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Michigan offering homeowners $500 per month to house "newcomers"
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March 22, 2024
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LANSING, Mich - The Office of Global Michigan have rolled out it’s plan to pay Michigan residents $500 per month to house migrants.

The website states, “The Newcomer Rental Subsidy program provides Refugees and other Newcomer population-eligible households with rental assistance up to $500 per month for up to 12 months, with eligibility based on immigration status and household income.”

The website goes on to say, “Many refugees and other newcomers face critical housing challenges, and this program will increase access to better and more affordable housing opportunities while supporting a more rapid social integration to refugees and other newcomer populations to Michigan.

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Who is eligible for the program?

 
  • Refugees

  • Asylees

  • Special Immigration Visa (SIV)

  • Victims of Human Trafficking

  • Cuban and Haitian entrants

  • Afghan Nationals, and

  • Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees.

 

Other immigration statuses include individuals who arrived under the Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan (CHNV) program; individuals who arrived under the Family Reunification Parole Process for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Colombia, individuals with a pending asylum application, and other immigrant individuals on a case-by-case scenario.

What is the eligibility for Michigan residents to take in a migrant?

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Chief of Staff Jeff Zients are expected to join the meeting via secure video link. The meeting follows earlier briefings provided to the President concerning escalating tensions in the Middle East.

In related developments, tensions have surged in the region as Iran launched multiple drone attacks against Israel, a move confirmed by both Israeli and U.S. officials. The Israeli Defense Forces have publicly acknowledged the attacks, stating readiness to respond both defensively and offensively.

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Biden's Latest Student Debt Forgiveness Plan: A Boon for the Well-Off at Taxpayer Expense
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WASHINGTON D.C. - In a controversial move, President Joe Biden has launched another bid to cancel student loan debt, this time for up to 25 million borrowers, despite a previous attempt being struck down by the Supreme Court. The new plan, armed with a different legal basis, aims to avoid the pitfalls of the past—but not without raising sever

e concerns about its fairness and financial wisdom.

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The administration proposes to slash student loan balances by $5,000 to $20,000, with some borrowers seeing their debts erased entirely. While this might sound like a win for economic growth, as consumer spending could potentially increase, the reality is more complicated. The plan is expected to cost a staggering $559 billion in lost government revenue over the next decade, adding substantially to the national deficit without any strategy to recoup these losses.

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Critics argue that the plan disproportionately benefits the well-off—predominantly those who pursued higher education and are thus more likely to land higher-paying jobs. In essence, a significant portion of this financial relief will go to individuals within the top 60% of income earners, not those at the lower end of the spectrum who arguably need it most.

This approach has sparked outrage among fiscal conservatives and even moderate Democrats, who see it as a misallocation of precious taxpayer dollars. They argue that the funds could be better spent on programs that directly assist vulnerable groups, such as low-income families, working parents, or older workers facing healthcare challenges. Instead, the Biden administration's plan seems to cater to a demographic that is less in need of financial aid, raising questions about the equity and sustainability of such sweeping debt forgiveness.

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Moreover, there needs to be an accompanying proposal to reform the sprawling student loan system, which means the cycle of borrowing and the ballooning national debt could continue unabated. This could set a precedent for future administrations to grant similar debt relief, turning higher education into an expensive entitlement funded by taxpayers.

As President Biden prepares for re-election, his push to wipe out student debt is seen by many as a politically motivated move to secure votes from college-educated Americans, rather than a genuine effort to reform education financing. The plan has been lambasted by opponents as "lawless" and an irresponsible gamble with the nation's fiscal future, favoring electoral gains over economic prudence. Critics warn that this sets a dangerous precedent, where fiscal responsibility is sidelined for populist policies that appeal to affluent voters.

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LANSING, Mich - The Detroit Right To Counsel Coalition is getting $2.5 million in funding from Michigan taxpayers in the 2024 state budget. The grant is one of many earmarks in the state budget that bypassed the usual appropriations process.

“Housing is a human right,” the organization’s website reads. The coalition calls for using public funds to defend that right. “We fight for the right to free legal representation when facing eviction.” As the “about” section of the website states, “A right to counsel would require city government to fund legal representation for tenants facing eviction.”

Detroit’s ordinance, enacted in 2022, establishes a program to give legal aid to tenants. It also limited the city to using using state or federal fund until 2027, at which point it may use its own funds. Click here for link to story.

 

WASHINGTON D.C. - National security journalist Catherine Herridge discusses what happened to her when she refused to disclose the identity of her sources and said she supports the "PRESS Act" to provide protections for reporters and their sources, Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

"When you go to major life events as I have in recent weeks, losing a job, losing your company health insurance, having your reporting files seized by a former employer, and being held in contempt of court gives you clarity," she said. "When I was laid off in February, an incident reinforced in my mind the importance of protecting confidential sources. CBS News locked me out of the building and seized hundreds of pages of my reporting files, including confidential source information. " Click here to read more.

 

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Police have announced that Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley of Hugoton, Kansas, disappeared after their car was found 1,000 feet off of Oklahoma State Highway 95 along a dirt path March 30.

Butler, 27, is5 feet, 4 inches tall, with red hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, denim shorts, and HEYDUDE shoes. Police said Butler has a butterfly tattoo on her left forearm.

Kelley, 39, has brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved shirt, white-washed blue jeans and either tan or beige shoes. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Kelley has several tattoos, including a Chinese symbol on her left forearm and a sunflower on her left shoulder.

 

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congress is feeling the heat after approving the $1.2 trillion budget in March that included billions in pet projects like biking trails and walking paths for Congress members in their home states. Critics are now blasting the earmarks, arguing that lawmakers still have not addressed the crisis to protect America’s veterans and the help they need.

Veteran’s Village, a nonprofit organization committed to providing safe and affordable housing for America’s veterans, has seen the struggle firsthand and is working on helping our veterans have housing.

Veterans Villages Director Lisa Pflaumer joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat to discuss the issue.

“Well, we've been incredibly impactful in Philadelphia. We opened our flagship Veterans Village, the Bernard Spain campus, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia,” she said.” We have all of our studio, and one-bedroom apartments filled with a waiting list, and we do have a few two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments available for our military veterans and their families.”

 

MARYSVILLE, Calif. - A family party was interrupted when police say a suspect in the parking lot fired multiple shots into the air and pointed his gun at people. One of the partygoers tackled the man, and luckily, no one was hurt.

Amandeep Singh, 32, and his family were celebrating a cousin’s engagement around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday inside the Lakeside Indian Cuisine restaurant in Marysville. Police say 26-year-old Roy Kirk Jr. fired a gun into the air multiple times while in the parking lot.

Several partygoers heard the shots and walked outside to see what all the commotion was about. Kirk pointed his semi-automatic handgun directly at the men, according to Marysville Police Chief Christian Sachs.

Singh, his wife and their young daughter were leaving the party at the time and watched the whole thing happen. Worried about his relatives, Singh says he felt he had to do something and ran right towards the armed man, tackling him. Click here to read more.

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Michigan Republicans demanding answers from auditor over Michigan"Newcomer" rental program
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A group of Michigan Republicans are asking for an audit into the State of Michigan’s Newcomer Rental Subsidy Program.

The letter, signed by Republican Leader Matt Hall of the 42nd District and Representative Jamie Thompson of the 28th District, formally requests an audit of the Office of Global Michigan's newcomer rental subsidy program. This program aids individuals such as refugees and asylees new to Michigan. The audit is requested to ensure the program's efficacy and integrity.

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Five specific points of focus for the audit are listed:

  1. Verify immigration status and the validity of identification and immigration documents.

  2. Frequency and sufficiency of eligibility evaluations after three, six, and nine months to determine ongoing eligibility.

  3. Termination of benefits for those who are no longer eligible.

  4. Verification process of enrolment in an employment program or confirming acceptable reasons not to be enrolled.

  5. Support of the program by federal awards and if the eligibility requirements exceed any necessary for receiving federal funds.

The letter emphasizes the importance of transparency and accountability in the administration of public funds, especially in programs designed to support vulnerable populations. It concludes with a request for the audit to begin at the earliest convenience and expresses anticipation for updates on the progress and findings of the audit.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, Republicans, including former President Trump, are mischaracterizing the program:

The state said under the program, immigration status, along with income levels and employment status, is reviewed and verified for the beneficiaries every three months. And while Hall claimed in a news release that an immigrant in the country illegally might use an "alternate identification document" to qualify, that runs counter to the program's clearly stated requirement that valid immigration documents must be submitted as well.

You can read the article from the Free Press by clicking here.

As of now the Auditor General has not responded to the request for an audit.

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