Good morning. Today, we’re covering Iran’s formal accusations against Israel, the MLB’s first NFT trading cards, and France’s ban on domestic air travel.
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
🇺🇸 The One About Immigration
The White House on Monday revealed agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras struck in recent weeks to step up military presence at their respective borders in an effort to stem the flow of migration to the U.S.
🤿 A deeper dive…
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the objective of the deals “is to make it more difficult to make the journey, and make crossing the borders more difficult.”
Mexico will maintain a presence of 10,000 troops along its southern border.
Guatemala will send 1,500 military and police personnel to its border with Honduras while setting up 12 checkpoints along migrant routes.
Honduras deployed 7,000 police and military to its border to “disperse a large contingent of migrants there.”
📅 The Current Situation
Last month, U.S. Border Patrol encountered roughly 170k migrants on the southern border – the most since March 2001.
The spike in unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border has coincided with the Biden administration exempting them from a pandemic-related policy of immediate expulsion (though the AP says there are a complex mix of factors at play).
Children are instead released to “sponsors” within the U.S. – usually parents or close relatives – while being allowed to pursue their cases in the heavily backlogged immigration courts (1.3M cases pending as of Feb 2021, per Syracuse University).
Also on Monday: President Biden nominated two public critics of Trump-era immigration policies – Tucson, AZ, Police Chief Chris Magnus & Director of DHS Watch Ur Mendoza Jaddou – to key roles within the Department of Homeland Security. Both positions require Senate confirmation.
The border can’t be our only concern. The US needs an immigrant integration policy
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🚔 Minnesota Police Shooting
A 20-year-old Black man named Daunte Wright died on Sunday after being shot by a police officer during an attempted arrest on an outstanding warrant at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis).
At a press conference on Monday, Brooklyn Center police released body-cam video footage (Warning: Graphic Content) wherein the officer can be seen pointing a gun at Wright and saying repeatedly that she was going to use her Taser. After firing a single shot, she can be heard saying “Holy (expletive), I shot him.”
The police chief said he was considering it “an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.” A 2012 article published in the monthly law journal Americans for Effective Law Enforcement documented 9 similar cases between 2001-2009.
Police in riot gear responded to protesters who gathered in Brooklyn Center on Sunday. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz imposed a curfew overnight Monday for three counties in the surrounding area.
A reported 40 people were arrested last night on charges ranging from curfew violation to rioting, per Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer.
📰 Other Law Enforcement News
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered a probe into a traffic stop last December in which police officers were caught on camera pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a uniformed Black and Latino U.S. Army medic. One of the officers was fired yesterday. (From the Left | From the Right)
At least three police officers were shot during a high-speed chase early Monday in Georgia that authorities said left one suspect dead and another in custody. (From the Left | From the Right)
Iran formally accused Israel of being behind an explosion at its Natanz nuclear site, an act Iran described the day before as “nuclear terrorism.”
Multiple Israeli outlets have quoted unnamed intelligence sources saying Israel’s Mossad spy service carried out a successful sabotage operation at Natanz, potentially setting back enrichment work there by months.
Iran claimed it activated an emergency power system to offset the outage, saying: “Enrichment of uranium has not stopped at the site.”
The troopers were able to locate a “pink dot” in the trees once they made it to the top and knew they had found her.
Brianraced to the toddler lying face down on a rock near a stream – she was freezing, but alive.
When he picked her up, “she hugged [him] immediately and wouldn’t let go.”
He said the toddler was taken by ambulance to the hospital and is safe and healthy now.
“I still can’t get that out of my head, her turning over and looking at me and throwing her hands up in the air… that’s something I’ll never forget.”
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🍕 Special Delivery… this week, a Domino’s franchise in Houston will start using an R2 autonomous vehicle to deliver pizza to customers in the area. Created by robotics company Nuro, R2 is the first self-driving, on-road delivery vehicle to receive regulatory approval from the Department of Transportation.
📵 Quick Heads Up… Google is rolling out a new feature on some of its Android phones that aims to reduce an increasingly dangerous trend in smartphone use – distracted walking. The new “Heads Up” feature employs short prompts, such as “Watch your step” and “Look up,” to encourage users to stop staring at their phones while walking.
🎵 Surfing the Web… a team of researchers at MIT translated the structure of a spider web into music by 1) using computer algorithms to virtually recreate the web and 2) assigning various sound frequencies to individual strands played in accordance with the web’s patterns.
🎧 Walk This Way
In which decade was the Sony Walkman launched?
A) 1970s B) 1980s C) 1990s D) 2000s
(keep scrolling for the answer)
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