Feds Investigating Official Who Awarded Visa to Investor in McAuliffe's Company
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security has launched an investigation into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas. He made a decision to overrule the denial of a visa to an investor in GreenTech Automotive, a company that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe served as chairman of from 2010 to 2012.
According to the Associated Press report, Mayorkas "was named by the DHS Inspector General's Office as a target in an ongoing investigation about the foreign investor program run by USCIS."
The Associated Press cited an email sent from the Inspector General's office to members of Congress late Monday evening, which explained that the probe of Mayorkas was "based on a referral from an FBI analyst in the counter-intelligence unit in Washington."
While the email said that the Inspector General's office does "not have any findings of criminal misconduct," the probe was launched based on a complaint that Mayorkas "helped a financing company run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to win approval for an investor visa, even after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected."
Rodham is president of Gulf Coast Funds Management, a Department of Homeland Security EB-5 Regional Center that works with GreenTech Automotive to secure EB-5 investors for its proposed electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Tunica County, Mississippi. Gulf Coast Funds Management and GreenTech Automotive are located in the same office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
The EB-5 program was established in 1990, and allows foreign nationals to obtain temporary and permanent resident green card visas for themselves and their immediate family members in return for the investment of a minimum of $500,000 in an American company.
On June 27, 2013, President Obama nominated Mr. Mayorkas to become Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Breitbart News asked for comment from spokespersons for the Department of Homeland Security, GreenTech Automotive, and Gulf Coast Funds Management, but had received no response as of the time of publication.