Koch group send­ing Dream­ers to D.C.

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

AL­BU­QUERQUE — A Koch brothers-funded group is send­ing young im­mi­grants to lobby Congress to push for im­mi­gra­tion re­form and money for bor­der se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives.

The LIBRE Ini­tia­tive an­nounced last well it is send­ing Dream­ers, im­mi­grants brought to the U.S. il­le­gally who now have tem­po­rary pro­tec­tive sta­tus, to Washington to meet with law­mak­ers.

The group says it’s send­ing im­mi­grants from states like Ari­zona, New Mex­ico, Nevada and Utah to urge Congress to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.

The young im­mi­grants are ex­pected to share their sto­ries and ask law­mak­ers for a bi­par­ti­san com­pro­mise.

Congress and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump are locked in ne­go­ti­a­tions over fund­ing for a bor­der wall and avoid­ing an­other par­tial govern­ment shut­down.

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