Two top Republican committee chairmen are investigating an interagency panel that advised the federal government to shut down a controversial investor visa program that expires in October.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) requested documents from theUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding a 2010 working group investigating the EB-5 investor visa program.
The EB-5 visa program lures foreign investment to U.S. construction with the promise of legal status and eventual citizenship. Despite securing billions in funding for projects, the program has faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers after several federal and media investigations revealed fraud and corruption.
In a letter made public Thursday, Grassley — a longtime critic of the program — and Chaffetz asked the USCIS for information, as the program’s renewal is likely to be included in a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government.
“It’s beyond me why some in Congress are so reluctant to reform a program that has been the subject of so much fraud and abuse,” Grassley said in a statement. “We need a full picture of the recommendations made by the interagency working group and we need to know why those recommendations never reached Capitol Hill.”
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