Scam Alert: People Pretending to by with the FTC are asking for Bank Account Information

by Nat Wood Associate Director, Consumer & Business Education, FTC Here at the FTC, we’re known for getting things done on behalf of regular people. Unfortunately, sometimes scammers try to take advantage of our good reputation. The latest example: Some people have gotten an email that claims to be from Maureen Ohlhausen, the FTC’s Acting

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The Perspective of a teen in L.A. with an Immigrant Parent

One point of view of the immigration issue that is not usually seen is that of a teenager whose parent or parents are undocumented immigrants. According to a 2013 USC report, almost 16 percent of children in Los Angeles County were U.S. citizens with at least one parent that is an illegal immigrant. The Pew

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San Diego Woman Sentenced to Three Years and One Month in Prison for Hiding Illegal Immigrants in her Home

Earlier this month, a San Diego woman was sentenced to prison for her involvement in the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States. Dania Olivero, who is 51 and a legal immigrant from Cuba, had agreed to let the illegal immigrants temporarily stay at her small rented house in the City Heights

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California is bad at tracking whether its Tax Breaks Work

According to a national study by Pew Charitable Trusts, California does a horrible job of tracking the impact of the tax breaks and credits that it provides each year to businesses. Pew Charitable Trusts is a non-partisan, independent, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1948. Pew Charitable Trusts ranked California among the lowest 23 states

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A new Scandal has Occurred in the State Audit of the University of California

There is a new scandal involving the University of California and its state audit. The audit had revealed that there is $175 million in secret reserves in UC President Janet Napolitano’s office that was not disclosed to the public or the governing Board of Regents. The new scandal involves interference in the audit by the

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Trump Plans on Copying Canada’s Immigration System

President Trump has mentioned various times that he intends to reform the U.S.’s immigration system and that he wants it to be like Canada’s immigration system. However, this is not that easy because the United States and Canada are two different nations that deal with different issues. Canada happens to have a more selective immigration

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One of Maryland’s Largest ACA Insurers wants to Increase Premiums

One of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the Mid-Atlantic region is stating that it will need to increase premiums by double-digits next year to avoid losing more money. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield insures 215,000 people in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. CareFirst has been selling plans in the

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California Lawmakers vow to fight any new Offshore oil and gas Drilling

California lawmakers have vowed to battle any new offshore oil and gas drilling off of California’s coastal waters. This is in response to the executive order signed by President Trump that is aimed at expanding oil and gas drilling in environments that were protected by former President Barack Obama. California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Santa

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First Known Case of Deportation of Dreamer with DACA Reported

In February of this year, Customs and Border Patrol detained and deported a 23-year-old man that had active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The man is named Juan Manuel Montes and he is the first known person with DACA protection to be deported under the Trump administration. According to Montes, was walking through

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Puerto Rico has Filed what is Expected to be the Largest Local Government Bankruptcy in U.S. History

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is looking to restructure its public debt because several major creditors are suing Puerto Rico over defaults on its bonds. It is not yet known how much of Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt will be a part of the bankruptcy filing. The filing was made by Puerto Rico’s financial

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