Jul 27, 2018

Philadelphia won't let ICE use arrest records to locate immigrants

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Photo: Michael Candelori/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Philadelphia won't allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to use its arrest database after Aug. 31, the AP reports. Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, accused ICE of wrongfully using the database to locate undocumented immigrants even without criminal records.

"We’re not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up.”
— Kenney

The big picture: This comes as some progressive Democrats, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have latched on to an "abolish ICE" campaign. Republicans have just as quickly used the phrase as a political weapon against Democrats. Meanwhile, Trump's efforts to defund "sanctuary cities" such as Philadelphia are currently blocked by a federal judge's injunction.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.