ABC 7: Ghost guns' investigation: Law enforcement officials call on Congress to act

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Law enforcement officials tell Eyewitness News they have been asking lawmakers to pass regulations for unserialized firearms, also known as "ghost guns," for years. A ghost gun pistol was used by the Saugus High School shooter last November, and a ghost gun assault rifle was used by the suspect to kill California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Moye Jr. last summer. "Federal law says you can manufac... Read more »

Los Angeles Daily News: Korean immigrants fighting with the US in Vietnam got new health care

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…Koreans were the second largest contingent of foreign soldiers defending South Vietnam, only behind the United States. More than 5,000 Korean soldiers were killed and nearly 11,000 injured during the conflict. This comes from data from the non-profit organization Korean American Veterans of the Vietnam War…Since these 3,000 veterans are now US citizens, the South Korean government has limited sup... Read more »

LA Times: Families reunite after nearly two years apart: ‘Beginning of a whole other journey’

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The boy rocked back and forth as he searched every face at the airport, trying to find his father. Byron Xol blended with dozens of others waiting at Los Angeles International Airport to greet their loved ones. But then a man behind Byron asked how long it’d been since the 9-year-old had seen his dad. “Over 600 days,” said Holly Sewell, whose family has cared for Byron for the last nine months. He... Read more »

ABC7: Rep. Jimmy Gomez pushing for bill that would make cervical cancer screenings more accessible

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Planned Parenthood gets a lot of attention when the fight is over reproductive rights, but the clinics offer a range of services for women's health. Congressman Jimmy Gomez wants them to do even more in an effort to make a big difference for those who don't have access to affordable health care. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and Gomez is hoping it will bring attention to his proposed ... Read more »

Miami Herald: Families reunite after nearly 2 years apart: ‘Beginning of a whole other journey’

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"I want to make sure that people understand this is a crisis that's still going on, it's not resolved," said U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., who was at the airport to greet returning parents. "I know that there's impeachment going on, I know that there is a presidential election going on, but these families' lives haven't been able to move on because they've been ripped apart." Full Article Read more »

Whittier Daily News: Korean immigrants who fought with U.S. in Vietnam would get healthcare under new bill

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Since these 3,000 veterans are now U.S. citizens, they get limited help from the South Korea government, according to Kim Wan-joong with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles. That includes a monthly veteran stipend of roughly $250 and the right to burial in a South Korean national cemetery. Otherwise, Wan-joong said, they’re on their own in the United States. “These vetera... Read more »

California Sunday Magazine: The long history of — and recent backlash to — facial recognition

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Representative Jimmy Gomez of California’s 34th Congressional District I was one of the 28 congressmen who was misidentified by the Amazon Rekognition software. I wasn’t surprised. I know for a fact that I have to be more careful when I get pulled over by a police officer. But it concerns me more for people who are working two or three jobs, driving down the street when they get pulled over becaus... Read more »

VentureBeat: Congress moves toward facial recognition regulation

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The first item chairwoman Maloney placed on the record in the meeting today was an ACLU study about misidentification of members of Congress by Amazon’s Rekognition as criminals. One of those misidentified in the ACLU exercise was Rep. Gomez (D — CA). Amazon came up more than any other tech giant during the hearing, and Gomez said Amazon’s aggressive promotion of the tech and the vote by Amazon sh... Read more »

Cleveland.com: Facial surveillance alarms Congress; Republicans and Democrats pledge action

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A disproportionate number of those who it misidentified were members of racial minorities, including California Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez, who declared the technology “fundamentally flawed” at the hearing. He said that when the technology makes mistakes, the consequences can be severe. “It can be life or death if someone thinks you are a violent felon,” said Gomez. “We need to start taking this ... Read more »

Center Square: Ohio's Jim Jordan calls for restrains on federal government's use of facial recognition technology

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U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-California, who in 2018 was one of 28 members of Congress misidentified by Amazon’s facial recognition program, noted the technology is being used in a multitude of applications and not limited to law enforcement. “At the same time, this technology is fundamentally flawed,” Gomez said. “…This issue probably doesn’t rank in the top three issues of any American … but as it c... Read more »

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