DHS Regulations and SNAP Cuts

Grind for December 12th
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The Headline

DHS wants to use facial recognition technology at airports

The Grind

The Department of Homeland Security is gearing up to present its case for using facial recognition technology to keep track travelers, including US citizens.

The proposed regulation, designed to reduce passport fraud and catch terrorists, would require travelers of all nationalities to be photographed when entering or leaving the US.

Critics see the proposal as a violation of privacy.

“Travelers, including US citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel,” argues ACLU policy analyst Jay Stanley.

The Details

Customs and Border Protection has already started testing a similar system that collects biometric data from non-US citizens leaving the United States.

The department’s so-called Biometric Exit program is set to cover 97% of outbound passengers by 2024.

The DHS is set to issue its proposed regulation in July, after which the public will have up to 60 days to comment.


The Headline

This Christmas, some SNAP recipients will need to find a job

The Grind

The Trump Administration on Wednesday finalized its first cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The cut, which prohibits states from waiving the 3-month time limit for ABAWDs receiving SNAP benefits unless the local unemployment rate is 6% or higher, is part of a broader plan that aims to reduce enrollment in the program up by to 10% (or 3 million people).

Supporters insist the waivers were issued in too many areas, leading people to choose SNAP benefits over low-paying jobs.

The Details

According to the Department of Agriculture, the policy change will remove 688,000 people from SNAP.

“We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand but not allowing it to become an indefinitely giving hand,” said Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue. “In the midst of the strongest economy in a generation, we need everyone who can work, to work.”

The new rule will take effect in April unless blocked by the courts.

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