Donald Trump says all the right things about immigration. He talks about building a wall and leapt onto the national political stage with a popular, no-holds-barred approach to finally doing something about illegal immigration.
However, some conservatives doubt Trump’s commitment to the principles he has outline on immigration. He has, in recent months, defined his plan as “flexible”- a term that should jar conservatives who have been burned by “flexible” politicians on illegal immigration for three decades.
Trump has also reportedly moderated his views depending on the audience. During an off-the-record meeting at the New York Times, Trump reportedly made comments regarding his immigration proposals that sources have claimed differ widely from his official stance. Because the meeting was off-the-record, the recording of the comments has not been made public.
Now, as conservatives eye with suspicion The Donald’s immigration stance, it seems that one of his close (but unofficial) advisers has made significant campaign contributions to top Democrats in recent years.
Jared Kushner is an unofficial adviser to Trump and Trump’s son-in-law, the husband of Ivanka Trump. He has been instrumental in helping arrange meetings between Trump and Republican shot-callers in recent weeks and has helped Trump stay politically connected to the GOP.
However, Kushner has, himself, given $101,950 to Democratic campaigns and committees since 1999.
Kushner, a real estate investor, has given money to Gang of Eight amnesty supporters and even to Democratic politicians who have voiced support for Obama’s unconstitutional executive order which granted amnesty to millions of illegals.
The Washington Free Beacon broke-down where Kushner’s money went:
Kushner contributed $2,000 to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate in New York and later contributed $4,000 to the committee supporting then-Sen. Clinton in 2003…
Recipients of Kushner’s contributions also include Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), both of whom were members of the so-called Gang of Eight pushing for congressional legislation on immigration reform in 2013…
Kushner has also contributed to the campaigns of Democratic lawmakers who cheered Obama for granting temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants in November 2014, an executive action that has been put on hold pending a ruling from the Supreme Court.
Kushner has donated to Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.), both of whom celebrated the controversial executive order as encouraging, productive, and necessary.
“I applaud the president’s decision to take action within his legal authority to help address our broken immigration system,” Pascrell said in a statement.
“This is an important first step and more needs to be done,” Booker said in 2014. “The president’s plan will greatly help law enforcement focus on felons and threats to our country, and pull individuals out of the shadows, not to grant them amnesty, but allow them to pay taxes and start on a path towards lawful immigration.”
Already, many question Trump’s loyalty to conservatism as he has changed parties many times and has given hefty financial support to prominent Democrats. Kushner’s history of financing liberals is likely to attached to Trump in some capacity, but Trump has largely maintained a “so what?” approach to any and all criticism to emerge from the right.