Mar 19, 2018

Koch Network backs Democratic "Dreamer" proposal

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Koch network, including Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity and the LIBRE Initiative, has come out in support of an immigration deal pitched by Democratic leadership that would create a pathway to permanent citizenship for 1.8 million "Dreamers" while giving $25 billion to a border wall. The White House's proposal was a temporary extension of DACA for a smaller population.

Why it matters: The Koch network is hugely influential with Republicans and certain factions within the White House. Its support could tip the scale toward finally clenching an immigration deal.

“If a deal was on the table that offered both security at the border and permanent status for Dreamers, that’s a deal that Republicans, Democrats and President Trump should support. We cannot continue to allow politics to stand in the way of finding a solution to this problem. Dreamers grew up in America, add to our culture, contribute to the economy, serve in the military, and seek the opportunity to continue applying their skills and talents here. Congress owes them - and the country - a solution on this.”
Nathan Nascimento, EVP of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

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