How the Kushner-Meyer Event Was Seen and Played in China
Disgustingly Sick Headlines
BEIJING (Washington Post) — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you.
The main story headlines (NY Times):
The Kushner family hopes to lure investments from wealthy business owners in China with the promise of American visas.
Nicole Kushner-Meyer, the sister of White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, spoke at an event in Beijing on Saturday (May 6, 2017).
She was marketing a Kushner-owned property in New Jersey – invest in the development and get into the United States through the EB-5 visa program. The EB-5 visa allows immigrants a path to a green card if they invest more than $500,000 in a project that creates jobs in the United States.
Noteworthy: The EB-5 visa has been used by the Trump and Kushner family businesses. Foreigners mostly wealthy Chinese nationals, have used the EB-5 program as a ticket to the U.S., and that promise has helped attract foreign investments for American real-estate projects.
Irony: President Trump has taken an anti-immigration stance and vowed to severely tighten the use of work visas. The EB-5 program has under fire by members of Congress on both sides say the program essentially sells citizenship to high-income foreigners.
More Irony: Potential investors in the Kushner project were told they should act quickly because possible policy changes to the EB-5 program might raise the required minimum investment just as an Ad for the event held at a Ritz-Carlton hotel, said: “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”
Nicole Kushner-Meyer went on to tell the crowd how her grandfather immigrated to the U.S. and built a business from the ground up. She mentioned Jared's new position in the White House, although she made no overt references to President Trump, saying: “In 2008, my brother Jared Kushner joined the family company as CEO, and recently moved to Washington to join the administration.”
The event was meant to draw investors for 1 Journal Square, a $976.4 million residential and commercial project underway in NJ. The company says 15% of it will be funded through the EB-5 program.
The Beijing even was organized by the Chinese immigration agency Qiaowai and it was open to the public. Note: Reporters from the Washington Post and the NY Times attended but said they were later asked to leave.
Neither Kushner nor Qiaowa could be reached for comment about the event.