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house Bill H.R. 616

Making EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Permanent

Argument in favor

American businesses rely on the investments and jobs created by the EB-5 program. The program has helped significantly revitalize the post-recession economy. Making it permanent would allow for a continued stream of investments to qualified domestic projects.

Ronald's Opinion
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07/07/2015
With the qualification that the EB-5 program needs a major overhaul. USCIS is incapable of administering an investment program, it should be moved to the SEC. Making a defective program permanent is a dubious achievement. If the many incompetent reviewers are removed and nonsensical regulations fixed so that the program could be run with a true business orientation, it would be tremendous for investment, innovation and US job creation. The only problem is that neither of those current, major problems (incompetence and irrational regulatory scheme) are solved by extending the program "as is."
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Andres's Opinion
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07/20/2015
E2 Visa holders contribute to the economy and have no pathway to citizenship.
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David's Opinion
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07/28/2015
Bringing capital and job creators into U.S. Is a good thing.
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Argument opposed

The EB-5 program, rife with fraud, fails to benefit struggling regions and companies and instead grants rich foreigners green cards. Foreign investments don’t actually reach areas in need as states manipulate the boundaries to include wealthy areas more attractive to investors.

Loraki's Opinion
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10/06/2016
I'd say that these are sufficient reasons for voting down this bill: "Critics of the bill point to recent fraud cases of investment misuse as another reason why the EB-5 program should end. [snip] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also found investors with potential ties to Chinese and Iranian intelligence as well as international fugitives using false documents to enter the EB-5 program." http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/controversial-eb-5-immigrant-investor-program-faces-possibility-overhaul These are also good reasons to not support this bill: • Eliminating per country limits for employment-based immigrants;
 • Increasing per country limits for family-based immigrants (spouses and children under 21 of investors).
 Sounds like another Democommie/George Soros open borders ploy to me! IMO, we have FAR too much foreign investment in things that conflict with our national security requirements, such as all the mosques that Saudi Arabia has funded here in America. This is funding CIVILIZATION JIHAD! Incidentally, one Countable member said that migration is a right. Yes, it's a right, but so is NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, which means we don't have to allow in EVERYBODY who wants to come here, nor should we.
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Julian's Opinion
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03/04/2015
Why should rich foreigners get special treatment for acquiring visas in a country based on merit?
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Ryan's Opinion
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02/26/2016
Are these foreign investors veted? If a foreign investor gets involved in American politics, we have a problem. Who's to say ISIS can't pose as a foreign investor in attempt to sway American politics in their favor?
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    I'd say that these are sufficient reasons for voting down this bill: "Critics of the bill point to recent fraud cases of investment misuse as another reason why the EB-5 program should end. [snip] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also found investors with potential ties to Chinese and Iranian intelligence as well as international fugitives using false documents to enter the EB-5 program." http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/controversial-eb-5-immigrant-investor-program-faces-possibility-overhaul These are also good reasons to not support this bill: • Eliminating per country limits for employment-based immigrants;
 • Increasing per country limits for family-based immigrants (spouses and children under 21 of investors).
 Sounds like another Democommie/George Soros open borders ploy to me! IMO, we have FAR too much foreign investment in things that conflict with our national security requirements, such as all the mosques that Saudi Arabia has funded here in America. This is funding CIVILIZATION JIHAD! Incidentally, one Countable member said that migration is a right. Yes, it's a right, but so is NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, which means we don't have to allow in EVERYBODY who wants to come here, nor should we.
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    Why should rich foreigners get special treatment for acquiring visas in a country based on merit?
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    Are these foreign investors veted? If a foreign investor gets involved in American politics, we have a problem. Who's to say ISIS can't pose as a foreign investor in attempt to sway American politics in their favor?
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    what we need is a green card for foreign asylum seekers
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    Why should rich foreigners get special treatment for acquiring visas in a country based on merit?
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    No matter how rich you are, you should go through the same hurdles to immigrate here as anyone else.
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    What a bad idea. This program, "make it in America” initiative, was designed to boost the economy through job creation and investment by foreign entrepreneurs. Many big shot Democrats have used this program for personal benefits and allowing graft. Its set to expire in September of 2016. I support this closing. It has paved the way for the green cards of about 1,200 Chinese millionaires. Also, the Department of Homeland Security watchdog report blasted the agency’s No. 2 official for repeatedly intervening on behalf of well-connected participants in an investor-visa program, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) and Tony Rodham, a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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    How about we lower taxes and regulations so Americans can start businesses.
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    USA talent before foreign talent
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    It should be eliminated.
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    I voted for you to put a stop to Mr Obama's socialistic, Islamic tolerant and overly politically correct agenda. The time is right now to dig un your heels and fight for what's right. If he is illegally allowed to let potential dem. Voters to pour our borders, our party and our way of life will be lost and generations to come will look at this failure with shock and disappointment. Let him shut it down and blame us. People are intelligent enough to understand. PASS ONLY A CLEAN HOMELAND SECURITY BILL! It's the only thing that will secure our position. Let's not allow this only once in our history opportunity get away! My 2 cents worth... Bob T. Springfield, OH
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    We need to follow the money!
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    What if the investor pulls out?
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    We need to rid our country of foreign investors, not make them here more permanently.
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    Why do they need spiral treatment? Get in line
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    No green cards until all Americans are the
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    They can come in legality not illegally
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    Are we selling permanent residency now? If so, that practice should stop.
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    I presume this encourages offshore companies to set up shop in the USA with their own migrant employees. I am doubtful they are interested in doing so unless our capital gains tax is made favorable.
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    Law applies to everybody, rich, poor or dying. The law is the law......
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