Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing - #4473 - Exclusive: Congressional Source Contradicts Ice Account, Says Lawmakers In Possession of File on Saudi National that Call for Visa Revocation- The Blaze (2) Immigration Bill Contains 400 Waivers, Exceptions....and Exceptions.....Daily Caller (3) Myth vs. Fact: Yes, the Schumer-Rubio Bill Does Allow Lawsuits to Gut Border Security, Washington Examiner (4) Obamacare: Individual Plans Will Cost 80% More Starting in 2014

Exclusive: Congressional Source Contradicts Ice Account, Says Lawmakers in Possession of File on Saudi National that Called for Visa Revocation -The Blaze - Documents have been presented to Congress confirming that plans were made to revoke the visa of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national once considered a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings, a congressional source told TheBlaze on Thursday. Other sources, including one at the FBI, previously informed TheBlaze that there have been discussions about deporting Alharbi on “security and related grounds.” He has been living in the Boston area and in the U.S. on a student visa. An FBI source said the agency is against deporting Alharbi because of his status as a material witness. The congressional source told TheBlaze it was unclear as to why representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be unaware of this information. Earlier on Thursday, an official with ICE said it was “categorically false” that Alharbi had ever been considered for deportation. The congressional source, however, said the information sent to Congress showed that a file was created on “Abdul Rahman Ali Al Harby” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday by an official with the National Targeting Center, a counterterrorism sub-agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security. The file stated that the individual is “linked to the Boston bombing” and was to be processed for revocation of his visa based on national security grounds, the congressional source revealed.  Read more......


(2) Immigration Bill Contains 400 Waivers, Exceptions....and Exceptions -  Daily Caller - The bill’s complexity is forcing opponents and supporters to comb through its 844 pages before they can declare their conditional support or opposition to the high-stakes measure. “WAIVER.—The Secretary, in the Secretary’s sole and unreviewable discretion, may waive the application of subparagraph (A) on behalf of an alien,” says one passage on page 71 of the complex document.The prospective beneficiary of that discretion by a political appointee, according to the bill, is “an alien who departed from the United States while subject to an order of exclusion, deportation, or removal.” The document mentions “discretion” or “discretionary” 41 times. Read more.....


(3) Myth vs. Fact: Yes, the Schumer-Rubio Bill Does Allow Lawsuits to Gut Border Security - Washington Examiner - Either Sen. Marco Rubio failed to stay awake in his civil procedure class at the University of Miami Law School, or Sen. Chuck Schumer’s lawyers pulled a fast one on him. How else to explain the Florida Republican’s "MYTH VS. FACT" press release purporting to show that his “Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act” does not enable liberal activist groups to nullify the security measures in the bill by tying them up in court.  Read more.....

(4) Obamacare: Individual Plans Will Cost 80% More Starting in 2014 - Everyday Health - Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year. Now health law supporters are pushing back, noting close ties between the actuaries making the forecasts and an insurance industry that has been complaining about taxes and other factors it says will lead to rate shock for consumers. "Most actuaries in this country -- what percentage are employed by insurance companies?" Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, asked an actuary last week at a hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The committee was discussing a study published last month by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) predicting that, thanks to sicker patients joining the coverage pool, medical claims per member will rise 32 percent in the individual plans expected to dominate the ACA exchanges next year. In some states costs will rise as much as 80 percent, the report said.  Read more.......

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