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For over 20 years, officials have said there are 1 million rent stabilized apartments in New York City. But that figure might be off by about 200,000, according to a ProPublica analysis of state housing data. As Governor Cuomo tackles scofflaw landlords, state data indicates that the problem might be much worse.
The H-2 federal visa program allows "guest workers" to come into the United States for temporary jobs. Stan Eury used it to create an empire, helping import hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers for jobs. Meanwhile, "he has waged and won battle after battle in the courts and in Congress to push wages down, to reduce regulation, to bat back worker protections, and to discourage and disqualify American job seekers," BuzzFeed reports.
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