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Globe investigation reveals criminal immigrants offend at higher rates than ICE says

  A years-long investigation into more than 300 illegal immigrants released from custody over a four-year span has revealed that the same criminals released later reoffend at a rate greater than immigration officials have intimated in the past – offenses that include rape, murder and child molestation. The Boston Globe has the details: They were among the nation’s top priorities for deportation, criminals who were supposed to be sent back to their home countries. But instead they were released, one by one, in secret across the United States. Federal officials said that many of the criminals posed little threat to the public, but did ...

Jenny Beth Martin: U.S. tax code ‘an invitation for mischief’

Another time-sucking and expensive round of tax filings have come and gone for American taxpayers. Meanwhile, our leaders in Washington, D.C. are doubtful meaningful tax reform will take place this legislative season even though the U.S. tax code for years has been used to target Americans for their political beliefs. Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in her latest column weighs in on our broken tax system. The Washington Times has the commentary: Besides the tax code’s sheer volume, another daunting aspect for taxpayers is its complexity. The intentionally abstruse and technical language of the tax code makes it inaccessible to ...

Veterans Affairs suspending supervisor of women involved in hiring scandal

  Veterans Affairs announced it’s suspending the head of Veterans Benefits Administration in charge of overseeing the two lower-ranking officials who gamed the agency’s hiring system for their own profit. U.S. News & World Report has the story: Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson says acting VBA chief Danny Pummill will be suspended without pay for 15 days for his role in a relocation scam that has roiled the agency for months. Pummill failed to exercise proper oversight as Kimberly Graves and Diana Rubens forced lower-ranking managers to accept job transfers and then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their ...

Benghazi committee members critical of investigation costs line staffers’ pockets with bonuses

Democrats on the bipartisan House committee investigating the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead have repeatedly attacked House Republicans over the costliness of the investigation yet have given staff tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses. Fox News has the details: According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015. While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel's total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members' complaints about the budget. "This is the height of hypocrisy,” Lisa Boothe, a Republican ...

DHS: Majority of visa violators not investigated

Homeland Security officials Wednesday told members of the Senate that 99 percent of the more than 500,000 foreign nationals who overstayed their visas in 2015 weren’t investigated, adding most were deemed “nonpriorities” while others left voluntarily. The Washington Times has the inside story: Meanwhile, the government deported only about 2,500 visa overstays last year, and has only about 3,000 active cases — accounting for just a small fraction of the problem. “Probably the chances are that in our prioritization scheme, we will not get to those individuals unless they rise to the level that it meets either the national security, the ...

Senator says bad IRS customer service result of ‘monopoly,’ lack of ‘competitive environment’

Having trouble contacting the IRS this tax season? That’s no surprise, according to a recent Government Accountability Report that says the agency’s customer service is abysmal – a record some in Congress attribute to the IRS’ rehiring of employees fired for disciplinary reasons. West Virginia’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph has the details: The report prompted denunciations from members of Congress including Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This is what happens when you have a monopoly instead of a competitive environment,” he said in an interview. Isakson has already been critical of the ...

Jenny Beth Martin: Congress should investigate DHS whistleblower’s claims

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today urging Congressional Republicans to fulfill their oversight obligation in the wake of a whistleblower’s revelations about DHS shutting down an investigation into radical Islamists over concerns about political correctness. Former DHS official Philip Haney claims he oversaw a program investigating radical Islamic organizations which were tied to both terrorists in the San Bernardino attacks. "Disclosures by a former official with President Obama's Department of Homeland Security that Obama Administration officials shut down a ...

DOJ Drops Investigation Into Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Even Though IRS Abuses Persist

Officials at the Department of Justice last week announced that they are dropping their investigation into former senior IRS official Lois Lerner, who many allege spearheaded the IRS' slow-rolling of conservative groups' nonprofit applications. The Hill has the details: Republicans are blasting the Justice Department for declining to bring charges against IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure of the Tea Party targeting scandal ... The DOJ said in a letter to Congress on Friday that it was closing its investigation of Lerner and only found evidence of “mismanagement” and “poor judgment,” which it added “is not a crime.”...

Jenny Beth Martin: Justice Department Makes “Mockery” of Lois Lerner Investigation

Atlanta, GA - Tea Party Patriots CEO and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement reacting to the news that President Obama's Justice Department will not seek criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner: “By failing to indict Lois Lerner, the Obama Justice Department – or, should we say, the Obama Injustice Department – is making a mockery of this ‘investigation,’ when countless American citizens, by Ms. Lerner’s own admission, were persecuted by the Internal Revenue Service. This is a woman, after all, who looked into the camera at a national television audience and directly at a congressional commit...

Memo from Jenny Beth Martin Addressing Tea Party Patriots’ Involvement Fighting Amnesty

In light of a recent article that appeared on Breitbart News entitled “Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Encourages Conservatives to Give Rubio Chance to Implement Immigration Agenda,” it is necessary to correct the record about our organization’s deep commitment over the past few years to preventing amnesty and defending the rule of law. The background story behind that Breitbart piece is that I wrote a short op-ed for USA Today in which I defended politicians who change their minds. USA Today requested the article and specifically asked for a defense of the concept of “flip-flopping” by politicians. The paper asked me to reflect on both ...