ACLU SUES TO END ICE’S RIGGED ALGORITHM FOR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

ACLU SUES TO END ICE’S RIGGED ALGORITHM FOR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
IN 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement quietly began using a software tool to recommend whether people arrested over immigration violations should be let go after 48 hours or detained. The software’s algorithm supposedly pored over a variety of risk factors before outputting a decision.

A new lawsuit, however, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders, alleges that the algorithm doesn’t really make a decision, at least not one that can result in a detainee being released. Instead, the groups said, it’s an unconstitutional cudgel that’s been rigged to detain virtually everyone ICE’s New York Field Office brings in, even when the government itself believes they present a minimal threat to public safety.

“The federal government’s sweeping detention dragnet means that people who pose no flight or safety risk are being jailed as a matter of course — in an unlawful trend that is getting worse.”

The suit, which asks that ICE’s “Risk Classification Assessment” tool be ruled illegal and the affected detainees reassessed by humans, includes damning new data obtained by the NYCLU through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The data illuminates the extent to which the so-called algorithm has been perverted. Between 2013 and 2017, the FOIA data shows, the algorithm recommended detention without bond for “low risk” individuals 53 percent of the time, according an analysis by the NYCLU and Bronx Defenders. But from June 2017 — shortly after President Donald Trump took office — to September 2019, that number exploded to 97 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a question here; are these detainees here illegally, or legally?!?

IF, in fact, they are here illegally, are they already not breaking the law?!?

And IF, in fact, these detainees are here illegally, what is New York's ACLU ready to do, in terms of paying for unfunded mandates, required by the City of New York, in order to feed, clothe, and house these people, to say nothing of educating their kids, many of whom speak absolutely zero English?!?

Now please don't get me wrong; I love that Emma Lazarus poem, beginning with the words, "Give me your tired, your poor; your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;" but folks, that was written in 1883, and just... a little has changed in this country since then, including a desperate need for skilled labor, which our schools seem pathologically incapable of turning out.

It is completely reasonable, at this point in the 21st century, for the US government to demand that those who immigrate to this country, have skills; speak a standard English; and not be a financial burden on this country, much as does the Australian immigration system, which gives good people with skills a shot at the "brass ring" of Australian citizenship.

Why should we not insist on inviting "the best of the best" immigrants to become US citizens?!?

I see absolutely zero reason why we should not.

And if you can think of any, please let me know!! :-)

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