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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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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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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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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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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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The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said the Transportation Security Administration has not established any sense that agents are exercising good judgment in deciding which travelers they screen. (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, 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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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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. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said the Transportation Security Administration has not established any sense that agents are exercising good judgment in deciding which travelers they screen. (Associated Press)

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An armored vehicle like the ones Homeland Security Department grants have helped buy for various urban communities. This vehicle belongs to Montgomery County, Maryland, which declined to say Tuesday whether it used Homeland funding to help underwrite the cost. Photo courtesy of Sen. Tom Coburn's office.

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The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country's post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette, File)