The new ombudsman for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services was a longtime top executive at a group that actively lobbies for the elimination of the EB-5 program.
The appointee, Julie Kirchner, was for more than a decade the executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a lobbying group that advocates for the end of EB-5, which has become a key fundraising vehicle for real estate developers.
As FAIR’s executive director from 2005 to 2015, Kirchner was a registered lobbyist. A 2012 lobbying disclosure lists Kirchner and three colleagues as having lobbied on EB-5 legislation and other immigration issues. FAIR released multiple reports during Kirchner’s tenure recommending the closure of the EB-5 program. In January, FAIR’s Matt O’Brien penned a blogpost entitled “Drain the EB-5 Swamp.”
“…if our new President is serious about securing our borders and making sure Washington doesn’t revert to business as usual,” the post reads, “he will formally ask Congress to stop selling visas to wealthy foreigners. The risks outweigh the rewards. It’s time to drain the EB-5 swamp.”
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