Jeh Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has quietly shut down Tony Rodham, the deadbeat dad and son in law of Barbara Boxer, and his EB-5 visa scam. It had to be done quietly because some high powered democrats could be smeared over the scheme. First, there is Hillary Clinton who is the sister of Rodham. Then there is Gov Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who was a huge beneficiary of the visa scam. Ands last but not least, there is Harry Reid, who used the EB-5 visas to benefit his son Rory who represents Las Vegas casinos who benefited to the tune of millions.
USCIS administers the EB-5 Program. Under this program, entrepreneurs (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they:
- Make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States; and
- Plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers.
This program is known as EB-5 for the name of the employment-based fifth preference visa that participants receive.
Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. In 1992, Congress created the Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the Regional Center Program. This sets aside EB-5 visas for participants who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers approved by USCIS based on proposals for promoting economic growth.
Basically, Rodham, Reid and McAuliffe used the EB-5 program to sell visas for cash. The main problem is that many of the recipients of the EB-5 program were already turned down for visas due to national security concerns. So, how did they pull it off? Thanks to the fourth person who would have been hurt from the publicity, Alejandro Mayorkas. He approved the visas for Reid, McAuliffe and Rodham. As a reward, he was later nominated for the number two position at the DHS. When it became apparent that he wouldn’t survive a filibuster, Reid invoked the nuclear option and Mayorkas got the job.