Koch groups encourage Trump to accept immigration deal from Dems

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by RootBeerMan, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. RootBeerMan macrumors 65816


    Jan 3, 2016
    Proving, once again, that the Koch brothers are not the demons that the left makes them out to be. They are complex people who do lots of good in this country and the world. Yeah, they support more republicans than many of us would like, but if they are truly known by their works they do far more good than the average leftist philanthropist, like Soros.

    Here we see them calling for sanity on the matter of the Dreamers, something no other donors on the "right" are doing. They want justice for people who deserve it. Kudos to the brothers! Hopefully, they'll be listened to in the House and Senate.


  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Good, I have my doubts that it will be listened to though. I’m sure being businessmen they have seen that the divisiveness in our politics is bad for their bottom line, hopefully more donors on both sides realize that and start pushing for bipartisanship.
  3. mac_in_tosh macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2016
    Billionaires have a good chance of being listened to in the House and Senate.
  4. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    The WaPo report on status of this 2000-page spending bill is that only $1.6 billion of funding for the wall is surviving the negotiations. The push to get the $25 billion in exchange for permanent protection of the 1.8 million Dreamers has not made the cut... so far. It's possible further changes could be made before a vote if the leaders need to convince a holdout, but every tweak on sensitive subjects including immigration and border security at this point do risk kicking the slats out from under a solid count in either house.


    In the final wall compromise, strings are attached to the $1.6 billion that will be available for physical barriers along the Mexican border. Most of the funding, officials said, can be used only for repairs or for “secondary” barriers along border stretches where there is already a wall. The rest can be used for 33 miles of new barriers, but there are restrictions on the type: Only levees or existing “bollard” fencing can be built, rather than the concrete prototypes Trump appears to favor.

    The bill also rejects a Trump administration request for more immigration enforcement officers and an increase in funding for detention facilities. Language in the bill, two officials said, holds the level of enforcement agents flat and does not allow the administration to add detention beds. However, a Republican official said the administration could still move money between accounts to fund more enforcement.

    An effort to trade a much larger amount of border wall money for protections for certain young immigrants fell apart Tuesday. Trump continued to push for a last minute deal as recently as Monday, but Democrats resisted the terms of the White House offer.​

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