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    Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

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    Feb 3, 2015, 7:30 AM ET
    By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent
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    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.”
    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.

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    But an ABC News investigation found that in addition to reaching wealthy foreign investors, the program has become a magnet for those seeking to sidestep the scrutiny of the traditional immigration process. In one case, immigration officials pushed through a visa application from Chinese investor in a Las Vegas hotel project despite an internal review that found the investor had previously been turned back at the border, and much of his visa application had likely been fabricated, immigration records show.
    Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals - ABC News

    This can't be good for Americans or for the DHS. What would prompt the DHS to potentially compromise national security by doing such a thing? I don't know if it's illegal but if it's not, it sure as heck should be.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
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    This can't be good for Americans or for the DHS. What would prompt the DHS to potentially compromise national security by doing such a thing? I don't know if it's illegal but if it's not, it sure as heck should be.


    The EB 5 Visa Program, huh? Just buy their way to the Front of the line too.

    How many have been speaking up about the compromise of National Security when it comes to Visas, tourist type visas too.

    Then Passports and Immigration with the Border. How many agencies need to speak out before action is taken?

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    The EB 5 Visa Program, huh? Just buy their way to the Front of the line too.

    How many have been speaking up about the compromise of National Security when it comes to Visas, tourist type visas too.

    Then Passports and Immigration with the Border. How many agencies need to speak out before action is taken?
    I would venture to guess at least a few murders, maybe a foiled terrorist plot, perhaps a few hundred smuggled underage girls destined for prostitution.... something like that.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    I would venture to guess at least a few murders, maybe a foiled terrorist plot, perhaps a few hundred smuggled underage girls destined for prostitution.... something like that.
    Hire ten employees and get a perm. residency. Is that with a certain amount of time for them to be on the job?

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Hire ten employees and get a perm. residency. Is that with a certain amount of time for them to be on the job?
    This is something that I would expect in a smaller country which is rife with corruption. You'll get pay offs, bribes to officials who will do what you want and make a very tidy living on that corruption while putting a smile on their government job. While I'm not naive - I know that this happens everywhere even in my dear America, to be so BRAZEN about it that Federal agencies knew and warned - and that 5 whistleblowers came out about it means this was not very well hidden. Maybe this is the new normal...
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Hire ten employees and get a perm. residency. Is that with a certain amount of time for them to be on the job?
    No. They have to work at least 35 hours per week. The person doesn't have to have the employees when they enter. They are given 2 years to get the business up and running and employees hired. They just need a business plan that makes it clear that 10 employees or more will be needed. If they do not hire them in the first 2 years, they lose their green card. It is $1M initial at risk investment unless you are locating in a high unemployment area, then it is the $500K.

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    No. They have to work at least 35 hours per week. The person doesn't have to have the employees when they enter. They are given 2 years to get the business up and running and employees hired. They just need a business plan that makes it clear that 10 employees or more will be needed. If they do not hire them in the first 2 years, they lose their green card. It is $1M initial at risk investment unless you are locating in a high unemployment area, then it is the $500K.

    Thanks for explaining that out Declan. Yeah, that's what I was asking about.

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Thanks for explaining that out Declan. Yeah, that's what I was asking about.
    I don't like them. There are too many loopholes. They allegedly have to show the money was legit, but then it allows gift funds to be used. I think the whole idea is fraught with peril.

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    I don't like them. There are too many loopholes. They allegedly have to show the money was legit, but then it allows gift funds to be used. I think the whole idea is fraught with peril.
    I am in agreement with you, on that.

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    Re: Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals - ABC News

    This can't be good for Americans or for the DHS. What would prompt the DHS to potentially compromise national security by doing such a thing? I don't know if it's illegal but if it's not, it sure as heck should be.
    Apparently background checks mean nothing to the yahoos who hand out visas.

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