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Josh Hawley Takes Aim At Chinese Communists With New Bill To Prevent Data Harvesting

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On Monday, November 18, 2019 Josh Hawley unveiled legislation that seeks to protect Americans’ online data from getting into the hands of China and other countries that pose national security threats to U.S. interests.

Axios reports that “Hawley’s bill takes aim Apple and TikTok by prohibiting American companies from storing user data or encryption keys in China, and preventing Chinese companies from collecting more information on American users than necessary to provide service here.”

The Missouri Senator’s introduction of the National Security and Personal Data Protection Act comes after his repeated concerns about TikTok’s and Apple’s ties to China. He recently participated in a hearing earlier this month where he voiced concerns before the Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee regarding the two companies’ relationship to China.

This proposal comes during a time when the Trump administration is carrying out a tariff war with China in order to negotiate a trade deal that is more favorable to America. Similarly, this bill is being put forward when social media companies are under the microscope for the privacy violations, alleged political bias, and accusations of behaving as de facto monopolies.

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance and the bill Hawley is championing bans the transfer of user data to China, and limits the collection of data and what can TikTok can do with the information.

Although TikTok claims that it stores American users’ data in the U.S., Hawley believes that the Chinese government could pressure the company to turn over Americans’ user data.

In a statement, Hawley said “If your child uses TikTok, there’s a chance the Chinese Communist Party knows where they are, what they look like, what their voices sound like, and what they’re watching.”

When dealing with Apple, Hawley’s legislation would keep American companies from transferring user data or encryption keys to China. Additionally, this bill would prohibit American companies from storing data in China.

Hawley claimed, “Chinese law allows the Communist Party to seize data from American companies operating in China whenever it wants, for whatever reason it wants.”

After spending nearly two decades engaging in protracted conflicts in the Middle East, the U.S. has ignored a major geopolitical threat in the Far East.

Since its disastrous totalitarian communist experience of the 1960s, China has implemented reforms that gave its economy breathing room, while also re-branding itself in order to become an attractive trading partners for Western countries.

Nevertheless, it remains authoritarian and adversarial to American interests.

One of the largest challenges of the 21st century will be the containment of China’s influence abroad.

Josh Hawley seems to be one of the few elected officials who is willing to embrace this challenge.

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Biden’s Open Border Policies are a Magnet for Incoming Central American Caravans

The mother of all caravans is coming

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Some things are simply too predictable.  According to Ben Wildon of SaraCarter.com, a new migrant caravan from Central America is quickly forming, and it’s heading northward to the U.S.

Incoming President Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies have become a magnet for migrants who desire entering the U.S. illegally. They know very well that Biden will not drop the hammer when they illegally enter the country. Up to 9,000 migrants have apparently been making their way to the U.S. At least 1,000 of those migrants illegally entered Guatemala on January 15, 2021, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The pro-mass migration group Pueblo Sin Fronteras was ecstatic about the new caravan and urged the incoming Biden administration to welcome them with open arms in a statement that it released recently.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement said.

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In addition, the group stated, ”We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

Additionally, the group called for immigration reform (amnesty) by scrapping laws that make migrants stay in Mexico as their asylum requests are processed.

“A new United States Government is an opportunity to work with the Mexican Government to develop a cooperation plan with Central America to address the causes of migration, together with civil society organizations, as well as an opportunity to increase regional cooperation regarding the persons in need of protection, and to dismantle illegal and inhuman programs such as Remain in Mexico, the United States’ Asylum Cooperation Agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the Title 42 expulsions by the United States authorities,” Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated.

According to a Fox News report, Biden has vowed to provide citizenship to illegal aliens and do away with a number of Trump era policies such as the enforcement of the public charge rule, the temporary immigration moratorium during the Wuhan virus pandemic, and several restrictions to the H1-B visa system that kept legal immigration in check. Additionally, Bden wants to implement a moratorium on ICE deportations.

Curiously, Susan Rice, a Biden administration policy advisor revealed that the U.S. would not be fully opening the borders to migrants right off the bat.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told the Spanish news site EFE. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

These caravans will only grow larger as time goes by. The Biden administration’s weak border policies serve as a magnet for migrants. Border security is a pillar of any coherent political jurisdiction. Failure to secure a border, will inevitably lead to political chaos.

If Republicans are serious about getting back into power, they should unapologetically push for strong border policies, zero tolerance on illegal immigration, and a legal immigration moratorium.

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