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 the 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 take 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 DHS hack currently under investigation by other DHS hacks. More on that in a moment.
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 and admitted failure to do his “due diligence.” Like fellow Clinton corruptocrat and current attorney general Eric Holder, Mayorkas’s 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’s 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 governor 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 Nevada senator 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, the 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 for Government and Public Integrity, 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.
— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies (Regnery, 2010). Her e-mail address is [email protected].© 2013 Creators.com