Press Release

03.24.15

McCaul Statement on DHS OIG’s Report Regarding Deputy Secretary Mayorkas

Media Contact: April Ward (202) 226-8477

Report Finds Allegations of Improper Influence Regarding EB-5 Special Visa Program – McCaul to Hold Hearing Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report, which found that DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas allegedly used improper influence with regard to the Immigrant Investor Program, a special visa program known as EB-5:

Chairman McCaul: “The findings from the DHS OIG’s report regarding DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas’s apparent acts of favoritism regarding the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program are extremely concerning. The report details three specific cases where applicants, perceived to be politically powerful by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees, received special access and attention directly from Mr. Mayorkas during his time as Director of USCIS. According to whistleblowers, without his involvement these cases would have been decided differently.

“These allegations appear to be at odds with USCIS’s expressed mission to ‘administer the nation’s immigration system fairly, honestly and correctly.’ I will hold a hearing this week to review the reports findings in detail with DHS Inspector General Roth and determine if further oversight by my committee is warranted.”

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Chairman McCaul will hold a hearing entitled, “Leadership Challenges at the Department of Homeland Security: Allegations of Improper Influence Regarding Special Visas.” DHS Inspector General John Roth and USCIS Ombudsman Maria Odom will testify.

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