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Federal Protective Service Director Eric Patterson, Homeland Security Department, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, after testifying before the House Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing examining the Federal Protective Service. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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Federal Protective Service Director Eric Patterson, Homeland Security Department, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, after testifying before the House Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing examining the Federal Protective Service. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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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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As part of a plan envisioned by the Homeland Security Department, 299 miles of the southwestern border isn't contained by fencing, but rather barriers designed to prevent cars and trucks from crossing. Wildlife — and people — can cross easily. (Associated Press)

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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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New allegations over the EB-5 program, which has snagged one nomination to the Homeland Security Department, now threatens to embroil Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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New allegations over the EB-5 program, which has snagged one nomination to the Homeland Security Department, now threatens to embroil Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat.

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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)