U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees were reasonable to believe that former USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas gave preferential treatment to a small handful of politically powerful stakeholders in the EB-5 program, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General concluded March 24.

“In three matters pending before USCIS, Mr. Mayorkas, now Deputy Secretary of DHS, communicated with stakeholders on substantive issues outside of the normal adjudicatory process, and intervened with the career USCIS staff in ways that benefited the...