A proposed hotel project in Austin has managed to touch both the rough-and-tumble White House race and a contentious visa program that provides a pathway to citizenship for foreign investors.
Recent reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times focus on what's being touted as the 33-story Austin Mirabeau Trump Hotel. The $130 million project would feature the Trump Hotels name, but it would also seek to entice Chinese investors looking to acquire a green card.
The pairing would be odd for a few reasons.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, outspoken about his desire to build a giant border wall, has taken a hard line on immigration. The visa program, involving what are called EB-5 visas, is already under fire over fraud allegations and some concerns that it under-delivers on its economic development promises.
And The Times says the Austin hotel proposal further underscores those complications.
The Times reports that the project doesn't have an official green light and that it's unclear if Trump or his organization is deeply involved. It also says property records show a project called Waterloo Park Tower is in the works for the same site, which is occupied by a brick-oven pizzeria.
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