Closed borders could shut another generation out from access to utilities.

A water spigot in focus against a blurred background.
A water spigot in focus against a blurred background.
Image source: Luis Tosta

When his wife became pregnant, John Doe — a name used to protect his anonymity — decided it was time to leave the trailer park that he shared with others who, like him, had immigrated from Mexico and were now living in the small town of LaGrange, Georgia. The family needed more space, and his wife had to have reliable water and electricity for her dialysis. …


A secretive utilities data exchange could be selling out your name and home address to immigration enforcement.

A camera attached to a utility pole with wires against a beige building and blue sky.
A camera attached to a utility pole with wires against a beige building and blue sky.
Image source: Mitchell Luo

If you are one of 171 million people* who has obtained electricity, gas, water, cable, phone, or internet services from a company in the National Consumer Telecom & Utilities Exchange (NCTUE) — a consumer credit bureau whose members include giants like AT&T and Verizon as well as regional providers such as Piedmont Natural Gas — a growing body of evidence suggests that your name and address may have been shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Whether or not this is the case…

Nina Wang

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