Koched Up on DACA: Who are the Patriots Now?
As President Donald Trump’s DACA deadline passed on Monday, the putatively conservative Koch Brothers are working overtime to keep the dream alive.The LIBRE Initiative – a Koch-funded group launched to “empower the U.S. Hispanic community” – has produced ads portraying beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as “patriots.”“We love our country, our way of life, and we sacrifice and fight to defend it,” the ad begins, narrated by the voice of a DACA illegal alien. “We work hard, put food on the table, care for our families, and we pledge allegiance to this flag. We are patriots. We are DREAMers.” While congressional Democrats insist on a sweeping amnesty for illegal aliens, the Kochs are pressuring their bankrolled Republicans to make a deal. But the gauzy DACA story doesn’t wash – and lawmakers know it.Congressional hearings and the Congressional Budget Office have painted a less-dreamy portrait:
- One in five are projected to end up on food stamps.
- One in seven will be on Medicaid.
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