Trump's Son-In-Law's Family Apologises For Using His Name With Chinese Investors

On Saturday, Mr Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, took to the stage at an event at Beijing's Ritz-Carlton hotel to urge Chinese investors to back One Journal Square, two skyscrapers now being built in New Jersey.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said he no longer is involved in his family's real estate business, but his sister is soliciting investors in China for a project in the United States.

The investment offered US residency through the US EB-5 visa in exchange. As the Post noted, she encouraged investors to apply for USA residency through the EB-5 visa program-a controversial initiative that was renewed the day before in federal spending legislation signed into law by President Trump. It is thought that considering his isolationist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, Trump may decide to end the visa program.

"The proposed One Journal Square project will provide $180 million in tax revenue for Jersey City over the next 30 years, more than 4,000 union construction jobs, and direct funding for a memorial plaza and local arts initiatives, among other benefits", a company spokesman told HousingWire.

On Sunday, the Kushner Companies, of which Nicole Meyer is a principal, said in an email to the Post that it "apologizes if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors".

She told the crowd that they could get permanent residency in exchange for investment of $500,000 or more under a controversial program dubbed the "golden visa".

Something like 90 percent of those putting up half a million dollars for a set of green cards through the EB-5 program are from China.

The Beijing event, which was organized by Chinese immigration agency Qiaowai, was open to the public.

Similar events will be held at the InterContinental in Shenzhen on May 13 and the Four Seasons in Guangzhou on May 14, it said. The EB-5 program has come under fire by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

The programme designates private entities including property developers as "regional centres", which are expected to create jobs with the projects they undertake with money they collect from foreign investors. The email noted that Jared Kushner "stepped away from the company in January and has nothing to do with this project". "That was not Ms Meyer's intention".

Nicole Kushner Meyer (3L), the sister of US White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, poses at a promotional event in Shanghai on May 7, 2017.

"Kushner Companies had nothing to do with it", the company said. In Jared Kushner's case, Noble said it depends on what he has divested and whether he follows through with the promise to not participate in EB-5 matters.

Qiaowei representatives at the event declined to answer questions from journalists, and calls to its listed phone number went unanswered.

Reporters for the Washington Post and New York Times were initially present at that Beijing pitch - an "event that touted the Kushner name and "government support" in its marketing materials", according to Gabriel Wildau in the Financial Times - but eventually were kicked out. It's this unique kind of program where if you have a lot of money, you're a foreigner and you want a visa, you just plunk down $500,000. "That's why I doubt this project", one investor told the Washington Post.

Nationally, projects involving EB-5 visas have included hotels, manufacturing businesses, restaurants and technology companies, and according to a report by the Migration Policy Institute, it has also been used for sports teams to fund stadiums that can not secure public money.