Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Koch network: immigration ban ‘wrong approach’

Koch Brothers' Network Says Trump Immigration Ban Likely ‘Counterproductive’ - ABC News - Liz Kreutz:

January 29, 2017 - "Add the Koch brothers’ network to the list of those questioning President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration....

"'We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families,' Brian Hooks, who oversees the Koch network’s bi-annual seminars, said. 'The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive'....

"On Saturday, as demonstrations broke out at airports across the country in response to Trump’s immigration executive order, roughly 550 of the Koch brothers’ top donors gathered near Palm Springs, California, for their network’s winter seminar.

"Officials for the network told reporters they were encouraged by some of what they've seen so far from the new administration.... They pointed to Trump's regulatory reforms, his executive order on the Keystone pipeline, and some of his Cabinet appointments as areas where the Koch network is hopeful....

"The immigration ban was not a major topic of conversation here at the palm tree-filled oasis.... Charles Koch didn't mention it during remarks at the opening reception, nor was it a topic of discussion during the post-dinner panel with Republican Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, and Mike Lee, R-Utah.....

"According to a spokesperson, the Koch network will spend between $300 and 400 million dollars on politics and policy during the 2018 races, up from $250 million in 2016."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/koch-brothers-network-encouraged-president-trump/story?id=45125079
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