Afternoon briefings: extension of the suspension for student loans; Has Giuliani infected state lawmakers?
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One more month of student loan abstention announced by the Ministry of Education
Forbearance on student loans has been extended until Jan.31, the US Department of Education said on Friday. The offering began in March under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In August, President Donald Trump ordered the US Department of Education to maintain student loan forbearance until December 31. Meanwhile, some borrowers are hoping President-elect Joe Biden will wipe out at least some of their federal student loans once he takes office. On Monday, US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York said that as president, Biden should sign an executive order canceling $ 50,000 in federal student loan debt. (US Department of Education Press release, the New York Daily News)
Fearing Giuliani’s COVID-19 infection, state lawmakers delay work
Michigan and Arizona state legislatures are on hold due to visits last week by Trump’s election lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who testified positive for COVID-19. Giuliani, 76, met with Arizona Republicans last Monday, appeared before the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday, and appeared before a Georgia Senate subcommittee on Thursday. The Trump campaign said Giuliani tested negative before the visits. Giuliani was hospitalized at Georgetown University Medical Center, multiple publications reported, relying on an anonymous source. Giuliani tweeted that he was receiving great care, feeling great, recovering quickly and “following everything”. (The New York Times, CNN, the Washington post, ABC 12, the Associated press)
The judge orders the resumption of the DACA
A New York federal judge on Friday ordered the US Department of Homeland Security to fully reinstate the program that delays the deportation of immigrants brought to the county illegally as children. U.S. District Judge Nichola Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York has ruled that DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf does not have the authority to curb the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals because he had been misnamed. The Supreme Court of the United States had overthrown the Trump administration’s decision to phase out the program, but Wolf refused to accept new candidates after the decision. (The New York Times, the Washington post, Law360, the order)
Man sentenced to ploy to spoof attorney’s email account
Rhode Island man sentenced to 42 months in jail in scheme to spoof the email address of a Dorchester, Massachusetts lawyer in order to obtain money from a real estate buyer . Sayon Balogun, 32, also known as “Oshine”, was also ordered to pay more than $ 434,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say the co-conspirators ordered the person buying real estate to send the money to a California bank account. Balogun was accused of telling the person who received the transferred funds how much money could be kept as a fee and where the remaining money should be transferred. Balogun’s lawyer said his client’s crime was part of a larger plot that appeared to be led by people in Nigeria. (Law360, Department of Justice Press release)