Reporters barred from China event for Kushner project

It was to enrich the Trump family.

The most unbelievable thing about this is how brazen it is. "Of course [Chinese investors are] going to want to invest".

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.

"Actually I really don't know how close they are but I felt that this was a pretty good project", she said. Some critics have urged the government to abolish it entirely.

Some US lawmakers have called for changing or abolishing the EB-5 programme, but the scheme was recently renewed by Congress until September 30.

Jared Kushner has divested himself from the project now that he serves as an advisor to the president.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump appear at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 5. According to the Washington Post, Meyer's relationship with Kushner was included in promotional materials for the presentation. The presentation was spearheaded by a woman who's believed to be Nicole Kushner - she was introduced only as "Jared's sister", and reporters could not see her face clearly from the back of the ballroom, where they were seated. They are called "fuerdai."...

At Saturday's event, attendee Wang Yun, a Chinese investor, said the Kushner family's ties to Trump were an obvious part of the project's appeal. Jared Kushner had raised some $50 million from visa applicants for a Trump-backed apartment building in Jersey City, N.J. An ad for the event held at the Ritz-Carlton laid it out explicitly: "Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States".

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Ovechkin had two shots on goal, four shot attempts and tied for the game-high with six hits, but he knew it wasn't almost enough. Head coach Barry Trotz said much of the same in his postgame comments . "Now our backs are against the wall", Trotz said.

The EB-5 visa is, in theory, a win-win for everyone.

President Trump has taken an anti-immigration stance and vowed to severely tighten the use of work visas. It's a nifty "globalist" arrangement.

Regardless if Mr. Kushner was involved, or even aware, of this conference, it's clear that the story will likely not go away very soon. The investment is a bribe, essentially, which entitles you to fast-track entry into the USA without the usual proof of education or work qualifications and even in some cases without basic law-enforcement checks.

"The whole thing may change later this year so we feel that there isn't much time left", he said.

There is no suggestion that Trump signed the bill to help the Kushner firm get investments from the Chinese, but the timing underscored the tenuous nature of the program. But it has been criticised for not sufficiently filtering out fraud and for being a way to sell United States visas to rich foreigners. And that promise has helped attract foreign investments for US real estate projects.

Kushner Companies was also due to pitch for investments in Shanghai yesterday and in the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou next weekend, according to the events' organiser QWOS, a Chinese government-approved immigration agency. Later, as investors started leaving the ballroom, organizers physically surrounded attendees to stop them from giving interviews.

Qiaowai's Chinese-language marketing material describes the project as "supported by the government, created by a star developer", and says the project is its 87th EB-5 programme. The chief recommendation is to increase the amount of the qualifying foreign investment. That has sent many high-rolling foreigners flocking to apply. How many Chinese billionaires will balk at the new price if it ends up being enacted?

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