For a fee of $500,000 made out to the Kushner family, wealthy Chinese could secure a top spot in America.
That’s what White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s sister told a Beijing ballroom filled with more than 100 wealthy Chinese investors on Saturday, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.
Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer, spoke at the event hosted by Chinese company Qiaowai, which helps connect U.S. companies with Chinese investors. The company is also an immigration agency that helps Chinese families move abroad, according to The New York Times.
For hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in the Kushner family’s New Jersey real estate project, wealthy Chinese families would be able to apply to immigrate to America even as President Donald Trump feverishly cracks down on immigration, thanks to the controversial EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The New York Times points out that the program is sometimes referred to as “U.S. citizenship for sale,” and has been wracked with fraud and abuse cases.
According to The Washington Post, a tagline on the brochure for Saturday’s event ― which touted the Kushners’ “celebrity” status ― said: “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”
As Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka Trump, finds himself gaining more power in the White House, he and his wife have also cozied up with Chinese officials. Early last month, Ivanka Trump reportedly won trademarks from China for her retail brand on the very same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
One Chinese investor, Wang Yun, told The Washington Post that investing in the Kushners could be a risky gamble: “We heard that there are rumors that [Donald Trump] is the most likely to be impeached president in American history. That’s why I doubt this project.”
Although the event was publicly advertised, journalists for both The New York Times and The Washington Post were eventually escorted from the ballroom.
CORRECTION: Ivanka Trump’s retail brand reportedly won trademarks from China in early April, not early May.