“All in all, it was an incredible victory for the Chinese government. Feinstein has done more for Red China than other any serving U.S. politician. “ Trevor Loudon...After Feinstein was elected to the Senate in 1992, Blum continued profiting off their ties to China. A the same time, the freshman lawmaker was pitching herself as a “China hand” to colleagues, even once claiming “that in my last life maybe I was Chinese.” HARIS ALIC
“The report noted that many illegals don't have jobs or have
difficulty in landing good jobs because of local laws.”
“However, it identified several states that have begun easing
employment laws so that illegals can get a job.”
"The collection of
billionaires, bankers, CEOs, generals and social arch-reactionaries that
will comprise his cabinet and White House inner circle is pledged to
remove all constraints on the ability of the rich to plunder American
society for their own personal gain and profit."
running for president, Donald Trump promised "immediate" action on
the issue of illegal immigration. Since becoming president, however, he
hasn't found the time to stop Obama's amnesty program for children of illegal
aliens. As a result, not only is the program still in effect, but every
day, the Trump administration isprocessing new illegalsto grant amnesty to.
Applications from so-called Dreamers seeking to renew their
immigration status and work permits are being processed normally, despite
President Donald Trump's repeated claims that the program set up by President
Barack Obama is illegal, a government spokesman said Monday.
"We are still accepting/processing DACA requests under
existing policy," USCIS spokesman Steve Blando said Monday.
It's unclear precisely how many applications USCIS approves
each day, but according to the most recent public statistics — from the third
quarter of last year — an average of about 140 initial applications and 690
renewals were approved each calendar day.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly vowed to shut down
the Obama-initiated program upon taking office.
However, no move to shut down the program was among the set
of presidential directives Trump signed Friday and Monday.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Monday
that despite Trump's promise to move "immediately" against the Obama
immigration actions, discontinuing the DACA program is not a top priority of
the new president.
in recent weeks, Trump has struck a softer tone on
immigration, especially with regards to the so-called Dreamers, who entered the
U.S. illegally as children. "We’re going to work something out,"
Trump told Time magazine last month.
at this photo of a smiling Trump meeting with illegal alien
"Dreamers"! He looks so happy. No wonder he is keeping
Obama's Dreamer amnesty going. And when the kids get amnesty, their
parents can, too, through chain migration!
may say that Trump has been president for only four days and hasn't had time to
deal with this. But Trump has found time to cancel funding of
international abortion counseling and scrapping the TPP trade deal, even though
it never went into effect. Meanwhile, a program that every day is
processing new illegal aliens, a program that Trump could cancel with a stroke
of a pen in mere seconds, is allowed to continue.
always been clear that Trump's rhetoric on illegal immigration was harsher than
his actual position. As Trump said to the illegals, "we’re going to
work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud."
call for lower immigration to stop the Democrat voter recruitment. But
more importantly, all Americans should call for lower immigration in order to
offer a better opportunity of finding jobs for those millions of their fellow
Americans of all political persuasions who would like to work."
should call for lower immigration to stop the Democrat voter recruitment.
But more importantly, all Americans should call for lower immigration in order
to offer a better opportunity of finding jobs for those millions of their
fellow Americans of all political persuasions who would like to work."
AMERICA: One paycheck
and two illegals away from homelessness.
“In the US, the working class will confront a government unlike
any other in American history, which will continue and intensify a decades-long
social counterrevolution overseen by the Democrats and Republicans. The
incoming Trump administration is manned by billionaires, generals and arch
reactionaries. It is a government of, by and for the oligarchy, committed to
destroying every remaining gain won by workers over the past century.”
OPEN BORDERS: The Democrat
Party’s Weapon of Mass Destruction on the American Worker
"Los Angeles saw
all crime rise in 2015: violent crime up 19.9 percent, homicides up 10.2
percent, shooting victims up 12.6 percent, rapes up 8.6 percent, robberies up
12.3 percent, and aggravated assault up 27.5 percent,"Landry said.”
FOLDS TO LA RAZA MEX FASCIST MOVEMENT
the “WALL” will now be only “NO TRESSPASSING” signs posted every hundred miles!
“He's showing more empathy for illegal aliens than he is
for American citizens. Shouldn't it be the concerns of Americans he
should be considering first, before the feelings of illegals? These
people are taking taxpayer money and American jobs, some committing crimes, and
many are not assimilating and speaking English, and Trump wants them to stay?”
AMERICA’S UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS:
many jobs in your community are held by foreign born?
Fermin Rivera, 28, allegedly beat a puppy to death while
trying to break into a neighborhood home. During the attempted burglary, Rivera
had broken into the backyard but was met with barking by a small puppy. Surveillance
cameras show Rivera subsequently “cornered the Bichon-Maltese mix, lifted the
dog over his head and slammed it down with all his strength on the concrete
slab twice.” River is now reportedly “facing felony counts of animal cruelty
charges and attempted burglary charges.” Rivera is reportedly on an
MEMBERS OF THE LA RAZA DEMOCRAT PARTY:
HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY MEXICANS..... WHO THEN FLED BACK OVER THE OPE BORDER TO
THE LOOTING OF AMERICA! FUCKERS AT NAVIENT TAKE LESSONS FROM AMERICA'S BIGGEST PLUNDERING BANKSTERS!
US student loan
corporation faces lawsuit for cheating millions
By Seb Gomez
24 January 2017
Navient, the largest servicer of student loans in the United
States, has recently been targeted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
(CFPB) and the state attorneys general of Washington and Illinois for
misleading borrowers and other illegal practices that increased the loan
repayment costs for millions.
Navient oversees some $300 billion in student loans for more
than 12 million borrowers, 6 million of which are under contract with the
Department of Education. In total the Delaware-based corporation, which was
formed out of Sallie Mae in 2014, accounts for nearly one fourth of all student
loan borrowers. The lawsuit alleges that every account may have been affected
by the malpractice.
Navient is charged with misleading borrowers away from
cheaper income-based payment plans in order to inflate loans with higher
interest rates. Borrowers are legally allowed to change payment plans as they
please. However, Navient is accused of advising its customer service employees
to press customers away from the income-based plans and into forbearance, a
short-term postponement of payment normally appropriate for those with
temporary financial difficulty.
Those placed into forbearance without proper knowledge of
the terms face significantly higher costs, which generally increase the longer
the payments are postponed. Such costs include the accumulation of unpaid
monthly interest and the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance
of the loan, resulting in a recalculation of the loan based on the compounded interest.
The court filing concluded that from 2010 to
enrolled 1.5 million borrowers
in two or more consecutive forbearances,
than 470,000 in three consecutive
forbearances, and 520,000 in four or more.
In total this amounted to nearly $4 billion in
extra interest revenue for the
those 5 years.
The lawsuit points out that Navient customer service
employees had been incentivized to mislead customers. The longer the call, the
less these workers are paid. The process to transition a customer into an
income-based payment plan requires multiple and lengthy conversations as well
as an online or paper application with income tax documentation.
By contrast, forbearance enrollment can be completed with
one phone call and without any paperwork. These findings reveal that the
company’s practices had effectively ensured that the employees tasked with
helping customers would be financially burdened to actually do so.
Navient also neglected to inform those able to enroll in
income-based plans that their enrollment required recertification after a
12-month period. The lawsuit notes that failure to recertify in a timely manner
typically increases monthly payments by hundreds to even thousands of dollars
and delays the progress toward loan forgiveness.
In addition to Navient’s cost-cutting and selective
presentation of information to student loan holders, the company is charged
with careless overview of the accounts of injured military veterans.
Permanently injured veterans are eligible to have their federal student loans
discharged. However, on numerous accounts, Navient improperly marked the
forgiven loans as defaults, ruining veterans’ credit scores.
BLOG: BEING A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE WILL NEVER STOP YOU FROM DOING BUSINESS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT!
Navient and its predecessor, Sallie Mae, have a history of
government lawsuits and investigations spanning nearly two decades.
In 2014, Navient was fined $60 million by the Justice
Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for illegally
overcharging military customers. That lawsuit found that the company had
intentionally ignored the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which caps loan
interest rates at 6 percent for active military personnel. In 2008, Sallie Mae
struck a settlement with the state of New York for $2 million for conflict of
interest practices. The company was found to have been paying for the
entertainment and travel expenses of school officials it was doing business
The recent filing by the CFPB came just
two days before the inauguration of now President Donald Trump. The New
York Times reported that immediately following the November election,
Navient’s stock value rose to nearly $18 from around $13, reflecting
speculation among shareholders that the incoming administration would move to
further deregulate finance— including the potential dismemberment of the CFPB.
The CFPB was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street
Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Since its inception, Republican
politicians have unanimously opposed the largely harmless organization, but now
with Republican control of the House, Senate and White House, even such nominal
reforms can be expected to be pulled back in the near future.
new reports show that in addition to “traditional” coping strategies of
skipping meals and eating cheap food, these teens and pre-teens are increasingly
forced into shoplifting, stealing, selling drugs, joining a gang, or selling their bodies for money
in a struggle to eat properly.
Senate moves toward confirmation of billionaire opponent of public schools
By Isabelle Belanger 25 January 2017
The confirmation of Trump’s pick for education secretary, billionaire proponent of school privatization Betsy DeVos, is being rushed through despite blatant conflicts of interest and her ignorance of basic federal education laws. In a letter Monday, Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, rejected Democratic Party requests for a second hearing. The Republican-controlled Senate will vote on the confirmation January 31.
DeVos and her husband are estimated to have a net worth of $5 billion. Her family has donated a quarter of million dollars to four of the senators—including Alexander—present at her first education committee hearing on January 17. The family has paid nearly a $1 million to 21 Republican senators who will vote on her confirmation next week, in addition to the $2.25 million the DeVos’ gave last fall to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The first hearing took place before the Office of Government Ethics was able to review the immense DeVos financial holdings for potential conflicts of interests. Both Dick and Betsy DeVos have investments and political ties to numerous organizations committed to school privatization and right-wing religious objectives, which could directly benefit from her confirmation.
One involves the student loan collection agency Performant,
which does business with the Department of Education. The
family’s private investment and management firm, RDV
Corporation, is affiliated with LMF WF Portfolio, a limited
liability corporation listed in regulatory filings as one of
several firms involved in a $147 million loan to Performant
Performant had 14 contracts worth more than $20 million—equivalent to 23 percent of its revenue—with the Department of Education. It recently lost a contract bid and is now protesting the decision with the Government Accountability Office.
If confirmed, thePostreported, “DeVos would be in
a position to influence the award of debt collection,
servicing and recovery contracts, in addition to the
oversight and monitoring of the contracts. She
would also have the authority to revise payments
and fees to contractors for rehabilitating past-due
Rejecting the request for a second hearing, Alexander said DeVos was currently answering “837 written follow-up questions” and that she has already “spent considerably more time answering questions of committee members than either of President Obama’s education secretaries. I do not know why our committee should treat a Republican nominee so differently than the nominee of a Democratic president.”
During the January 17 hearing DeVos demonstrated her hostility towards public education and the basic democratic principle that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, race or disabilities, should be provided a high-quality public education.
After being asked if she agrees that all schools—public, charter or private—that receive federal funding should be required to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal civil rights law, she responded that it would be a “matter … best left to the states.” She then referred to a Florida program that requires parents to sign away their IDEA rights in exchange for a private school voucher.
When asked by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) if all schools receiving federal funds, whether public, charter or private schools receiving voucher money, should be held to the same standards of accountability, she repeatedly evaded the question, stating only that she supports “accountability.”
When questioned about gun-free zones around schools, proposed after the Sandy Hook, Connecticut school massacre in 2012, DeVos gave a bizarre answer citing the need for guns to protect against grizzly bear attacks in a Wyoming school.
As theWorld Socialist Web Sitedetailed in its series, “Betsy DeVos: Religion and profit in the war on public education” (Part OneandPart Two), the appointment of DeVos is aimed at destroying public education and funneling even more public money into the hands of for-profit charter operators, religious institutions and other businesses. She is one of several Trump cabinet and sub-cabinet selections, including for the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Labor, as well as the EPA, who are tasked with destroying social reforms that the corporate and financial oligarchy considers illegitimate deductions from their profit.
DeVos, the former Republican Party chairwoman in Michigan and chair of the school privatization group American Federation for Children, pushed for laws for the use of public funds to pay for private school tuition and the spread of charter schools, with little or no oversight. Michigan now has one of the highest number of charters and largest percentage run by for-profit companies in the country.
Last week, the state School Reform Office announced that 38 schools—including 24 in Detroit—could soon be closed because they have ranked in the bottom five percent for academic performance since 2014. If the schools are not closed, under the state’s law, academics can be put under the control of a CEO, the principal and half the staff can be replaced or the school could be converted into a charter school.
The grandstanding of the Democrats as the defenders of public education, however, is completely fraudulent. The stage was set for DeVos by the Democrats who have colluded with the Republicans in a decades-long assault on public education. In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton first adopted the right-wing, pro-market nostrums of “school choice” long promoted by the Republican right and it has been central to the Democratic Party, on the federal, state and local level, ever since.
For eight years, the Obama administration and congressional Democrats worked with Republicans to implement and intensify the anti-public-school measures contained in the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The use of standardized tests to scapegoat teachers for the educational problems caused by decades of school cuts and the growth of poverty escalated under Obama. Restrictions on allocations of Title I funding, intended to increase financial support to schools serving high percentages of students in poverty, were replaced by competitive grants known as Race To The Top, pitting poor schools against each other in a competition for desperately needed Title I funds. The number of students in charter schools more than doubled under Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan.
Far from “grilling” DeVos at the hearing, Democrats never asked about her financial and political ties to organizations such as the Acton Institute, which is dedicated to ending compulsory education for children and legalizing child labor. In the end, this was political theater.
Committee members include Patty Murray (D-Washington), who has long experience collaborating with Republicans to enact deep social cuts, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), who called for a 26 percent reduction in funding to public colleges and universities in Virginia in his final term as Governor, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) who, in her book,The Two Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke, (2003), called for the introduction of a universal school voucher that would allow families to send their children to any public school, which would to the closure of many inner-city schools.
The handing of the education secretary’s position to a billionaire and avowed enemy of public education will lead to an immense escalation of the war against this most basic democratic right. Neither the Democrats nor the teacher unions will do anything to oppose these attacks. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, which openly collaborated with Obama, will, if anything, be more willing to offer up their services in suppressing the opposition by teachers, out of fear that they will be cut out of the process of pro-business “school reform.”
The coming months and years will see the eruption of social opposition to the destruction of public education. This must be politically independent from both corporate-controlled parties and advance an anti-capitalist program against the domination of society by the corporate and financial aristocracy, which is now putting one of its own in charge of public education.