ICE Security Information, Notes, Research, Or Other Matters Concerning Political Fugitives, Most Wanted Individuals, Or Relatives Of Such Using The EB-5 Program

Taylor Scott Amarel filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

2018-ICFO-39183

Due Dec. 22, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To whom this may concern,

I am seeking all records within the ICE that relate to Political Fugitives, Most Wanted Individuals, or relatives of such individuals using/investing in the EB-5 Program. These documents are known to exist because members of congress, other federal agencies, and former officers of the USCIS/DHS have admitted that a number of "most wanted" individuals have invested through the EB-5 program. These individuals are often on China's 100 most wanted list, are related to one of the most wanted individuals, or have political/business connections to those who are wanted for political persecution and or crimes - such as embezzling government funds, corruption, etc.

As a specific instance, there is evidence within the USCIS that relatives (at least Bo Guagua and Li Wangzhi) of Bo Xilai, Former Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, have used the EB-5 program to invest in a unspecified New York based EB-5 project that may be located near or adjacent to Columbia University. This is just one instance of high level, potentially wanted, individuals with often dangerous backgrounds may be utilizing the EB-5 program to obtain citizenship and residence within the US. I would like to obtain all records, memos, notices, and other documents pertaining to the acknowledgement of these types of individuals filing EB-5 petitions, any special instructions given to EB-5 adjudicators, whether or not additional background research is done on these individuals, and whether the USCIS enlists the help of additional law enforcement agencies to vet these unusual applicants.

Once again, these documents are known to exist, and may be in the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate office, or an inter-agency working groups that may consist of the SEC, USCIS, DHS, HSI, etc. As further proof that these records exist, when the FBI raided a fake investment company in California, it was discovered that numerous "most wanted" individuals had obtained residence and even citizenship through a fake investment scheme discussed here: http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2085287/scheme-wealthy-chinese-get-us-visas-busted

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To whom this may concern,

I am seeking all records within the ICE that relate to Political Fugitives, Most Wanted Individuals, or relatives of such individuals using/investing in the EB-5 Program. These documents are known to exist because members of congress, other federal agencies, and former officers of the USCIS/DHS have admitted that a number of "most wanted" individuals have invested through the EB-5 program. These individuals are often on China's 100 most wanted list, are related to one of the most wanted individuals, or have political/business connections to those who are wanted for political persecution and or crimes - such as embezzling government funds, corruption, etc.

As a specific instance, there is evidence within the USCIS that relatives (at least Bo Guagua and Li Wangzhi) of Bo Xilai, Former Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, have used the EB-5 program to invest in a unspecified New York based EB-5 project that may be located near or adjacent to Columbia University. This is just one instance of high level, potentially wanted, individuals with often dangerous backgrounds may be utilizing the EB-5 program to obtain citizenship and residence within the US. I would like to obtain all records, memos, notices, and other documents pertaining to the acknowledgement of these types of individuals filing EB-5 petitions, any special instructions given to EB-5 adjudicators, whether or not additional background research is done on these individuals, and whether the USCIS enlists the help of additional law enforcement agencies to vet these unusual applicants.

Once again, these documents are known to exist, and may be in the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate office, or an inter-agency working groups that may consist of the SEC, USCIS, DHS, HSI, etc. As further proof that these records exist, when the FBI raided a fake investment company in California, it was discovered that numerous "most wanted" individuals had obtained residence and even citizenship through a fake investment scheme discussed here: http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2085287/scheme-wealthy-chinese-get-us-visas-busted

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To whom this may concern,

I am seeking all records within the ICE that relate to Political Fugitives, Most Wanted Individuals, or relatives of such individuals using/investing in the EB-5 Program. These documents are known to exist because members of congress, other federal agencies, and former officers of the USCIS/DHS have admitted that a number of "most wanted" individuals have invested through the EB-5 program. These individuals are often on China's 100 most wanted list, are related to one of the most wanted individuals, or have political/business connections to those who are wanted for political persecution and or crimes - such as embezzling government funds, corruption, etc.

As a specific instance, there is evidence within the USCIS that relatives (at least Bo Guagua and Li Wangzhi) of Bo Xilai, Former Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, have used the EB-5 program to invest in a unspecified New York based EB-5 project that may be located near or adjacent to Columbia University. This is just one instance of high level, potentially wanted, individuals with often dangerous backgrounds may be utilizing the EB-5 program to obtain citizenship and residence within the US. I would like to obtain all records, memos, notices, and other documents pertaining to the acknowledgement of these types of individuals filing EB-5 petitions, any special instructions given to EB-5 adjudicators, whether or not additional background research is done on these individuals, and whether the USCIS enlists the help of additional law enforcement agencies to vet these unusual applicants.

Once again, these documents are known to exist, and may be in the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate office, or an inter-agency working groups that may consist of the SEC, USCIS, DHS, HSI, etc. As further proof that these records exist, when the FBI raided a fake investment company in California, it was discovered that numerous "most wanted" individuals had obtained residence and even citizenship through a fake investment scheme discussed here: http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2085287/scheme-wealthy-chinese-get-us-visas-busted

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

May 31, 2018 Taylor Amarel MUCKROCK DEPT MR 46130 411A Highland Ave, MA 02144 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2018-ICFO-39183 Dear Mr. Amarel: This acknowledges receipt of your May 20, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for all records within the ICE that relate to Political Fugitives, Most Wanted Individuals, or relatives of such individuals using/investing in the EB-5 Program. These documents are known to exist because members of congress, other federal agencies, and former officers of the USCIS/DHS have admitted that a number of "most wanted" individuals have invested through the EB-5 program. These individuals are often on China's 100 most wanted list, are related to one of the most wanted individuals, or have political/business connections to those who are wanted for political persecution and or crimes - such as embezzling government funds, corruption, etc (see request for more detail).  Your request was received in this office on May 20, 2018. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10- day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner. Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations, as they apply to media requesters.  As a media requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free.  We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued. We have queried the appropriate program offices within ICE for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
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