Schlaflys Slam Plutocrats Charles Koch and Tim Cook’s Demand for Amnesty

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John and Andy Schlafly, sons of late conservative icon Phyllis, responded Wednesday to plutocrats Charles Koch and Tim Cook who teamed up last week to demand an amnesty for up to 3.5 million illegal aliens be foisted on the American people before he end of the year.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Koch — co-inheritor of the Koch Industries fortune a megadonor to the Republican establishment — and Cook, CEO of Apple, demanded that Americans “embrace that diversity” of mass immigration that would come with an amnesty for the roughly 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens who are enrolled and eligible for the President Barack Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Koch and Cook wrote:

These are the “dreamers” — children of undocumented immigrants who are working, in countless ways, to make the United States stronger. Unless Congress acts, this holiday season might be the last one the dreamers get to spend in the country they love and call home.

We must do better. The United States is at its best when all people are free to pursue their dreams. Our country has enjoyed unparalleled success by welcoming people from around the world who seek to make a better life for themselves and their families, no matter what their backgrounds. It is our differences that help us to learn from each other, to challenge our old ways of thinking and to discover innovative solutions that benefit us all. To advance that prosperity and build an even stronger future, each successive generation — including, today, our own — must show the courage to embrace that diversity and to do what is right.

This is a political, economic and moral imperative. The sooner Congress resolves this situation — on a permanent basis — the sooner dreamers can seize the opportunity to plan their lives and develop their talents.

The pro-immigration plutocrats also revealed in the op-ed that both of their companies, Koch Industries and Apple, employ DACA illegal aliens, even going as far as to write that their business “depends” on having illegal aliens with “diverse backgrounds and perspectives” on their payrolls.

John and Andy Schlafly penned a counter-op-ed to Koch’s and Cook’s demand for a quick DACA amnesty, saying the issue could be a “litmus test” for Republicans looking for big campaign donations from the big business lobby. They write:

Charles Koch is a businessman, and he likes to get his money’s-worth when he spends it. After striking out the past two years with their political agenda, the Koch network of mega-donors could be making support of DACA a litmus test for Republican primary candidates in the 2018 election cycle.

Republican candidates would be wise to decline, just as candidate Trump declined support by the Koch network last year, and won anyway on a platform of opposing illegal immigration.

Unlike the Schlaflys Koch and Cook’s op-ed did not take once into account the impact that a DACA amnesty would have on Americans and their wages.

Under the current legal immigration system, immigrants who are given a pathway to U.S. citizenship are eventually allowed to bring extended family members, children, their parents, siblings, and extended family members to the country. This process, which makes up more than 70 percent of the current legal immigration, is what’s known as “chain migration.”

If the number of amnestied illegal aliens who gained a pathway to U.S. citizenship under an amnesty plan was to rise to the full 3.5 million who could be eligible, and if each brought in three to six foreign family members, the chain migration flow could range from 9.9 million to 19.8 million foreign nationals coming to the U.S. over the next few decades.

This chain migration flow triggered by a DACA amnesty would be more than double the number of babies born in the U.S. every single year, which stands at about 4 million a year. Should a DACA amnesty trigger a chain migration flow of 19 million foreign nationals, it would be more than quadruple the number of American births every year.

Additionally, aside from paying the cost with their wages and blue-collar jobs, Americans would carry a large financial burden from a DACA amnesty.

A DACA amnesty such as the DREAM Act – the failed expansive amnesty plan being considered by the Republican-controlled Congress once again – would cost American taxpayers at least $26 billion in the first 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Under a DACA amnesty, the CBO states, nearly 1 in 5 DACA illegal aliens would go on food stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) welfare benefits.

About 17.5 percent of DREAM Act illegal aliens, or 280,000 former illegals, would be on food stamps by 2027 — even though they are young and employable —  according to the CBO. Twenty thousand of those illegal aliens would be immediately eligible for food stamps after the amnesty.

In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA would officially end in March 2018. Since then, the open borders lobby, Republican establishment, cheap labor industry, corporate interests, and Democrats have sought to quickly sign off on a DACA amnesty, despite its unpopularity with Americans.

Polling conducted as recently as last week by Politico and Morning Consult found that roughly two out of five — or 37 percent — of swing voters said DACA amnesty should not be a priority for Congress. Additionally, only 18 percent of independents say DACA amnesty is an “extremely important priority” for them.

In contrast, 25 percent of swing voters want the federal government to prioritize reducing prescription drug prices and reducing the number of Americans dying from opioid abuse, two issues Trump promised his supporters that he would tackle under his populist administration.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

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