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Central American migrants, including children, are being deported from Mexico before they can apply for asylum in the United States. Many are killed when they get home. That's raising questions about America's obligations under international law. Is the US turning its back on a humanitarian crisis?

Later on the program, last night, Tesla downloaded new software into thousands of cars. The vehicles aren't fully autonomous — yet, but they're close enough to be creepy.

Photo: Deportation protest, 2014 (Light Brigading)

Obama Reverses Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama announced today he will not fulfill one of the central promises of his years in the White House. Instead of withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, the current force of 9,800 troops will be down-sized to about 5,500. "We've made an enormous investment in a stable Afghanistan. Afghans are making difficult but genuine progress. This modest but meaningful extension of our presence, while sticking to our current narrow missions, can make a real difference."

Matthew Rosenberg, national security reporter for the New York Times, says that the President believes it's "the right thing to do."

Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times (@mrosenbergNYT)

America Outsources Border Control 33 MIN, 56 SEC

Last year, almost 70,000 unaccompanied minors were detained at America's border with Mexico after arduous journeys all the way from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Now, many are being intercepted in Southern Mexico and sent home, where many are killed by criminal gangs in league with corrupt officials. Human rights groups say their rights to apply for asylum are being denied — in violation of international law. While the US continues to argue about immigration, is it turning its back on a humanitarian crisis?

Maureen Meyer, Washington Office on Latin America (@meyermc)
Rory Carroll, Guardian (@rorycarroll72)
Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies (@JessicaV_CIS)
Michelle Brané, Women's Refugee Commission (@MichelleBrane)

Washington Office on Latin America urges US to address root causes of migration
Guardian series on America's Mexico/Central America refugee crisis
Center for Immigration Studies on the non-immigrant surge under the Obama Administration
Women's Refugee Commission report on detention of immigrant families, sensible solutions

Tesla Releases "Autopilot" Update 9 MIN, 26 SEC

It's estimated that driverless cars will be available by the year 2020 — assuming regulators agree. Last night, Tesla took another step in that direction.

Last night, Tesla downloaded new software into its Model S cars. It makes them the closest commercially available vehicles on the road so far to being operated not by drivers, but by autonomous, computerized systems. Michael Ballaban, features editor at Jalopnik.com, took one out yesterday on the streets of New York City.

Michael Ballaban, Jalopnik.com (@Ballaban)

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