(Victorville)-By a majority vote of 3-1 with Vice Mayor Rudy Cabriales absent and Council woman Angela Valles voting against it, the Victorville City Council has decided to pursue litigation against the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the pending EB-5 case.
“The council this evening voted to initiate litigation against the federal government,” said City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky.
In addition to suing the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS, Andre de Bortnowsky also revealed that Janet Napolitano as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas as director of USCIS; and Rosemary Melville as director of USCIS’ California Service Center will be named in the lawsuit.
“(The lawsuit) will be filed in US District court, District of Columbia hopefully by the end of this week,” the City Attorney added.
Mayor Ryan McEachron and council members Mike Rothschild and Jim Kennedy voted to pursue litigation in the complex case that is viewed by many as a positive program to help the finances of the City of Victorville.
Victorville is one of many cities taking advantage of the EB-5 Program as dozens of large and small cities around the U.S. have created their own regional center.
High Desert Daily has learned exclusively that attorney Paul Virtue of Washington D.C. law firm Baker & McKenzie, LLP will represent the city in this case.
“I think this is a good program for job generation in Victorville. We have decided to pursue litigation because we think we are right and USCIS has made a mistake in canceling our Regional Center,” Victorville Mayor McEachron told High Desert Daily.