Many companies in the US do business with foreign companies and governments. That business often requires people from other countries to travel to the US. In order to do so, they need to obtain a visa before entering the US. Those visa requests or applications are handled by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Gulf Coast Funds Management, a financing company is one of those companies that works with people from around the globe. They applied for a US visa for the vice president of Huawei Technologies to come to visit them. Agents at the USCIS denied the visa application because Huawei Technologies has been under investigation by the House Intelligence Committee for possibly having close ties with Chinese intelligence services.
Gulf Coast filed an appeal with the USCIS, but the appeal office also denied the visa application. Allegations have been made that, at that time, Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of the USCIS, intervened on behalf of Gulf Coast Funds Management to approve their visa application.
The intervention came to light when Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) received a series of emails from a USCIS whistleblower. The source of the emails told Grassley that they felt the intervention was politically motivated and that Gulf Coast was a well connected company.
Now would it surprise you to find out that Gulf Coast Funds Management was run by Anthony Rodham, youngest brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton?
Mayorkas and the USCIS are now under investigation by the Inspector General’s office for the ethics of his intervention and for their mismanagement of the EB-5 program, misuse of position and conflicts of interest.
President Obama has nominated Mayorkas to be the next Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Department. However, Republicans such as Tom Coburn (R-OK) and the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are trying to put the nomination on hold pending the outcome of the Inspector General’s investigation.
The only question now is if Harry Reid will try to extort senate Republicans into confirming Mayorkas before the investigation has been completed like he did on the last batch of Obama’s nominations?