<![CDATA[“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote, installed on the pedestal of the Statute of Liberty, was intended to be a reminder that countless immigrants who sought refuge on American soil could find opportunity here. However, today Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE) is not only counting, but trying to reduce the number of immigrants who cross our borders. To that end, ICE has proposed a new Extreme Vetting Initiative to evaluate visa applicants and generate new leads for deportation. In July 2017, ICE publicly revealed plans to solicit automated vetting tools that would centralize and streamline the manual vetting process. The agency would rely on automated decision-making, machine learning, and social media monitoring to evaluate criteria such as an applicant’s ability to contribute to society or propensity to commit a criminal act. The system would use proxies, giving answers to those questions a numerical value. For instance, an individual’s income would be used to measure his or her ability to contribute to society or social media posts would be rated for threatening tone. On November 16, 2017, NHMC joined over fifty civil rights, privacy, and government accountability organizations in an opposition letter to the Department of Homeland Security explaining why “this initiative is tailor-made for discrimination.” Click here to read the letter.]]>
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
Los Angeles, CA