Former New York Governor George Pataki commented on the topic, "His strong stance is against illegal immigration. EB-5 is a legal immigration program. He [President Elect Donald Trump] understands the need for capital, the need for investment."
Trump himself is no stranger to the Immigrant Investor Program. His own company brand has been licensed to Trump Bay Street, a large Eb-5 funded project developed by Kushner Cos. and KABR Group. Kushner Cos. is led by Jared Kushner, Tump's son-in-law. Trump Bay Street is a 50-story luxury apartment tower in Jersey City, N.J. Though Trump himself is not taking any part in the financing of Trump Bay Street, he has displayed that he is eager to license his name out to an EB-5 funded project. This information alone suggests that he has underlying support and understanding for the EB-5 program.
While Trump was campaigning to be President, The Trump Organization continued to find branding opportunities that license out the Trump name to real-estate projects to expand the Trump brand without taking on financial responsibility for the projects. As reported in the Wall Street Journal at the end of October, The Trump Organization is partnering with Global Management Resources on a $170 million 33-Story luxury hotel and condo development in downtown Austin, TX. The Trump-branded hotel, is seeking $40 million from 80 EB-5 investors, making it the second Trump-branded building that has applied for EB-5 funding. Much like Trump Bay Street in NJ, The President Elect is only lending his brand to the project while its partner, Global Management Resources will be in charge.