Kenric Ward - Watchdog.org

Kenric Ward is the San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org. A California native and veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, 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 and previously reported from Virginia. Kenric can be reached at [email protected]

One-percenters: Rich EB-5 immigrants get free service at taxpayer expense

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services photo

The Obama administration’s fetish for wealthy foreign nationals — expressed through relentless promotion of an immigrant investor program — has spilled over to little-known a bureaucratic backwater: the Ombudsman’s Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Official vows to stop Lone Star Rail in its tracks

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Its designated route blocked, the faltering Lone Star Rail project could lose its funding lifeline next month. “To move forward is a waste of taxpayer money,” Hays County Commissioner Will Conley told Watchdog.org.

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Illegal SNAP: Food stamp formula biased in favor of immigrants?

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  Federal Government, Food Stamp/SNAP, Immigration, News, Texas  /  No Comments

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Texas issues food stamps to households with illegal immigrants, but the state cannot say how much or how many. Nationally, a new report charges that families housing illegals get preferential treatment.

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Housing prices rise as city plays the ‘market’

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

Illustration courtesy of Good Fulton & Farrell Architects

Free-market advocates say San Antonio’s “market rent” program is boosting consumer costs and amounts to a “subsidy for the rich.”

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Criminal immigrants dodge deportation orders as Senate kills sanctuary city penalties

By   /  July 6, 2016  /  Federal Government, Immigration, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Illegal immigrants in Texas were convicted of 155,000 criminal offenses — including homicide and sexual assault — during the past five years, records show.

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Transit tax shift could spark lawsuit

By   /  June 30, 2016  /  News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by Kenric Ward

San Antonio is using an “advanced transportation” tax to pave costly sidewalks and bike paths. The diversion from roads invites a lawsuit, a taxpayer coalition says.

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