Republicans Boycott Homeland Confirmation Hearing

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President Obama's choice to be the second-in-command at the Homeland Security Department may be at the heart of another Washington scandal.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, strongly denies he helped a politically connected company secure a foreign investor visa for a Chinese executive -- allegedly after the application was denied and an appeal rejected.

Tony Rodham, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, runs the company known as Gulf Coast Funds Management.

"I have never, ever in my career exercised undue influence to influence the outcome of a case," Mayorkas said during Thursday's confirmation hearing. "The allegations, as they have been framed, are unequivocally untrue."

Republican senators boycotted Mayorkas' confirmation hearing. They have been critical of the federal EB-5 program that allows foreign investors to obtain visas in exchange for investing in companies that create jobs for U.S. citizens.

"I cannot participate in a hearing I believe to be unfair and improper to all parties involved," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said.

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