Jared Kushner called for America’s Big Tech companies to be granted their desire for large amounts of cheap labor to be delivered to the country through mass immigration during a Wall Street Journal interview on Friday.
Kushner on why he's pushing an immigration deal: "A lot of these companies that we meet with in the high-tech industry, they want to bring people into this country." from WSJ interview behind paywall.
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) December 13, 2019
Major corporations such as Facebook, Google and Amazon are known for their lobbying efforts in favor of the immigration system Kushner alludes to, and it’s probably no coincidence the President’s son-in-law declined to actually name the “companies in the high-tech industry” that want cheap labor. The massive corporations are broadly unpopular with conservatives, and many Trump supporters wouldn’t be happy if it became known that Kushner was taking the lead in pushing their immigration agenda from the White House.
Kushner’s views are commonly held by pro-big business Republicans who wish to deliver a nearly unlimited stream of cheap labor for their campaign donors. He’s pushed previously for an immigration system that would maintain record-setting levels of existing immigration, merely retooling admissions to shape the labor market in the favor of massive corporations.
Kushner appears to have appointed himself as some sort of kingpin on immigration policy, despite having no credibility on the issue and lacking a following from any Republicans who proven conservative track records on the topic.
He made an attempt earlier this year to market his pro-big business immigration platform to Republican senators. Those with poor track records on the issue such as Utah Senator Mike Lee got on board, but it’s unclear if Republican legislators broadly support his Chamber of Commerce-style giveaway policies.
Despite his personal relationship with the President, it’s quite clear that Kushner is far from a genuine representative of Donald Trump on immigration policy. The President could possibly be far better served by appointing someone with a genuine, credible conservative track record on the hot topic as his chief congressional negotiator for it, such as senior policy advisor Stephen Miller.
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WATCH: Tucker SLAMS Lindsey Graham For EB5 Visa Giveaway Scheme Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic
Graham wants to use the crisis to boost immigration visas.
Tucker Carlson took South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a segment on his show Thursday night, blasting the opportunistic Senator for seeking to insert an immigration visa giveaway into upcoming Coronavirus stimulus legislation.
Graham is attempting to enact a raise in the annual level of EB-5 visas. The controversial program allows wealthy foreigners to enter the United States on the basis of supposed investment they make into the economy.
Graham is lobbying President Trump to agree to a massive boost to the program-raising annual EB-5 visa levels from a current total of 10,000 to 75,000. Graham also seeks to lower the threshold of investment for an EB-5 from $900,000 to $450,000.
In a display of tone-deaf politics taken to a new level, the EB-5 program Graham seeks to expand is currently commonly used by wealthy Chinese citizens to purchase American residency and citizenship. Allowing a free path to residency for China’s richest multi-millionaires and billionaires almost certainly would provide the Chinese government a means of entryism into major American institutions and society, in an age where the American public is more distrustful and skeptical of Chinese influence than ever before.
Watch the segment here:
Graham has also gone on record advocating for a bailout of big businesses and private companies, while opposing direct basic income transfers to everyday working American families.
American citizenship is not a mere bauble to be offered for sale in a time of crisis, especially considering the EB-5’s dubious benefits on the American economy. The verification mechanisms for the visa recipients’ investments in American jobs are notoriously weak, to the extent that both major parties agreed to scale back the program last year.
America is a country, not merely an economy. It’s well past time Senator Graham gives up his constant attempt to retcon old globalist policies into President Donald Trump’s administration, especially in times of national emergency.
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