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Topic - Alejandro Mayorkas
Staff at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in California were regularly pressured by senior officials to fast-track visa applications from wealthy and well-connected foreign investors, causing security concerns so severe that the program was moved to Washington this year.
The man in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program under FBI review has more to worry about than just a criminal investigation into his alleged attempts to influence a visa application on behalf of a political insider.
A Homeland Security Department whistleblower says one of its agencies is skimping on background checks of U.S. companies seeking to participate in a program that gives green cards to high-dollar foreign investors — potentially compromising national security.
Janet Napolitano finally retired as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to take a job as president of the University of California. That's good news for friends of reason, good sense and liberty, considering her tenure was marked by the implementation of backdoor amnesty schemes.
In the various efforts to reform the U.S. immigration system, often overlooked in the debate is its impact on national security.
The green car company co-founded by Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe has fallen woefully short of its original projected job creation and production levels while becoming ensnared in two federal investigations.
President Obama's pick to be the next No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security was involved in "political pressure" to influence a visa case linked to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's former car company, according to e-mails released Friday — documents that may contradict testimony nominee Alejandro Mayorkas gave last month to a Senate committee.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the green car company founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe over concerns that it allegedly guaranteed returns for its investors.
A visa to get into the United States is precious, and a lot of people would pay a lot of money for one. A visa can be a pass through the backdoor into America.
Virginia Republicans on Monday called on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to reveal more information about his former car company's ties to a federal official under investigation about his role in a visa financing program.
Alejandro Mayorkas, who is accused of misusing his authority as director of Citizenship and Immigration Services for a client of a politically connected Democrat, denied any wrongdoing and downplayed his interactions with Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and with the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Democrats plan an impassioned defense of embattled Deputy Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas Thursday, stressing his qualifications while downplaying an ongoing inspector general investigation into allegations he helped the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton get a visa for a dodgy Chinese investor.
A businessman seeking to invest in the sister firm of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's former green car company in exchange for U.S. legal status is a top official at Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese telecommunications giant recently accused of spying.
The Homeland Security inspector general is investigating President Obama's nominee to be the No. 2 official at the department over his role in helping the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton get an immigrant visa for a Chinese investor.
Questions about Terry McAuliffe's business dealings resurfaced Tuesday after the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee's former car company was dragged into a federal investigation involving a prominent Obama administration appointee and a program that grants visas in exchange for foreign investments.
Mr. Mayorkas has denied any wrongdoing, saying he got involved in Mr. McAuliffe's EB-5 application because it raised an important issue about a point of law in the program.
Often, he said, the application would arrive, as did the one from Mr. McAuliffe's car company, on a fast track with instructions from the manager that Mr. Mayorkas "needs this fast."