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Alejandro Mayorkas should be fired, not promoted

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Here is an instance of political exploitation and abuse for which Democrat Senators need to be held accountable.

"Alejandro Mayorkas is currently the director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He's under investigation by the DHS Office of the Inspector General for improperly getting investment visas for GreenTech Automotive.”

Alejandro Mayorkas has a history of being in a position to abuse his powers to forgive criminals and to grant favors. Apparently this happens because he is a person of considerable wealth, and a Latino from powerful California. Nonetheless, his track record is clear and Democrats should purge him from their ranks.

This is an instance that explains why Republicans can’t trust Obama’s judgment to appoint credible people to positions of power in government. It lands at the heart of Obama’s very bad judgment.

“Before he became the head of the USCIS, Mayorkas was the United States Attorney for southern California. According to the Washington Post, this job involved overseeing cases about public corruption, immigration, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.[1]

In 2001, Mayorkas was criticized by the House Committee on Government Reform for his involvement in the commutation of the prison sentence of Carlos Vignali. Vignali had served six years of a fifteen-year sentence for his role in a drug-trafficking operation when he was granted clemency by the then-United-States-President Bill Clinton,[4] one of 176 commutations and pardons performed by Clinton during his last few hours in office.[5] According to Politico, Mayorkas had phoned the White House to argue that Vignali should be released, apparently in answer to a request by Vignali's father, a well-known Los Angeles businessman.[6]

Unknown to Mayorkas, Vignali's father had been suspected of drug trafficking by federal law enforcement, but there had never been enough evidence to bring a case against him.[4] Mayorkas later apologised for his role in the affair, saying, "It is reasonable to expect that someone in my position would do his or her due diligence to learn that information, ... I made a mistake."[4]

In 2008, Mayorkas was selected as a member of Barack Obama's Justice Department review team.[6]
Mayorkas was promoted to the head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2009.[3] He was nominated for the post by Barack Obama in April 2009, and was approved by the United States Senate in August of that year.[3] As of 2011, the USCIS was the largest immigration bureau in the world, and Mayorkas had 18,000 people under his supervision.[1][3]"

The Hill reports that ranking Democrats are angry about letting this slip.

"Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Thursday criticized Senate Democrats for moving to confirm a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official who is currently under investigation for abusing his current position, something the Senate was preparing to do early Friday morning.

Coburn said he reviewed the history of the Senate, and said there is no precedent for confirming anyone under investigation in any way.

'It's never been done before," he said on the Senate floor. "We're doing a disservice both to this nominee and to the department that he will fill.'"



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