Homeland Security nominee denies improper behavior

ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Associated Press
FILE - In this May 11, 2010 file photo, Immigration Services Director (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas listens to a question on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mayorkas, President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is denying allegations that he helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a congressional committee Thursday that allegations against him are "unequivocally false" and that he has overseen the visa program "based on the law and the facts and nothing else."

Mayorkas' nomination hit a snag this week when The Associated Press reported the Homeland Security Inspector General's Office was investigating his role in helping secure a foreign investor visa for Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother Tony Rodham.