Leadership Challenges at the Department of Homeland Security: Allegations of Improper Influence Regarding Special Visas, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 26, 2015   [open pdf - 516KB]

This is a testimony compilation from the March 26, 2015 hearing "Leadership Challenges at the Department of Homeland Security: Allegations of Improper Influence Regarding Special Visas," held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Chairman Michael McCaul: "In an April 2010 memo to USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] employees, then Director Mayorkas stated, 'Each USCIS employee has the duty to act impartially in the performance of his or her official duties. Any occurrence of actual or perceived preferential treatment, like treating similarly situated applicants differently, can call into question our ability to implement our Nation's immigration laws fairly, honestly, and properly,' and that is his words. I am extremely troubled by the findings of the DHS Inspector General's report on the EB-5 [type of U.S. visa] program. The alleged exertion of undue influence and special processes established by Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during his tenure as Director of USCIS that resulted in benefits for politicallyconnected and powerful individuals is extremely concerning. The list of individuals involved in the allegations raised in the report reads like an A-list political powerhouses: 'Ed Rendell' -- former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, former chair of the Democratic National Committee and long-time Clinton advocate; 'Terry McAuliffe' -- current Democratic Governor of Virginia, former chair of the Democratic National Committee (after Ed Rendell), co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign; 'Anthony Rodham' -- younger brother of Hillary Clinton; and 'Harry Reid' -- Senate Minority Leader. The findings show that Mr. Mayorkas' intervention in three specific examples, involving the individuals I just mentioned gave the appearance that he played favorites with these Democratic political operatives capable of opening doors in Washington." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Roth.

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