The gist of the argument, for those of us not steeped in the law, asks the question: does the federal government have the right to dump budgetary costs on a particular state’s taxpayers by its decisions in Washington to place refugees in states that have already said they do not want to participate in the US Refugee Admissions Program?
Frankly, many of us who want to see the US Refugee Program dumped or reformed had high hopes for a political solution via the Trump Administration and a Republican Congress, but Trump went no further than temporarily reducing the numbers. And, Republicans under the leadership of Paul Ryan clearly had no stomach for dealing with this tough issue.
Now we will see if the courts will force this critical reform.
If you follow me on Twitter you know I am ticked-off.
I’ve come to the conclusion that they don’t take down, or suspend, some conservatives’ Twitter accounts as much as they wear us down with games about followers and inaccurate analytics.
For those of you who don’t bother with Twitter, this might be in-the-weeds, but it goes to a broader question about social media generally and we need to be thinking about what are the alternatives for us to get our messages out.
Heck will we be holding secret meetings in basements in the near future!
Twitter has for months and months played this game with my account where I have generally (who knows really!) 15.2 thousand followers. I gradually gain followers over the course of a month and as I reach close to 15.4 they take away more than a hundred in a day or so and bring me back to 15.2.
After I complained in a tweet a few days ago, bam!, I see they graciously gave me back over a hundred followers and today (briefly?) I’m at 15.4.
Then also this week on March 12th, I checked my analytics and Twitter is telling me I haven’t been tweeting in March—WTH! Of course, not tweeting messes up your other data—what they call “impressions.”
In fact, I had tweeted 62 times between March 1 and March 12th!
That same notice is still up on March 14th!
What about Facebook?
If you were a regular follower of my Refugee Resettlement Watchblog, you know that I had a RRW facebook page that was doing really well with the help of a friend.
I am no longer permitted to post there.
Why? Facebook wanted a screenshot of my Drivers License and in light of more news about data security at Facebook, like this storytoday, I chose not to give them any more information they could “share.”
By the way, my Twitter feed (for as long as it lasts!) is on the right hand sidebar here at Frauds and Crooks.
So what do you do? As long as you can, use social media (don’t give them your personal information!), but know that it could all come crashing down one day.
That brings me to my incessant nagging about writing a blog of your own. It is not hard!
I know that we could lose that avenue for our right to free speech, but if hundreds of us did it, thousands and thousands!, they would have a more difficult time silencing us all.
Here is what I see as the most pressing need—either specific issue blogs where you become the expert on an issue and work as a real investigative reporter (of old) worked.
Or, a state-wide blog where you basically compete with the prevailing Leftwing media in the state to get out a conservative, America First!, message.
For me, as goes Stephen Miller, so goes the nation!***
Miller, if you don’t know, was Senator Jeff Sessions chief aide on immigration when Sessions was the Senator holding his finger in the dyke to stem the flood of illegal and LEGAL immigration flooding America.
The Dems want the “new American” voters and powerful business interesting in the Republican Party want a large pool of immigrant laborers to compete with American workers for jobs (at all levels!).
Now we are learning that Miller, who is one of only a few who went from the campaign to the White House with Trump (and survived, so far) is being sidelined as Jared Kushner, the first son-in-law, wants to practice his bipartisan deal making skills on the issue of immigration.
Jared Kushner privately working on reshaping legal immigration
And, pushing Stephen Miller to the sidelines?
WASHINGTON As debate in public rages about illegal immigration and a border wall, Jared Kushner has been holding private meetings in the West Wing on ways to overhaul the legal immigration system, according to six people familiar with the conversations and documents obtained by McClatchy.
President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law is operating on at least two tracks — the first is working with a small group studying specific ways to redistribute employment visas and the second is helping lead a series of “listening sessions” with about three dozen interest groups important to Trump to see if there is a position that Republicans can rally around before the 2020 elections.
What is clear from conversations with participants and both current and former Trump officials is that Kushner has helped kicked (sic) off a fresh discussion on immigration that reflects a new paradigm in the White House. It’s a shift away from priorities of 2017 that sought to prevent the influx of foreign workers who could displace American workers in favor of a new approach preferred by more traditional Republicans, particularly those close to the corporate sector who are desperate to attract more foreign workers to fill U.S. factories and tech hubs.
According to meeting agendas obtained by McClatchy, those invited to sessions with Kushner come from some of Trump’s core constituencies in the worlds of religion, law enforcement, agriculture and business. They include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Foundation, Association of Builders and Contractors, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Council on National Policy, George W. Bush Center and Select Milk Producers.
I want to remind readers that the Heritage Foundation may be good on illegal immigration, but they sure did get wobbly on refugees awhile back, so I wouldn’t count on them being your voice at these meetings. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce openly supports more immigration of all kinds. I don’t know what the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s views are on immigration, do you?
Kushner wants a deal!
“He’s a smart guy,” one of the participants said. “But he doesn’t care about the issues. He’s there to find out where the deal is. Where is the sweet spot?”
The senior administration official said the White House is rethinking some policies that it supported before, such as the Sen. Tom Cotton’s RAISE Act, which would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the country — that the White House continues to support — but would also slash legal immigration.
“The president said many times he wants to raise immigration,” the official said.
Such language is concerning to conservative immigration groups. Indeed, between Kushner’s business background and the large number of guests with corporate interests, conservatives are worried that the changes Kushner is pursuing run counter to Trump’s “Hire American” priorities.
“There is a real dance going on in the White House on all the legal immigration issues as they work on their vision for reform,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, who is in regular discussions with the administration. “It’s hard for me to tell sometimes what is based on actual policy goals and what is meant to assuage an interest group and who is just being stroked and whose ideas have been convincing to Kushner and his group.”
Kushner edges-out Stephen Miller!
Adding to that anxiety is the feeling that Kushner has edged out Stephen Miller, Trump’s chief architect on some of the toughest proposals and a favorite in conservative circles, in the policy area on which Miller is best known.
“That is how you have to understand it,” said a former Trump official who remains in contact with White House officials. “And look, Steve may be willing to go along with it, because he’s there for the long game. And there is always other battles to fight. He’s more strategic than people think he is. But there is no doubt that he’s not getting what he wants out of this move.”
The White House emphasized that discussions are still in the early stages. It could take weeks or months before anything is presented to the president. Trump may also decide not to do anything with the information if they can’t get enough buy in.
While we are beguiled by the media on the subject of the Smollett hoax, a serious policy shift could be occurring in the Trump White House.
By the way, NumbersUSA, the largest grassroots group concerned with protecting American workers by keeping immigration numbers low is very concerned by what they are hearing. See one story here.
What do you do? Let the White House knowwhat you think about the Kushner coup going on under the President’s nose. Do it today and every day! Your job is to make your voices louder than those of the Open Borders forces and thus keep the White House on track!
***Stephen Miller is my barometer. I can’t imagine him staying if the Trump White House gets too wobbly on immigration and if he is fired (like Bannon and others) then you know it’s all over for those of us who want to see immigration numbers lowered.
I know it’s hard to believe that there are so many lonely men and women, especially seniors, who fall for on-line dating site scams and actually send money—millions of dollars annually—to people they think they are in love with, but have never met.
This storyfrom Axios is about “Scarlet Widow” a Nigerian-headquartered fraud network,
Scarlet Widow: Anatomy of a romance-scam ring
A Nigeria-based romance-scam outfit, dubbed Scarlet Widow in a new report, has been bilking lonelyhearts of their savings since 2015.
Why it matters: In the abstract, people often dismiss email scams as a punchline they are somehow above. In truth, they are a billion-dollar crime paradigm preying on the gullible and savvy alike. And romance scams have particularly tragic dimensions.
Apparently the Nigerians are great actors in addition to being clever scammers.
The moniker “Nigerian scam” is more than a nickname. Agari’s research found the Scarlet Widow group, like 90% of email scams, actually does originate in Nigeria.
But the romance scammers don’t just live in Nigeria.
Here is a storyby reporter Anna Marie Bolton about one such Nigerian scammer (affiliated with Black Axe) from Canada who had been living in Garland, Texas and was found guilty late last year of cheating older lonely women out of life savings.
Florida Jury Finds Nigerian ‘Axemen’ Guilty of Scamming Elderly Women for Millions
While all eyes are on Florida for the recount of the Senate election, a federal jury in Tampa has found Okechuwku “Desmond” Amadi, a Canadian who had been living in Garland, Texas guilty of conspiracy and money laundering. He was caught operating a complex fraud scheme from Garland, via Florida, Canada and Nigeria, that preyed on elderly and divorced women.
The announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Middle District of Florida came Thursday, stating that Amadi faces 60 years in federal prison.
The feds nabbed Amadi in Sept. 2017 as he returned on a flight to JFK International Airport from Nigeria.
Telephone scam artist picked the wrong target — former FBI and CIA director William Webster
A telephone scam artist picked the wrong target — former FBI chief and CIA boss William Webster.
Keniel Thomas, 29, from Jamaica, pleaded guilty in October to interstate communication with the intent to extort, federal authorities said.
He was sentenced to 71 months in prison last week by U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell in Washington, D.C., and will be deported after he has served his term, officials said.
Thomas made his first call to Webster on June 9, 2014, identifying himself as David Morgan. He said that he was the head of the Mega Millions lottery and that Webster was the winner of $15.5 million and a 2014 Mercedes Benz, according to court documents.
Little did Thomas know that he was targeting the man who had served as director of the FBI and then the CIA under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
“It seemed to me that something wasn’t quite right,” Webster, 94, said in an interview Tuesday with “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.” “This was pretty obvious to me that there was something fishy about it.”
Thomas told Webster and his wife, Lynda, that they must pay him $50,000 to cover the taxes on the prize, authorities said.
The Websters notified the FBI, and the agency recorded follow-up calls the couple had with Thomas.
This guy was meaner than most…
“He terrified me,” Lynda Webster told NBC News. “He told me that what the sniper’s bullet would do to my head and the blood would go onto my white house.”
The FBI eventually learned Thomas’s identity and arrested him on Dec. 18, 2017, when he landed at JFK International Airport in New York, unaware he was a wanted man.
A reader reminded me a few days ago that I needed to encourage you to not hesitate to send news and comments to the Trump White House.
She wanted to know if I had a line to anyone there and if news that I post here about frauds and crooks ripping off the American taxpayer ever got to the White House.
The answer is—not that I know of!
Make it a centerpiece of any campaign!
As I mentioned in a comment recently, I think that a ticket to electoral success would be available to candidates (Trump too!) if he or she focused on exposing and cleaning-up frauds and crimes against the American people.
Yes, of course, one can daily see that the Dept. of Justice is finding and prosecuting some very large fraud cases involving food stamps, medicare and medicaid, but the big media rarely mentions those stories (is it because many involve ‘new Americans?’).
What have you got to lose? Five minutes a day!
Click hereto Contact the White House. Make it a regular thing! You never know when your comments might break through!
By the way, I notice that the subjects across the top of the site include—economy, national security, budget, immigration and opioid crisis—signifying I assume President Trump’s priorities.
And, by the way, I still see no mention of Rauf’s nationality or immigration status. Do you?
From an e-mail alert yesterday to citizens of Northern Virginia. (hat tip: Cathy)
Three new victims (of over 100!) have come forward and police have put out this new appeal in an attempt to find more of the women who can be seen on Rauf’s images.
Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau have identified three additional victims recorded in dressing rooms over the holidays. Over 100 videos were found on the phone of 39-year-old Mumtaz Rauf. Rauf, of Alexandria, was arrested for unlawful filming of a minor December 24th after officers were called to the Forever 21 clothing store based on a complaint by an observant teenage girl.
Rauf is now facing three new charges for unlawful videotaping, two class one misdemeanors and one felony. This is after detectives were able to identify two adult female victims and one additional female juvenile victim.In all three cases, the victims contacted our Department through our hotline and texting option after believing they may have been recorded in December.
Rauf was arrested at two this afternoon and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on $7,000 bond. We are working in close coordination with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, and will continue to update them on our investigation.
We are asking for anyone to contact us who was shopping at Forever 21, Gap, H&M, and Old Navy between December 15th and 24th at Fair Lakes Promenade, Fair Oaks Mall, Springfield Town Center, and Tysons Corner Center.
More than 289 community members have reached out to us since we first setup the hotline January 3rd. Detectives still want to speak to anyone who was potentially videotaped. We did have a brief technical glitch with our hotline. If you tried to reach us and were unsuccessful, we ask you please try again as detectives strive to identify all victims in this case.
For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FairfaxCountyPD.
Kind of creepy to think about!
Ladies, you need to be as watchful as that first teen was, and check those dressing rooms carefully before you take off your clothes!
I’m only guessing, but I suspect Rauf’s films have been, or would have been, sold.
What can you do? Get this story out widely to alert other women about creepy perverts like Rauf. And, if you live in the area and know which high schools/colleges are nearby, one of my readers suggested that the police announcement should be sent to those schools.