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President Donald: Subject Immigrants and Computer Algorithms

president donald: That plan has its roots in President Donald Trump's repeated pledge during the 2016 campaign to subject immigrants seeking admission to the United States to more intense ideological scrutiny or, as he put it, extreme vetting . Over the summer, DHS published a statement of objectives for a system that would use computer algorithms to scan social media and other material in order to automatically flag undesirable entrants and to continuously scan the activities of those allowed into the U.S. The goal, that document stated, was to let computers help determine whether an immigrant intends to commit criminal or terrorist acts, as well as their likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society, according to Metro News. In a joint letter to DHS on Thursday, the dissenting researchers called that approach neither appropriate nor feasible. The experts, a group of more than 50 computer and data scientists, mathematicians and other specialists in automated decision-making, urged the Department of Homeland Security to abandon the project, dubbed the Extreme Vetting Initiative. BACKGROUND OF THE PLANIn the document, the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it was seeking a contractor to automate background checks of foreigners seeking temporary or permanent entry to the U.S. It outlined plans for mining Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, academic websites and other publicly-available internet data, then using AI techniques to analyze it and to keep monitoring those sources. ICE played down the significance of its summer outreach to contractors in a statement Thursday, saying it was an opportunity to gather information from industry professionals and other government agencies on current technological capabilities. This contractor would be expected to generate at least 10,000 investigative leads a year that would be forwarded to federal agents, according to the document.ICE's public presentations to interested vendors haven't been updated since August, raising the possibility that the agency might have scrapped or significantly altered the plan since then. ( As reported in the news.