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‘Invisible’ crime: Immigrant scams are big business in South Florida, but few crooks caught

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
Infamous as the setting for many cases of high-profile financial fraud and chicanery, South Florida is also home to a relatively unknown scam that targets the region’s large immigrant population, bilking many of them for thousands of dollars for “expert” immigration services that are never delivered, a Florida Bulldog investigation has found.
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Greg Steube files illegal immigration criminalization measure

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Anyone ordered out of the country and later found in Florida could be charged with a crime under legislation filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate.
The bill (SB 1358), sponsored by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube, would create a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison.
The proposal would apply to anyone who “is denied admission to, is excluded, deported, or removed from, or who departs the United States while an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal is outstanding and thereafter enters or is at any time found in the state.”
It creates an exception for those who can show that

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George W. Bush on Donald Trump and Russia: ‘We all need answers’

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Former President George W. Bush said Monday “we all need answers” on the extent of contact between President Donald Trump‘s team and the Russian government, and didn’t rule out the idea that a special prosecutor could be necessary to lead an investigation.
The Republican also defended the media’s role in keeping world leaders in check, noting that “power can be addictive,” and warned against immigration policies that could alienate Muslims.
“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law,” Bush told NBC’s “Today” show.
Bush’s comments came after a prominent Republican in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, called

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Jeff Sessions: U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stocks of major private prison companies rose at the news.
Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on privately run prisons.
It followed a Justice Department audit that said private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run ones. Yates, in her announcement, said

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Donald Trump’s options for restoring travel ban

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

President Donald Trump has promised more legal action after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Trump tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT” after the decision came out Thursday, but what he has in mind remains to be seen.
Trump said Friday that he has “no doubt” he will win the case in court and told reporters he’s considering signing a “brand-new order” on immigration.
The 3-0 ruling means that refugees and people from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — can continue entering the United States

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Fed lawyers deciding next step in Donald Trump travel ban fight

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Government lawyers fighting to defend President Donald Trump‘s executive order on immigration said Friday that “all options” are being considered after a federal appeals court ruled against the president’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
A Justice Department lawyer who spoke at a hearing in Virginia said the administration was weighing whether to challenge a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a temporary block on Trump’s ban, saying it was unlikely to survive a legal challenge.
“We may appeal. We may not,” attorney Erez Reuveni said. “All options are being considered.”
It could appeal the restraining order

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Report cites Orlando, Miami, for having large undocumented immigrant populations

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Miami and Orlando are among the biggest homes in the United States to unauthorized immigrants, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
The report, base on 2014 data analyzed by Pew, estimates that there are 450,000 undocumented immigrants in the Miami-megaplex that includes Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, ranking the metro area as the fifth largest, behind New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas, but ahead of Chicago and Washington D.C.
In the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan area, the report estimates 110,000 unauthorized immigrants, ranking 19th nationally. The Orlando is the nation’s 25th largest metro area.
Pew reports that its

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Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks.
Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.”
Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators after Trump accused an appeals court panel considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being “so political.” Over the weekend,

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Activists: Charities must move galas from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Sunday, February 5th, 2017
Since President Donald Trump opened the gold-infused ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago resort almost 12 years ago, it has been a popular rental for the American Red Cross, hospitals, medical researchers and other charities for fundraising galas where the wealthiest donors are wined and dined, often netting $1 million or more.
But Trump’s election puts charities in an awkward position over choosing the resort — recently dubbed the president’s Winter White House — for events they may have planned more than a year in advance.
With Trump placing a moratorium on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and his promises to

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Federal government seeks stay of immigration order

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
The Latest on a lawsuit by Washington and Minnesota seeking to halt President Donald Trump’s immigration ban (all times local):
7: 20 p.m.
The White House says it will seek an emergency stay of a federal judge’s order that temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump’s executive order issued last week was “lawful and appropriate.” An initial statement said the judge’s order was “outrageous,” but it was later revised to remove that word.
U.S. District Judge James Robart late Friday granted a temporary restraining order at the request of Washington

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Amid Donald Trump’s shake-up, many wondering ‘what’s coming next’

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Days into an administration that promised to govern by upheaval, Donald Trump‘s White House has been the target of massive protests, defied reporters who questioned fact-challenged statements and issued a blur of lightning-rod executive actions. The speed and depth of it all have left many Americans apprehensive: Even some who longed for a shake-up are unsettled by a sense of chaos it has unleashed.
“We’re in a very fragile state right now,” said Margaret Johnson of Germantown, Maryland, who runs a small translation business. “We don’t know what’s coming next. The country’s divided. There’s a lot of fear. And I

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New Florida Chamber poll finds jobs remain top concern for Florida voters

Monday, December 19th, 2016
The No. 1 issue facing Florida continues to be jobs, according to a new Florida Chamber of Commerce survey.
The Florida Chamber Political Institute released a new statewide survey Monday aimed at “checking the political pulse of Floridians on how they feel about elected officials as well as the issue impacting them.”
Jobs and the economy remain a big issue for Floridians, with 19 percent of respondents saying it was a top concern. The survey found 10 percent of Floridians said healthcare and the Affordable Care Act were a top concern, while 9 percent said education was a big issue facing

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Rob Jesmer: Florida plays large role in fixing broken immigration system

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Rob Jesmer
In this tense period in both national and international relations, we’re confronted with a number of important security issues, all in need of their own respective solutions.
One of the issues that seem to be most prevalent is the need for immigration reform.
Countless political leaders have laid out ideas for solving this problem, yet in the midst of a tumultuous election cycle, it’s easy to replace a sense of resolve to fix these issues with heated rhetoric.
I had the pleasure to recently serve on a panel of speakers at the Kemp Forum on “The Future of Immigrants and America.”

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Patrick Murphy listens to DREAMers’ stories, pitches immigration stance at Orlando roundtable

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
At the Cafe Coabana, a crew of Young DREAMers got to sit down with U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy Monday morning for a roundtable event in which they told him some of their stories.
For close to an hour, Murphy listened to their tales of trouble and hardship — some came from Puerto Rico, others from Mexico and still others were firstborn U.S. citizens from immigrant parents. They listed some of their concerns: the often-low wages undocumented immigrants make, the threat of being deported and the lack of health care.
Their demands were simple — reform the immigration system, stop deportations

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Patrick Murphy listens to DREAMers’ stories, pitches immigration stance at Orlando roundtable

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
At the Cafe Coabana, a crew of Young DREAMers got to sit down with U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy Monday morning for a roundtable event in which they told him some of their stories.
For close to an hour, Murphy listened to their tales of trouble and hardship — some came from Puerto Rico, others from Mexico and still others were firstborn U.S. citizens from immigrant parents. They listed some of their concerns: the often-low wages undocumented immigrants make, the threat of being deported and the lack of health care.
Their demands were simple — reform the immigration system, stop deportations

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AutoNation chair Mike Jackson lashes out against anti-immigration, anti-trade positions

Friday, September 30th, 2016
The chairman and president of the nation’s largest car dealer company, Mike Jackson of AutoNation, blasted Donald Trump and others who rail against immigrants and international trade deals, during a keynote address to the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
In his speech Thursday night to the chamber’s Future of Florida Forum Leadership Dinner in Orlando, Jackson outlined four things he called the four flat tires in the American economy. And besides over-regulation and complex, too-high taxes, he said the nation’s refusal to pursue deals to open international trade, and its anti-immigration fervor are having profound effects slowing the economy.
Jackson, whose Fort

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Tim Bryce: Has Howard Beale’s moment finally arrived?

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
If Donald Trump contributed anything to the political process during this presidential election, he has called the American voter to arms over our dysfunctional government. People are mad as hell about such things as:

Lack of confidence in the economy and GDP;
Unemployment, part-time jobs, and sending jobs overseas;
Illegal immigration;
Declining morality;
Disrespect for law and order;
Political correctness;
Our Middle East policies;
Energy dependence;
An overbearing health care system;
Our general lack of leadership in the world;
Politicians more imbued with self-interests as opposed to their constituents;
And much more.

Week after week, the Rasmussen Polls tell us we believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Congressional approval

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