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Liberal Ford Foundation Pours Millions Into Pro-Amnesty Groups As Border Crossings Surge

Foundation with $16 billion endowment pledges to fight for immigrants to 'live free of fear, regardless of documentation status'

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Southern border crossings hit a record high this year and 1.7 million illegal immigrant gotaways are estimated to have entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office. That hasn’t stopped one of America’s largest private foundations, with an endowment of $16 billion, from bankrolling organizations that oppose deportation and favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The liberal Ford Foundation poured a whopping $11 million into activist organizations that advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants in 2023 alone. The organization, established in 1936 by the son of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, has emerged as one of the most prolific funders of leftist causes, ranging from “reproductive and gender justice” to an organization with ties to a Palestinian terror group.

Supporting unfettered mass illegal immigration has emerged as a key aim of the foundation, which pledges to “build power and influence immigration policy” and “strengthen and broaden the immigrant justice field” so that immigrants can “live free of fear, regardless of documentation status.”

A litany of different organizations that advance a Left-wing agenda on immigration — at least 17 of them — were awarded grants by the Ford Foundation, according to a Daily Wire analysis of disclosed grants.

One such organization, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild, was awarded a $450,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in August. The foundation specified that the funds seek to “ensure that immigrants at risk of deportation receive as much protection as possible.”

The organization calls America’s immigration laws “racist and immoral” and boasts that it works on behalf of “those most marginalized by our immigration and criminal laws.” It also advocated for an end to Operation Lone Star, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s effort to secure the border, calling it “racist” and “xenophobic.”

A similar entity, the National Immigration Law Center, which has called for “a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants,” was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in March of this year.

There’s also the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, which was awarded a $300,000 grant by the Ford Foundation to support the organization’s efforts to “abolish the detention-and-deportation system through multi-faceted advocacy that leverages disability rights frameworks.” The organization has launched multiple lawsuits against Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as one against the Trump administration, pertaining to the detention of illegal immigrants.

The Ford Foundation also awarded a $500,000 grant to the United We Dream Network, a radical Left-wing activist organization that calls for the defunding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol, and police, as well as amnesty for illegal aliens. The organization even demands that those who’ve been deported be allowed to return to the United States and for a “moratorium on enforcement” of existing immigration law.

The foundation’s half-million dollar grant is intended to support the creation of a “plan for responding to various DACA litigation scenarios” and to “deepen organizing and mobilization of DACA recipients and allies.”

But in addition to funding legal services to challenge deportations and push for amnesty, the Ford Foundation also dumped money into radical organizations that seek to change public perception of the border crisis and organize street-level activism.

The foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to La Union del Pueblo Entero to help “offer immigrant defense strategies” and “change the narrative of the border.” Just months after the grant was approved, the organization announced a “cross-border day of action” to protest border security measures implemented by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

La Union del Pueblo Entero similarly “called for an end to Operation Lone Star and the withdrawal of state troopers and the Texas National Guard” and “demanded the removal of river buoys, concertina wire, boxcars, and the border wall from the Rio Grande.”

The foundation awarded another $850,000 to an organization called the Undocublack Network to “build the power of black immigrants.” The organization calls itself a “network of currently and formerly undocumented black people” and provides resources for those in the country illegally who are subject to deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The organization, which has also received several hundreds of thousands of dollars from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, has called on the Biden administration to halt deportations and give amnesty to illegal immigrants.

One grant for $550,000 went to the American Immigration Council, which also advocates for amnesty for illegal immigrants. The grant offers “general support to shape how America thinks about and acts toward a more fair and just immigration system,” as well as “core support for the Center for Inclusion and Belonging.”

One of the largest grants to pro-amnesty organizations went to the Border Network for Human Rights, which received a $1.5 million award from the Ford Foundation. The organization has called on the Biden administration to give amnesty to illegal aliens and to “demilitarize” the border and also called on elected leaders to “close all immigration detention facilities.”

But even that sum was dwarfed by the $3.5 million grant to Make the Road, a multi-state network of organizations that also push for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants and attempt to prevent deportation through legal action.

The foundation also approved $400,000 across two grants to the Center for Cultural Power, supporting their “Reclaim the Border” effort to “advance new narratives about the border” and support “immigrant rights groups, journalists, artists and arts organizations focused on migrant stories.”

“I’m blown away by the range, from short films about individuals with disabilities, to a concept album amplifying the Transfronterizx queer community on both sides of the border, to a photo exhibit by DACA youth,” remarked Kat Evasco, the Director of Artist Leadership for The Center for Cultural Power

Numerous other entities that advance a Left-wing agenda on immigration, including the Ohio Immigrant Alliance, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Arizona Center for Empowerment, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Allied Media Projects, the University of Arizona, and the American Business Immigration Coalition, collectively received millions of dollars in grants from the Ford Foundation.

But as the Ford Foundation continues to dump capital into radical activist organizations, New York City, where it is based, is struggling to keep up with the overwhelming surge of foreign nationals. More than 130,000 migrants have arrived in New York since last year, with many still in the city’s care.

New York’s Democrat mayor Eric Adams recently admitted that the surge of illegal immigration is “not sustainable,” with nearly 4,000 foreign nationals coming to the city every single week. Adams’ comments come after he visited Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia, explaining “there is no room in New York” and “our hearts are endless, but our resources are not.”

Adams even cut police and education budgets so that funding could be reallocated to manage the influx. The Democrat mayor noted that the cuts will be “extremely painful” for New Yorkers, adding “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” The city plans to spend a full $12 billion to care for foreign nationals through fiscal year 2025.

That didn’t stop the foundation from approving a $300,000 grant to the Fund for the City of New York to support the “Immigrant Defense Project,” which seeks to “end the mass criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants.”

Perhaps the most radical of the grant recipients, the Immigrant Defense Project even advocates for illegal immigrants who’ve been criminally convicted to receive pardons so that they can avoid deportation. “There are currently thousands of immigrants at risk of deportation because of past criminal convictions,” the organization bemoaned, also warning against policies that “disempower and marginalize people with criminal histories.”

This year’s windfall of funding to groups supporting illegal immigration in New York and across the country marks a doubling down on past efforts, with the foundation dumping a grand total of $114 million into organizations that oppose immigration enforcement and support amnesty from 2008 to 2022.

But despite millions of dollars being allocated to prevent deportations, advocate for amnesty, and change the American public’s view of the unprecedented border crisis, polling data shows that voters widely disapprove of the current administration’s handling of the border.

One CBS News poll from September found that 66% of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of immigration, up from the 62% that said they disapproved in a Fox News poll in late June.

The Ford Foundation did not respond to a request for comment. 

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