The Obama administration’s fetish for wealthy foreign nationals — expressed through relentless promotion of an immigrant investor program — has spilled over to a little-known bureaucratic backwater: the Ombudsman’s Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The office was originally established to help poor, marginally literate migrants navigate their way into America.
Now it turns out that the richest immigrants, seeking green cards through the scandal-plagued EB-5 visa-investor program, get a disproportionate share of the ombudsman’s service at taxpayer expense.
“The folks getting four and a half times the average attention of this office are fully documented millionaires, all with lawyers at their beck and call,” said David North, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies.
“They have [usually] made their half-million-dollar investment, and now want their EB-5 visas, and they get the services of the USCIS Office of the Ombudsman to help them make that visa purchase.”
The Ombudsman’s Office is a small $6.4 million cog in the multibillion-dollar immigration machine overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. Its 30 employees handled 9,448 cases during fiscal 2015.
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