Billionaires bankroll heart-tugging ad campaign to champion amnesty

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Chad Groening (

A pro-border enforcement organization says Silicon Valley billionaires pushing for amnesty are behind a heart-tugging ad campaign.

The television ads are being funded by a group called, which has virtually unlimited resources. 

"This is a creation of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook,” says Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR. 

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)“It is funded by a bunch of Silicon Valley billionaires, people like Bill Gates," he adds.  

The television ads have been airing on conservative-leaning outlets such as Fox News. One of the ads tells the touching story of an illegal alien brought to the United States as a child, who enrolled in ROTC in high school but can't join the U.S. military because he is in the country illegally.

"There are 7 billion people in the world and lots of people have sympathetic stories,” says Melhman of the ad. "But we can't make policy based on that because it affects the lives of so many other people."

Regarding the powerful figures behind the ad campaign, Melhman alleges they are attempting to appear as a “grassroots organization that has the interest of ordinary Americans in mind.”

He adds, “Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have no conception anymore of the reality that most Americans live with."

Mehlman says this group is trying to convince ordinary Americans that giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens is in their best interests, when in fact most Americans understand it's not. 

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