After bankruptcy, where is EB-5 cash, visas?

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

WHERE'S THE BEEF?: South Dakota official Richard Benda reportedly killed himself amid investigations into the Northern Beef Packers EB-5 project he oversaw.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
A bankrupt meatpacking plant in South Dakota has left Chinese investors without promised visas, and another black eye for America’s EB-5 immigration program.
Records obtained by the Rapid City Journal show that at least 50 Chinese nationals invested $500,000 each in the Northern Beef Packers plant.
“Most of those investors, however, have not [...]

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Critics charge ‘alarming mismanagement’ at foreign-student job program

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Featured, homeland security, Immigration, Iowa, News  /  No Comments

STOP IT NOW: Sen. Charles Grassley says the Optional Practical Training program for foreign students is out of control and he is calling for a moratorium.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fast-growing foreign-student work program is taking jobs from U.S. citizens, while its “alarming mismanagement” poses a national security threat, critics charge.

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Mailboxes stay open for IRS checks to undocumented immigrants

By   /  February 27, 2014  /  Congress, Immigration, IRS, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

SOCIAL INSECURITY: Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, wants answers about withheld tax refunds.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A congressional crackdown on illegal immigrants getting checks from the IRS has some cracks in it.
The proposed legislation doesn’t stop illegals from obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and receiving more $1,000 child tax-credit checks.
Last year, those “illegal” payouts totaled more than $4.2 billion.
U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson and U.S. Sen. [...]

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Congressional candidates slam investor-visa ‘boondoggle’

By   /  February 26, 2014  /  homeland security, Immigration, News, U.S. House, Virginia  /  No Comments

'CRONY BOONDOGGLE': Dave Brat says the EB-5 program is out of control. Brat is challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June 10 GOP primary.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – Two Republican congressional candidates in Virginia say the federal investor-visa program is “ripe with abuse” and that it’s time for a House cleaning.
“It’s a total crony boondoggle,” Dave Brat said of the EB-5 immigration program.
The Randolph-Macon College economics professor is challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor [...]

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Canada dumps investor-visa program

By   /  February 24, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

DO NOT APPLY HERE: Canada terminated its Immigrant Investor Program, which was similar to America's EB-5 program.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. government wrestles with its controversial investor-visa program, Canadians are killing theirs.
Like America’s EB-5 system, Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program made thousands of foreign nationals eligible for residency in exchange for cash investments.
But the Ottawa government scrapped its program after finding it provided little economic benefit.
“For decades, it [...]

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