Veterans Angry That Illegals Worked On VA Hospital

February 15th, 2011 by Staff

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A local group representing unemployed military veterans said Monday it’s angry that illegal immigrants were working to build the new VA Hospital.
There’s a federal database that helps contractors screen illegals out of their worker pool, but WFTV found out that there may be a very big flaw.
When federal agents caught nine illegal immigrants, including six hiding in the ceiling at the new VA Hospital, some legal residents who are out of work wanted to know how they ever made it onto the construction site at all.
“It’s ridiculous! If this is a federal place, they’re supposed to be sure who is working,” laid-off worker Victor Zapata said.
A group of unemployed veterans said they are planning their own news conference to talk about substandard wages at the new VA site.
The federal E-verify System, designed to help contractors screen out illegal workers, is far from fool-proof. A recent independent study determined E-verify gets it right 96 percent of the time. However, out of the illegal workers screened, 54 percent were incorrectly authorized to work.
The study found many illegal workers are still getting confirmed through E-verify, because they’re not using fake IDs, but real ones that belong to someone else.
“The system has broken down,” Senator Bill Nelson told WFTV.
Nelson said he believes E-verify failed in this case, but a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security in Orlando insists E-verify is a “smart and effective tool and participating employers have a significantly better track record than those who don’t use ‘E-verify.’”
Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the main contractors at the VA site accused of helping the illegal workers hide. The company told WFTV it uses E-verify, which is still considered the highest standard for checking an employee’s status.


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  1. Mr Chuck Schroeder

    Do you care to debate this?.

    I am not into “conspiracy theories” like Glenn Beck gives out.

    Office of Governor Rick Scott
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    Sorry Governor Rick Scott, I don’t buy what the Republican Party of Florida when it calls and says this about the latest unemployment figures were just released and for the fifth straight month unemployment has gone down in Florida. That’s right, unemployment is down for five straight months bucking the national trend. That’s a lie and “YOU” know it to.

    “WAKE UP AMERICA” – The shadow budget. – The Fed Enables the Biggest Gangsta-Heist Ever.

    By Chuck Schroeder
    St. Petersburg, Florida

    What in the (bleep) is wrong with this guy?. The Flip flop Mitt Romney, (the poster GOP boys for deregulation), says the government must loosen regulations on banks, to spur job creation?. When you have a weak recovery, you don’t have a cushion that enables you to withstand those periodic shocks that always seem to come out and hit specific economies or the world. With oil prices up, the euro zone in trouble, the U.S. housing market having another leg down, and the problems in Japan, you’ve certainly had more than your normal fair share of shocks. Those include falling housing prices, rising oil costs and an unstable fiscal position. “The Biggest Legalized Theft is of Middle Class American Wealth.” (What’s left of it after the crash of 2008). A few people are starting to speak up about this shadow budget. The big banks on Wall Street invest in risky ventures, like granting high-risk mortgages to people who really cannot afford them. When the investments inevitably fall through, leaving the banks on the brink of failing, the well-connected, powerful bank CEOs use their connections to the Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury to get the government to bail them out, while the elderly, poor, disabled, Veteran’s and “Middle Class American’s” pay it back?. NEVER ever Loosen regulations on banks. Obama, Geithner and the Ben Bernanke love to tell us how the TARP monies have been repaid, may even have made money; they never mention the pensions that were ruined, the massive foreclosures from the fraud that brought down the economy, OR the secret loans and backstopping the Fed has been engaged in, totally literally of trillions more we now know about so far. Two Morgan Stanley bankers wives who were given nine loans of about $220 million over time almost, but not quite, under the TALF plan (Term Asset-backed Loan Facility). Neither had any history in finance, and it might seem their only credentials were that they were married to the Chairman and President of the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley. One did, however, hold a degree in Reiki palm-healing, maybe that tipped the scales for Ben Bernanke, we’ll never know. Now the program that actually funded The Housewives was invented by Geithner and Bernanke under a more general bailout category I call “Giving already stinking rich people gobs of money for no reason at all”. Has the ring of verisimilitude to it, doesn’t it?. In any event, the program went like this, The wives, Karch and Mack, invested about $15 million in Waterfall TALF Opportunity and received $220 from the Fed with which they bought up a bunch of commercial mortgages from Credit Suisse, which Mack’s husband used to head. Now the Fed valued those mortgages at about $254 million, but won’t say how they arrived at that figure, no notice about how many blocks of mortgages, or what they paid for each. But as of last fall, $150 million of the $220 millions borrowed hadn’t been paid back. And it’s conceivable that it never will be, and you and I and other taxpayers will pay for it. Why? Because the low-interest loans were designed so that The Wives would keep the profits, and the Fed and Treasury (the taxpayers) would eat 90% of any losses. It all happened bit by bit, first money to save Bear Sterns, then AIG, then started rolling into the Fed buying up all the crap investments anyone claimed, citing that they were worried in investing in anything, since no one knew what was in the bundled securities, or what bank balance sheets looked like. And meanwhile, only one or two low-level prosecutions of banking fraud or insider-trading have happened, and it looks as though the deal has been pretty much been struck with the State Attorneys General over the massive Fraud-closure Debacle there will be some fines, but no one will go to jail. And as Obama revs up his campaign solicitations, we can guess that money from Wall Street will be pouring in, and from all indications, the man isn’t one to take their money, smoke their cigars, and say, “Screw you.” The Banks must be restrained, and the financial system reformed, with balance restored to the economy, before there can be any sustained recovery.

    In early April, in an attempt to learn exactly how much Mack and Karches made on the TALF deals, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa wrote a letter to Waterfall asking 21 detailed questions about the transactions. In addition, Sen. Sanders has personally asked Fed chief Bernanke to provide more complete information on the TALF loans given not only to Christy Mack but to gazillionaires like former Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga and hedge-fund shark John Paulson. But Bernanke bluntly refused to provide the information and the Fed has similarly stonewalled other oversight agencies, including the General Accounting Office and TARP’s special inspector general.

    Christy Mack and Susan Karches did not respond to requests for comments for this story. But even without more information about the loans they got from the Fed, we know that TALF wasn’t the only risk-free money being handed over to Wall Street. During the financial crisis, the Fed routinely made billions of dollars in “emergency” loans to big banks at near-zero interest. Many of the banks then turned around and used the money to buy Treasury bonds at higher interest rates essentially loaning the money back to the government at an inflated rate. “People talk about how these were loans that were paid back,” says a congressional aide who has studied the transactions. “But when the state is lending money at zero percent and the banks are turning around and lending that money back to the state at three percent, how is that different from just handing rich people money.?”

    Those kinds of deals were the essence of the bailout and the vast mountains of near-zero government cash turned companies facing bankruptcy into monstrous profit machines. In 2008 and 2009, while Christy Mack was busy getting her little TALF loans for $220 million, her husband’s bank hauled in $2 trillion in emergency Fed loans. During the same period, Goldman borrowed nearly $800 billion. Shortly afterward, the two banks reported a combined annual profit of $14.5 billion.

    As crazy as it is to lend to banks at near zero percent and borrow back from them at three percent, one could at least argue that the policy may have aided American companies by providing banks more cash to lend. But how do you explain the host of other bailout transactions now being examined by Congress?. Like the Fed’s massive purchases of securities in foreign automakers, including BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissan?. Or the nearly $5 billion in cheap credit the Fed extended to Toyota and Mitsubishi? Sure, those companies have factories and dealerships in the U.S. but does it really make sense to give them free cash at the same time taxpayers were being asked to bail out Chrysler and GM? Seems a little crazy to fund the competition of the very automakers you’re trying to rescue.

    And then there are the bailout deals that make no sense at all. Republicans go mad over spending on health care and school for Mexican illegals. So why aren’t they flipping out over the $9.6 billion in loans the Fed made to the Central Bank of Mexico? How do we explain the $2.2 billion in loans that went to the Korea Development Bank, the biggest state bank of South Korea, whose sole purpose is to promote development in South Korea?. And at a time when America is borrowing from the Middle East at interest rates of three percent, why did the Fed extend $35 billion in loans to the Arab Banking Corporation of Bahrain at interest rates as low as one quarter of one point?

    Even more disturbing, the major stakeholder in the Bahrain bank is none other than the Central Bank of Libya, which owns 59 percent of the operation. In fact, the Bahrain bank just received a special exemption from the U.S. Treasury to prevent its assets from being frozen in accord with economic sanctions. That’s right, Muammar Qaddafi received more than 70 loans from the Federal Reserve, along with the Real Housewives of Wall Street.

    Perhaps the most irritating facet of all of these transactions is the fact that hundreds of millions of Fed dollars were given out to hedge funds and other investors with addresses in the Cayman Islands. Many of those addresses belong to companies with American affiliations including prominent Wall Street names like Pimco, Blackstone and Christy Mack. Yes, even Waterfall TALF Opportunity is an offshore company. It’s one thing for the federal government to look the other way when Wall Street hotshots evade U.S. taxes by registering their investment companies in the Cayman Islands. But subsidizing tax evasion? Giving it a federal bailout?.

    As America girds itself for another round of lunatic political infighting over which barely-respirating social program or urgently necessary federal agency must have their budgets permanently sacrificed to the cause of billionaires being able to keep their third boats in the water, it’s important to point out just how scarce money isn’t in certain corners of the public-spending universe. In the coming months, when you watch Republican congressional stooges play out the desperate comedy of solving America’s deficit problems by making fewer photocopies of proposed bills, or by taking an ax to budgetary shrubberies like NPR or the SEC, remember Christy Mack and her fancy new carriage house. There is no belt-tightening on the other side of the tracks. Just a free lunch that never ends.

    The Patriot Act’s money laundering provisions, where are they today?. The tobacco industry feared The Patriot Act so Rep. Michael Oxley removed a provision involving money laundering from the bill at the behest of the White House and GOP whip Tom DeLay, under pressure from Big Tobacco. More loopholes that allow qualifying Institutions to still serve as conduits for Tax Evasion that report nothing to the IRS for collection. Is this fair taxing to the poor and middleclass ?. It’s secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That’s for BIG BUSINESS “ONLY” and their deep pocket’s. The underlying dynamic is bought-off congressmen ignoring real social problems and using the legislative process to construct massive perpetual handouts for their campaign-contributor sponsors. WHO IN CONGRESS wrote a amendment to add this “BACK” into The Patriot Act to date?. Conservatives never see the elephant in the room. It’s called money, greed, corruption, above the law, (ignore us common people unless they need your votes), career politician’s who will take money from any special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It’s secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That’s for BIG BUSINESS “ONLY” and their deep pocket’s. Collect back taxes from all these “TAX CHEATS” then apply that to OUR National Debt, plus do a wage and price freeze, so these Companies will “NOT” pass their loss onto us, but instead to their CEO’s and Stock Holders on Wall Street.

    “LET’S GET TO WORK”.

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