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  • Scandal-Ridden Alejandro Mayorkas Now Contender to Replace Holder: Same Old Same old

    11/06/2014 9:13:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ian Smith
    This week the New York Post [1] reported that Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has emerged as a leading contender for the top spot at DOJ. The race to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has included the controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and like Perez, MayorkasÂ’ tenure in the federal government is filled with a considerable amount of ethics-defying shadiness.Prior to taking his current position as the number two man at DHS, Mayorkas was head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is mandated to administer the biggest immigration system in the world...
  • DHS Says Mexican Border “More Secure now than it has Been in Many, Many Years”

    04/12/2016 11:13:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 12, 2016
    Islamic terrorists and droves of illegal immigrants—mainly youths—have slipped into the United States through Mexico recently, but the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) insists the “the border is more secure now than it has been in many, many years.” This delusional assessment brings to mind when President Obama’s first DHS secretary, Janet Napolitano, repeatedly proclaimed the border is as secure as it’s ever been amid escalating drug-cartel violence that spilled into the U.S. and a crisis of narcotics and human smuggling in the region. Though the situation has only worsened, the administration continues to repeat the...
  • Senate Committee Demands DHS Produce Whistle-Blower Smear Documents

    03/17/2016 7:52:19 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 6 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 03/17/2016 | Evan Gahr
    In a letter released Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson  60% (R-WI) asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for all documents and communications regarding the dismissal of ICE whistle-blower Taylor Johnson and his underlings’ secretive effort to discredit her to reporters. Confused by all these Johnsons? It’s hard not to be. The story also features a cameo by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  2% (D-NV). In 2013, Johnson, a decorated agent, was stripped of her gun and badge without explanation and placed on desk duty. The single mother of four was ousted right after Reid’s office...
  • Homeland Security Releases Emails Showing Political Influence for Sony, Time Warner Projects

    04/11/2015 8:16:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4-10-15 | Eriq Gardner
    The newly released documents buttress a report issued late last month detailing how an immigration director was swayed with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars in film and TV investments under the EB-5 visa program. The U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityÂ’s inspector general has released hundreds of pages of emails plus other documents in support of its investigation of improper influence on the EB-5 immigration program. Many of the documents discuss hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for film and television productions from Sony Pictures and Time Warner with prominent politicians including former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendall and...
  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are ‘a bunch of whiners’

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers — an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roth’s judgment — who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. “That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas‘ actions...
  • Top DHS official shows ‘favoritism’ to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the department’s inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department’s legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • Report: Homeland Security Official Used Improper Influence

    03/24/2015 11:21:00 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting investments in exchange for American visas, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said he helped secure the visas, and created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for the official's involvement.
  • Alejandro Mayorkas spoke Tuesday at an event hosted by the liberal think tank NDN

    09/17/2014 5:35:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    Time ^ | 09/16/14 | Maya Rhodan
    The U.S. border is “more secure than it has ever been before,” Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday while speaking on the federal government’s response to the surge in minors crossing the country’s southern border unaccompanied.
  • Obama’s Dirty Watchdogs

    04/25/2014 8:18:24 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/25/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Obama administration doesn’t have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The president’s Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn’t a revelation. It’s confirmation. Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. “There are many blessings to be thankful for this year,” the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, “but...
  • U.S. Senator Helped Ecuadoran Fugitives Convicted of Stealing Millions (Menendez)

    01/24/2014 2:32:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 24, 2014
    Recently embroiled in an underage prostitute scandal and a number of corruption schemes, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez—is again under federal investigation for helping a pair of South American fugitives whose relatives donated big bucks to the senator. It’s like a never-ending saga of political corruption and cronyism. In the last year alone, Menendez has been implicated in a number of serious crimes—including reported escapades with underage hookers in the Dominican Republic—that have simply fizzled away and left him virtually unscathed. We’ll get into those later, but first let’s delve into the Menendez...
  • VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino’s big-money foreigners

    12/11/2013 6:12:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2013 | John Solomon and David Sherfinski
    The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by 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...
  • DHS nominee under investigation for allegedly helping Hillary Clinton's brother

    07/24/2013 11:18:36 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2013 | Fox News
    Authorities are investigating the man President Obama tapped to take over the second highest spot at the Department of Homeland Security for allegedly using his position and power to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in a company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, FoxNews.com has confirmed. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was named by Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office as a target in an investigation involving the foreign investor program run by USCIS, according to an email sent to lawmakers late Monday.
  • APNewsBreak: Homeland Security official probed (Hillary link)

    07/23/2013 11:57:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    MYSA/AP ^ | July 23, 2013 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL,
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the...
  • LA’s Underground Power Broker

    05/30/2005 6:15:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies · 607+ views
    L. A. Weekly ^ | 5-27-05 | JEFFREY ANDERSON
    The name Vignali receded into L.A. history after the “Pardongate” scandal of 2001, but questions remain about drug-dealing son Carlos and his real estate magnate father, Horacio, who just might be pulling the strings in the remaking of downtown L.A. --snip--- “Justice Undone: Clemency Decisions in the Clinton White House,” House Report 107-454, documents the involvement of Hugh Rodham, the brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the Vignali affair. Rodham was Horacio Vignali’s chief lobbyist inside the White House and received more than $200,000 for his services. The two met through Los Angeles attorney James Casso in October 2000, according...