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Marcelo Rochabrun is a reporting fellow with ProPublica. He recently graduated from Princeton University, where he studied history and flute performance. He was editor in chief of The Daily Princetonian and published an investigation on how Princeton’s “eating clubs” had benefited from millions of dollars in unwarranted tax subsidies to build and refurbish their lavish clubhouses through educational foundations set up exclusively to funnel tax-exempt monies.
He has also worked for the Center for Public Integrity covering money in politics and for IDL-Reporteros, a nonprofit investigative newsroom based in his native Peru, where he covered government corruption. A series he co-wrote for IDL-Reporteros on how Peru’s Department of Education purchased books for public school libraries led to the resignation of the president of the booksellers trade association and an official investigation into a former prime minister.
Yesterday, 4:39 p.m.If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children.
May 9, 5:12 p.m.Last year, a ProPublica investigation uncovered how Rudy Giuliani, together with upstate Republicans and the real-estate industry, maneuvered behind the scenes in 1995 to exempt downtown Manhattan apartments from rent stabilization rules.
April 28, 5:20 p.m.As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance.
April 7, 8 a.m.Fees from so-called “premium processing” to expedite H-1B visas have paid for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency hasn’t been able to keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.
March 2, 6:36 p.m.Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t alone.
Feb. 22, 3:54 p.m.On the eve of a meeting between Mexico’s President Peña Nieto and American officials, Mexican officials emphatically rejected the latest Trump administration immigration proposal.
Feb. 21, 3:50 p.m.El plan es parte de una serie de nuevas medidas migratorias que podría encontrar trabas judiciales y diplomáticas.
Feb. 20, 5:25 p.m.The idea is part of a raft of immigration proposals signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that are likely to spur international and legal challenges.
Jan. 31, 9 a.m.The executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations is separating families who made every effort to follow U.S. immigration law.
Jan. 28, 2 p.m.In banning newcomers from seven countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, the president has used language that will affect those who are in the U.S. already on visas and green cards
Dec. 15, 2016, 9 a.m.A 1994 City Council vote enabling landlords to dodge limits on rent increases has had a profound impact on the lives of New Yorkers.
Nov. 7, 2016, 3:05 p.m.Early voting is up this year among Latinos. Heavily Latino precincts had later closing times on Election Day four years ago, an indicator of long waits.
Oct. 27, 2016, 8 a.m.As a ProPublica reporter looked into a source’s allegations about Habitat for Humanity’s New York City affiliate, he pieced together how a housing project ended up displacing poor people.
Aug. 19, 2016, 12:17 p.m.Tenants have sued a Lower Manhattan developer, saying their leases should have been rent-stabilized in exchange for the tax breaks their landlord received. State and local officials have now filed a brief supporting the tenants, whose case could affect thousands of rental units.
May 24, 2016, 8 a.m.Since 1995, developers in lower Manhattan have relied on a letter written by former Mayor Giuliani to justify receiving tax breaks without rent restrictions. Former lawmakers who wrote and voted for the law say the practice violates the intent and clear meaning of the statute.
May 20, 2016, 10:52 a.m.New York’s state Legislature wanted to give developers hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to build apartments in Lower Manhattan in exchange for limits on rent increases. The real estate lobby and Mayor Rudy Giuliani had another idea.
April 14, 2016, 11:45 a.m.The move comes after a ProPublica investigation that documented how the government was making it hard for disabled borrowers to get their loans forgiven.
April 6, 2016, 8 a.m.ProPublica showed last week how the charity had used federal funds to acquire vacant buildings, but some had been occupied just days before the charity moved to acquire them.
April 1, 2016, 2 p.m.The charity paid millions in federal stimulus funds to developers shortly after longtime tenants were pushed out. “We are spending federal money to throw low-income New Yorkers out of buildings,” wrote a Habitat whistleblower.
March 28, 2016, 10:55 a.m.A request to the Tenant Protection Unit cites ProPublica’s reporting on a tax-subsidized building owned by Two Trees Management.
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