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Top Ten U.S. Colleges with foreign students affected by Refugee Ban | Feb 1, 2017

The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump’s immigration ban

– Business Insider

“Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.

Around the nation, news has emerged of college students from the affected countries not being able to get back into the US.

Aside from the personal hardship the ban has been seen to cause, it may also have a big effect on the bottom line at certain American colleges, according to estimates provided to Business Insider from College Factual, a higher education data analytics and research company.

International students can pay up to three times more than in-state students at public universities, Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback reported in September, citing data from SelfScore, a company providing financial services to international students. Foreign students effectively subsidize education costs for other students at schools where they pay more, taking some of the financial burden off of American students.

College Factual collected data from Department of Homeland Security on the number of student visas that were approved in 2015, the most recent year they were able to get information. The 10 universities that had the highest number of student visas from the seven countries which now have a temporary travel ban are:

  1. Texas A&M University — 271
  2. University of Southern California — 252
  3. Northeastern University — 249
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — 227
  5. University of Central Florida — 224
  6. University of Houston-System —221
  7. Kaplan International Centers — 219
  8. The University of Texas at Arlington — 219
  9. Arizona State University — 199
  10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — 197

To estimate the potential yearly revenue loss of these figures, College Factual used the tuition and fees and room and board cost for bachelor’s degree programs at each of these schools. The schools that stand to lose the most revenue assuming these students have their visas revoked are:

  1. University of Southern California — $16.9 million
  2. Northeastern University — $15.6 million
  3. Texas A&M University — $11.5 million
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — $11.1 million
  5. University of Central Florida — $8.6 million
  6. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — $8.2 million
  7. Arizona State University — $8.2 million
  8. University of Houston-System — $7.9 million
  9. The University of Texas at Arlington — $7.3 million
  10. Kaplan International Centers — $4.3 million

These estimates assume all students are seeking bachelor’s degrees, as the visa data was not able to split between those seeking bachelor’s degrees and those seeking master’s or doctoral degrees.

Of note: Texas institutions of higher education seem to be most susceptible to revenue loss if Trump’s immigration ban becomes permanent, with Texas A&M, the University of Houston System, and the University of Texas at Arlington losing an estimated $26.7 million combined.

Some experts warn that the effect on foreign enrollment in US schools could be far greater than just adjusting for the seven banned countries.

“The domino effect of this ban will result in a precipitous decline in international student enrollment from Muslim-majority countries,” Rahul Choudaha, cofounder of international student support organization interEDGE, told Business Insider in an email.”

…..Continue reading more @ Business Insider


Trump protesters turned away at Dana Rohrabacher, Mimi Walters offices

– OC Register

Protestors stand outside the office of U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters to request a town hall meeting with her in Irvine, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“Protesters seeking a meeting with Orange County Congress members Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters over President Trump’s travel ban and other executive orders have this week found themselves locked out of district offices.

In one case, police were called by property managers to Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office after protesters barricaded the entrance and clogged hallways, the congressman’s spokesman Kenneth Grubbs said.

“They were going to come in, barge in and make it impossible to work,” said Grubbs, adding that only a couple of the protesters appeared to be constituents from Rohrabacher’s district. “They are the disruptors of the peace.”

Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Walters (R-Irvine) each handily won districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump. Trump had 1.7 percent fewer votes in Rohrabacher’s district, and 5.4 percent fewer in Walters’ district.

A representative for Walters said the congresswoman is willing to engage in productive discussions with her constituency.

Trump’s executive order on Muslims calls for a 90-day immigration ban on seven countries: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

That day, the people who gathered were not locked out. A staffer said Walters was unavailable. The congresswoman was in Washington, D.C. that day, according to her Twitter account.

“Today, we were focusing on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the lack of any viable replacement,” said Jessica Riegert, another of the dozens who showed up at the office of Walters last week.

Riegert is a public school teacher and member of the Orange County branch of the Democratic Socialists of America. She organized the event just one day before, online, and said she was surprised when so many others showed up.

“(Walters) is my representative, and we want to make sure that she knows who we are and what our concerns are,” Riegert said. “We want her to meet with us.”

Protesters returned to Walters’ office on Tuesday and were locked out.

A man not involved in the protest exited the building surrounded by the crowd and loudly grumbled, “Do any of you people have jobs?”

About a dozen at a time, protesters took elevators to Walters’ office and knocked on the door to no response. They taped messages on the door and slipped notes underneath.”

…..Continue reading @ OC Register


Harvard president hits back at Trump’s immigration ban: ‘Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants’

– Business Insider

“Harvard President Drew Faust criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in an email to the Harvard community on Sunday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants — from India, China, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and Iran,” she wrote. “Benefiting from the talents and energy, the knowledge and ideas of people from nations around the globe is not just a vital interest of the University; it long has been, and it fully remains, a vital interest of our nation.”

….Continue reading more @ Business Insider


Wall Street Off Shores to Mumbai | Sep 2016

Watch out Wall Streeters: Your jobs are moving to Mumbai India

– Yahoo


Morgan Stanley is moving jobs overseas.

“The US bank set out a plan to cut costs back in January, and CEO James Gorman said at the time that “too many employees” were based in high-cost centers.

“Now is the time to tackle head-on our infrastructure costs,” he said.

Jonathan Pruzan, chief financial officer at the bank, provided an update on the situation at the Barclays Financial Services Conference on Monday.

“We said we were going to deploy 1250 people into our lower cost centers of excellence in Mumbai and other parts of the world,” he said. “We have had about 450 jobs that we’ve put in those centers so far.”

“To date, the vast, vast majority has been through attrition, so when someone leaves in a core location, we replace that in one of these centers of excellence,” he added.

Morgan Stanley isn’t the only bank pulling this move. UBS has a plan to move about 2,500 jobs to low-cost locations such as Poland, India, China, and Nashville, Tennessee, over the next year.

And at Goldman Sachs, around a quarter of the bank’s staff work in low-cost “strategic locations” like Bengaluru, Salt Lake City and Dallas.”

….Continue reading @ Yahoo Finance

Dell-EMC to Lay Off 2,000 – 3,000 US Workers after Requesting 5,000 H-1B Visas & Green Cards to Import Foreign Workers

– WolfStreet.com

Trying to find efficiencies and synergies to save $1.7 billion.

The ink was barely dry on Dell’s acquisition of EMC, the largest technology deal ever, valued at $67 billion when it was announced in October last year – and already the layoff rumors are oozing from the woodwork.

“People familiar with the company’s plans” told Bloomberg that Dell will cut 2,000 to 3,000 jobs.

Dell spokesman Dave Farmer refused to comment specifically on the report on Thursday but said instead, as sort of a confirmation: “As is common with deals of this size, there will be some overlaps we will need to manage and where some employee reduction will occur.”

On Wednesday, the day the deal closed, CEO Michael Dell gave some clues in an interview: “There are some overlapping functions and that sort of thing – that’s not the primary feature of this, but there is some of that.”

These “overlaps” or “overlapping functions” are terms in corporate speak for real people, and these real people are mostly working in the US, according to the report: supply chain, marketing, and general and administrative positions.

Dell is trying to find some efficiencies and synergies to save about $1.7 billion in the first 18 months after the deal closes, so starting from Wednesday. They’re not dilly-dallying around cutting costs and laying off people.”

…Continue reading more @ Wolfstreet

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South OC Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff resigns after federal indictment

– LA Times

“Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

“The charges against him involve incidents alleged to have occurred in the office of former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun in 2012-2014, before Rep. Walters became a member of Congress,” the Irvine Republican’s office said in a statement Thursday morning.

The Justice Department released the indictments Wednesday, including one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

The charges stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Broun, a Georgia Republican, and allegations that Broun used official funds to pay for a campaign consultant and Bowser tried to block an ethics probe into the matter.

Prosecutors allege that Republican campaign consultant Brett O’Donnell was paid nearly $44,000 in congressional funds. O’Donnell, whose work included debate prep for Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, pleaded guilty last September in an ethics case involving Broun.

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office. The former congressman has not been charged with a crime and is seeking his old seat again.

In 2014, Walters was elected to her first term with 65% of the vote in her Orange County district. She was picked by colleagues to represent the freshman Republicans in House leadership and serves on the House Judiciary and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

This year Walters is vying for the seat against her 2014 Republican challenger, Mission Viejo City Council member Greg Raths, and two Democrats, anesthesiologist Max Gouron and businessman Ron Varasteh.”

…Continue reading @ LA Times

Ms. Walters represents the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California.


– Can we say lack of judgement here? Ms. Walters could not even pick a Californian as a Chief of Staff?

Whose choice was it? Did Boehner pick the Chief of State and was it part of grooming her for TPA cheerleading? I do not recall Ms. Walters running on a platform supporting TPA. The district is a high tech hotbed yet we have no representation in Congress on the issue, much less concern about TPA.

We can see that this is part of a systemic problem in Congress, where newly elected representatives to Congress go to Washington DC, only to hire entrenched DC congressional operatives who have long standing deals and agreements with all the players there. A local congressperson doesn’t stand a chance. A veritable congressional cartel as it were.

This practice has to be questioned, or the whole point of term limits is moot. What’s the point of changing the Congress if the staff stays the same?


** Update:

Former Paul Broun chief of staff indicted on eight counts

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that the former chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has been indicted in connection with misusing taxpayer money to finance campaign activities and obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter.

The eight-count indictment charges David Bowser, Broun’s longtime top staffer, with one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts and five counts of making false statements.

Bowser’s arraignment and initial appearance have yet to be scheduled. The Justice Department said the FBI is investigating the case.

Bowser, now the chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., did not respond to requests for comment.

The announcement came seven months after former GOP strategist and debate coach Brett O’Donnell pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Macon to lying to investigators about his relationship with Broun’s office.

O’Donnell listed Bowser as “Person A” and Broun as “Congressman A” in his plea, details that matched up with an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that named both men. Bowser was quoted in the plea for telling O’Donnell that the Office of Congressional Ethics can go “f—- themselves” and that consultant should falsely maintain that he was a volunteer debate coach for Broun’s campaign.

Official funds for members of Congress cannot go toward campaign activity, though official staff often volunteer for campaigns in their free time. Many staffers also are paid by a member’s campaign and official accounts, and Broun did this for some staff but not O’Donnell. The debate coach was paid $43,750 from 2012 to 2014 from Broun’s taxpayer-funded office account, and he performed similar services for other members of Congress.

Bowser and Broun both told investigators and said publicly that O’Donnell worked for Broun from 2012 to 2014 as a consultant for $2,500 per month to help sharpen Broun’s communications skills on official matters such as floor speeches, while volunteering for Broun’s 2012 House re-election campaign and 2014 Senate bid.

The case has marked the first time someone has been charged with lying to the Office of Congressional Ethics, a quasi-independent body that refers cases to the member-run U.S. House Ethics Committee.

Broun said he is “disappointed” about the indictment and added that he is “not aware of any ethical violations by my staff at any time.”

“I have cooperated fully with the investigators at every step. Throughout this process, it was made clear that I was not the subject of the investigation. Everything I did was completely above board and the investigation has proven that,” Broun said in a statement.

The news comes seven weeks before Republican primary voters in Georgia’s ninth congressional district hit the polls. Broun, a tea party favorite, is running against incumbent Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, for the northeast Georgia seat.

The indictment has already become a campaign issue for Broun.

“All roads in this criminal case lead back to Paul Broun. When is he going to take responsibility for abusing taxpayers hard earned money?” said Collins Campaign Manager Carmen Foskey.

Broun shot back, “I find it also disappointing that Mr. Collins would politicize this event in Mr. Bowser’s life and seek to use it for his political gain.”

The House Ethics Committee investigation looking into the matter ended in January 2015 when Broun left office after he finished fifth the Republican primary for U.S. Senate the year before. It could be revived if Broun wins the May 24 primary and later the general election.”

…Continue reading @ AJC.com



Mimi Walters’ Chief of Staff Resigns After Indictment

– Breitbart

“Rep. Mimi Walter’s chief of staff, David Bowser, 45, resigned on Wednesday following news of federal corruption charges and indictments related to his work in a different congressional office.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Bowser’s eight indictment counts include one count of obstruction of proceedings, one count of theft of government property, one count of concealment of material facts, and five counts of making false statements. The charges reportedly stem from Bowser’s time as chief of staff to Rep. George Broun (R-GA), and allege that Broun had blurred lines between official and campaign work by using official taxpayer funds to hire a campaign consultant.

Brett O’Donnell, who has helped Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann prepare for debates, was reportedly paid $44,000 in congressional funds.

The House Ethics Committee, which was investigating the matter, completed its probe in January of 2015, the same year Rep. Broun left office. Broun has reportedly not been charged with a crime. The FBI Is investigating the case.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart

 – The comments section is excellent.






Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters (R-CA45) steps down under ethics cloud

– OC Breeze


David Bowser, Chief of Staff for Mimi Walters, faces eight counts that include obstruction of proceedings, and theft of government property.

According to a report from Todd Ruger at Roll Call, Chief of Staff David Bowser has stepped down from his position with the office of Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA45) amid accusations that he improperly spent money on a campaign consultant on behalf of his former employer, Paul Broun, who is not currently in office.

The accusation of impropriety does not include any activity since he began working for Walters.

The 45th California Congressional District represented by Walters stretches from Santa Ana and Villa Park in the West to beyond Trabuco Canyon in the east, and from Anaheim Hills in the north to Launa Hills and Coto de Caza in the south. Rogers was first elected to Congress last year. Prior to that, she served as California State Senator for the 37th District from 2012 to 2015. John Moorlach, former Orange County Supervisor, now represents the 37th District.”


…See more @ OC Breeze


Who is Congresswoman Mimi Walters?


Morning Joe: Rep. Mimi Walters Discusses Trade Promotion Authority

– Morning Joe

– Video shows Mimi Walters full support of Trade Promotion Authority Bill (TPA).

See more here @ Youtube


Exclusive — BUSTED: Freshman GOP Rep Admits She Hasn’t Read Obamatrade, Backs MSNBC’s Defense Of Deal Secrecy

– Breitbart

“Freshman GOP congresswoman Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) has been on television pushing Obamatrade—appearing Monday on Morning Joe on MSNBC to do so—but her office admits publicly she hasn’t read the bill she wants to fast-track through Congress.

Walters, whom Mika Brzezinski noted is the official “liaison” between House GOP freshmen and Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team, appeared on Morning Joe to push Obamatrade. Walters said:

Currently, what we are working on is Trade Promotion Authority. That issue we expect to take up by the end of the month. And what Trade Promotion Authority, known as TPA, is it’s really the framework of giving the president the opportunity to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. It’s very, very important that we pass this piece of legislation. It’s bipartisan. One in five jobs in America are created because of free trade, 95 percent of consumers are outside of the United States and if America doesn’t take the lead on trade then China is going to. I want America to take the lead and set the standards on trade.

But when Breitbart News asked Walters’ spokeswoman Christine Hardman later on Monday—after she blasted out video of the congresswoman’s appearance on Morning Joe,highlighting her support for Obamatrade—if Walters has been to the secret room inside the Capitol to read the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that TPA would fast track, collectively known as Obamatrade, Hardman confirmed Walters has not been there to read it.”

…Continue reading @ Breitbart