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Alejandro Mayorkas, the deputy secretary whose previous tenure as the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is under scrutiny, said when he did intervene in visa cases, it was to make sure his agency was following the law, not to give special treatment. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for March 25, 2015 - Official accused of meddling with immigration: Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 25, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, whom President Obama promoted even while he was under investigation, meddled in three immigration cases, creating "an appearance of favoritism and special access," the department's inspector general said in a 99-page report that stops just short of accusing Mr. Mayorkas of lying. (Associated Press)

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FILE -, In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's then-nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. Mayorkas said Customs and Border Protection agents are also handing out factsheets to travelers with details of what symptoms to look for and directions to call a doctor if they become sick within 21 days. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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The Homeland Security Department's inspector general is investigating the program and the former director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, whom President Obama has since promoted to be deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

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The Homeland Security Department's inspector general is investigating the program and the former director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, whom President Obama has since promoted to be deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

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National Edition News cover for December 23, 2013 - Republicans find filibuster alternatives: Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department on a simple majority, party-line vote despite being under an active inspector general's investigation. (Associated Press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department on a simple majority, party-line vote despite being under an active inspector general's investigation. (Associated Press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department on a simple majority, party-line vote despite being under an active inspector general's investigation. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, touted his reforms to the EB-5 visa program as CIS director that included centralizing its administration at headquarters, instituting anti-fraud measures and hiring as many as 100 economic and business analysts. (Associated Press photographs)

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Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated as deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, touted his reforms to the EB-5 visa program as CIS director that included centralizing its administration at headquarters, instituting anti-fraud measures and hiring as many as 100 economic and business analysts. (Associated Press photographs)

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**FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says fees have to be raised to cover the budget for processing requests for immigration benefits. But proposed increases are being kept as low as possible, he says.

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

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Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

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**FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)