Donald Trump has been very vocal about denouncing China throughout his presidential run.
He has however made no complaints of the significantly Chinese-funded Trump tower in New Jersey being built by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
A promotional video, part of the advertising campaign for Kushner Companies' Trump Bay Street building, features a subtitled car tour of Jersey City set to the theme song of “The Sopranos.” The video is meant to inspire sponsors for the venture through a controversial government project that offers quick visas to foreigners, especially Chinese investors.
Trump has spoken vehemently against such programs, saying there should be an absolute requirement for hiring Americans first for every visa program, even though he himself hires temp workers, most of them immigrants for his club in Palm Beach.
Although supporters argue the program gets foreign funding and creates jobs, Homeland Security and congressional overseers have raised concerns, claiming the government is selling visas to wealthy businessmen with no particular skills and compromising national security.
The Government Accountability Office found last year that the visa program, known as EB-5, receives many applications that carry a high risk of fraud and also discovered evidence of fake documentation. A Homeland Security special agent revealed last year that applicants from China, Russia and Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days.
Trump is hypocritical enough to say he will freeze the immigration system once he becomes president, but clearly doesn't care about exceptions if he can benefit from it.
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