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Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity Spending Millions to Fight Trump

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Billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch are using their money and influence to sway public opinion against President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on certain foreign goods.

According to BBCKoch-backed Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and the LIBRE Initiative are all lobbying for the President to end steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as tariffs on other goods from China.

“There are better ways to negotiate trade deals than by punishing American consumers and businesses with higher costs,” said AFP President Tim Phillips.

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But AFP and the Koch brothers have little-to-no interest in the well-being of the American consumer. They have supported globalist “free trade” deals like NAFTA, which have crippled the American manufacturing industry, costing hundreds of thousands of American jobs while widening the Koch’s profit margins with cheap foreign labor.

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“Hopefully [with] the president, the rhetorical side of it is winning out over the policy side,” Mr. Phillips said on MSNBC in April. “We hope that is the case because NAFTA has been good for this country.”

For the same reason, the Koch-backed groups have publicly supported amnesty for so-called “Dreamers” under the guise of promoting border security.

“The importance of reaching an agreement on a permanent solution for Dreamers cannot be overstated,” said Freedom Partners Executive Vice President James Davis in April. “Pointing fingers, shifting blame and, ultimately, abandoning efforts to reach a consensus would be irresponsible and represent a grave injustice to those who know no other home than the United States. A deal is within reach – permanency for Dreamers and $25 billion to enhance border security – it is time to seize it.”

The Reagan amnesty deal in 1980’s provided the same promise of compromise. The result was increased illegal immigration, and more cheap labor for the Koch’s and their big business buddies. There is no reason to think that another amnesty deal will provide an actual solution to the problem of illegal border crossing from the South.

The American worker has been left behind by special interests who lobby on behalf of the Koch’s for decades. If groups like AFP and Freedom Partners actually cared about American jobs, they would have been fighting compulsory private unionization in states like Wisconsin, which have long been responsible for killing American jobs.

The feigned outrage over recently-imposed tariffs is nothing more than a strategic business move by the Koch’s, who would prefer to continue to grow their immense wealth at the expense of the average American.

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Lindsey Graham Leads Senate RINO Coalition Urging President Trump to Protect Foreign Worker Visas

Graham led the letter of RINOs urging Trump to protect foreign labor.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is leading a coalition of RINOs in the Senate urging President Donald Trump to keep visas for foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.

Graham is joined by fellow RINO Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Todd Young of Indiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and James Lankford of Oklahoma in signing onto the letter that has the audacity to claim that these foreigners taking jobs from U.S.-born workers will help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic has brought devastating loss of life and livelihood across our country. As we begin to reopen, we know you have many difficult decisions to make to ensure the road to recovery balances economic wellbeing with the safety of every American,” the letter states.

“In part, that balance requires consideration of vulnerable American businesses across all industry sectors, including farming, forestry, packing, hospitality, healthcare, and communications and information technology, all which rely on non-immigrant guest workers to survive,” they added – showing that they care more about protecting corporate profits than protecting American workers.

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The letter urges for Trump to specifically protect the H-2A and H-2B programs to keep so-called temporary workers in the country to steal jobs from American workers who desperately need them.

“As you know, the H-2A and H-2B programs are temporary and seasonal guest worker visa programs that allow businesses to find the help they need when no American worker is available or qualified to fill in the gaps,” they wrote, adding that they hoped the Trump administration would “continue to protect American farmers and other small business owners who work hard to provide our country with fresh food and other vital services by not pausing issuance of H-2A visas in the future.”

The entirety of the letter can be seen here:

The letter comes in stark contrast to another letter issued by young “America First” conservatives urging President Trump to put U.S. workers first.

Big League Politics reported on how one right-wing student leader appeared last night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tongiht” to discuss the necessity of protecting U.S. workers during the coronavirus pandemic:

San Diego State College Republicans President Oliver Krvaric called for President Donald Trump to end the H-1B and OPT foreign worker programs during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, citing the danger the frequently abused cheap labor programs pose to the economic prospects of American college graduates.

“So essentially this giving a signal to this administration, letting them know that there is an appetite- especially among young likely voters to take care of the egregious H1B and OPT abuse that’s displacing American graduates and professionals across the board,” he said.

Krvaric had joined a coalition of College Republican groups across the country calling for an end to the visa worker programs in the midst of the recession. President Trump already enacted what has been called an immigration moratorium, but a lobbying effort by White House liberal Jared Kushner on behalf of globalist business groups limited Trump’s executive order to a few immigration restrictions.

The letter from the college Republican coalition staked out several policy proposals that would give American college graduates a real stake in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus recession.

President Trump should listen to his constituents who put him in the White House instead of the RINOs who he was elected to rebuke on immigration and other key issues.

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