John Binder, Breitbart, April 17, 2018
Statements by spokesmen for the Koch brothers and their network of organizations reveal that the billionaires are lobbying President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to back a plan that would open the door for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens who are eligible and enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Daniel Garza, the president of the Koch-funded LIBRE Initiative told Business Insider in a statement:
“Congress and the White House have spent a lot of time talking about DACA, but today our elected officials have yet to approve a permanent legislative solution. The Dreamers are among our best and brightest. They are students, workers, and men and women risking their lives in the Armed Forces. Washington must come together and approve a bipartisan solution that provides certainty for Dreamers and security improvements along our border.”[Emphasis added]
James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch brothers, told Axios:
“Elected officials must stop thinking about this as a campaign issue … this is an avoidable crisis; we’re only here because of Washington’s failure to act. President Trump and our congressional leaders should step up and do the right thing. This is too big of a problem for lawmakers to ignore, or to allow politics to get in the way.”[Emphasis added]
The plan by the Koch brothers to lobby the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress to pass an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections is a strategic political move for the billionaires in order to prevent Trump and likeminded Republicans from running campaigns against cheap, foreign labor and mass immigration.
Immigration is so important to Republican voters that it even surpassed the economy and jobs as being the biggest political issue.
Supporters of Trump say reducing immigration should be the second biggest priority for the White House and Congress, just after stimulating American jobs.
The popularity of Trump’s pro-American immigration reform has not kept the Koch brothers from continuing to promote mass immigration and amnesty to keep a never-ending flow of cheap foreign labor arriving in the U.S.
The Koch brothers, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and a number of White House aides like former “Never Trump” movement leader and Koch employee, Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, have sought to make the 2018 midterm elections centered around an agenda of tax reform and cuts to entitlements, rather than Trump’s wage-boosting immigration reduction agenda.