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The Times also reported in December that the Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and his staff.

Language to make fixes to the program — and indefinitely extend the authorization of regional centers that process the investments and visas — is contained in the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate last summer. That bill is almost certainly not going to pass the House, though.