The pro-mass immigration GOP mega-donor Koch Brothers are “encouraging” Congress to quickly pass amnesty legislation that would legalize potentially millions of illegal aliens while creating surges at the U.S.-Mexico border and through chain migration.
In a news release through the Libre Initiative, the Koch’s pro-amnesty organization, President Daniel Garza touted amnesty for the 800,000 illegal aliens currently shielded by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as the only viable option.
“It’s clear that there is strong bipartisan support to provide permanent legislative relief for immigrants brought here as children, through no fault of their own,” Garza said. “The news that leaders in both parties—led by the President—are working together on a legislative package, is extremely encouraging. We encourage Members of Congress to continue this good faith effort and recognize the great potential that lies with addressing immigration reform for all our communities and the country.”
The Koch group’s statement came after news broke that President Trump was working with Democrats on legislation that would grant amnesty to the thousands of illegal aliens shielded by DACA, despite promising voters to do just the opposite.
The Koch’s Libre Initiative has a long history of pushing massive amnesty legislation, including the infamous 2013 ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill that would have legalized the 12 million to 30 million illegal aliens currently in the U.S.
At the time, Garza praised the passage of the massive amnesty legislation—which went on to fail in the House—calling the move an “historic first step.”
The Koch brothers, despite strong opposition to Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, have managed to infiltrate White House discussions and potential policy initiatives in the White House in the form of Marc Short, who now serves as Trump’s Legislative Affairs Director.
Prior to joining the Trump White House, Short led the ‘Never Trump’ movement inside the Koch brothers’ pro-immigration organizations, as Breitbart News reported.
In May 2016, during the height of the Republican presidential primary, where Trump was taking the country by storm on his populist and economic nationalist agenda, Short was heading an effort to derail the then-front-runner.
At the time, National Review exclusively reported that Short was leading an effort inside the Koch brothers’ organizations to take down Trump and his agenda, partly by supporting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who infamously helped author the Gang of Eight amnesty bill:
On a frigid Tuesday in February, a team of top political operatives from the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the umbrella group that controls political activities for the sprawling donor network led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, arrived in Kansas for a meeting that they hoped would turn the tide of the presidential campaign.
They’d set aside $150 million to spend on paid media alone, to be spread across campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Yet they had not been authorized to spend a dime on the White House race.
Marc Short, then president of Freedom Partners, wanted to change that. He led a faction inside the Koch network that had become convinced of the need to neutralize Donald Trump before his momentum made him unstoppable. Fresh off Trump’s landslide victory in New Hampshire one week earlier, and staring down another likely Trump win in South Carolina that Saturday, Short and his lieutenants had come to Wichita to present Charles Koch with a detailed, eight-figure blueprint for derailing the Republican front-runner on Super Tuesday, when eleven states would vote. They hoped to get the green light to hammer Trump with ads in the states where he was most vulnerable.
Just a week after Short’s efforts to lead a full-fledged Koch-funded operation against Trump, he signed onto the Rubio campaign.
After Short left the Koch’s Freedom Partners, he praised the open borders, billionaire donors, saying, “Charles and David have built an amazing network of donors and activists, and their investments in future generations will pay huge dividends.”
Over the weekend, Short questioned what the definition of a “wall” truly is under Trump’s administration, as Breitbart News reported. Though building a border wall along the southern border was Trump’s key tenet of his America First agenda, Short said the wall is actually “a myriad of different structures.”
“I think that what the definition of a wall is, is something that we all need to have a serious conversation,” Short told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.