Immigration Expert’s Open Letter to GOP: Dems Thank You for Sending EB-5 Money to Blue States
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Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Democratic Party to thank you for protecting and prolonging the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program, which has brought disproportionate amounts of urban investment money to the blue states.
Your Olympian ability to overlook the fact that twice as much EB-5 money goes to blue, rather than red, states is admirable as you have presided over the continuing resolutions that have kept this extremely controversial program alive.
As you know, the program provides immigrant visas to people who could not otherwise obtain them; they are ruled eligible because they have bought their way into the country by sending half a million dollars into investments sanctioned by, but not guaranteed by, the Department of Homeland Security. You have, happily, ignored the purists who say that we should not sell visas to immigrate to the United States.