An interesting thing we fail to comprehend is how our enemies leverage our freedoms and seemingly innocent and innocuous programs against us. We have those who hide behind freedom of religion to advance a theocratic-political totalitarian ideology. And now it seems an opportunity for wealthy foreigners to invest in America and share in the great free market/free enterprise American dream is being perverted.
First of all, I’d like to give a hearty hat tip to ABC News for breaking this story. After the debacle at NBC with Brian Williams and the firing of Sharyl Atkkisson at CBS, ABC may be pole-vaulting ahead with some principled journalism.
“Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found.”
The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. “It is shocking,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican. “Particularly when you have F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies that are saying national security could be compromised or is being compromised — that’s enough for us to be concerned.”
What are they talking about? It’s known as the $500,000 green card, the EB-5 visa. While criminals have found a way to abuse something intended for good, is the Department of Homeland Security caught once again, flat on its face?
Here’s the Nightline report.
“Five different Homeland Security whistleblowers spoke with ABC News about a range of cases where visas were approved despite numerous red flags. They said objections were often ignored because the immigration program is so popular within the Obama Administration and with members of Congress from both parties. Known as the EB-5 visa program, foreigners who are willing to invest $500,000 in an American business can jump to the front of the line and obtain legal status to live in the U.S. for two years. If the investment is shown to create at least 10 jobs, the investors can receive a “Green Card” — permanent residency.”I can understand wanting to boost economic growth but there is no, and I mean NO reason why we should sacrifice our homeland security. Furthermore, it must be very disconcerting to those legal immigrants who come here for the right reason and never seem to be able to get ahead of that line.
But for members of our Congress and the Obama administration to turn a blind eye is unconscionable. How is it that these things just keep happening particularly in the DHS where the big debate is about its funding, so it can carry out President Obama’s unconstitutional illegal immigrant executive order? I kinda have to ask, what are we paying Jeh Johnson and Homeland Security to do?
“Following publication of this report, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said today he is “aware of the concerns” raised by ABC News “centering around security” and said the DHS “continually evaluate[s] whether more security should be provided for the program.” Some immigration groups have criticized the program as “nothing more than selling Green Cards.” Brent Wilkes, the executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, one of the largest Hispanic civil rights groups in the U.S. said it “short circuits” the immigration process, allowing foreign nationals “with enough cash” to leap ahead of legitimate applicants who lack the means.”
So there it is, the ultimate question, should we continue this program or halt it? I vote to halt this program because our immigration system is completely out of control. Comprehensive immigration reform just means blanket amnesty and we already have illegal practices occurring. We need to clean up all of this and get ahold of those who have entered illegally, as well as those who have used this EB-5 program for ill-gotten gain.
Here are some examples of serious issues with the EB-5 visa program, according to ABC: