September 2017

ArsTechnica: Congressman demands to know if DHS will collect his social media history, too

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) is a naturalized American citizen, having emigrated from Taiwan as a young child.

Earlier this month, under a new proposed policy, the Department of Homeland Security said it will begin collecting public social media information about immigrants—possibly also green card holders and naturalized citizens—and include them as part of their so-called "Alien File."


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke asking her to delay a newly-proposed rule updating the Department’s electronic immigration system until Congress is provided more details. As a naturalized citizen, Mr. Lieu is alarmed that this broad-stroke policy to collect the social media information of anyone who has immigrated to the United States, regardless of status, could have massive privacy and constitutional implications.

San Diego Union-Tribune:The GOP tax plan could hit Southern California hard. Will the Republican House members here support it?

third of Californian taxpayers could lose thousands of dollars from the repeal of one deduction under a GOP proposal released Wednesday, setting up another political dilemma for California Republicans facing tough reelection battles next year as Democrats work to win back the House of Representatives.

The Hill: Democrats unveil bills to ban Cabinet members’ private jet travel

House Democrats introduced legislation on Thursday to prevent Trump administration officials from using private jets on the taxpayers’ dime as multiple Cabinet heads come under fire for the practice.

Two groups of Democrats unveiled bills with correspondingly flashy titles.

Progressive Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), Jamie Raskin (Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) put forth the Swamp Flyers Act, while centrist Democratic Reps. Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.) and Kurt Schrader (Ore.) offered the Taxpayers Don’t Incur Meaningless Expenses (Taxpayers DIME) Act.



WASHINGTON ­– Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) joined Representatives Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) in calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price after it was reported that he wasted taxpayer money by taking needlessly expensive private jets.

In the letter, Mr. Lieu and Members write:

The Detroit News: Feds look to soften bail bond rules

Krystal Banks has been a bail bondsman in Detroit for nearly two decades. During that time, she’s seen a lot — and she’s made some good money, too.

Banks says criminal defendants have left tens of thousands of dollars with her when they skipped bail for a court hearing. In such cases, the money goes to the county for a fine.

But Banks fears her livelihood could be in jeopardy, along with that of 79 other Michigan bail bond companies, as a result of a bill pending in the U.S. House that seeks to replace cash bonds for defendants with supervised release.