It seems as if you simply turn around and there’s another Hillary Rodham Clinton scandal brewing. The latest involved Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who has come under fire in a report from the department’s inspector general for personally intervening in three EB-5 visa cases. They all involved influential Democrats, including Anthony Rodham, brother of former secretary of state and likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A 97-page uncomplimentary report from Inspector General John Roth was issued Tuesday that stated that Mayorkas became personally involved in providing favorable treatment in three different cases involving former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Rodham, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The report goes on to state that Myorkas “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for certain wealthy immigrants with Democratic political support. That in turn triggered loud complaints from a host of whistleblowers, the Washington Times reports.
Technically what the EB-5 visa program does is grant permanent resident status to individuals who invest at least $500,000 in a U.S. business venture. They must employ a sufficient numbers of people, the Journal reports.
Not surprisingly, under President Barack Obama, the program has grown from around 1,000 applicants per year to nearly 11,000 in 2014. The program actually approves around 75 percent of applicants, the Washington Times notes.
Ironically last year, Mayorkas was promoted from head of the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deputy secretary for Homeland Security. During that entire period, the Republicans were criticizing the move vigorously, the Times noted.
The final IG report said Mayorkas “communicated with shareholders on substantive issues, outside of the normal adjudicatory process, and intervened with the career staff in ways that benefited the stakeholders,” the Journal states. Meanwhile Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended Mayorkas, stating in a news release, “Like me, he is often impatient with our sluggish government bureaucracy” and “can at times be very hands-on in resolving issues and problems that are brought to his personal attention,” the Journal reported.
Rodham, according to ABC News, was heavily involved in the financing of an electric car venture. He actually emailed Mayorkas, seeking to speed up the process of getting an immigrant visa.