Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

Illegals in the wind as DMV worker gets off easy in bribery case

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  California, New Jersey, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Nearly a year after a Virginia DMV worker and two others were convicted of selling drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, the 100-plus buyers remain at large.

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Politics let student-visa abusers go unchecked

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  California, Congress, Immigration, Iowa, National, New York, News  /  No Comments

ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to tighten up America's loose student-visa program.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to Watchdog.org’s report that the U.S. has lost track of 58,000 foreign students holding expired visas, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley proposed legislation to tighten security.
But, once again, partisan politics stand in the way.
Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Student Visa Integrity Act to help reduce fraud and abuse in the Student [...]

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Transparently bad: U.S. whistleblowers feel blowback

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Federal Government, Good Government, Government Waste, National, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

BLOCK IT: President Obama has stymied federal whistleblowers by expanding the "sensitive jobs loophole."

Federal employees who expose government waste, fraud and abuse are having a tough time in the “most transparent administration in history.”

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Obama slow jams courts to stall deportations

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  California, Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

GOING NOWHERE: Immigration court backlogs are up 22 percent in the past year, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

U.S. immigration courts are backlogged with nearly 400,000 cases, and experts say the Obama administration is to blame.

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No pipe dream: Family fears ax falling on farms

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, News, North Carolina, Public Utilities, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

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A Virginia family is fighting to keep its 43-year-old farm from being gashed by a gas pipeline wider than Keystone XL.

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Terror alert: Foreign students go off grid with expired visas

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  Education, Federal Government, Immigration, Kentucky, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, New York, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

BOSTON BOMBING: Authorities arrested three college friends of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend and classmate of Tsarnaev's at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As America’s colleges resume classes, thousands of foreign students with expired visas are no-shows.

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