Jared Kushner Criticizes DeSantis Over Migrant Exportation to Martha’s Vinyard

Kushner said he was “troubled” by DeSantis sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over his decision to send illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Kushner said he was “troubled” by DeSantis’s decision to send 50 illegal Venezuelan migrants to one of the wealthiest vacation spots in the country.
  • The former White House adviser appeared on Fox News’s Outnumbered, where he said that politicians would do well to remember the migrants “are human beings” and should be used as pawns.
  • Trump’s former adviser also said the crisis at the border was caused by the current administration rolling back Trump administration policies.
KUSHNER’S COMMENTS:
  • “I personally watch what’s happening, and it’s very hard to see at the southern border, I also—we have to remember that 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,” said Kushner.
  • “But I do think that 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. 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,” Kushner went on.
  • “I think 80% of women are sexually assaulted along the way,” the former White House adviser said. “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.”
BACKGROUND:
  • The New York Times previously noted a rumor alleging that Kushner “washed his hands of Donald Trump before Jan. 6.”
  • A book written about the Trump White House claimed that the advisor “hid from Trump” after the riot and reports indicated he was ready to return to his former life by the end of his term in the Trump administration.