June 21, 2011 7:55 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • A split City Council voted Tuesday night to sue the federal government, challenging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ decision to terminate Victorville’s EB-5 visa investor program.

“This will be a complaint for declaratory relief and injunctive relief,” City Attorney Andre de Bortnowsky said, with Victorville hoping a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., will overturn the termination.

Specifically, de Bortnowsky said, the civil suit will be filed against:

• The Department of Homeland Security;


• Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security;

• Alejandro Mayorkas, director of USCIS; and

• Rosemary Melville, director of USCIS’ California Service Center.

The City Council voted to initiate litigation on a 3-1 vote during closed session. Councilman Rudy Cabriales was absent and Councilwoman Angela Valles voted against the move.

Valles was also the sole vote against a decision to “look into” filing the lawsuit, de Bortnowsky said, with a 4-1 vote on that issue during closed session June 7. No action was reported out of closed session following that vote.

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