party and it’s not healthy for the Democrats,” said Hurt, joking that Ocasio-Cortez and other liberal freshmen members should call themselves “the committee to re-elect Donald Trump” because their policy ideas could hurt Democrats in 2020.

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Border apprehensions decline 28 percent following US-Mexico partnership, DHS says

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The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that apprehensions at the southwest border plummeted in June after the Mexican government agreed early in the month — under the threat of punishing U.S. tariffs — to dramatically step up its own immigration enforcement efforts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data showed a 28 percent drop in apprehensions from May, when 144,278 individuals were detained. Although some analysts blamed the “summer heat” for part of the new decline, the Trump administration noted in a statement that the decline in apprehensions “outpaces last year’s decline by 11 percent” in the same period.

The numbers refer to would-be immigrants caught trying to illegally cross the border, and not migrants who approach ports of entry.

The reduction in apprehensions “accounts for decreases across all demographics, including unaccompanied minors, family units and single adults, as well as decreases in migrants from all Northern Triangle countries, particularly those coming from Guatemala,” DHS said in a statement.

“Decreasing apprehension numbers will provide greater opportunities for the DHS to address capacity challenges for those in custody and speed the movement of unaccompanied children into Health and Human Services (HHS) care,” the statement continued.

Law enforcement and administration officials said President Trump’s hard push for the deal with Mexico had made all the difference. Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Robert Perez told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday that morale among law enforcement at the border had increased.

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“I think it’s a combination of a few things,” Perez said. “I think it certainly is an unprecedented agreement that we’ve made with Mexico, that the president was able to secure about a month ago. We are definitely seeing and are encouraged by the steps Mexico has taken.”

Earlier in June, Mexico committed to deploy thousands of National Guard troops throughout Mexico, including at its northern and southern land borders, as well as to increase actions to dismantle human trafficking operations and take extra steps to coordinate with the American government to share information and “better protect and secure our common border,” according to a statement from the State Department.

Trump had taken a tough position toward Mexico just prior to that breakthrough, tweeting, “If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% [sic] level …!”

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% [sic] Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump warned on May 30. “The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, … ..at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.”

Shortly after Trump’s threat but before the deal was reached, Mexico’s financial intelligence agency announced it had frozen the bank accounts of 26 people who it claimed to “have presumably participated in migrant smuggling and the organization of illegal migrant caravans.”

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The agency said it had detected money transfers from central Mexico to six Mexican border cities presumably related to the caravans.

And some 200 Mexican military police, immigration agents and federal police blocked the advance of about 1,000 Central American migrants who were walking north along a highway in the southern part of the country.

“We are definitely seeing and are encouragd by the steps Mexico has taken.”

— Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Robert Perez

The group of migrants, including many women and children, set out early from Ciudad Hidalgo at the Mexico-Guatemala border and was headed for Tapachula, the principal city in the region. State and local police accompanied the caravan. The officials blocked the highway near the community of Metapa, about 11 miles from Tapachula.

And this week, it emerged that while the Mexican National Guard deploys to places like Tapachula on the country’s southern border and makes changes to its asylum protocol, agents with the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) are using a giant X-ray to find migrants being smuggled into the country in trucks.

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Mexican officials said they caught more than 200 migrants hidden in trucks the last two days, using X-rays to see the people hidden inside.

The Mexican security ministry also said it found 228 migrants in a routine search of a soft drink transportation truck in one of its southern states on Monday.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Acting DHS secretary says AOC’s border facility statements ‘not accurate,’ praises agents’ work

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A claim by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that migrants being held at a Texas border facility had to drink from a toilet is inaccurate, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.

Border Patrol agents are doing incredible work with limited resources, and Congress must step up and provide more support, he said Wednesday on “Special Report.”

“It’s just not accurate,” he said of the Bronx lawmaker’s claim.

“We would never ask anyone to drink out of a toilet. The women in that cell had access to a five-gallon jug of water with cups right outside the door of their cell — which was not locked.”

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to her visit to the facility.

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“This was them on their best behavior and they put them in a room with no running water, and these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet,” she said. “And that was them knowing a congressional visit was coming.”

The New York Democrat said people of all ages were being mistreated.

She also said she “forced herself” into one of the cells to get a better look and spoke with a woman who claimed the guards were practicing “psychological warfare” by interrupting their sleep and calling them names.

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In his interview with Mike Emanuel, McAleenan said it took Congress several weeks to approve emergency supplemental funding, after asking lawmakers to go further and “close loopholes” he claimed are aggravating the crisis at the border.

“It was a crisis the whole time,” he said.

“It took us too long to get that aid and frankly I think it’s important for your viewers to understand, a lot of concern about the number of children in our custody. I’ve been sounding the alarm for a long time on that.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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AOC accuses GOP of trying to ‘Make America Great Again’ by hurting children, migrants

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Republicans are trying to fulfill President Trump’s famous campaign pledge — “Make America Great Again” — by “hurt[ing]” child migrants so that they won’t want to enter the U.S., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed on Wednesday.

“The GOP’s grand plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ is to hurt children, immigrants, refugees into thinking America isn’t great – that it’s cruel & inhumane – so people don’t come at all,” she tweeted.

She added that the GOP would fail since “America isn’t America at all without immigrants. To turn them away is Un-American.”

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Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest responded by accusing Ocasio-Cortez of weaponizing the crisis in order to attack Republicans.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez coveniently forgets to mention that when she had the opportunity to support $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid — which both the House and Senate passed — to address the crisis on the border she voted against it. It’s clear that she would rather weaponize the crisis on the border to attack Republicans than actually help fix it,” he told Fox News.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to reports that migrant children have drawn pictures of themselves in cages, a contentious form of detention that liberals have decried.

The freshman lawmaker also urged her colleagues Wednesday to address the migration crisis through a variety of policies — including her controversial “Green New Deal.”

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“We need large-scale public investment to spur job creation for citizens & immigrants alike. Ideally that investment transitions us to a sustainable economy (climate & income-wise). We are overdue to rebuild American [infrastucture and] it’s going to take ALL of us & immigrants to do it,” she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez has also joined some Democrats in proposing that Congress decriminalize illegal border crossings. But Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security chief under President Obama, blasted that proposal as “tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders.”

“That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that,” Johnson told The Washington Post.

On Friday, Johnson also defended the administration’s use of migrant detention centers, noting that the Obama administration also used so-called “cages.” “Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented in January 2017,” he said.

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His comments came as a long list of other Democrats have denounced the way the Trump administration has handled the issue.

The issue came back into the spotlight earlier this week after Ocasio-Cortez visited a detention facility and claimed that migrants were forced to drink toilet water. Current and former officials have since pushed back on her claims.

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., also called for federal authorities to face child abuse charges for the way they treated migrants.

In a letter sent to Trump Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed concern that recent emergency border funding legislation did not do enough to improve conditions at the detention centers.

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Trump, on Wednesday, unleashed a series of tweets blasting Democrats for their role in perpetuating the migrant crisis and pushing back on their criticism of the way his administration treated migrants.

“Our Border Patrol people are not hospital workers, doctors or nurses. The Democrats [sic] bad Immigration Laws, which could be easily fixed, are the problem. Great job by Border Patrol, above and beyond,” Trump tweeted.

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Former Obama top official defends migrant detention centers, says ‘cages’ not invented when Trump took office

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Jeh Johnson, a Homeland Security secretary under former President Barack Obama, defended the use of holding facilities on Friday, indicating that immigration law put both President Trump and his predecessor in a tough situation for housing immigrants.

Johnson said that chain link fences or “cages” weren’t ideal but were one of the ways authorities dealt with a mass immigrants that had to be transferred to Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours.

“During that 72 hour period, when you have something that is a multiple — like four times of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids,” he said before suggesting the alternative was putting them on “the streets.”

Johnson made those comments at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Friday after Congress passed a massive spending package designed to help improve conditions at migrant holding facilities.

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Trump’s administration has received intense criticism for the way it treated migrant children — including putting kids in “cages” — but some have noted that migrants faced similar facilities under Obama.

“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented on January 2017,” Johnson said, referring to the month of Trump’s inauguration.

Numerous reports surfaced in June, claiming that migrants faced inhumane conditions under the president’s administration. The issue came to a head after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., visited a facility and claimed that migrants were forced to drink toilet water. Current and former officials have since pushed back on her claims.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., also called for federal authorities to face child abuse charges for the way they treated migrants.

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“There ought to be criminal prosecutions of some of the agency heads and some of the people for child abuse. This is clearly child abuse. It violates probably half a dozen laws,” he said.

Republicans, however, have pointed out that their party pushed an aid package for migrants — something Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats seemed reluctant to approve. “How many migrant women did [Ocasio-Cortez] help by voting AGAINST the $4.6 billion bipartisan humanitarian aid that is FOR THEM?” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tweeted on Tuesday.

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Rep. Mark Green: If US doesn’t respond to Iran, ‘We are incentivizing future attacks’

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The U.S. must offer a “measured response” to Iran’s downing of an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz, according to a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Failure to respond to Iranian aggression would incentivize future attacks, U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., told Shannon Bream on Thursday on “Fox News @Night.”

“I think we clearly need a measured response here,” Green said. “I think the world needs to see, honestly, smoke and fire. I think Kim Jong Un needs to see smoke and fire. There’s been an attack on the U.S. military and if we don’t respond, we are incentivizing future attacks.”

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“There’s been an attack on the U.S. military and if we don’t respond, we are incentivizing future attacks.”

— U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., member of the House Homeland Security Committee

“I think it’s time to act,” he added.

Green added that President Trump acted responsibly and conservatively to the attack on the unmanned drone.

“Let’s give President Trump some credit,” Green said. “He’s had a very measured response here. He even gave them an out with this ‘potentially it was a trigger-happy guy.’.”

Top administration officials and lawmakers met at the White House late Thursday for a classified briefing about the incident. They suggested that a “measured” U.S. response is likely coming soon.

Amid mounting tension between the U.S. and Iran, the White House earlier Thursday invited House and Senate leaders — as well as members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees — to meet with President Trump in the Situation Room of the White House.

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Others who arrived for the meeting included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Army Secretary Mark Esper, whom Trump has said he’ll nominate to succeed the departing Shanahan.

Shanahan was spotted outside the White House carrying a folder stamped “SECRET/NOFORN,” an intelligence classification category prohibiting distribution to anyone outside the government.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Hany Farid: Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption sacrifices a lot of security for just a little bit of privacy

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The Internet, and social media in particular, has been a boon for child predators and abusers. A plan by Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its services, including on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, is going to make the problem worse.

In 2018, the CyberTipline at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received over 18 million reports of apparent child sexual abuse images, online enticement, child sex trafficking, and child sexual molestation. Perhaps more startling than this volume of more than 2,000 reports per hour is that last year’s reports account for 40 percent of all reports received by the CyberTipline since its inception in 1984.

Most major technology companies have deployed technology that has proven effective at disrupting the global distribution of known child sexual abuse material (CSAM). This technology, photoDNA, developed by Microsoft and donated to NCMEC, works by extracting a distinct digital signature from known CSAM and comparing these signatures against content at the point of upload. Flagged content can then be instantaneously removed and reported.

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This type of robust hashing technology is similar to that used to detect other harmful digital content like viruses and malware. Since its development in 2009 and its eventual world-wide deployment, photoDNA remains one of the most effective strategies for combatting child sexual abuse online.

The efficacy of this technology, however, is under threat.

Earlier this year, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that he is implementing end-to-end encryption on his platforms, preventing anyone — including Facebook — from seeing the contents of any communications.

We do not need to cripple our ability to remove some of the most harmful and heinous content in the name of an incremental amount of privacy. 

In announcing the decision, Zuckerberg conceded that it came at a cost.

“At the same time, there are real safety concerns to address before we can implement end-to-end encryption across all of our messaging services,” he wrote. “Encryption is a powerful tool for privacy, but that includes the privacy of people doing bad things. When billions of people use a service to connect, some of them are going to misuse it for truly terrible things like child exploitation, terrorism, and extortion.”

There is, of course, no such thing as complete privacy or complete security. On the privacy side, even end-to-end encryption does not provide users with as much privacy as they may think. Even without the ability to read the contents of your messages, Facebook will still know with whom you are communicating, when you are communicating, from where you are communicating, as well as a trove of information about your other online activities.

This is a far cry from real privacy. And, on the security side, with or without end-to-end encryption, it will never be possible to fully secure our online or offline world. Our goal, therefore, should be to find a reasonable balance between privacy and security.

The adoption of end-to-end encryption would significantly hamper the efficacy of photoDNA. This is particularly troubling given that the majority of the millions of yearly Facebook reports to NCMEC’s CyberTipline originate on Facebook’s Messaging services. Blindly implementing end-to-end encryption will significantly increase the risk and harm to children around the world.

Recent advances in encryption and robust hashing technology, however, mean that technologies like photoDNA can be adapted to operate within an end-to-end encryption system.

Specifically, when using certain types of encryption algorithms (so-called partially- or fully-homomorphic encryption), it is possible to perform the same type of robust “image hashing” on encrypted data. This means that encrypted images can be analyzed to determine if they are known illicit or harmful material without the need, or even ability, to decrypt the image.

For all other images, this analysis provides no information about its contents, thus preserving content privacy.

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Alternatively, photoDNA can be implemented at the point of transmission, contrary to the current approach where it is implemented upon receipt. In this client-side implementation, the distinct signature is extracted prior to encryption and transmitted alongside the encrypted message. Because no identifying information can be extracted from this signature, it does not reveal any details about the encrypted image while allowing for the monitoring of known CSAM and other harmful material.

We do not need to cripple our ability to remove some of the most harmful and heinous content in the name of an incremental amount of privacy. Zuckerberg has repeatedly expressed his desire to “get it right” this time. The technology exists to get it right. We now just need the will to do so.

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Acting ICE director slams Pete Buttigieg’s ‘misinformed’ criticism: ‘He is vilifying the wrong entity’

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The acting ICE directed condemned Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s criticism of his department, calling his rhetoric “misinformed” and “inappropriate.”

Mark Morgan took issue with the South Bend, Indiana mayor saying Monday at a campaign event that immigration officials are ordered to carry out “inhumane” and “illegal” policies. Buttigieg called out the Trump administration for the deaths of migrant children in U.S. custody, saying “a child fleeing violence ought to have nothing to fear in the arms of the most powerful country in the world.”

During a Wednesday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Morgan, who served previously as U.S. Border Patrol chief at the end of the Obama administration, outlined some of the recent accomplishments of his department.

On the homeland security enforcement side of ICE, Morgan said, there were 34,000 criminal arrests last year including 5,000 gang members, thousands of child exploitation and human trafficking cases handled and $1.2 billion in U.S. currency seized from illegal activity.

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“I would love to sit down with this mayor and have him explain to me which part of that is illegal or inhumane,” Morgan said, adding that agents are only carrying out their orders.

“He is vilifying the wrong entity. If he doesn’t like the laws, go to Congress, change the laws, we’ll enforce those laws,” he continued.

ICE agents put their lives on the line each day to protect Americans, Morgan said, arguing that Buttigieg’s criticism does a disservice to their sacrifice.

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“The dedicated men and women of border patrol, all of CPB, HHS, ICE — they’re working every day, sacrificing so much to safeguard, protect this country, and when you hear stuff like that, it demoralizes them,” Morgan continued.

He said ICE and Border Patrol agents should not be blamed for the inaction of Congress on passing new immigration laws and for Mexico failing to stop the flow of migrants.

Other Democratic presidential candidates have called for the abolishment of ICE, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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