Comment: EB5 in Senate Election

The senatorial race in South Dakota, which was thought to be assured for the Republican candidate, now appears far from settled. According to recent polls both Democratic and Independent candidates are growing in popularity, while Republican Mike Rounds, is declining. The reason appears to be an EB5 "immigration scandal." According to Politico:

Rounds saw economic development potential as governor, but the state's program was problematic, run out of a state agency from 2005 to 2009 and then moved to a private company that later went bankrupt. The state lost money, and there has been a series of lawsuits about money that went missing. A former state cabinet secretary was found dead in an apparent suicide last year.

This is not just a local issue. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee now plans to spend $1 million on TV commercials as it deems the race winnable. The campaign is expected to bring more attention and scrutiny - at a national level - to the EB5 immigration issue. Likely, we will see more discussions both on the value and the need for careful supervision of this program. Share your thoughts by writing to

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