American Visas For Sale: See Hillary Clinton

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When Will America End Cash-for-Visas Racket?

Michelle Malkin

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry (the Punk) McAuliffe
never met a scam he didn’t like.

This may be the first and last time I ever write these words: America, follow Canada.

Our neighbors to the north finally have wised up to the international cash-for-visas scam. Last week, the country ended its foreign investor program that put residency up for sale to the highest bidder. We should have done the same a long time ago.

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program granted permanent residency to wealthy foreigners who forked over 800,000 Canadian dollars for a five-year, zero-interest loan to one of the country’s provinces. The scheme turned out to be a magnet for tens of thousands of millionaires from Hong Kong and China. But as the Canadian Ministry of Finance concluded in its annual budget report this year, the program “undervalued Canadian permanent residence” and showed “little evidence that immigrant investors as a class are maintaining ties to Canada or making a positive economic contribution to the country.”

In several provinces, the foreign investor racket was riddled from top to bottom with fraud. Whistleblowers in the Prince Edward Island immigration office exposed rampant bribery among bureaucrats and consultants, who helped their clients jump the queue. The government failed to monitor immigrant investors or verify the promised economic benefits of the “investments.” The program didn’t just fast-track supposed business people with dubious business backgrounds, but also their entire extended families, who walled themselves in segregated neighborhoods.

Ads in Dubai bragged that investors didn’t even need to live in the country to take advantage of the citizenship-for-sale deal — and that their dependents could avail themselves of full health care and education benefits.

Fifteen years ago, an independent auditor hired by the Canadian government warned that he had “found that in many cases there was no investment at all or that the amount of that investment was grossly inflated.” The auditor nailed the expedient commodification of citizenship: “Canadians gave up something of real value — a visa or passport — and received very little in return.” He concluded: “A lot of people made a lot of money, mostly lawyers and immigration consultants who set up these bogus investments. It’s a massive sham. The middlemen made hundreds of millions of dollars.”

cash_entryI’ve been issuing the very same warnings about America’s EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, created under an obscure section of the 1990 Immigration Act, for more than a decade. The details of the U.S. program vary, but the facade is the same: trading residency on the cheap for the shady promise of economic development. Just as in Canada, the U.S. racket’s alleged economic benefits are largely hype.

Who has profited? As I’ve reported previously, the real winners are former federal immigration officials who formed lucrative limited partnerships to cash in on their access and politically connected cronies. An internal U.S. Justice Department investigative report revealed years ago that “aliens were paying $125K” instead of the required $500,000 to $1 million minimum, and “almost all of the monies went to the general partners and the companies who set up the limited partners.”

Tony Rodham, Hillary's brother, is growing rich selling you out.

Tony Rodham, Hillary’s brother, is growing rich selling you out.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has been pressing EB-5 middlemen who operate a network of regional centers to cough up data on how many jobs these immigrant investor schemes are creating, lists of current and former corporate officers at the centers, and details of consulting services and other contracts into which the centers have entered. Where’s the rest of Capitol Hill?

Just as in Canada, American whistleblowers also have been raising red flags for years. Most recently, immigration officials in Laguna Niguel, Calif., last fall spilled the beans on how they “often rushed or skipped altogether economic reviews of applicants to the EB-5 visa program.” They did so under orders from senior managers pandering to wealthy and politically connected foreign applicants. The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General is investigating government retaliation against employees who reported the misconduct. “In essence,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, noted in a public letter, “high-level officials in the (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau) are accused of creating an environment hostile to those who insist on following the law.”

Alejandro Mayorkas, #2 at DHS, is crony of Eric Holder

Alejandro Mayorkas, #2 at DHS, is crony of Eric Holder

That fish rots right down from the head of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed for the job in December — despite remaining under investigation by the DHS Inspector General for his alleged role in intervening on behalf of GreenTech, a crony company with ties to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton‘s other brother, Anthony. The alleged scam involved special treatment to the company, which wanted special treatment and EB-5 visas for, you guessed it, deep-pocketed Chinese investors.

Recklessly peddling foreign investor visas for the precious privilege of entry into our country is bad for our sovereignty, bad for workers and good for corruptocrats. Moreover, history shows that government is always bad at picking economic winners and losers. If Canada can come to its senses on this, why not America?

Would-be President Hillary is already selling you to the highest bidder.

Would-be President Hillary is already selling you to the highest bidder.

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0 responses to “American Visas For Sale: See Hillary Clinton

  1. Over the year our government has been a festuring sore but it seem like the last six years it has become a case of full blown gangrene. Oozing of corruption that is eating away the fundamentals of our founding fathers. Yet, none of these corrupt elites are held accountable. The corruption goes all the way to the oval office and still our elected representitives are mia in implementing swift actions on these corrupt figure heads.

     
  2. There has to be a tipping point. Doesn’t there? sangry_group_100-100

     
    • You’d think so, but only 10% of Congress critters are honest, so it just goes on and on. It’s nearly as bad in Kanada; we may have 30% honest, they do what they can to keep the others in line.

      Our real problem is the present bunch, neo-con Stevie Harper and his Harpettes, who sold their souls to the oil & energy companies long before they came into office, same as Bush 43 & Cheney. Canada’s military spending is at record debts and we aren’t even in a war! All our real conservatives were thrown under the bus by Harper so he could get into office.

       
  3. We, the Canadian people, first experienced this at the time our doors were opened to a flood of mostly wealthy immigrants from Hong Kong, when it was recovered by China. At first it seemed perfect: multi-millionaires brought their families & fortunes here, then re-invested some of those millions into real estate and local business.

    Years passed before we discovered that some of that wealth was tied to criminal gangs, ones never inside Canada before. Now it’s impossible to be entirely rid of them, so they’re added to the Vietnamese drug gangs and other infestations that show we’re part of the 21st century NWO.

     
  4. Thank you Trail Dust for this fascinating post. We are in for a real battle in this country, not like ever before. And that is because real “in your face evil” is not even hiding anymore, and is coming out without hesitation with the expectation of lukewarm governing entities. Remember, this is a spiritual war much more so than ever before.

     
  5. Thank you, TD, for this important post.

    You ask, “Where’s the rest of Capitol Hill?”
    I second that question. Where’s the rest of Capitol Hill on this immigration-for-sale corruption, the Benghazi treason, the IRS witch-hunting, the ………………

     
  6. traildustfotm

    Michelle’s story here is a good reminder of the fact that the Clintons and Obamas are just parts of an organized criminal gang, a kind of mafia.

     

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