During a June 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on EB-5, USCIS Director Cissna agreed that the program is rife with fraud and should be eliminated. In his opening statement, he said, “In the absence of legislative reforms, I believe Congress should indeed consider allowing the program to expire.”
Senator Feinstein then prodded Cissna, “That’s the reason I’m concerned with this program, I think its rife with fraud.” In response, Cissna carried Feinstein’s concern even further, stating, “I think a lot of the cases . . . involve full on criminal activity too. Fraud with our agency is one thing, but then it often gets magnified into full on criminal activity.”
Senator Feinstein stated, “It’s no secret that I oppose this program. I believe it should be eliminated entirely.” She continued, lamenting that “under the EB-5 system, the wealthy can cut to the front of the line. This on its face is fundamentally unamerican.” These are the same cronyism concerns that we’ve been worried about throughout our time investigating the program.
Senator Durbin states, “I am proud to be the only cosponsor of the Grassley-Feinstein bill to eliminate this program, I hope others will join us.” He then claimed that the EB-5 program is “outrageous and embarrassing to this nation.”