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Criminal Prosecutions for Illegal Entry Up, Re-Entry Down

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eight months of FY 2016 the government reported 25,680 new criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, and 20,628 new criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry. If trends continue, illegal re-entry charges, which are a felony under Title 8 Section 1326 of the United States Code, will have fallen 8.4 percent from their levels a year ago. Meanwhile, illegal entry prosecutions, which are only a petty misdemeanor under Title 8 Section 1325, will have risen 7.7 percent over FY 2015. These comparisons of the number of defendants charged with offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. The five districts along the southwest border with Mexico differed greatly in their charging patterns. The Southern District of Texas (Houston) and the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) accounted for 96 percent of the illegal entry prosecutions, while Arizona and New Mexico accounted for 59 percent of the illegal re-entry prosecutions. For more details, including timelines of prosecutions and top district rankings for both charges, see the report at: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/430/

McCaul – Warner Commission on Digital Security

“Chairman Michael McCaul and Senator Mark Warner introduced the Digital Security Commission Act on February, 29, 2016. The purpose of this Commission is to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists. This Commission brings together the most capable experts and stakeholders from… Continue Reading

WHO Report – Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

World Health Organization (WHO) – “Globally, hundreds of millions of children — up to one billion — have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and… Continue Reading

National Privacy Research Strategy outlines US privacy research agenda

Via FTC:  “The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I participated in the working group that developed the strategy and am excited… Continue Reading

ALA Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System

Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System – ALA Council [Via Susan Paterson] Whereas ALA Policy 6.1.1 International Relations- Policy Objectives is “To encourage the exchange, dissemination, and access to information and the unrestricted flow of library materials in all formats throughout the world (ALA Key Action Area:  Equitable Access to… Continue Reading

LC target of DNS attack and a commentary on LC and digitization challenges

FCW.com, July 18, 2016: “The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out Congress.gov and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library… Continue Reading

New DOJ legislation eases access for foreign governments to acquire electronic data stored by US companies

“On behalf of the Administration, I am pleased to present for the consideration of the Congress a legislative proposal that would help resolve potential conflicting legal obligations that U.S. electronic communications service providers (“service providers”) may face when required to disclose electronic data by foreign governments investigating serious crime, including terrorism. The legislative proposal is… Continue Reading

House Intelligence Committee Publishes Recently Declassified Redacted Version of “28 Pages”

News release: “Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), under the direction of Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), approved publication of a newly declassified section of the 2002 Joint Congressional Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.   Following a declassification… Continue Reading

Smithsonian Magazine – An Oral History of the March on Washington

Summer 1963 – “The potent symbolism of a demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial—timed to coincide with the centenary of the Emancipation Proclamation and following President John F. Kennedy’s announcement in June that he would submit a civil rights bill to Congress—transfixed the nation. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom also catapulted 34-year-old Martin… Continue Reading

First Woman and African American Librarian of Congress Confirmed by Congress

TIME: “Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in… Continue Reading

Text of European Commission Adequacy Decision on Privacy Shield

“European Commission Implementing Decision of 12.7.2016 pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Text with EEA relevance) THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Directive 95/46/EC of… Continue Reading

UK Policy paper – Women in Finance Charter

“On 22 March, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO of Virgin Money, published her review into the representation of women in senior managerial positions in financial services. On 11 July HM Treasury announced that 72 firms have signed the Women in Finance Charter. These firms have committed to implement four key industry actions, as recommended in Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s… Continue Reading