DHS Nominee Under Scrutiny After Helping Hillary's Brother

Mayorkas poised to be new No. 2

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 23, 2013 4:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Homeland Security chief is on her way out, and now the man pegged to be the new No. 2—and likely interim chief—might be in hot water. Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of Hillary Clinton, the Associated Press has learned. Mayorkas, director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation. Mayorkas was named by Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office as a target in an investigation involving the foreign investor program run by USCIS, according to an email sent to lawmakers late Monday.

The program, known as EB-5, allows foreigners to get visas if they invest $500,000 to $1 million in projects or businesses that create jobs for US citizens. Investors who are approved for the program can become legal permanent residents after two years and can later be eligible to become citizens. The email to lawmakers said the primary complaint against Mayorkas was that he helped a financing company run by Anthony Rodham, a brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, to win approval for an investor visa, even after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected. President Obama has nominated Mayorkas to be DHS deputy secretary, but the move needs confirmation.

Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas in a file photo.
Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
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