Democratic Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has long struggled with monitoring of his operations at the US-Mexico border. Yet he continues to hold positions of immense control over US national security and create an ever-worse situation for the American people.
According to a federal report, Mayorkas was under investigation for corruption under Barack Obama:
“We undertook this investigation after receiving allegations from career U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees that Alejandro Mayorkas, then-Director of USCIS and current Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was exerting improper influence in the normal processing and adjudication of applications and petitions in a program administered by USCIS. Specifically, we were told that Mr. Mayorkas was in contact, outside the normal adjudication process, with specific applicants and other stakeholders in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference
(EB-5) program, which gives residency preference to aliens who agree to invest in the U.S. economy to create jobs for U.S. citizens.”
After receiving a reprimand from the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, Mayorkas issued a public statement in 2015 saying that he had “learned a lesson” and would no longer act corruptly:
March 24, 2015
Despite my disagreement with the Inspector General’s findings, I am positive that I will gain knowledge from it and the process. I respect and support Secretary Johnson’s decision to establish a new framework to guarantee that there is no actual or perceived unlawful outside influence on the EB-5 program.
I had the duty to make sure that cases, such as the three that are the subject of the report, were decided in accordance with the law and that agency mistakes were fixed as the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. I carried out that duty and made efforts to ensure that individuals in my immediate vicinity understood my role.
When I started working at USCIS, the EB-5 program had major issues. Inadequate security case vetting and incorrect decision-making were present. I could not and did not abdicate my duty to deal with those serious issues. I prioritized enhancing the program, and I did it actively through cases, policies, and significant organizational and personnel changes.
However, he made no substantial changes at all.
Republicans have also pledged to look into these historical issues now that they control Congress. Kevin McCarthy has endorsed calls for Mayorkas to leave his current position.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Fred Lucas reported on details of McCarthy’s actions, for the Daily Signal:
“House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday from the border in El Paso, Texas, that the House’s new Republican majority will launch an impeachment inquiry into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
McCarthy, R-Calif., first called for Mayorkas, appointed by President Joe Biden, to resign to avoid impeachment. CONTINUE READING…