Apr 13, 2019

Courts to temporarily allow asylum seekers to return to Mexico

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to temporarily block a lower court's decision that would've stopped the Trump administration's policy to send asylum seekers to Mexico, the AP reports.

The backdrop: On Monday, Judge Richard Seeborg's ruling paused the change to the American asylum system, saying the policy does not comply with federal law. The appeals court will hear the arguments from the government and civil groups next week. Immigration officials have halted the practice of sending asylum seekers to Mexico until the appeals court reaches a decision, per the AP. About 1,300 people have been returned to Mexico under this program.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will temporarily allow asylum seekers to return to Mexico.

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Inside hackers' pivot to medical espionage

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A wave of cyber-spying around COVID-19 medical research is once more demonstrating the perils of treating cybersecurity as a separate, walled-off realm.

Driving the news: U.S. officials recently announced an uptick in Chinese-government affiliated hackers targeting medical research and other facilities in the United States for data on a potential COVID-19 cure or effective treatments to combat the virus. Additionally, “more than a dozen countries have redeployed military and intelligence hackers to glean whatever they can about other nations’ virus responses,” reports the New York Times.

The downsides of remote work

Data: Reproduced from Prudential/Morning Consult "Pulse of the American Worker Survey"; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a large-scale experiment in working from home. It has gone well enough that many companies are expanding their remote work expectations for the foreseeable future, and remote employees want to continue to work that way.

Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Beijing forces a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs is at risk.

Why it matters: Political freedoms and strong rule of law helped make Hong Kong a thriving center for international banking and finance. But China's leaders may be betting that top firms in Hong Kong will trade some political freedoms for the economic prosperity Beijing can offer.