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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