Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Homeland Security Department, faced scrutiny in his final place with the company over issuing EB-5 visas.
In his capability as head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, in accordance to an Obama-era 2015 Inspector General report, Mayorkas intervened to assist expedite visa requests for rich foreign traders.
The report discovered that in three separate circumstances involving the EB-5 visa program, which permits foreign nationals to make investments a minimum of $900,000 in United States improvement initiatives so as to obtain inexperienced playing cards, Mayorkas acted in a way that involved workers. The report stated staffers anxious that he was offering particular remedy to traders aligned with Democrats.
The report defined that Mayorkas intervened on behalf of traders tied to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Anthony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother.
While problematic, the OIG discovered nothing in violation of the regulation.
When pressed on the matter throughout a 2015 House Homeland Security Committee listening to, he acknowledged that his actions created an impression that he was favoring Democrats, however denied any critical wrongdoing.
“I do regret the perceptions that my activities created and I take responsibility for those perceptions,” Mayorkas stated on the time, including that he stepped in when the company was making unhealthy calls on authorized issues.
“I did not let errors go unchecked, but instead helped ensure that those cases were decided correctly, nothing more and nothing less,” he added.
Mayorkas was nominated final week to run the Homeland Security Department. If confirmed, we’d be the primary immigrant to serve within the function.
During his tenure below the Obama-era DHS, he led the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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