04.24.15

Mayorkas to Testify Before Homeland Security Committee

Media Contact: Susan Phalen (202) 226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul has called on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to testify before the Committee to answer further questions regarding a DHS Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report.

The hearing will examine DHS OIG’s report which claims Mayorkas used improper influence with regard to the Immigrant Investor Program, a special visa program also known as EB-5. Chairman McCaul has reviewed the OIG report, examined new documents, and looks forward to hearing from Mr. Mayorkas directly to understand his response to the allegations.

THURSDAY, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

“Allegations of Special Access and Political Influence at the Department of Homeland Security”

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

·         The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, on the hearing: “Last month, our Committee held a hearing regarding an Inspector General investigation involving allegations against DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The report’s findings are troubling as the IG made some very serious charges against Mr. Mayorkas. Chief among them was he used his position to influence outcomes in select cases for the benefit of politically-connected and powerful individuals. Public service is a public trust and those who violate that trust must be held accountable. The Committee has reviewed the IG report, examined new documents, and continues to diligently work to better understand these allegations. After reviewing this information, I have even more questions about Mr. Mayorkas’ judgement. I look forward to hearing Mr. Mayorkas respond to these allegations.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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