Justice Department threatens subpoenas in showdown with sanctuary cities and states

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday demanded documents from 23 sanctuary jurisdictions and threatened subpoenas if they fail to comply.

The letters are intended to find out whether police officers in the jurisdictions are failing to share information with federal immigration authorities, according to a DOJ press release. The Justice Department cites a federal law requiring information sharing, and says jurisdictions that don’t comply aren’t eligible to receive Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.

Jurisdictions receiving letters include the states of Illinois, California and Oregon, as well as the cities of Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles. USA Today, the Washington Post and the New York Times have stories.

The letters asked the jurisdictions to provide “any orders, directives, instructions or guidance to your law enforcement employees.”

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Group accusing US border patrol of water sabotage sees member arrested | US news | The Guardian

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Hours after a humanitarian group released videos showing border patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for migrants in the Arizona desert, a volunteer for the organization was arrested and charged with harboring undocumented immigrants.

Scott Daniel Warren, 35, a volunteer with the group No More Deaths, faces a federal charge of harboring two people in the country illegally.

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Hey Siri, read me the news – iPhone J.D.

 by Jeff Richardson,

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To start, just say “Hey Siri, read me the news” or “play the news” or “give me the news” or something like that.  Siri will start playing the latest episode of the NPR News Now podcast, which is updated every hour (so it is always fresh news) and only lasts 3-5 minutes (so you quickly get the highlights).  I tried it out a few different times yesterday.  It worked great, and the news updates were interesting and timely.

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Ed. Note:  You also have the option of changing the news source.