Chuck Grassley goes on the offensive against DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas

Chuck Grassley goes on the offensive against DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas

Chuck GrassleyAs Democrats in the filibuster-free U.S. Senate fill key administration vacancies, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley assailed a Department of Homeland Security nominee for playing a key role in aiding Terry McAuliffe’s electric-car company raise funds through a visa-investor program. In his prepared remarks, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration issues, said:

Whistleblowers have provided my office with very troubling evidence. Much of the evidence involves the EB-5 regional center program, which [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro] Mayorkas is responsible for managing.

The evidence appears to support allegations that Mr. Mayorkas and his leadership team at Citizenship and Immigration Services are susceptible to political pressure and favoritism.

Grassley said documents “appear to show [Mayorkas] intervening in an EB-5 decision involving Gulf Coast Funds Management, an organization run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham.”

“This decision benefited GreenTech Automotive, a company run by Terry McAuliffe that was receiving funding from Gulf Coast Funds Management,” the Iow senator said.

McAuliffe is governor-elect of Virginia, assuming office in January. Mayorkas’ nomination to become deputy secretary of DHS awaits Senate approval.

The full text of Grassley’s floor speech can be found here.

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Kenric Ward

Kenric Ward is a national correspondent and writes for the Texas Bureau of Formerly a reporter and editor at two Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, Kenric has won dozens of state and national news awards for investigative articles. His most recent book is “Saints in Babylon: Mormons and Las Vegas.”


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