The odds are always in one’s favor if Harry Reid is the one stacking the cards.
At issue here is the EB-5 program which grants visas to foreigners if they provide $500,000 or more in financing for specific projects in the US, which will “create jobs.” One of these projects it seems is on the Vegas strip. As such Senator Reid has taken special interest in it.
A group of Asian investors who have donated heavily to Democratic candidates apparently leaned on the Senate Leader for expedited approval of their visa applications. If the visas weren’t approved in time, there would be no financing from the Asian investors. JP Morgan which is providing part of the financing for the project would also pull out.
Phone calls were made. Officials were threatened. Harry Reid, the investors, and JP Morgan got their way.
(From The Washington Times)
The move to overturn what is normally a non-appealable visa decision came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some of the visa applicants from Asia, and it ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have donated heavily in recent years to Democrats, the documents show. It also ensnared Mr. Obama’s current nominee to be the No. 2 Homeland Security official, Alejandro “Ali” Mayorkas, whose appointment is to be reviewed by the Senate on Wednesday.
The intervention from Mr. Reid’s staff was so intense at one point a year ago that a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official reported that it prompted a phone shouting match, turning a normally bureaucratic review process inside the Homeland Security Department into a politically charged drama that worried career officials.