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Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced new guidelines limiting arrests by immigration authorities at domestic violence shelters, disaster relief sites and other "protected areas."

Why it matters: The new guidelines are part of a broader shift in approach on immigration policy under the Biden administration.

  • The guidelines list schools, healthcare facilities, places of worship, playgrounds, parades and other locations as protected.

The guidance tells DHS officers and agents to "use their judgment" to determine whether a location would count as a protected area, "taking into consideration the activities that take place there, the importance of those activities to the well-being of people and the communities of which they are a part."

  • Under the directive, agents should also consider whether an arrest at a certain location would affect people's "willingness to be in the protected area and receive or engage in the essential services or activities that are offered there."

What they're saying: "In our pursuit of justice, including in the execution of our enforcement responsibilities, we impact people’s lives and advance our country’s well-being," DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.

  • "As a result, when conducting an enforcement action, ICE and CBP agents and officers must first examine and consider the impact of where actions might possibly take place."
  • "We can accomplish our ... mission without denying individuals access to needed medical care, children access to their schools, the displaced access to food and shelter."

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Nov 18, 2021 - Health

Health care is a hemisphere-wide concern for Latinos

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Data: Ipsos, Global Health Service Monitor 2021; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Health care performance is significantly worse for U.S. Latinos when compared with non-Hispanic white people, while some Latin Americans are also concerned about equitable access to health care in their countries.

Why it matters: A report compiled by the Commonwealth Fund underlines profound racial and ethnic health care disparities across the United States.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.

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