March 27, 2015

DHS secretary says Mayorkas will keep his job amid immigration flap

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that he won’t fire his deputy for showing favoritism to high-profile Democrats in key immigration cases, insisting that the problem lay not with Alejandro Mayorkas but rather with a broken visa program.

Mr. Johnson’s refusal comes even as John Roth, the inspector general who investigated Mr. Mayorkas, said the former chief of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services broke the rules that he himself issued when he took control of the agency in 2009.

Republicans on Capitol Hill said they are stunned that Mr. Johnson hasn’t done more to discipline Mr. Mayorkas in light of the findings, which called the deputy’s involvement in three cases “unprecedented” and raised questions about whether Mr. Mayorkas was forthcoming with investigators.

“I just don’t get it,” said Rep. David Young, an Iowa Republican who prodded Mr. Johnson to levy a stiffer penalty against Mr. Mayorkas than the talking-to Mr. Johnson said he delivered after the report was released Tuesday.

Even as Mr. Johnson was defending Mr. Mayorkas in one committee room, Mr. Roth was telling another committee that Mr. Mayorkas “violated an ethical standard” with his behavior, which set off alarms for a striking number of employees who became whistleblowers.

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