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President Trump has directed top officials to execute the most aggressive changes in immigration policy since his inauguration, sources tell Jonathan Swan and me. Some officials consider the moves legally and politically dubious.
The changes, outlined by the senior official:
1. Make regulatory changes to make it "more difficult for low-skilled immigrants ... to gain admission" into the United States, "and easier for high-skilled immigrants who are likely to be self-sufficient."
2. Make it more difficult for people to invoke their fear of returning to their home country in order to seek asylum in the U.S.
3. The official said the White House is frustrated by the granting of work permits to asylum seekers so soon after entering the country, describing the practice as "a major draw."
4. The White House also wants to change rules to allow the government to detain migrant children for longer than the 20-day limit allowed under the so-called Flores agreement.
The planned policy changes will face enormous challenges, legally and politically.
Trump's decision to oust Nielsen was born out of the president’s deep frustration with her reluctance to implement major policy changes, according to senior administration officials with knowledge of the president’s thinking.
The other side: Sources close to Nielsen tell us that Trump and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have called for changes that are legally dubious and would therefore be operationally ineffective.
Capturing the view of people close to Nielsen, here's a quote Thad Bingel, a senior homeland security official under George W. Bush, gave the N.Y. Times:
Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will debut a measure today that cracks down on manipulative design features in major web platforms — Google, Facebook, Amazon — that are meant to capture users’ consent or data, Axios' David McCabe scoops.
Why it matters: Lawmakers are trying to put checks on the fundamental design choices that Silicon Valley uses to attract and retain users.
The Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction Act would apply to online services with over 100 million monthly active users.
The White House said Secret Service director Randolph "Tex" Alles will soon leave his post — an announcement that shocked agents but didn't come as a surprise inside the West Wing, Axios' Alayna Treene and Jonathan Swan report.
The big picture: "Trump moved to clear out the senior ranks of the Department of Homeland Security ... as he accelerated a purge of the nation’s immigration and security leadership," per the N.Y. Times.
Evan Osnos tells me: "Twitter has been a force for good on this one; we've received tons of serious advice. So far, nothing has unlocked it. The operating system might be too old. Next step: Genius Bar."
The world’s biggest tech companies are spending billions of dollars on projects to get more people around the world connected to the internet, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
What's new: Facebook is in talks to develop an underwater data cable ring around Africa, The Wall Street Journal reports. The project aims to drive down internet costs so that Facebook can get more people using its services.
Go deeper: Today's internet is by land, sea, air and space.
"Today’s Democratic Party is increasingly perceived as dominated by its 'woke' left wing. But the views of Democrats on social media often bear little resemblance to those of the wider Democratic electorate," write Nate Cohn and Kevin Quealy of the N.Y. Times.
Why it matters: The more moderate group "has the numbers to decide the Democratic presidential nomination in favor of a relatively moderate establishment favorite, as it has often done in the past."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The Trump administration has nixed Major League Baseball's historic agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation (CBF), which would have made it easier for Cuban players to enter the U.S. legally without needing to defect.
The agreement was similar to the ones MLB has with Japan, Korea and China and dates back to the Obama administration's détente with Cuba, which intended to soften relations between our two nations.
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What's new: Content creators have been caught between the media industry and technology-driven business disruptions. Now, the talent is trying to fight back, Sara Fischer writes in Axios Media Trends (subscribe here).
Why it matters: The media industry is facing unprecedented disruption, which is forcing the employment dynamics to change from decades-old precedents.
"Stanford University has kicked out a student whose application allegedly contained false information," the L.A. Times reports.
Why it matters: "It never pays to lie on an admissions application because those misrepresentations, [even] if not caught immediately, could catch up with a student in the future."
U.Va. has written "one of the most memorable and uplifting redemption stories American sports has ever seen," CBS Sports' Matt Orlander writes.
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