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Jared Kushner, Whose Former Boss Literally Suggested Shooting Migrants, Finds Using Them for Political Stunts “Troubling”

One of the most evil policies from the historically evil Trump administration was the one that involved separating migrant parents and children at the border, including children who were literal infants. That policy also included locking kids in cages—which Trump said was okay because the cages in question were “so clean”—and numerous children dying in US custody. Later, the Trump White House nixed a deal to pay for mental health services for the migrant families it had separated and irreparably scarred. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, the government couldn’t find hundreds of parents whose kids had been ripped from their arms. Given that this all happened fairly recently, and that it was uniquely horrifying and barbaric, most people probably remember it quite well. But apparently, despite working in the White House and very closely with Donald Trump at that, this legacy of demagoguing migrants seems to have slipped Jared Kushner’s mind.

Appearing on Fox News to promote his book, the former first son-in-law decided to comment on Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s craven little stunt wherein he shipped a bunch of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard to score cheap political points (Texas governor Greg Abbott and Arizona governor Doug Ducey have also carried out this practice of sending migrants to blue states, which Republican leader Mitch McConnell has applauded). Apparently having forgotten that his father-in-law and onetime boss had spent a considerable chunk of his time in office dehumanizing immigrants and refugees to score points with the base, Kushner responded: “We have to remember these are human beings. They’re people. So seeing them being used as political pawns one way or the other is very troubling to me.”

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Then he added that both the US and people seeking to enter the country would be better off if the Biden administration returned to his father-in-law’s way of doing things. “If you go back to the time under President Trump with the lowest border crossings in history, when he turned over the administration and the border was secure, it was very safe,” Kushner said. “And people don’t talk enough about the fact that these people are lured into these journeys by the coyotes. They’re paying a lot of money. I think 80% of women are sexually assaulted along the way. They come into America. They don’t have papers. Many of them are exploited, put in human trafficking and modern slavery in a lot of ways. So it’s a very sad situation. I think the policies that President Trump was trying to put forward on figuring out how to create a secure border, a merit-based immigration system, having rule and law and order were very important policies that unfortunately was just totally disregarded and reversed. Day one. And now we’re seeing the unfortunate humanitarian catastrophe that comes because of that.”

Incidentally, not only did Trump implement a horrifying family-separation program, cap the number of refugees the US accepted to its lowest level ever, cut legal immigration, and proposed shooting migrants, he also threatened to ship border-crossers off to sanctuary cities just like the governor of Florida did. And if you’re wondering if Kushner or his wife, Ivanka Trump, had anything to say about the then president’s treatment of these human beings, the answer is no, they did not (when it actually mattered).


Article: www.vanityfair.com
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/09/jared-kushner-ron-desantis-migrants-marthas-vineyard

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