Trump, minority protections, asylum for migrant kids

This week's best document-based investigative journalism

In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor

The Washington Post citing an audio recording.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” Trump said. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.” Raffensperger responded: “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”

Justice Dept. Seeks to Pare Back Civil Rights Protections for Minorities

The New York Times citing a draft report by the department.

The Justice Department has submitted for White House approval a change to how it enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits recipients of federal funding from discriminating based on race, color or national origin.

A New ICE Policy As Trump Is About To Leave Office Could Make It Harder For Immigrant Children To Get Asylum

BuzzFeed News citing an internal ICE memo.

Beginning Dec. 29, ICE officers were told that they must review whether an immigrant child is still “unaccompanied” each time they encounter the minor, according to a copy of the email and memo.


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