Special interests lobbying for amnesty–including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Council of La Raza–have taken to Twitter to further coordinate their pro-amnesty advocacy.
The Chamber, La Raza and FWD.us, among others, have coalesced around a specific coordinated Twitter hashtag: #Ready4Reform. “Why do you support #immigration reform,” Zuckerberg’s lobbying firm tweeted Wednesday morning, in a tweet that included the hashtag and a video of a Hispanic woman giving her reason for supporting reform efforts.
“Crime rates are lowest in states with the highest immigration growth rates,” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce added, in a Tweet including the hashtag with a link to Chamber of Commerce advocacy pamphlet pushing for amnesty.
La Raza then tweeted a video from Zuckerberg’s group that “profiles tech leaders who traveled to Capitol Hill 4 #CIR fly-in to share why they are,” a tweet that also included the hash tag.
The National Immigration Forum (NIF), a group funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, has joined in on the Twitter hashtag campaign. NIF tweeted out a newspaper editorial, written in English but printed in Spanish-language media outlet La Opinion using the hashtag. NIF called the editorial “an excellent… editorial on the influence of 600+ #Ready4Reform leaders pushing for #immigrationreform.”
The editorial specifically notes that most Republicans, particularly “Tea Party-aligned” conservatives, oppose amnesty, but there is a special interest “lobbyist” campaign aimed at helping manufacture GOP support for amnesty. “The conservative lobbying effort can be expected to make some House members listen to reason, so they can see that the stereotypes that were created have nothing to do with reality,” La Opinion wrote in its editorial.
This coordinated Twitter campaign between all these special interests is not the only lobbying front in the push for amnesty. The AFL-CIO, according to the Huffington Post, is ramping up its efforts. “The AFL-CIO isn’t giving up on comprehensive immigration reform,” the Huffington Post’s Elise Foley wrote Wednesday. “The largest federation of unions in the U.S. launched a series of television ads on Wednesday in districts with large Latino populations, urging them to ask their representatives in the House to support reform.”