American journalist asked to leave 'Kushner family event' in China

One potential investor, Sophie Xing, said a "very important" factor in her decision to attend Sunday's event was the fact the project was a Kushner Companies investment and that Trump's son-in-law's sister would be in Shanghai.

Jared Kushner, 36, is senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump. Dianne Feinstein of California came in response to media reports that Kushner Companies representatives - including Kushner's sister, Nicole Meyer - marketed use of the EB-5 investor visa program to Chinese nationals at a conference in Beijing over the weekend. Then you run across the following ad: "Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States".

They argue the program - meant to spread economic development in poor and rural areas - merely benefits wealthy developers in big cities.

President Trump has made visa reform a central piece of its promised changes to immigration policy.

Saturday's event was hosted by Qiaowai, a Chinese company seeking funding for the Kushner 1 project in New Jersey.

Meyer highlighted her family ties during her presentation. With the clock ticking until the program's new expiration date, September 30, the president has a chance to get behind efforts to end the hopelessly inefficient and corruption-prone EB-5 program before it causes more embarrassment.

Jared Kushner-the husband of President Trump's daughter Ivanka, who herself also acts as a White House adviser-claims to have divested himself from Kushner Companies. Some 20 years earlier, Charles started the company with the help of assets from the construction company built by his father, Joseph Kushner. While both deny that they are personally benefitting from their ties to the president, The New York Times reports that Kushner's sister told Chinese investors at a hotel conference in Beijing on Saturday that investing thousands of dollars in Kushner Companies can gain Chinese investors a USA visa.

But the company said on Monday the comments were misconstrued and Ms Meyer was only pointing out he left the firm. "That was not Ms Meyer's intention".

"The Shanghai event, at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel, was patrolled by burly security guards who screened those in attendance and kept journalists outside, in an elevator lobby", report Keith Bradsher, Ailin Tang and Jesse Drucker for the New York Times.

"Kushner Companies apologizes if that mention of her brother was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors", the firm said.

She urged wealthy Chinese to buy stakes through the EB-5 visa program that offers U.S. residency in exchange for at least $500,000 investment in a USA business that must also create at least 10 American jobs. Then she was asked to leave. And the sell in Beijing involved a controversial visa program known as EB-5.

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.

Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of legislators proposed reforms that included making it more costly to participate and more hard to defraud the government.

Investors are receptive to such pitches because they believe "you're getting a chance ... to basically do business with the government or the family of people high up in the government".

The visa program has been wreaked with criticism for the way it's been administered.

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