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Michigan Gov. Whitmer orders 2-year-olds to wear masks

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is issuing new coronavirus orders in her state, despite the backlash from her previous lockdown orders.

The new order is going into effect on April 26. It demands that children aged 2 to 4 years old wear face masks in social gatherings, according to a report in the Michigan Capitol Confidential.

A gathering is defined in the order as two or more people from different households.

“‘Gathering’ means any occurrence, either indoor or outdoor, where two or more persons from more than one household are present in a shared space,” the order reads.

The order targets child care and summer camps. The establishments will be required to mandate that young children be masked.

“A good faith effort is made to ensure that children aged 2 to 4 years wear a mask when participating in gatherings,” an official told the publication.

The order lists a few categories of those exempt from the mandate, including those fortunate enough to be under the age of two.

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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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