By Miguel Gonzalez
(Victorville)–The City of Victorville, through attorney Paul Virtue of Washington D.C. law firm Baker & McKenzie, officially filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District court, District of Columbia, against Department of Homeland Security and USCIS.
The suit was also filed against 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.
The complaint was filed this afternoon, High Desert Daily learned exclusively.
The decision to sue the feds was taken almost two weeks ago by a majority City Council vote of 3-1 with Vice Mayor Rudy Cabriales absent and Council woman Angela Valles voting against it.
Through this lawsuit, Victorville is hoping to have its EB-5 program reinstated to help generate money for the development of much needed infrastructure projects. “We need this program locally, this is the best way to build projects that will generate well paying jobs to the area,” Victorville Councilman Mike Rothschild said. “The issue is not just a local issue, this a national issue and in California we are being assaulted by Governor Jerry Brown as he wants to do away with redevelopment agencies.”
All parties are in the process of being served a copy of the complaint. A date to begin trial will have to be set by the District of Columbia court in the next week or so.
Rothschild said that while it is always tough to go to court against the federal government, he felt this action is needed to figure out why the program was canceled by USCIS. “Our EB-5 program was canceled and the feds never gave us a reason or explanation, this is our shot to create much needed jobs for the community.”
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.