CHELSEA SCHILLING: REPORT: DHS HIDES DAMNING BORDER STUDY THAT WOULD ‘HELP ELECT TRUMP’ ‘Number of illegals successfully getting across … is 158% higher than they’re telling people’

In the midst of an ongoing crisis where illegal immigrants continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal lawmakers ordered a report from the Department of Homeland Security assessing the situation, but President Obama’s DHS refuses to release the report because sources say the administration fears “it would ‘look bad’ and ‘help elect Donald Trump.’”

That’s according to a report by Fox News, which also cited sources who said DHS is overstating the number of illegal immigrants who are apprehended as they cross the border.

DHS says it isn’t suppressing the report; however, sources told Fox it was finished in November and reveals that about half of the illegal adults who try to cross the border are successful, approximately 250,000 in total.

DHS officially estimates that the Border Patrol catches 80 percent of adults sneaking into the U.S.

“The Obama administration knows that the number of illegal aliens successfully getting across the Mexican border is 158 percent higher than they are telling people,” John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told Fox News. “The administration has made fraudulent changes in the numbers to hide this.”

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Illegal immigration and border security have been top issues in the 2016 election. A June survey by the Pew Research Center revealed 70 percent of registered voters said immigration is an issues that’s “very important” to their vote in November.

A source familiar with the report told Fox that DHS is withholding the report for “political reasons … because it would ‘look bad’ and ‘help elect Donald Trump.”

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Republicans in Congress are said to be outraged that the agency won’t release the report.

“It erodes the trust as to whether the administration is being honest with the American people about what the threat is,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “This should not be a partisan issue. Democrats, Independents and Republicans in my community want to make sure that border communities are safe.”

Fox noted the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requested the immigration report as part of the Fiscal 2016 Omnibus Bill. Instead, it’s been hidden and only viewed by “a select few key administration figures. Fox asked the DHS and the White House for a copy, but officials claimed the report hasn’t been completed.

“Any suggestion that DHS is delaying release of a report on new border enforcement measures for political reasons is false,” a DHS spokesperson told Fox News. “To the contrary, at Secretary Johnson’s direction, DHS has been making significant progress in the development of such measures. At this point, however, the work is still preliminary and requires further refinement, to ensure the new measures are accurate and reliable.

“The November 2015 report purportedly obtained by Fox News is one building block provided by a research organization DHS has been working with to develop these measures.”

The immigration report in question was compiled by analysts with DHS and the Institute for Defense Analyses. Fox described it as “the most extensive survey of illegal activity and U.S. enforcement at the southwest border to date.”

“Researchers went to the southwest border three times over 9 months and conducted independent surveys of Mexican migrants caught by the Border Patrol,” according to Fox. “They also reviewed Border Patrol intelligence, internal DHS records, apprehensions at ports of entry and detention records. The report was peer reviewed by a number of experts.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy research for the Center for Immigration Studies, told the news network it doesn’t surprise her that the Obama administration has refused to make the taxpayer-funded report public.

“It appears to me that this research could have been suppressed because it contradicts the Obama administration’s narrative that the border is secure, and it contradicts the administration’s wish for people to believe that illegal immigration is a thing of the past,” she said.

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Published on Reuters’ Scot J. Paltrow: “US investigates Deutsche Bank in foreclosure case”

US investigates Deutsche Bank in foreclosure case
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:04pm EST
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/29/foreclosures-deutschebank-probe-idUSN2811753620110129

* Allegations Deutsche Bank filed false documents

* Inquiry could affect foreclosures across United States

* Testimony demanded from Deutsche Bank officials

By Scot J. Paltrow

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) – A branch of the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) filed false documents and attempted to mislead a bankruptcy judge in a foreclosure action.

Although the investigation involves the case of only one homeowner in Connecticut, a court document filed on Jan. 26 by the United States Trustee’s Office said it wants to elicit information about Deutsche Bank’s practices in general in foreclosure cases.

The inquiry involves Deutsche Bank National Trust Co, the Deutsche Bank unit that acts as trustee for thousands of trusts that invested in mortgage-backed securities. The U.S. Trustees’ Office is a division of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing administration of bankruptcy cases.

In recent months, the office has stepped up efforts around the United States to block banks and law firms from using false or fabricated documents in home foreclosure actions. The effort follows disclosures in October 2010 of large-scale “robo-signing”, the mass signing of foreclosure affidavits containing “facts” that had never been checked, and wide production of false mortgage assignments.

The Jan. 26 court motion stated that “The United States Trustee has reviewed the documents filed by Deutsche in this case and has concerns about the integrity of those documents and the process utilized by Deutsche in” filing to foreclose.

Jane Limprecht, spokeswoman for the U.S. Trustee’s office, confirmed that the examination was part of a nationwide effort begun by the office in recent months to investigate suspected improper actions by banks and other mortgage servicers in foreclosure cases.

She declined to comment on the specific examination of Deutsche Bank in the case.

POSSIBLE SANCTIONS

April Charney, a Florida legal aid attorney who represents homeowners in foreclosure cases and who is an expert on mortgage securitizations, said that aside from possible sanctions against Deutsche Bank in this foreclosure case, the results could have significant effect on Deutsche Bank’s practices in general, and on its ability to foreclose on large numbers of homeowners in default.

Lawyers for homeowners in foreclosure have alleged similar practices by Deutsche Bank in cases around the country.

Charney said the evidence elicited in the inquiry could apply to many other Deutsche Bank foreclosures by putting the bank on notice that its practices have not been legal, and that it may lack the basic authority even to bring many of the foreclosure cases.

The document said that Deutsche Bank never presented evidence in the case that it was ever authorized to serve as trustee for the trusts.

Mortgage assignments are needed to prove that a trust owns the mortgage and has authority to foreclose, but in many cases banks that originated the mortgages never gave the trusts the required assignments. The inquiry also could have an impact on other banks that act as trustees and mortgage loan servicers, if it establishes that the type of procedures used by Deutsche Bank were illegal.

The document was filed in federal bankruptcy court in Connecticut by Tracy Hope Davis, the U.S. Trustee for New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

The case involves Tiffany Kritharakis, a Norwalk, Connecticut, homeowner who filed for personal bankruptcy in June 2010. It seeks an order requiring Deutsche Bank to provide officials to testify in the inquiry, and making it turn over large quantities of documents, including on Deutsche Bank’s policies for handling foreclosure cases.

Davis’ motion states that Deutsche had filed to foreclose even though it had no proof that MAC Mortgages, the originator of the loan, had ever given ownership of the mortgage to Deutsche as trustee for the investors’ trust.

It cited evidence that Deutsche had filed a false mortgage assignment in the case in an attempt to persuade the bankruptcy court that it owns the mortgage. Dated June 11, 2010, the assignment was by Sand Canyon Corp. to Deutsche.

Sand Canyon purportedly had acted as an intermediary between the loan originator, MAC, and Deutsche. But the motion noted that Sand Canyon had completely exited the mortgage business in 2008, and so in 2010 had no mortgages that it could assign.

It also alleged that the foreclosure action against Kritharakis was filed by a Texas attorney who is not licensed to practice law in Connecticut, and said there was no indication that the lawyer had made any effort to determine whether Deutsche had legal standing to foreclose.

If the U.S. Trustee inquiry determines that wrongdoing occurred, it could ask the bankruptcy judge to impose sanctions, including specific restrictions on Deutsche Banks’ actions in foreclosure cases, and financial penalties.

John Gallagher, a Deutsche Bank spokesman, said the bank would not comment on details of the U.S. Trustees’ motion.

But in an e-mailed statement he said that any steps taken in the case had been the responsibility of the loan servicer, not Deutsche Bank.

Servicers handle routine tasks, such as collecting mortgage payments, tracking defaults, and initiating foreclosure actions. But the court documents show that the foreclosure action, technically known as a “proof of claim,” was filed by Deutsche Bank itself.

Lawyers expert on loan securitizations said that the servicers work for the trustees, which directly represent the interests of the mortgage trust investors. Gallagher did not say whether Deutsche Bank would contest the U.S. Trustee’s motion.

The case is In re: Tiffany M. Kritharakis, Debtor, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Connecticut, Bridgeport Division No. 10-51328 (Editing by Toni Reinhold)