The House Judiciary Committee approved Wednesday, May 25, 2016, HR 5203, the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act).
The bill comes not a moment too soon. Authored by Congressman Randy Forbes, it would strengthen the United States visa screening process to combat immigration fraud, utilize social media to detect threat indicators, and better identify terrorists who may be plotting attacks such as the one that occurred in San Bernardino, California last December.
It is not a stop-gap measure. Short of closing the United States to visa applicants, we remain a nation with a core value of admitting the suffering people of the world yearning for a better life and rule of law upheld by constitutional principles.
Unfortunately, the good “feelings” of accepting the world’s huddled masses is overshadowed by the global penetration of Jihadist networks also yearning to come to America — not to seek democracy but to destroy it. To keep America safe, tightening visa programs is needed.
While the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 5203, a group of EB-5 Regional Program investors were meeting in Miami to discuss EB -5 Visa Program.
The EB-5 Visa – Immigrant Investor Visa (EB-5 Green Card) allows a $500,000 (minimum) investment in a “regional center” and allows foreign investors to qualify for a GREEN CARD without constraints of having to set-up and manage a U.S. business. This immigration option allows investors to live in any U.S. state and engage in business, employment, or any activity of the investor’s choice — or even retire- as long as an INVESTMENT IS MADE to a stated project.
What is a Regional Center?
A REGIONAL CENTER is a legal entity, organization, or a municipal or state agency that has been designated as a REGIONAL CENTER by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), which enables foreign nationals to qualify for permanent residence based on their investment in the Regional Center.
There are 834 Regional Centers set-up in the United States.
To defray the cost of the multimillion dollar cost of the Orlando City Major League Soccer franchise, majority owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva is seeking investors from Brazil, China, and elsewhere to pay for the high stakes of the stadium.
In return, the foreign investors receive annual dividends, two season tickets and something even more valuable; a GREEN CARD THAT ALLOWS THEM, THEIR SPOUSES AND SOMETIMES EVEN THEIR CHILDREN TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES.
This visa program is a 25-year old federal program, known as EB-5 and is currently under scurrility in Congress.
The EB-5 Integrity Act of 2016 is also be discussed that would curtail the investment activities and foreign visa program.
Lisa E. Benson
Managing Editor, www.NatSecDailyBrief.com