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Prosecutors say Trump’s immigration crackdown makes Americans less safe — particularly women

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Despite a chaotic and dysfunctional first few months, the Trump White House has swiftly delivered on at least one campaign promise: cracking down on undocumented immigrants. But it might have the exact opposite of its intended effect—keeping Americans safe—as frightened immigrants refuse to cooperate with law enforcement.

A series of policies targeting immigrants and sanctuary cities have emboldened ICE agents to go after undocumented people even more aggressively than during the Obama administration, when the agency already faced criticism for their treatment of immigrants.

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The Trump administration asserts that they only want to round up “criminal” immigrants to keep Americans safe, but criminal justice and immigration advocates have noted for years that hunting down immigrants makes communities less safe. That’s because undocumented people are less likely to report crimes or cooperate with law enforcement if they’re fearful of ICE, a problem especially prevalent among domestic violence victims.

NPR reported on one recent case in Denver, where four women stopped cooperating with a domestic abuse investigation because they didn’t want to get deported, prompting Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson to speak out against the Trump administration’s policies.

“We had pending cases that we were prosecuting on their behalf and since January 25, the date of the president’s executive order [on immigration], those four women have let our office know they were not willing to proceed with the case for fear that they would be spotted in the courthouse and deported,” Bronson told NPR.

Other prosecutors have also spoken out. El Paso county attorney Jo Anne Bernal told the Guardian there’s been a 12 percent drop in protective orders, which are designed to keep abusers away from their victims. “It is really heartbreaking,” she told the Guardian.  Prosecutors in Austin, Texas, also told Business Insider that fear of being deported stopped a woman from aiding an investigation because she was scared of ICE.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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