Culture of corruption: The Dems’ dangerous DHS pick

Family Security Matters

The “S” in President Obama’s DHS doesn’t stand for “security.” It stands for  “sleaze.” In the wake of Dirty Harry Reid’s sabotage of the filibuster, Democrats have rammed  through the Senate nomination of a shady Chicago crony associated with   dangerous Clinton corruption and at least two visas-for-sale schemes.

The White House wants Alejandro Mayorkas to helm the No. 2 position  at the  Department of Homeland Security. It speaks volumes about this  ethics-challenged  administration that the most qualified person it could  find for this important  post is a government DHS hack currently under investigation by other DHS hacks. More on that in a moment.

On Tuesday, Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and  Governmental  Affairs Committee advanced Mayorkas’ nomination to the  Senate floor by a 9-0  vote. All Republicans voted “present” in protest.  Thanks to Reid’s nuclear  option on the filibuster, Obama’s party  water-carriers in the Senate only need  a simple majority. The  appointment (scheduled for a Wednesday vote) is all but  assured.

What qualifies Mayorkas to serve as DHS deputy secretary? Well,  there’s his  prodigious fundraising in 2008 as an Obama bundler, of  course. There’s his  dutiful pro-open borders record in his current job  as director of the U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services. And once  again, the operational motto of  the Beltway prevails: Screw up, foul up,  move up.

During the Clinton years, then U.S. Attorney Mayorkas phoned the  White House  on behalf of convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali. Mayorkas  joined other  high-profile California liberals in the dialing-for-pardons  campaign. Vignali’s  father (also suspected of drug trafficking) had  dumped $200,000 in the coffers  of Hillary Clinton’s brother, Hugh, to  secure his son’s commutation. Mayorkas  pleaded ignorance  of Vignali senior’s suspected criminal activity and admitted failure to do  his “due diligence.” Like fellow Clinton  corruptocrat and current Attorney  General Eric Holder, Mayorkas’  pardongate “mistake” cost him nothing. He was  instead rewarded with plum  government positions and access.

Allegations of fraud,  reckless rubber-stamping and lax enforcement – from veteran internal  whistleblowers – have plagued Mayorkas’ tenure  at USCIS. Rather than keeping  his nose clean, Mayorkas apparently got  himself involved in even more rotten  business. The DHS inspector general  has been probing a slimy visas-for-sale  scheme tied to the Obama  bundler for the past 15 months. (One reason for the  delay: the IG’s  office itself is under investigation for unethical behavior and  favoritism.)

Mayorkas and other higher-ups are being investigated for their alleged roles  in intervening on behalf of GreenTech, a crony company with ties to Democratic  Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton’s other brother,  Anthony. The scheme  reportedly gave “special treatment” (in the words of  one USCIS official) to the  company, which wanted EB-5 visas for  deep-pocketed Chinese investors. In  addition, The Washington Times  reported this week that both Harry Reid and GOP  Nev. Sen. Dean Heller  lobbied the Obama administration to reverse itself on  EB-5 decisions for  foreign  investors in a Las Vegas casino hotel.

None of this EB-5  corruption should surprise longtime readers of my column. As I first  reported more  than a decade ago, the EB-5 immigrant investor program was  created  under an obscure section of the 1990 Immigration Act. The law allows   10,000 wealthy foreigners a year to purchase green cards by investing  between  $500,000 and $1 million in new commercial enterprises or  troubled businesses.  After two years, foreign investors, their spouses  and their children all  receive permanent resident status – which allows  them to contribute to U.S.  political campaigns and provides a speedy  gateway to citizenship. The benefits  of the EB-5 economic development  plan have gone to former federal immigration  officials who formed  lucrative limited partnerships to cash in on their access  and to shady  foreign fraudsters. The supposed economic benefits of the program  are  unverifiable and inflated hype.

Whistleblowers have been punished and ostracized. Independent media  have  been intimidated and, in the case of the Franklin Center, sued for raising questions about the Democrats and immigrant investor fraud.  The  most transparent and ethical administration ever is stonewalling to protect Mayorkas. And citizenship is available  to the highest crony foreign bidders.

Perhaps when White House journalists finish protesting Obama control  freaks  limiting their access to photos, they’ll take an interest in top  homeland  security officials recklessly selling access to our shores.  There’s much, much  more to the stench and the story.

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4 thoughts on “Culture of corruption: The Dems’ dangerous DHS pick

  1. Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Culture of corruption: The Dems’ dangerous DHS pick

  2. He is setting us up!

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