Monday, June 24, 2019

Koch network preparing to push a DREAMer deal this year

The massive network of conservative donors spearheaded by Charles Koch is reportedly preparing a major effort in 2019 to support DREAMers.

The powerful network intends to push for Dreamers to receive permanent legal status, TIME reported, citing an internal email that a Koch spokesman verified. “These are people who have already demonstrated their commitment and contribution to this country — and in 2019 our country can do the same for them,” the email reportedly said.

When reached for comment, Koch network representatives referred INSIDER to the LIBRE Initiative, a Koch-backed nonprofit in favor of immigration reform. The group said in a statement it was encouraged by lawmakers who support both Dreamers and border-security funding.

“It’s critical that leaders unify and come together on a measure that offers permanent legal status to DREAMers, rather than a short-term solution that forces Congress to debate this issue again in a few years – and which fails to provide the certainty that people need to plan their lives and build a better future,” President Daniel Garza said.

Offering legal status to DREAMers has been floated in recent days as a potential incentive for Democrats to vote for President Donald Trump’s border wall funding. But lawmakers from both parties dismissed the idea on Friday, with Democrats standing firm on their opposition to a wall, and Republicans expressing skepticism that Trump would back a broad solution for the DREAMers.

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