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Here’s Why That Bathroom Confrontation Between Immigrants and Sinema Isn’t What It Looks Like

Billionaire George Soros has been a major donor to a progressive immigration group whose activists harassed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., in a restroom Sunday.

SO WHAT

This isn’t the first divisive protest Soros was behind.

THE MONEY

Soros’ Open Society Foundation gave the nonprofit, Living United for Change in Arizona, $1.5 million in 2019 and $250,000 in 2017, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday, citing Open Society Foundation grants data.

In those two years, the Open Society Foundation grants accounted for the vast majority of LUCHA’s reported revenue.

THE CONFRONTATION

Footage that went viral on social media shows LUCHA activists following Sinema into a restroom at Arizona State University and demanding she support the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act.

  • “My grandfather passed away two weeks ago, and I was not able to go to Mexico and visit him because there is no pathway to citizenship,” said one of the activists, who identified herself as Blanca and suggested she was an illegal immigrant.
  • After Sinema condemned the incident Sunday, and the White House reluctantly agreed, she was again confronted by liberal activists Monday at an airport and on a flight.

Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has faced heavy pressure from progressives in civil society, Congress and the media for refusing to fall in line with Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which the duo have argued is too expensive.

  • But Sinema has no power to put a pathway to citizenship in the legislation, as the Senate parliamentarian nixed the provision last month.

THE SOROS CONNECTION

Soros, Hungarian-born financier, is one of the one of the biggest donors to the Democratic Party and left-wing causes in the U.S., including immigration reform.

  • He is widely reviled on the American right for what Benjamin Soskis of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropyhas called his “aggressively political approach to philanthropy.”
  • During Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation, the executive director of an advocacy group funded by Soros joined another sexual assault victim in screaming at then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an elevator for four minutes.

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