Stop the corruption and abuse
My name is Taylor Johnson. I’ve been a Special Agent for over a decade with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
In 2013, I blew the whistle on high level agency officials and politicians who jeopardized the security of our country for their own personal gain. The core of my whistle blower disclosures revolve around the Agency’s preferential treatment of Chinese, Middle Eastern and other foreign nationals from terrorist countries of interest. I am the agent who was investigating the SLS casino in Las Vegas Nevada under DHS’s E-B5 Visa Program (Green Card for Cash), until high ranking USCIS Directors and Senator Reid’s office made threats of Congressional complaints to my local management.
I was responsible for investigating and indicting suspects for fraud, money laundering and potentially their ties to organized crime and foreign governments related to the EB5 project. While reviewing EB-5 applications for a Las Vegas Casino venture operated by a syndicate controlled by an infamous nightclub and casino operator, I identified national security threats justifying denial or further investigation of EB-5 applicants, the regional center and the US investors. My findings caused problems for the investor syndicate, who was represented by Senator Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid.
The Director of USCIS at the time, Alejandro Mayorkas, pressured USCIS employees and later agents, after he gained control of DHS investigative branch, ignoring EB-5 regulations and endangering the general public. The Office of the Inspector General in a March 2015 report, sighted specific examples of favorable treatment and ethics violations related to mine and two other EB-5 regional centers, each Regional Center was and is connected to high ranking officials and politicians. Mr. Mayorkas routinely met with Senator Reid’s office regarding the EB-5 program and now these very same EB-5 applicants and US investors are giving a significant amount of money to specific political parties. As I testified to Congress in June of 2015, these EB-5 visa applicants who paid $500,000 for their green cards, came into the United States, and were approved in as little as 16 days, with little to no background investigation from Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia and China.
Not only are some of these applicants making considerable contributions to certain party member’s private charities, but they are also making them directly into political campaign funds. More recently, it has been discovered that some of these applicants, have now committed crimes against U.S. citizens and had previously committed crimes prior to leaving their own countries. The EB-5 program is being badly abused and will ultimately hurt the U.S. economy, in addition to creating a gateway for criminals and terrorist to enter and remain in the US.
The Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into these issues and unequivocally found that Mr. Mayorkas violated the law and personally benefited by granting special favors to investors and politicians. Certain members of congress with the help of my agency (DHS) and its management, have allowed this to continue to gain promotions and millions of dollars from lobbyists and private companies. Knowing further abuse of this program will come at the expense of American Businesses and public safety, it still continues. Over 30 million dollars was recently spend by Manhattan Real-estate lobbyist to keep the EB-5 pilot program operating for just 10 months. The EB-5 program was not originally designed to help the wealthy get wealthier, it was designed to assist with employment and small businesses in the U.S.
This program as it’s currently being overseen is helping large firms get a discount to create bars, casinos and other disruptive projects that make law enforcement jobs more difficult, while also making it impossible for the hard working business men/women to compete for contracts. Many of these regional centers and projects are being run by foreigners or citizens with suspect backgrounds, and not the legitimate US business owner. The funding of these projects are thru the EB-5 program (USCIS & State Department) which is primarily promoted overseas in Asian and the Middle East. It’s an outrageous loophole that criminals and terrorist can easily use if they can produce $500,000 to buy their green cards.
The Agency retaliated against me for making these disclosures, in addition to showing the links to the politicians and high ranking agency officials involved. Disclosures that myself, the FBI, CIA and the SEC had previously discovered in other similar investigations. I joined after 9-11, to protect the U.S. and provide a better future for my family; I took an oath to uphold the law and protect our borders. With the approval of my chain of command, I opened a criminal investigation into the US investor, the regional center and the EB-5 applicants, because of the potential money laundering found, the ties to organized crime and watch list countries involved. However when my management got complaints from USCIS Directors running the EB-5 program and later Senator Reid’s office, that case was closed and I was put on “super-secret probation,” for an administrative internal investigation. To date, my agency against our firearms policy and our duty to report policy, has violated my due process and constitutional right to bear arms.
1. The agency overseen by Mayorkas made up charges against me from a 2011 operation conducted 5 year prior to the SLS investigation. These charges are completely untrue and the Office of Special Counsel has acknowledged that fact. The agency after I disclosed corruption, made a false allegation that I had an inappropriate relationship with an informant. They stated I had contacted this informant over 2000 times and produced telephone toll records to support a termination proposal. The telephone number they used was my 50 year old mother and daughters car-pool mother. Both US citizens with absolutely no ties to organized crime or criminal history. They placed both numbers, along with my 10 year old son’s telephone number into a government database as drug cartel informants. This violated 2 US citizens right to privacy and abused a minor child.
2. The Agency took away my right to use my gun in making arrests. They have violated my right to bear arms at work, where it’s needed most and have placed me in a dangerous situation, in complete violation of the agencies firearms policy. In December, 2015, I was working at the Agency building just blocks away from the San Bernardino terrorist attack. I remained unarmed throughout the event, unable to properly protect myself or others. I continue daily to work in one of the highest homicide counties in the US, in a building that houses inmates and where parolees and even the San Bernardino terrorists and accomplices had entered on numerous occasions.
3. I was told I couldn't even carry or own a personal weapon, which is a Second Amendment Constitutional gun rights violation. After being admonished for causing a congressional complaint in 2013, my ASAC and SAC issued a memo stating I couldn’t carry a government or personal weapon on or off duty. Even after the agencies false allegation had been acknowledged by the Office of Special Counsel, the agency has still not returned my weapon or full duty.
4. I almost lost my 1-year-old-child during the adoption process because an agent had told CPS I was terminated for a criminal offense, a rumor that had been spread by management to my colleagues. This was entirely untrue. I have not been terminated and I have not committed a criminal offense. In fact, I have received some of the highest awards within my department and there isn’t a single black mark in my employee file. This has been a smear campaign aimed at making me and my family so miserable I quit and give up. The rumors that have been allowed to continue through my management and my executive leadership is malicious and false, making the ability to do my job extremely difficult. It has cause irreparable harm to my reputation and a significant amount of joy and happiness has been stolen from my family and me.
5. Those involved in this ugly business of false allegations and who have supported the retaliation of a federal agent doing her job, should be fired or held in criminal contempt. Ultimately, my chain of command, has destroyed evidence, obstructed justice and been negligent in their handling of the investigation, all in order to gain favor and promotions. I should not have to sacrifice my life for my livelihood. My management is fully aware of the organized crime members and extended family, who could cause further harm to me and my kids.
My entire testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs can be seen:
On YouTube under Taylor Johnson and Senate, it can also be viewed by entering: Taylor Johnson and Senate 06/11/2015 with the Washington Post, C-Span, Fox News, The Daily Caller and ABC News.
My attorneys are wonderful and they are taking this case on a legal fee contingency, meaning they only get paid if they win or settle the case. In this instance, I am only suing to regain my full status and compensation for the financial loss I’ve suffered as a result of the agencies bad behavior. I am responsible for the costs of the case, mostly deposition transcripts and travel. My attorneys estimate that I will need about $30,000 for these costs. My attorney will maintain a record of the cost associated with this on-going legal battle and any remaining funds will be directed back to others in need at GoFundMe.
I have fought this battle against corrupt officials and a monster of an agency, who has unlimited resources on my own for over two years now. I will continue to do my very best to fulfill the oath I took as a federal agent to protect the US and its citizens, but I am at a point where I very much need the help and support from America. The battle I am up against includes lobbyists who throw millions at the EB5 program, my own agency with a surplus of OPLA legal representatives and corrupt politicians who are strongly supported by the current administration. I know that one voice can sometimes change things; we’ve seen it happen throughout history. If the policy surrounding USCIS and my agency don’t change, the US will continue to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks and criminals who wish to exploit America. Thank you all for the support you’ve shown following the Senate Hearing and going forward. My family and I are grateful for the kind words and encouragement.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/us/politics/program-that-lets-foreigners-write-a-check-and-get-a-visa-draws-scrutiny.html?_r=0
I'm trying to personally reach out to those of you who have supported and encouraged me throughout this whole ordeal. I've updated the site with new articles from the Senate Committee along with the NY Times and Daily Caller. Other articles can be found on Fox and ABC.
Thanks to the support I've received and the efforts of some amazing Senators, my follow law enforcement officers and the American people, the National Security Risks and retaliation issues are being investigated and hopefully resolved.
I am so grateful to the folks that have been kind and stood beside me. I could not have done it without you all! Keep the faith everyone, there are excellent lawmakers in Congress that are aware of the issues surrounding USCIS and DHS. This process has made me appreciate our American system (though slightly flawed); I believe it will be strengthened with members like Senator Johnson, Senator Grassley and Senator Feinstein. Both Republicans and Democrats see the risk to the U.S. and its citizens and are working hard for us. The members of the media have been instrumental and their knowledge is increasing our awareness.
In closing, I will be working on my thank you emails this week. Again, I apologize for the delay. I just wanted to take a moment to update everyone with some positive news.
Please share and forward on twitter/facebook. Getting this information to as many people as possible is so important.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/12/exclusive-dhs-inspector-general-suggests-whistleblower-smear-campaign-investigation
WASHINGTON — The easiest way to gain entry into the United States is not to walk across the border in the dead of night. It is to write a check.
A visa process enacted by Congress in 1990 to create jobs and pump billions of dollars into the economy has evolved into a program that federal investigators and some prominent lawmakers say has become a risk to national security and an easy mark for abuse, particularly from China.
But EB-5 has been the subject of increasing scrutiny since investigators uncovered numerous cases of fraud, discovered individuals with possible ties to Chinese and Iranian intelligence using fake documents and learned that international fugitives who have laundered money had infiltrated the program.
“It’s no secret that the program has long been riddled with corruption and national security vulnerabilities,” said Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and a frequent critic of the program.
A number of Democrats echo his criticism, in large part because while most visa applicants must meet education or work requirements, the primary requirement for the EB-5 program is a “lawful source of investment income,” one Department of Homeland Security memo said.
“I don’t believe that America should be selling visas and eventually citizenship,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who wants to terminate a part of the program that allows foreign applicants to invest through regional development centers that pool investor money. “The right to immigrate should not be for sale.”
The Department of Homeland Security, led by Secretary Jeh Johnson, said it was taking steps to address the issues raised by senators like Mr. Grassley and Ms. Feinstein. “The secretary intends to do all he can within his legal authority to do so,” said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the department.
The foreign investor visa has defenders. One is Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, along with some in the Obama administration who say it has delivered billions of dollars into the American economy: $8.7 billion and 35,140 jobs since Oct. 12. But federal auditors have found that in many cases, those numbers are “not valid and reliable.”
Supporters of the EB-5 program, including real estate developers, spent as much as $3 million to help defeat legislation sponsored by Mr. Grassley and Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, intended to address fraud and national security concerns.
Mr. Schumer, who opposed the Grassley-Leahy legislation, said he supported national security and fraud reforms to the EB-5 program.
New criticism of the program surfaced recently when a former federal investigator, Taylor Johnson, a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said she was fired after raising questions about the vetting of individuals involved in a development project in Las Vegas. She filed a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that protects whistle-blowers, saying she was fired because she exposed national security concerns. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Ms. Johnson’s termination was unrelated to her EB-5 investigation.
But her accusations have prompted investigations by the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that protects federal employees from reprisal, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General.
Foreign investors can gain green cards by investing $1 million in a new business or $500,000 through one of nearly 800 regional development centers across the country that pool EB-5 money and are certified by the federal government. Most EB-5 visa seekers — about 95 percent — invest through these regional centers, which are largely unregulated. In some cases, the investors can also gain citizenship.
The program has grown rapidly, to nearly 9,000 conditional visas last year, of which 80 percent were issued to Chinese investors, from 64 EB-5 visas in 2003. Investigators have found that security risks have risen rapidly with the growth.
A Government Accountability Office report released in August found that the agency could not be sure that money used for the visas was not coming from “the drug trade, human trafficking or other criminal activities.”
Officials at Homeland Security Investigations, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said they were concerned that those who prepare overseas documents “may try to use increasingly sophisticated methods to circumvent” the program. In a 2013 memo, the agency suggested that the EB-5 regional center program end because “there are no safeguards that can be put in place that will ensure the integrity” of the regional center model.
An internal review by the fraud detection office at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services found numerous fraudulent documents when it conducted a random sampling of pending visa applications. Officials at the agency said they did not have the authority to shut down a regional center that has received money from foreign investors solely because of possible criminal or national security concerns.
Court records and law enforcement documents show that several individuals with questionable backgrounds have used the program to launder money and gain entry to the United States.
Last year, the law enforcement authorities arrested a Chinese national, Zhao Shilan, who they say obtained a visa using money stolen from a grain storage house in China, where her husband, Qiao Jianjun, was director. According to court records, the couple, who had divorced in China, said they were still married. Over a period of months, they sent money stolen from the storage facilities to banks in Canada and Hong Kong. Mr. Qiao then submitted false immigration and financial documents to immigration officials. The couple later used the money they stole to buy property in Washington State, including a four-bedroom home worth nearly $700,000, according to court records.
Ms. Zhao pleaded not guilty last year. Mr. Qiao remains a fugitive and is listed on Interpol’s most wanted list.
A growing concern among United States intelligence and law enforcement officials is that foreign government agents might be trying to infiltrate the program to conduct economic espionage or gain access to technology that is banned from export.
A 2013 Homeland Security investigation found that an individual involved in the EB-5 program who was later arrested in connection with exporting electronics to Iran had ties to Iranian intelligence operatives who might try to abuse the programs to enter the United States.
Officials from Citizenship and Immigration Services acknowledged that the EB-5 program has had problems, but they said the agency had made a number of changes to address them, including shutting down 35 troubled centers since 2014.
And Homeland Security officials said they were being more proactive in tracing the sources of foreign investor income, including establishing working relationships with Chinese government officials and conducting overseas visits to verify applicants’ sources of income.
Mr. Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was not convinced the changes were enough.
I am so sorry that you were put through such an ordeal for being a Patriot. I was unaware of this until today but I will try to spread this page to as many as I can..please repost this on facebook as more will know.
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I work in social services for last twenty years along side CPS they are under federal contract with ECI , I called cps one day two years ago on my daughter in law to get custody, long story short, they royally screwed me here in smith county Texas, I have lost everything due to the smear campaign and crooked judges and law. they work together to get as many kids in tmc care with the state to pocket more and more money. I would not have believed and didnt believe the stories I have heard from my clients over last twenty years. I had every bit of real evidence to dispute all the lies in affa davits to the judges, they never let me speak in court and deprived me of all of my rights, I am us veteran, by the way, also. I took it all t he way I could to top level but t hey all stick together and cover up for one another. used all money on attorneys who did nothing, got seperated from my only child, and I am only child and i can not see my mother either and especially grandchild. They made them put 100 yard order of being in same area as my grandkids in the custody paper work. Its been two years. no mom, no son, no grandchildren to whom I raised without help first two years. they have commite d federal fraud so much. any so many of their own oaths, laws, const. rights and every policy and procedure they wrote. i am trying to get my shit together and move to austin in upcoming year to do some lobbying of my own. By the way my occupation was EIS with ECI 15 years, I am deveopmental specialist for birth to three year olds.