Leaked documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show that government officials from the U.S. and Mexico created a secret database of activists, journalists and social media influencers associated with covering the caravan of migrants heading north from Central America. The documents also show that in some cases, government officials placed alerts on passports associated with those in the database. Meanwhile, the Guardian reports on a pending agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Census Bureau that would share personal data of noncitizens, including a person’s immigration status, in what has been described as an “unprecedented” data exchange. The Electronic Privacy Information Center also reports that DHS issued final recommendations on facial-recognition use at the border, differing slightly from previous draft recommendations.
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