The Daugaard administration is trying to overturn the federal decision to strip South Dakota state government of its status as an EB-5 immigrant investor center.
A law firm representing Gov. Dennis Daugaard filed the state's response Monday to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The thrust of the state's response is it shouldn't be penalized for the previous management.
The EB-5 program began a decade ago under South Dakota's previous governor, now-U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds.
The federal notice of termination in 2015 reflected actions of the Aberdeen-based private contractor, SDRC Inc., and its president, Joop Bollen who ran EB-5 for South Dakota.