Reid’s Office Intervened at DHS for Foreign Investors’ Visas


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his staff were highly involved in getting the Department of Homeland Security to streamline visas for foreign casino investors.

The Washington Times reported that the Reid's staff was helping two dozen businessmen from Asia obtain visas through the DHS.

The Times reported:

The intervention from Mr. Reid’s staff was so intense at one point a year ago that a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) official reported that it prompted a phone shouting match, turning a normally bureaucratic review process inside the Homeland Security Department into a politically charged drama that worried career officials.

"This one is going to be a major headache for us all because Sen. Reid’s office/staff is pushing hard and I just had a long yelling match on the phone," USCIS Legislative Affairs official Miguel "Mike" Rodriguez warned in a Dec. 5, 2012, email to Homeland Security Department officials. […]

"Sen. Reid believes it is his job to do all he can to promote economic growth and development in the state, and he makes no apologies for helping to bring jobs to Nevada," [Reid] spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said.