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

(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.

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Jul 24, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
This is not the same as Obama giving Oregon State a stimulus because Michelle's bro was losing his job as the basketball coach. This is much more illegal. I'm not going to hate on Obama for creating even one job I just wish he'd create a few more than he kills.
Jul 24, 2013 8:51 AM CDT
We have a law that may result in worthy persons being denied a visa for want of $500,000 to invest and allows persons who might otherwise be denied to, in effect, buy their visas? Why would anyone invest the money if they were NOT otherwise inclined to do so, except to gain a result that might otherwise be denied! To me this is analogous to buying a substitute during the Union draft during the civil war. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_draft_riots) But, heck, that was only a person's life at stake. Dirty hands are not worthy but dirty pockets are. Some blights on our heritage never change.
Jul 24, 2013 5:30 AM CDT
Nothing new here. This is the way DC rolls.