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Doctor convicted of surgery to alter immigrant fingerprints

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By Ros Krasny

BOSTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A doctor from the Dominican Republic was convicted and sentenced in Boston on Thursday of offering to surgically alter the fingerprints of illegal aliens, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

The case is one of a number of attempts in recent years to subvert the federal government’s new biometric border security program, known as the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Jose Elias Zaiter-Pou, 62, pleaded guilty of conspiring to conceal illegal aliens from detection by law enforcement authorities, by surgically altering their fingerprints in exchange for payment.

He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, followed by deportation and three years of supervised release.

Authorities said Zaiter-Pou met at a hotel in Woburn, Massachusetts, with a Read more…

NYC Faces $1 Billion in Budget Cuts

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NEW YORK—On Sunday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) published a report analyzing the proposed Republican budget plan, which will be voted on this week.

The congressman said that while there is a deficit that needs to be reduced, this plan is cutting the wrong corners.

“We have found that nearly a billion dollars worth of services that are provided by different government programs are getting cut. Yet programs like [those of] the Department of Defense are held almost entirely harmless,” Weiner said.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers has stated that the total debt has run up to $14 trillion.

“This legislation includes the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation, five times larger than any other discretionary cut package ever considered by the House,” Rogers said in a press release. “The CR contains over $100 billion in cuts compared to Read more…